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Upcoming: Nychos – “Ikon” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Coming up on June 25th, a new solo from Austrian artist Nychos will be opening at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Mirroring his works on the street, Ikon will features a series of paintings with his recognizable cartoonish dissected imagery. From the glimpses revealed on his Instagram, it looks like he will take aim at pop culture icons like Yoda, Darth Vader, Goofy, Knight Rider, Barbie, and Marilyn Monroe. Discuss Nychos here.
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Streets: JR @ The Louvre (Part I)

Over the last week, JR (interviewed) has been working on his latest high profile project – painting the iconic pyramid at the Louvre. The plan is to paste for the French “photograffeur” to paste a photo over the glass structure mimicking the building behind, leading to it “disappearing” from sight. He further explains – “I will never forget this day. Today I’m going to make the Louvre Pyramid disappear. It’s quite crazy being Parisian, passing the pyramid so often, then today realising I can make changes to it […]
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Overtime: May 16 – May 22

More stories from the week that ended May 23 (click on bolded words for more information): Tabor Robak – Sunflower Seed show at Team Bungalow a Must See Los Angeles pick by ArtForum. RIP: Morley Safer, who passed away at the age of 84. RIP: Darwyn Cooke, who passed away at the age of 53 due to cancer. Trollstation members receive prison sentences for pranks at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Pyotr Pavlensky beaten and suffers cracked ribs while in police custody. ABC No Rio preparing for demolition […]
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Studio Visits: Greg Simkins – “Beyond Shadows” @ KP Projects // MKG & Launch LA

Leading up to his show opening tomorrow night at KP Projects // MKG, we had a chance to take a peek at Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) prepping for the show in his studio. Entitled Beyond Shadows, the new solo will include detailed works focused on his surreal characters, some “drip script” pieces, and some new paintings of his favorite switchblade Stab E. Mack. The exhibition will take over the entire West Hollywood Gallery as well as upstairs area where Launch LA is located. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Greg Simkins here.
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Showing: Jeff Koons – “Now” @ Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery just opened Now, a solo from American artist Jeff Koons. While the Parisian institution Centre Pompidou dedicated a major retrospective to the the artist in 2015 in Paris (covered), this new showing is the first major UK exhibition to be devoted to Koons since the Serpentine Gallery’s 2009 show, Jeff Koons: Popeye Series. Spanning thirty-five years of the artist’s career, it features thirty-six paintings, works on paper and sculptures dating from 1979 to 2014. Drawn from Hirst’s collection, a number of these works have […]
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Streets: Anders Gjennestad aka STRØK (Paris)

One month ahead of his upcoming solo show with Mathgoth Gallery, Anders Gjennestad aka STRØK visited Paris and painted his largest mural to date. After two days of work, THE Norwegian artist completed this 25 meters high piece that nicely presents his recognizable style. Depicting four break dancers in midst of their performance, this mural was like most his work – based on the photos the artist took himself. For this piece, he created realistic stencils from photographs, showing only the person and its shadow. Always playing […]
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Previews: Addam Yekutieli (Know Hope) – “The Truth, As Told In Our Mother Tongue” @ Die Kunstagentin

On May 26th, Die Kunstagentin gallery in Cologne, Germany will be opening a solo show by Addam Yekutieli aka Know Hope. The Tel-Aviv-based artist will be showing a new body of work and a large site-specific installation collectively titled The Truth, As Told In Our Mother Tongue. Continuing his series that speaks of borders, patriotism and natural identity, eternally sensitive questions in his homeland, the new exhibition is hugely influenced by the current refugee crisis. As seen on the preview photos we just received, Yekutieli is using his familiar imagery to […]
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Showing: Eric Yahnker – “Steve Jobs’ Day Off” @ The Hole

After a showing in Los Angeles a couple months ago (covered), Eric Yahnker is at it again – this time in New York. His show Steve Jobs’ Day Off will be closing it out at the end of this week at The Hole and as you can see from the title, once again highlights the LA-based artist’s humor and love for satire. The new body of work consists of eight new works on paper, along with sculpture and installation that reference pop culture, politics, and quirks of society as […]
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Releases: James Jean – “Melon” Print

Next week, James Jean (interviewed) will be releasing a new print off his website in a time-limited manner, making it available for 12 hours starting at 8:00 AM PDT on Wednesday, May 25th and ending at 7:59 PM PDT. Melon was created to celebrate summer and will be sized at 27″ x 20″ (image size 24″ x 18″) with the price set at $200. Head over here at the appropriate time if you are interested in adding this to your collection. Discuss James Jean here.
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Openings: “Better Habits” @ Athen B. Gallery

Downtown Oakland was in for a treat last Saturday night. Local artist Lauren Napolitano teamed up with UK’s David Bray and Word To Mother to collaborate on a group exhibition called Better Habits. Collectively, these three artists’ work compliment each other’s styles so well that at times it was hard to tell who’s who on each piece. Those who follow graffiti & street art will immediately recognize Word to Mother’s work. Napolitano’s work is a lot more folksy with painted found objects, skulls, photographs, and […]
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