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Streets: Sepe – “Selfie in the Circus” (Poland)

Recently at an abandoned structure in Poland, Sepe painted a new mural entitled Selfie in the Circus. The piece is dedicated to an upcoming show of the same title at Soon Gallery in Zurich scheduled to open on May 19th. Created in the same color palette as many of the originals in his new body of work, the wall features a circle of pointing individuals surrounding a single figure, continuing the Warsaw-based artist’s commentary on society.
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Showing: Charming Baker – ‘Sweet Nothing’ @ S|2

Sotheby’s contemporary art gallery in London S|2 is currently housing an exhibition (running until May 27th) of new works by Charming Baker (covered) entitled Sweet Nothing. The solo includes canvases, a series of studies on paper, and large scale drawings. Known to purposefully damage his work by drilling, cutting and even shooting it, the British artist intentionally puts into question the preciousness of art and the definition of its beauty, adding to the emotive charge of the work he produces. Working towards his new exhibition, he has described his overriding […]
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Previews: Kepa Garraza -“Riot” @ Castor Gallery

On May 12th, Castor Gallery in NYC will be opening an exhibition of paintings and charcoal drawings by Kepa Garraza. The show titled Riot is inspired by civil unrest, uprising and rebellion. Divided in two parts, the Bilbao-based artist’S NYC debut consists of six charcoal drawings showing masked anarchistic protestors and six oil paintings depicting the aftermath of vandalism at galleries and art institutions. Both inspired by similar actual events seen around us, these fictional works continue Garraza’s practice to create work in series. The idea behind these pieces is to question what is truth and what is fiction […]
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Upcoming: Hush – “Allure” @ Corey Helford Gallery

The next artist to show at Corey Helford Gallery’s new space in downtown LA is British street artist Hush (interviewed). Known for his East meets West style mixed with some stylistic cues from the street, the man who hails from Newcastle will be opening his show entitled Allure on May 28th. Look for 24 new mixed media paintings as well as probably some limited editions when the fresh body of work is revealed. Discuss Hush here.
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Previews: Andrew Hem – “Mountain Full” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Andrew Hem (interviewed) will be moving east for his next solo show, scheduled to open May 14th at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York. For his first solo at the Chelsea showspace, he will bring his surreal paintings influenced by his Asian heritage and the urban sensibility of his formative years in Los Angeles. Often times, his characters jump or hover over otherworldly scenes oftentimes rendered in vivid blues & greens. Hem elaborates – “I love creating worlds that do not exist. A world where people don’t care about others’ […]
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Previews: Ryan Hewett @ Unit London

Unit London will be showing an exclusive preview of new works by Ryan Hewett (interviewed) from the 16th until the 22nd of May. The South African artist will be presenting  14 new paintings on canvas as an insight into his new body of work. The exhibition is sort of a preview of his forthcoming solo that will be held in London during Frieze Week in October. Following his successful London show from 2015, the new showing will continue his work on abstract portraits and “the exploration of the human psyche and deconstruction of his subject […]
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Openings: Axel Void – “Nobody” @ Athen B. Gallery

On May 7th, Athen B. Gallery opened a solo show by Axel Void at their pop-up location (222 Broadway St.) in Downtown Oakland. As a tribute to regular people, paying homage to mundanity and the everyday life, Nobody is built around the life story of Alvie Morris. Alejandro Hugo Dorda Meys aka Axel Void has been known for painting large murals of anonymous people by taking random photos from the Internet as a reference. A couple of years ago, he created a mural with an image of a young boy with glasses in Atlanta and few […]
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Upcoming: Paco Pomet – “Recent Paintings” @ Richard Heller Gallery

For his third solo with Richard Heller Gallery, Paco Pomet will be presenting some Recent Paintings that continue his now well known modus operandi. The Granada-based artist creates works of art that look like loosely rendered vintage photos and landscapes that have unusual color accents or delightful surreal elements that can be seen when examined more closely. The opening is scheduled for May 14th for those interested in the Los Angeles area.
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Releases: Dan May – “Road Trippin'” Print

On May 12th, this Thursday (12pm EST), Dan May (interviewed) will be releasing a new print entitled Road Trippin’ featuring some of his signature hairy critters going for a ride. Originally part of his Gentle Creatures print subscription but a few will be made available in his online shop. Produced in an edition of 50, and measuring  14″ X 11″, you can purchase one to add to your collection for $65 if so desired. Discuss Dan May here.
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Previews: Mike Leavitt – “King Cuts” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Returning to Jonathan LeVine Gallery after a successful showing there in 2013 (covered), Mike Leavitt (interviewed) will be presenting a new body of work come May 14th. Entitled King Cuts, the new sculptures focus on renowned directors, molded in a way that recalls some of their most famous movies. Carved from a single block of wood, the new pieces measure 18 inches tall at one quarter inch scale. The Seattle-based artist further explains – “I love movies and I love art. The magic overwhelms me. Moviemakers are consumed by […]