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Previews: “Sea Sick in Paradise” @ Depart Foundation Malibu Village

Few things remind us of summer in America more than surfing and Southern California, specifically, Malibu. When you combine those two things with art, you have a fantastic timely mix for a warm weather exhibition. DEPART Foundation presents Sea Sick in Paradise, a group show curated by Amy Yao.  The exhibition features works in a variety of media by 44 artists (including Barry McGee and Margaret Kilgallen), many of whom are surfers themselves or inspired by surfing, the ocean, and coastal culture. Showing in context with these visual artists’ works are […]

Previews: Edwin Ushiro – “A Survey” @ Giant Robot 2

On July 8th, Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles will be opening a new solo from Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) entitled A Survey. Like his showing with the gallery back in 2015 (covered), the locally-based artist delves deep into his youth with nostalgic scenes from his experiences growing up in Hawaii. Created through his unique process and novel technique, the paintings seem to glow with a luminous light  like a memory extracted from Ushiro’s Pensieve. Ushiro further explains – “Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafacdio Hearn is […]

Overtime: June 26 – July 2

More stories from the week that ended July 2 (click on bolded words for more information): Serpentine Galleries releases new Gerhard Richter edition, produced by HENI Productions. RIP: Sylvia Hougland, who passed away at the age of 78. RIP: Richard Benson, who passed away at the age of 74. RIP: Paul Fitzgerald, who passed away at the age of 94. Judge orders Salvador Dali’s body to be exhumed for a paternity suit. Two people have died looking for Forrest Fenn’s buried treasure. Native American artists from around US […]

Upcoming: Andreas Englund – “Superlife Uncut” @ Distinction Gallery

On July 8th, Distinction Gallery in Escondido, California will be opening a solo show by Andreas England entitled Superlife Uncut. On view will be the Swedish artist’s signature humerous portraiture of an aging superhero and the details of his everyday mundane life. Timed to be on display during the San Diego Comic-Con, the exhibition will be perfect subject matter for fans to make the trek up north to catch a glimpse of England’s paintings. Discuss Andrew England here.

Overtime: June 19 – June 25

More stories from the week that ended June 25 (click on bolded words for more information): Frieze reviews Joyce Pensato’s show at Lisson Gallery, London. RIP: Hans Breder, who passed away at the age of 81. RIP: Joella Jean Mahoney, who passed away at the age of 84. RIP: Julius Schmidt, who passed away at the age of 94. Silberkuppe Gallery closes after 10 years in business in Berlin. ISIS bombs and destroys historic Al Nuri Grand Mosque in Mosul. Third noose discovered hanging near National Mall, outside the National […]

Fashion: James Jean / Ollie Schrauwen x Prada SS 2018 Collection

Continuing his long time collaboration with Prada, James Jean (interviewed) has followed up his recent work on their 2018 Resort Collection (covered) with work on their SS 2018 Collection. Comic books where the inspiration for the spring/summer season, something the Jean is familiar with as he first made his name creating the acclaimed cover illustrations for the comic series Fables as a young artist. This time around, he joins Belgium artist Ollie Schrauwen in turning the Prada space into the inside of a graphic novel for their runway show at Men’s Fashion […]

Overtime: June 12- June 18

More stories from the week that ended June 17 (click on bolded words for more information): Lisa Yuskavage’s debut show with Zwirner Gallery in London. RIP: Khadija Saye, who passed away at the age of 24. When she was among the missing after London tower blaze. David Lammy speaks about her and the fire, calling it “corporate manslaughter”. RIP: Edit deAk (1950-2017). MAMA Gallery closes its space in LA. NY Times looks back on the life of the late Benjamin Cho. On Stellar Rays gallery to close and reopen as […]

Yoskay Yamamoto // LA Film Festival

Those of you who have seen billboards advertising for this year’s LA Film Festival may have recognized the imagery of Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed). The Los Angeles-based artist’s familiar characters and palette also grace the materials associated with the event including website and newspaper ads. The festival started today, so head over for some good movies and also to enjoy some of Yamamoto’s art. Billboard photo via Giant Robot. Discuss Yoskay Yamamoto here.

Releases: James Jean – “Bouquet” Print

Those of you who remember seeing the September 2016 issue of Juxtapoz may recognize this image from James Jean (interviewed) that will be released as a print soon. Bouquet was also featured in the Juxtapoz x Superflat show (covered) in Vancouver last year, co-curated by Jux’s Pricco and Takashi Murakami. The print will be made available for 24 hours starting at 8:00 AM PDT on the day of the summer solstice, Tuesday, June 20 and ending at 7:59 AM PDT on Wednesday, June 21. The edition will be limited by the number of […]

Upcoming: Scott Listfield – “Franchise” @ Gallery 1988

This Friday night, June 16th, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles will be opening a new show from Scott Listfield entitled Franchise. As the titled suggests, the American artist will be taking aim at some of the familiar chains in the food industry that we all take a guilty pleasure in partaking. As usual, his trusty astronaut will be the main character as we revisit some of these fast food icons in a possible dystopian future. Listfield explains – “Do you know anyone who lands at LAX […]