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Previews: Thinkspace – “LAX / TXL” & Project M/4 (Berlin)

As previously announced, the Urban Nation project in Berlin is continuing with their fourth phase which includes a pop-up exhibition and mural project curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace. Titled LAX / TXL, the show is opening on Saturday, May 17th in Berlin, and will feature works from an impressive rooster of artists. Similar to their Exploring The New Contemporary Movement show during this year’s POW! WOW! event in Hawaii (covered), this showing is the Culver City gallery’s effort in introducing the artists and their work to a wider audience. […]
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Upcoming: Lori Earley – “The Devil’s Pantomime” @ Opera Gallery (New York)

On June 7th, fans of Lori Earley will finally get to enjoy new work from the surrealist figurative painter when her solo show opens at the Opera Gallery in New York. The exhibition will feature 34 new paintings as well as print releases, Earley’s biggest show to date and sure to be a bittersweet experience for her. The title, The Devil’s Pantomime, references the years of frustration and struggles with her health that almost robbed her of her painting ability. She explains: “I felt like I was in […]
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Previews: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “Good Knight” @ Merry Karnowsky

This Saturday, May 17th, Greg Simkins (featured) will be presenting all new works at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery collectively entitled Good Knight, a play on words in reference to one of his signature characters. The latest exhibition from the Los Angeles-based artist otherwise known as Craola will feature a series of paintings where he looks back at his childhood and his fears & curiosities from that time. As you can guess, Simkins must have had a pretty active imagination as a kid, so expect much of the surreal […]
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Upcoming: “Art Truancy – Celebrating 20 Years of Juxtapoz Magazine” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

This Thursday, May 15th, over 40 artists will be presenting works for the Juxtapoz Magazine 20th Anniversary show. The lineup chock full of talent include Alex Gross, Alex Pardee, Andrew Schoultz, Brett Amory, Camille Rose Garcia, Chloe Early, Conor Harrington, Doze Green, Faile, Jeremy Fish, Jeff Soto (seen above), Marion Peck, Mark Ryden, Maya Hayuk, Miss Van, Neckface, Parra, Pushead, Robert Williams, Saner, Seonna Hong, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Thomas Campbell, Todd James, Todd Schorr, and more. Held at both the 557C West 23rd Street & 529 West 20th […]
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Previews: Jessica Harrison – “FLASH” @ Galerie L.J.

This Thursday in Paris, May 15th, Galerie L.J. will be presenting the sculptural works of Jessica Harrison, her first solo exhibition in the French capital. Known for her way of twisting classical porcelain figurines (last seen by us in 2001) in unexpected ways with her artistic vision, the Scottish sculptor’s series of work set to be put on display will be no different. FLASH will see Harrison add tattoos to her delicate ladies, with the title of course referencing this fact. We look forward to seeing the […]
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Rewind: Apr 14 – May 11

Over the last several weeks, we have gathered together some worthy videos for you to watch as part of our reoccurring Rewind feature. First up is an interview with Shepard Fairey by Complex where he announces and discusses his collaboration with Hennessy with a new bottle design set to be released in July. If you remember, (covered), KAWS (covered), and Os Gemeos (covered) have all created and released a version of their own. Take a look at the video below along with others that caught our attention. […]
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Openings: Josh Keyes & Neil M. Perry – “Entwined” @ Antler Gallery

Last month, the the Antler Gallery in Portland opened a joint exhibition between Josh Keyes (interviewed) and Neil M. Perry entitled Entwined. The showing highlighted how both artists were in tune with nature with their work, focusing on the interplay between species and the surrounding environment, often rendered with surreal elements. The two locally-based painters also found time to collaborate on a piece together (seen above). Take a look at more photos from the opening below… Photos via the gallery. Discuss Josh Keyes here. Discuss this show here.
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Album Covers: James Jean x Linkin Park – “The Hunting Party”

With the release scheduled for next month (June 17th), it’s time to tell you about James Jean’s (interviewed) latest project – working on Linkin Park ‘s new album artwork. If you remember, he also created Taleb Kweli’s cover art back in 2012. The latest effort from Jean sees the American rock band working off the sublime sketches (seen below) from the artist, currently on sabbatical somewhere in Asia, and utilizing 3D modeling to create the images seen in promotion as well as on the cover […]
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Overtime: May 5 – May 11

More stories from the week that ended May 11 (click on bolded words for more information): The Guardian catches up with Dan Colen as his exhibition opens at the Brant Foundation. Details also takes a detailed look at the artist. RIP: Sturtevant, who died in Paris. RIP: Cornelius Gurlitt, who died at the age of 81, probably due to failing heart. He bequeaths his collection to Kunstmuseum Bern. They are undecided on whether they will accept the collection yet. RIP: Maria Lassnig, who died away […]
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Previews: “Space//Squared” @ White Walls Gallery

Tomorrow night (May 10th) in San Francisco, the White Walls Gallery will be opening a new group exhibition curated by Sven Davis entitled Space//Squared. Following up on a show last year in Portland (covered), artists are again asked to contribute artwork in a 10″ x 10″ inch format, allowing us to see how each responds to the same prescribed guidelines. Along with pieces from over 100 artists (list seen below), Adam Friedman and Robert Minervini will create a site-specific installation (see video below) featuring a series of […]