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Overtime: Sept 26 – Oct 2

More stories from the week that ended Oct 2 (click on bolded words for more information): Conceptual Fine Arts discusses Michael Rey’s show at ZERO. RIP: Nils Erik Gjerdevik, who passed away suddenly at the age of 54. RIP: Shirley Jaffe, passes away at the age of 93. Candice Hopkins writes an Elegy for Annie Pootoogook (1969–2016). Render Stetson-Shanahan stabs roommate Carolyn Bush to death. Both artists were recent Bard graduates. Activists in Russia force closure of Jock Sturges’s show over child porn. Police investigating whether Annie Pootoogook’s […]
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Upcoming: POW! WOW! Japan 2016

Following up a successful inaugural event (covered) last year in Tokyo, POW! WOW! Japan is back with the 2016 (October 17-22) edition in a new location. Hitting the streets of Kobe (on Rokko Island) will be a roster of artists including Persue, Push, Sam Rodriguez, Cinta Vidal, John “Prime” Hina, Kami and Sasu of Hitotzuki, Ryuichi Ogino, Jun Inoue and Kensuke Takahashi. Along with the public art (paint sponsors Benjamin Moore Japan and Montana Cans) planned for a school campus, residential area and at a skatepark, there […]
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Openings: Ryan Hewett – ‘Order’ @ Unit London

South African artist Ryan Hewett (interviewed) has returned to London for a new solo show at The Unit London entitled Order featuring a new series of expressive and semi-abstract portraits. Depicted figures include himself as well as Egon Schiele, Marcel Duchamp, Lucien Freud, Samuel Beckett, and Audrey Hepburn. Unlike his 2015 solo show Untitled in which he created deliberately chaotic and semi-abstract portraits of famous figures, the new body of work is more planned and focused with abstract strokes and a textured pasto technique. Photos: Butterfly Art News  Discuss […]
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Streets: Bezt // Etam Cru – “The Sleeping Knight” (Las Vegas)

Last week in Las Vegas, Bezt from Etam Cru painted a lovely new mural entitled The Sleeping Knight for the Life Is Beautiful Festival. Curated by JUSTKIDS, artists from all over the world came to leave their mark on Sin City including one half of the Polish street art duo. Painting a boy asleep in church juxtaposed by the stain glass image of a knight in armor slaying a dragon, one can almost imagine the dream he must be having. Discuss Etam Cru here. Photo credit: JUSTKIDS, @eltipoese, […]
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Previews: Seonna Hong – “In Our Nature” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

In about a week, Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco will be presenting a new solo from Seonna Hong (interviewed). Entitled In Our Nature, the new body of work from the Los Angeles-based artist will continue to expand on her expressionistic landscapes, acrylic works on canvas as well as small vignettes on paint chips. The scenes usually involve her human and animal subjects interacting with environments created from abstract and loose elements. The exhibition will be on view from October 8 to the 29th. Discuss this show here. Discuss Seonna Hong here.
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Showing: POSE – “FRANKLY” @ Library Street Collective (Los Angeles)

Currently at the Library Street Collective’s new branch in Los Angeles, Jordan Nickel aka POSE has a solo show on view entitled FRANKLY. For the gallery’s LA inaugural residency and exhibition, the artist prepared a series of 16 paintings on paper and one on panel that were created in a more stripped down style and with a more muted palette. He further elaborates – “For awhile now, I’ve been making these quick digital sketches with appropriated Bat Masterson comic frames from the 1960s, and they became […]
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Upcoming: Jamian Juliano-Villani – “The World’s Greatest Planet on Earth” @ Studio Voltaire

Tomorrow night (September 30th) in London, the preview for the Jamian Juliano-Villani solo show will be opening at the non-profit gallery Studio Voltaire. The New York-based artist’s work is an bizarre amalgamation of popular culture and appropriated material, reinterpreted through the lens of her warped vision which can oftentimes make the viewer uncomfortable and yet intrigued at the same time. Entitled The World’s Greatest Planet on Earth, the exhibition will be the American artist’s first solo presentation in a public institution outside of the US and will include never before exhibited sculptural installations […]
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Previews: Deth P. Sun – “Hocus Pocus” @ Giant Robot 2

This Saturday, October 1st, Giant Robot 2 will be opening a new show from Deth P. Sun entitled Hocus Pocus. On view through October 19th will be more of his acrylic on wood paintings featuring his beloved cat adventurer. Along with vivid colors and renderings of lush flora, the whimsical pieces from Sun feature his character shrunk down in size in comparison to his surroundings while on its explorations. Discuss Deth P. Sun here.
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Previews: Jeff Soto – “Graffiti” @ Bunsen Goetz Galerie

Tomorrow night (September 30th) in Germany, Jeff Soto (interviewed) will be opening a new solo at Bunsen Goetz Galerie in Nuremberg, a followup to his show there with his friend in 2013 (covered). Entitled Graffiti, the exhibition references the roots of his artistic expression and will include large works on unstretched canvas and smaller stencil based paintings on wood. In the new body of work, the American artist will also presenting some more experimental pieces, a elaboration of the flowers seen in his imagery which take inspiration from […]
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Upcoming: Kevin Cyr – “Hommage” @ Matthew Namour Gallery

On September 29th, Matthew Namour Gallery will be presenting Kevin Cyr’s (interviewed) first solo show in Montreal entitled Homage. The new body of work will be a continuation of the American artist’s case studies of everyday work vehicles – the more imperfections, signs of age, and graffiti – the better. As is his usual practice, Cyr spent time documenting and then painting his subject matter while telling their story through his art. Discuss Kevin Cyr here.
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