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Previews: Stella Im Hultberg – “Hollow Resonance” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Showing concurrently with Audrey Kawasaki’s solo tonight at Thinkspace will be Stella Im Hultberg’s (interviewed) Hollow Resonance in the Culver City gallery’s project room. Hultberg’s new body of work include both acrylic on wood paintings as well as some looser pieces combining ink, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencils. Expanding on her use of flowers in her compositions of late, the Portland-based artist has surrounded her pensive women with a bountiful supply of blooms and petals. Take a look at some preview images below… Discuss Stella Im Hultberg here. […]
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Recap: Ron English – “Guernica” @ Allouche Gallery

Last month, Allouche Gallery in New York hosted a solo show from Ron English (featured) in their new Meatpacking District space entitled Guernica. The focus of the new body of work is evident in the title, the masterpiece from Picasso that English has painted hundreds of times (including on the streets). The versions he creates takes a familiar image and imbues it further with satire and dark humor as he makes additions and subtractions to the original like a mad scientist while throwing some of his signature characters into the narrative like his “Temper […]
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Previews: Audrey Kawasaki – “Interlude” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Saturday night (November 12th) in Culver City, Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) will be opening a new solo show at Thinkspace Gallery entitled Interlude. The new paintings feature a bolder yet still muted palette along with a more erotically-charged narrative for her  beautifully rendered female characters. An expert at coaxing her ethereal muses out from the wood grain with her oil paints, the locally-based artist has assembled a stunning collection of vulnerable yet provocative female subjects for her fans in Los Angeles. Discuss Audrey Kawasaki here. Discuss this show here.
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ComplexCon ’16: First Look

This past weekend, our friends at Complex held their first ever “pop culture world fair” in Los Angeles and it was pretty spectacular. Entitled ComplexCon, the inaugural convention gathered some of the top creative minds in the respective fields of fashion, music, culinary fare and of course art to create a unique two day event to satisfy even the most adventurous individual. The staff at AM had the run of the Long Beach Convention Center and there were more events & exhibits than we could […]
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Upcoming: Joe Sorren – “from Inside” @ KP Projects

On November 12th, Joe Sorren (featured) will be opening a new show at KP Projects in entitled from Inside. Fans in Los Angeles will get a rare chance to witness the Madrid-based artist’s masterful brushwork and complex layers of his surreal imagery, full of vibrant colors and emotive energy. He further explains the new paintings – “When approaching this body of work, I was interested in playing with the dichotomy between application of paint as well the imagery that evolves from that application. Because brushstrokes are tiny […]
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Openings: “Juxtapoz x Superflat” @ Vancouver Art Gallery

Three months since its debut at the Seattle Art Fair (covered), the Juxtapoz x Superflat group show co-curated by Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco and Takashi Murakami opened on the November 5th at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Staying on view until February 5th, the programming included a mixture of talks, lectures, tours, and special guests. The original idea of the showcase was to expand Takashi’s original Superflat theory by including the artists who have been in the pages of the popular arts & culture magazine for the last 22 years. Building on what was on view in Seattle, this showing further […]
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Overtime: Oct 31 – Nov 6

More stories from the week that ended Nov 6 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex Da Corte - A Man Full of Trouble show opens at Maccarone Gallery in New York. Norcia’s Basilica of San Benedetto among historic cultural sites destroyed by latest Italian earthquake. LAPD investigating Boyle Heights gallery vandalism as possible hate crimes sparked by gentrification fight. How Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev declared war on the art world. The bizarre fake death and resurrection of Gaetano Pesce. Ottawa police begin […]
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ComplexCon ’16 / Previews: POW! WOW! x James Jean

With the inaugural ComplexCon fast approaching this weekend, the people behind POW! WOW! are prepping their contribution – a living area with artist driven furniture from the likes of Risk, Sharktoof, Persue and others, as well as a gallery with original art from Yoskay Yamamoto, Aaron De La Cruz, Tristan Eaton and more. Created in partnership with Big Bad Wolf, Thinkspace, Cool Sofa, and Imprint, the area’s largest attraction though is probably a large scale installation from James Jean (interviewed) that visitors will be able to take a […]
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Showing: Chris Berens – “Moonrise” @ Megumi Okita Gallery

Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo is currently showing their second exhibition with Chris Berens. Three years since his debut with the gallery (covered) that was captured in the Chris Berens – Master of his Magical Universe documentary, the Dutch artist has created Moonrise, whole new body of work. Once again rendering the residents of his artistic world, both human and animals, the paintings are inspired by real people, fairy tales and fantasy. 15 new works on view are smaller scale pieces in same format, ranging from 23×26 cm to 50×56 cm and quite […]
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Upcoming: “Hindsight” @ Modern Eden

On November 5th, Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco will open Hindsight, a four person show from Josh Keyes (seen above), Sandra Yagi, Ahren Hertel, and Ellen Jewett. Here’s what curator Bradley Platz had to say about the exhibition – “There is a somewhat of a post-apocalyptic environmental hindsight, running through each of these four artist’s works. It is this perspective that I looked for when selecting the artists, and which ultimately became just the starting point for a larger dialogue. The exhibition deals with heavy issues […]
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