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Releases: Dabs Myla – “Alphabet Paper Studies”

This morning, Dabs Myla kicked off a 72 hour period in which you can order their Alphabet Paper Studies through their web store. Each piece is hand painted to order allowing collectors to buy multiples letters for initials, names, or anything at all. Also, each letter will have unique variances so that they are all one of a kind. Sized at 5″ x 7″, the acrylic on paper paintings will cost $300 each. Discuss Dabs Myla here.

POW! WOW! Hawaii ’18 / Previews: “Exploring The New Contemporary Movement” @ Honolulu Museum of Art School

With this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii fast approaching, it’s time to preview the annual associated Exploring The New Contemporary Movement group exhibition (see 2017 & 2016 & 2015 & 2014) curated by Thinkspace. The fifth iteration of the group exhibition will open on February 11th and will once again be held at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, featuring a larger 24″ x 24″ format. Participants for 2018 include Adam Caldwell, Alex Yanes, Alvaro Naddeo, Andrew Schoultz, Anthony Ausgang, Anthony Clarkson, Bezt, Bordalo II, Brooks Salzwedel, Carl Cashman, Casey Weldon, Christopher Konecki, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker , […]

Upcoming: Mattin Wittfooth – “Katabasis” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Here’s some really advance notice of a new solo show from Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) coming in October at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. As you can see from this in-progress photo of a new 85″ x 105″ piece entitled Conquest, there are some epic things planned for the new body of work collectively entitled Katabasis. He states “this series will feature the largest and most ambitious paintings of my career to date.” Discuss Martin Wittfooth here.

Releases: Naturel – “Death’s Playground” Print

Graphic designer and artist Naturel recently released a new print entitled Death’s Playground, a continuation of his popular death series. The image features skeletons playing basketball, all rendered in the Chamorro artist’s signature aesthetic that is modern take on cubism. Sized at 27 1/2″ x 19 3/4″, it’s limited to an edition of 23 and can be purchased here for $180.

Previews: David Lyle – “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” @ Lyons Wier Gallery

Tomorrow night (February 1st), Lyons Wier Gallery will be hosting the opening for Don’t Quit Your Day Job, David Lyle’s latest solo with the New York showspace. The new paintings stay true to the Brooklyn-based artist’s sardonic sense of humor with him re-imagining famous artists working side jobs to support their passion for art, something mirrored in his own life. Rendered like the photos from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s that he collects, Lyle’s pieces are created with a time-consuming process starting with black paint and then slowly […]

Releases: Luke Chueh – “Wish You Were Here” Print

1xRun has just released a new limited edition from Luke Chueh (interviewed) entitled Wish You Were Here, a homage to the Pink Floyd classic. Priced at $85, produced in a run of 100, and sized at 12″ x 12″, each print comes uniquely hand-torch as well as signed and numbered by Chueh. He further explains – “To me, the painting illustrates the sadistic relationship I have with my characters. I imagine the bear thinking of me – ‘Wish You Were here, on fire, you sadistic son of […]

Upcoming: Cleon Peterson – “Shadow of Men” @ MCA Denver

This Friday (February 2nd), the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) will be opening up an exhibition from Cleon Peterson spanning their entire second floor. Featuring the provocative artist’s starkly violent imagery, the show will put on display paintings, sculptures, and murals, including what looks to be a striking “wrap” of the building’s facade. If you plan to attend the winter opening celebration (also welcoming in new exhibitions from Diego Rodriguez-Warner and Arthur Jafa), you will need to procure tickets here. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.

Releases: James Jean – “The Shape of Water” Print

Currently, James Jean (interviewed) has a time-limited print on release until 7:59 AM PST on Wednesday, January 31st. The Shape of Water was created for the award winning film of the same name with James working directly with Guillermo del Toro to create an image for the official one sheet. Sized at 33 1/2” x 23”, it comes signed and numbered from the Los Angeles-based artist and priced at $200. Head over here for more details and to purchase if you want to add it to your collection. Discuss James Jean here.

Upcoming: Matsukatsu Sashie – “Kaleidoscope” @ KP Projects

Returning to KP Projects in Los Angeles, site of his successful showing there in 2015 (covered), Masakatsu Sashie will be presenting a new body of work starting February 3rd. Entitled Kaleidoscope, the solo exhibition from the Japanese artist will surely be anchored by his signature suspended orbs of manmade objects. Those planning to attend the 7-10pm opening reception need to kindly RSVP to: [email protected] Discuss Masakatsu Sashie here.

Kazuhiro Tsuji – Mark Ryden Sculpture

Continuing his uncanny ability to capture the human form with his artistic touch, Kazuhiro Tsuji recently revealed his newest sculpture at the Copro Gallery booth during the LA Art Show. Joining a series of works from the Japanese sculptor that has included famed artists like Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Robert Crumb is a larger-than-life head of the legendary Mark Ryden. Perched precariously on a big eye, perhaps a referencing one of the key features of the lowbrow luminary’s work, is a mind-blowingingly accurate replication […]