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Releases: Tomokazu Matsuyama Monograph

Recently, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) release a new 109 page monograph featuring images of his intensely colorful work. The Japanese artist’s unique artistic language mixes both the figurative and abstract, inspired by Edo period woodblock prints and paintings as well as his experiences growing up in the States. Included also are photos from the Brooklyn-based artist’s studio and documentation of his more recent showings like his sculptures and public art at Harbour City Hong Kong in 2014 (covered) and his exhibition at Zidoun-Bossuyt Galley in 2015 (covered). Those interested in purchasing the […]
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Upcoming: “Daydreaming with UNKLE Presents…” @ Lazarides Rathbone

On January 20th, James Lavelle will take over Lazarides Rathbone with Daydreaming with UNKLE Presents… THE ROAD: SOHO, a unique exhibition centered on his British music collective UNKLE in anticipation of the forthcoming album THE ROAD. The immersive show (similar to a previous iteration in Hong Kong) will explore music, art and street culture from artists and collaborators like Futura, Doug Foster, John Isaacs, Norbert Schoerner, John Nolan, Nathan Coley, Ben Drury, Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, Dexter Navy, Seamus Farrell and more. Check out all the details here. […]
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Films: Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence

Following a number of screenings across the US this year, Wall Writers has been released on iTunes. The meticulously researched documentary chronicles the birth of graffiti and explains how working class kids wrote their names as an assertion of their existence and their personal identity, distinct from the political and gang graffiti which preceded the movement. This, along with an accompanying book by the same name, is the latest project by Roger Gastman, who previously co-curated MOCA’s landmark Art in the Streets exhibition (covered) and […]
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Streets: Faith47 – “La Petite Mort” Series (India)

While spending about a week in Panjim, India, Faith47 painted a series of works entitled La Petite Mort. Using the imagery of the lotus flower, strikingly contrasted against the gritty streets of the capital city, the South African artist sends a hopeful message to those that happen across her pieces. She further states – “The lotus, while rooted in the mud, blossoms on long stalks floating above the mud. This ability for something so strong and pure growing out of dirty water is symbolic of our […]
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Overtime: Dec 12 – Dec 18

More stories from the week that ended Dec 18 (click on bolded words for more information): Aperture writes about Matthew Brandt’s new works. Palmyra attacked and recaptured by Isil militants and fears are growing over its fate. PULSE cancels New York edition of its far and launches new year-round programming. Heritage auction house sues Christie’s and Collectrium over alleged data theft. Henry Rollins thinks that burning punk rock artifacts and memorabilia is not punk. American Institute of Architects posthumously awards Paul Revere Williams its highest honor. […]
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Upcoming: Junko Mizuno – “Takarabune” @ Nucleus Gallery

Tonight in Los Angeles, Nucleus Gallery will be hosting a new exhibition from Junko Mizuno entitled Takarabune. The solo from the Japanese artist continues her exploration of the pop culture and the spiritual aspects of her country with an emphasis on the Seven Lucky Gods, as referenced by the title of her show. A collection of hand-made head dresses and accessories inspired by Mizuno’s paintings by artist Alston Stephanus will also be on display during the opening. Discus Junko Mizuno here.
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Basel Week ’16 / Openings: Wynwood Walls Exhibition

In addition to the new murals (covered) painted at Wynwood Walls for this year’s Basel Week Miami, Goldman Global Arts also opened an exhibition at the Garden House in the complex. The group show featured original paintings and sculptural works from many of the artists who have been involved with Wynwood Walls in the past. Take a look at more photos from the opening below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Basel Week Miami here.
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Showing: Ai Weiwei – “Laundromat” @ Deitch Projects

Currently at Deitch Projects in New York through December 23rd, Ai Weiwei has an immersive installation on view entitled Laundromat. Continuing to address the refugee crisis in Europe, the Chinese artist (once a refugee himself) has filled the large space with garments, shoes, and personal effects that he acquired from the refugee camps housing Syrian immigrants near the border of Greece, along with snippets of media coverage and photos he took. The wet and soiled items were left behind in Idomeni as the refugees moved on, at […]
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Release: El Mac – “Peyote Blossoms” Print

It’s hard to believe but the Peyote Blossoms print from El Mac is still available from Santo Press. The 13.5″ x 10.5″ image on 17.5″ x 13.5″ paper comes in an edition of 45 and costs $300. The beautiful six color relief print from photopolymer plate and multi-block linocut comes signed and numbered and can be purchased here. Discuss El Mac here.
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Releases: Jeff Soto – “Flower Ornaments”

Just in time for Christmas, Jeff Soto (interviewed) has designed some ornaments based on his flower and seeker imagery. Released through Plywerk, each one is $26 each or can be purchased in a set like the flower bundle where each bloom represents a month of the year. Check out all the available options here. Discuss Jeff Soto here.
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