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Upcoming: Stella Im Hultberg – “Mago” @ Spoke Art (SF)

Following up on her solo there in 2015 (covered), Stella Im Hultberg (interviewed) will be opening a show at  Spoke Art in San Francisco this Thursday, August 31st. Entitled Mago, the new body of work from the Portland-based artist includes paintings and drawings that explore her Korean heritage, traditional folk stories, and her experiences with having a child. The name of the exhibition is taken from the mother of mothers and root of creation in Korean mythology, something that resonates with Stella as a mother and an artist. Available […]

Releases: James Jean – “Hunting Party II” Print

Coming up next week (August 29th), James Jean (interviewed) will be releasing a new time limited edition entitled Hunting Party II. The print depicts all the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, comes sized at 21-15/16″ tall × 29-1/2″ wide (image size: 18-3/4″ tall × 27-5/16″ wide), and cost $200. It will only be available for 24 hours starting at 8:00 AM PDT on Monday, August 28th and ending at 7:59 AM on Tuesday, August 29th here for those interested. Discuss James Jean here.

Overtime: Aug 14 – Aug 20

More stories from the week that ended Aug 20 (click on bolded words for more information): Kara Walker’s press release for her upcoming Sept. show is a work of art itself. The story about it, from her assistant. RIP: Tshiamo Naledi Letlhogonolo Pinky Mayeng (1993–2017). RIP: Chiara Fumai, who passed away at the age of 39. RIP: Gunnar Birkerts, who passed away at the age of 92. All 16 of the artists, authors, performers and architects on President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigns. The secret […]

Openings: Josh Keyes – “Implosion” @ Thinkspace Gallery

A couple weekends ago, Josh Keyes (interviewed) unveiled a new body of work entitled Implosion at Thinkspace Gallery for his long awaited solo show in Los Angeles. The new paintings continue the Portland-based artist’s thoughts on a possible dystopian future, something even more frightening in this political climate. Keyes’ masterful rendering of of nature and the excesses of mankind creates a powerful new series of works that make the viewer consider what we can do to change the bleak outlook for our species and world. Keyes further states – […]

Overtime: Aug 7 – Aug 13

More stories from the week that ended Aug 13 (click on bolded words for more information): Holland Cotter writes about Blue Black show at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, curated by Glenn Ligon. RIP: Martin Roth, who passed away at the age of 62. Tim Reeve remembers Roth. RIP: Arlene Gottfried, who passed away at the age of 66. Continental Art Supplies in Reseda, CA closing after 57 years so that owner can retire. Biennale de Montréal in $200k debt to artists, installers and other small suppliers. Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova […]

Previews: Nicoletta Ceccoli & Yuka Sakuma – “Hide and Seek” & “Miniature Garden” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On Angust 19th, along with a showing from Brandi Milne, Corey Helford Gallery will also be presenting solos from Nicoletta Ceccoli (interviewed) & Yuka Sakuma. Entitled Hide and Seek, the new acrylic and colored pencil works on paper (pictured first) from the San Marino, Italy-based Ceccoli features her children disguising themselves or in the act of hiding. Her characters appear innocent on the surface, but when you look more into the details of her surreal compositions you will notice more menacing and frightful themes running in the background. Sakuma, on […]

Studio Visits: Brandi Milne

With Brandi Milne’s solo Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom opening soon (August 19th) at Corey Helford Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles, now is a good time to bring you some shots from her studio. Surrounded by her paintings, reference photos, and various paraphernalia, the locally-based artist definitely has many sources of inspiration in her work space. Take a look at more photos that give you an idea of what to expect when the exhibition opens as well as an interview with Milne below… Photo and video credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Brandi […]

Previews: “Delusional” @ Jonathan Levine Projects

On August 9th, Jonathan Levine Projects will be opening Delusional, the result of their first annual juried exhibition searching for “the next great artist. Winners of the contest this year include: Adam Crawford (Philadelphia), Alê Jordão (Brazil), Alyssa B. DeVille (Pennsylvania), Anthony Freda (New York), Austin Parkhill (Alaska), Aya Kakeda (New York), Benjamin Nordsmark (New York), Caitlin McCormack (Pennsylvania), Charles V. Bennett (Tennesse), Choi Wong (the Netherlands), David Miller (New York), Diana Carolina Lopez (Mexico), Fiona Smyth(Canada), Garry Buckley (New Zealand), Helenbar (Brazil), Holly Matthews (Pennsylvania), Hyunjin Alex Park (Korea), Ian Cumberland (Ireland), Jennifer Gennari (New York), Jeremy Burks (Texas), Jim Salvati (California), Jim Woodring (Washington), Johnathan Reiner (Israel), Josh Tiessen (Canada), Julia Ibbini (United Arab Emirates), Julian Clavijo (Australia), Kirpy (Australia), Masha Gusova (Denmark), Merve Morkoc (Turkey), Nicci Sevier-Vuyk (Texas), Radoslaw Liwen (Scotland), Rick Newton (Florida), Risa Tochigi (New York), Ronald Gonzalez (New York), Stikman (Pennsylvania), Thomas John Carlson(New Jersey), Thomas Robert Meyers (New York), Trent Taft (New Jersey), Tyler Whitlock (North […]

Releases: Josh Keyes – “Spray” Print

Tomorrow (August 9th) at 10AM Pacific Time, Josh Keyes (interviewed) will be releasing a new print through Thinkspace Gallery entitled Spray. The image is taken from the Portland-based artist’s current show at the Culver City gallery and will be reproduced in an edition of 75. The print will be sized at 16″ x 20″ (14 x 18 inch full sized reproduction image area), come hand signed and numbered by Keyes,  and will cost $250. Head over here at the appropriate time if you are interested in purchasing. Discuss Josh Keyes here.

Previews: AJ Fosik – “From Ripe to Rot” @ Library Street Collective

On August 19th, Library Street Collective will be opening a solo show from AJ Fosik (featured) entitled From Ripe to Rot. Inspired by city he was born in, the Motor City’s continued evolution, transformation, and reinvention fuels the ideas behind this new body of work featuring his intricate wood assemblages. Fosik’s practice is informed by folk art, taxidermy, and cultural rituals which can be seen in the three dimensional beasts he creates as well in the newer more contained compositional pieces. Discuss AJ Fosik here.