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Previews: APAK – “Stardust Dreams” @ Outré Gallery

On Friday (September 13th), the Melbourne and Sydney locations of Outré Gallery will be hosting new works from APAK. Stardust Dreams is the name of the twin showcase from the artistic duo and will feature luminous paintings of their whimsical creatures and their friends in a cosmic setting. Make sure you RSVP here if you are in Australia and plan to attend either of their openings. Discuss APAK here.
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Releases: Mark Dean Veca – “20 Years” Book

LA based artist Mark Dean Veca (interviewed) recently released a new book 20 Years Works through Zero+ Publishing. Along with the book release the artist opened a solo show at Western Project on September 7th, presenting a selection of works from the new hardcover book, and the official book launch and signing is scheduled for September 14, at 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the same venue. This deluxe over-sized coffee table book shows the evolution of Veca’s work and style from its beginnings in the 90s to his […]
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Releases: SHAG x Beatles – “May I Introduce to You” Print

Purveyor of the retro modern chic, SHAG (interviewed), has put a new print on release entitled May I Introduce to You from Dark Hall Mansion. The collaboration with the Beatles will be offered in three variants limited to runs of 50 & 25 pieces and priced at $500 & $750, and sized at 20 x 28″. Check out all the details of how you can pick up one for yourself next week here. Discuss SHAG here.
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Overtime: Sept. 2 – Sept. 8

More stories from the week that ended on Sept. 8 (click on bolded words for more): Gilbert & George presents Waking (1984) on the High Line billboard – up until Oct. 1. RIP: Michael McManus, who died at 60. He was the former chief curator at Laguna Art Museum. Dennis Szakacs, director and CEO of the Orange County Museum of Art, will resign effective Dec 31. New Stalin monument defaced in Georgia after locals say it was erected without their permission. Egyptians use Twitter to […]
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Previews: Kozyndan – “End Of Summer Never Ends” @ Giant Robot 2

After another three city series of shows in Australia earlier this year, the husband and wife artistic duo known as Kozyndan have a new show opening tomorrow (September 7th) in Los Angeles. Their return to their hometown gallery of Giant Robot 2 will be entitled End Of Summer Never Ends, a nod to their love of the Southern California summer. Included in the work are several references to the underwater photography that is part of their oeuvre like the paintings seen above as well as some sculptural […]
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Previews: “The BLAB Show” (2013)” @ Copro Gallery

On September 14th, the Copro Gallery in Los Angeles will be opening up a group show that has become somewhat of an annual tradition (see 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)  - The BLAB Show. Put together by the people behind the Blab! Anthology, this year’s edition promises to be a great one as well with artists like Nicoletta Ceccoli, Travis Louie, Souther Salazar, Glenn Barr, Camille Rose Garcia, Andrew Hem (seen above), Lola, Xue Wang, Peter Ferguson, Travis Lampe, Matt Dangler, Brian Despain, Katja Tukiainen, and […]
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Previews: Caleb Brown – “A Modern World” @ Merry Karnowsky

This Saturday (September 7th), the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles will be one of the places you must visit on your night of art. Not only will gifted painter Nicola Verlato be unveiling new works at the space, but Caleb Brown will also be presenting some intriguing paintings of his own. A Modern World will feature the New York-based artist’s crazy alternate realities, filled with things that appear where they shouldn’t be – like the surreal look at sharks and skydivers leaping out of planes amidst detonations. Discuss this show here. […]
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Studio Visit / Preview: Nicola Verlato – “Pagan Pop” @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

On Saturday night, September 7th, the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles will welcome back Nicola Verlato and his surreal paintings for another showing (see 2012). The new work is collectively entitled Pagan Pop, a reference to his contemporary take on late medieval narrative painting and the theme of how Western society has continually attempted to suppress its pagan roots. The exhibition will feature three large scale pieces from Verlato, glimpses of which you can see in the studio visit below… Photo credit: ©Carlos Gonzalez. Discuss Nicola Verlato here.
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Overtime: Aug. 26 – Sept. 1

More stories from the week that ended on Sept. 1 (click on bolded words for more information): Basketball court designed by Robert Indiana and used by Bucks in ’70s reemerges as a art piece. RIP: Matt Doust, who died at age 29 from epileptic seizure. He had just completed work for his first solo show. RIP: Stephen Antonakos, who died at age 86. It was discovered that David Hockney’s assistant Dominic Elliott died after drinking drain cleaner during binge. Zwelethu Mthethwa charged with murder of 23-year-old […]
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Upcoming: Kukula – “The Adventures Of Raspberry Finn” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Coming up next at the Corey Helford Gallery is a solo show from Kukula entitled The Adventures Of Raspberry Finn. Opening on September 14th, the exhibition will feature new paintings that draw their inspiration from characters such as Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, but with a twist. They have all been turned into women, and dressed up in clothes by a Russian designer - Ulyana Sergeenko. It has been almost two years since Kukula’s last showing at the Culver City showspace (covered), so stop by if you are in […]