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Overtime: Feb 8 – Feb 14

More stories from the week that ended Feb 14 (click on bolded words for more information): ARTnews interviews Keith J Varadi on occasion of his show at Night Gallery. Install shots and info from Free Wi-Fi, Comedy are also up. Pyotr Pavlensky forcibly sent to psychiatric clinic for evaluation. Eric Spoutz donated six works to the Smithsonian and there are questions now over whether they are fake. Domenico and Eleanore De Sole settle out of court in their lawsuit against Ann Freedman. The case was likely settled […]
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Previews: Scott Hove & Baker’s Son – “Break Bread” @ Think Tank Gallery

After sampling his newest project by showing the Giant Cake Maze at the recent LA Art Fair 2016 (covered), Scott Hove and Think Tank Gallery are about to open Break Bread show on February 13th. Exhibiting back to back with Baker’s Son, this large installation is shaping up to be much more than a two man art show. From February 13th until March 14th, visitors will have the chance to explore six “chambers” filled with everything from tech-based mirror mazes to an ice cream truck, a lounge area with local […]
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Rewind: Dec 23 – Feb 11

Time for another one of our Rewind features as we review recent videos that art lovers may be interested in. Leading things off is some footage of Bernie Mitchell working with an unusual medium – dry wall – to create wall sculptures. Other worthy videos include: Mel Kadel’s work with Adult Swim. Usugrow painting a wall mural for his show in Tokyo. Aryz in Ukraine. Footage of Futura painting his Houston & Bowery mural. Mars-1 sculpture arrives in Nashville. Yok & Sheryo putting in work […]
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New Group Show @ Library Street Collective

On February 27th, the Library Street Collective will be opening a group show at their Detroit space featuring a diverse selection of artists spanning different genres. Included on the roster are Adrian Falkner, AJ Fosik, Cleon Peterson, Faile, Hacer, Kelsey Brookes, Mars-1, POSE, REVOK, Ryan McGinness (seen above), Sam Friedman, Shepard Fairey, and Swoon. Check out some more preview images below… Discuss this show here.
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Previews: “beinArt Surreal Art Show 2016″ @ Copro Gallery

On February 20th, beinArt founder Jon Beinart will be curating his fifth group show at Copro Gallery. Over fifty artists have been chosen this year, each one selected for their love for surreal and imaginative themes. The roster includes Greg “Craola” Simkins, Martin Wittfooth, Travis Louie, David Stoupakis, Josh Keyes, Esao Andrews, Jana Brike, Casey Weldon, Chris Mars, Chet Zar, Redd Walitzki, Dan May, Henrik Aa. Uldalen, Marco Mazzoni, Hannah Faith Yata, F. Scott Hess, Matt Dangler, John Brosio, Naoto Hattori, Brian Viveros, Scott Scheidly, Peter Gric, […]
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Upcoming: 2nd Annual “Ema Show” @ Hatos Bar (Tokyo)

Starting on February 13th, a show organized by Hellion Gallery will be showing in Tokyo at the Hatos Bar. It’s appropriate that the 2nd annual Ema Show will start in Japan as the concept was to have artists paint the small wooden plaques on which Shinto worshipers write their prayers or wishes. Each participant was given three of the Ema plaques, so there will be two more left for future shows at Hellion’s Portland space (April  7th) and Galerie Artistik Rezo in Paris (June 21st). The […]
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POW! WOW! Hawaii ’16 / Showing: “Exploring The New Contemporary Movement” @ Honolulu Museum of Art School

Over the weekend, POW! WOW! Hawaii kicked off the festivities with a show curated by Thinkspace at the Honolulu Museum of Art School entitled Exploring The New Contemporary Movement, something they have done for the last two years before this (see 2015 & 2014). As in the past, artists were asked to contribute works that conform to a certain format, leading to a visually congruent and display of artworks. In addition, an installation from Aaron Li-Hill (interviewed) could be seen on one wall, documenting the first major American military presence in Hawaii.   Other participating artists this year include: 1010, […]
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Releases: Yoskay Yamamoto – “Sunny Flower” Series

Several days ago, Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed) released more iterations of his “Sunny Flower” series. The potted blooms are customized with the Los Angeles-based artist’s signature facial features and take inspiration from his job during college was delivering bouquets in Santa Barbara. Priced between $150 – $200, these whimsical pieces are an easy way to add something to your collection from Yamamoto. Head here if you are interested in picking one up. Discuss Yoskay Yamamoto here.
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Overtime: Feb 1 – Feb 7

More stories from the week that ended Feb 7 (click on bolded words for more information): W Magazine has photographs from the Paramount Ranch art fair. RIP: Yoshiko Kakudo, who passed away as a result of a stroke. Saudi court overturns Ashraf Fayadh’s death sentence, instead gives him eight-year prison term & 800 lashes. Mark Rothko’s son, Christopher Rothko, denies authenticating paintings at Knoedler fraud trial. Artnet covers Stephen Polcari’s testimony during the case. Eleanore De Sole testifies and cries on the stand. NY Times writes about artwork authentication in relation […]
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Upcoming: James Jean – Chinese New Year Installation @ interTrend

With Chinese New Year coming up on Monday, interTrend in Long Beach has teamed up with James Jean (interviewed) for an interactive installation to celebrate the occasion. The project centers around the red envelopes given out around the holidays by families for good luck. In this case, they have been secured to the front of the company’s building (228 E. Broadway), set to be revealed tomorrow morning to be gifted to the public. As the red packets are removed, the imagery of Jean will be slowly revealed in […]