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Previews: Chris Johanson – “Imperfect Reality with Figures and Challenging Abstraction” @ The Conversation

Imperfect Reality with Figures and Challenging Abstraction is the title of an installation by Chris Johanson that will open on September 17th at The Conversation. His first Berlin solo show will be hosted by a nomadic cultural project founded by curator and artist Aaron Rose and gallerist Johann Haehling von Lanzenauer. On view through December 3rd, the showing will be comprised of new paintings and works on paper made with recycled materials. Diverse in his output, the LA-based artist works with painting, drawing, sculpture, and music, which often depict […]
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Showing: “The New Vanguard” @ Lancaster Museum of Art and History

Earlier this month, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) unveiled Made In America, a multi-part exhibition exploring “common themes of American innovation and culture through each artist’s individual interpretation of what it is to be an American existing in contemporary society.” As part of this event, the museum collaborated with Thinkspace Gallery to present murals and installations inside by Alex Yanes, Bumblebeelovesyou, Meggs, and Yoskay Yamamoto (seen above) as well as The New Vanguard, a group exhibition in the South Gallery featuring works from the artists listed below: Aaron Li-Hill, Adam Caldwell, Alex Garant, Alex Yanes, Amandalynn, Amy Sol, Benjamin Garcia, Brett Amory, Brian Viveros, C215, Carl […]
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Releases: Rod Luff – “Afterglow” Print

The People’s Print Shop recently released a new limited edition from Rod Luff entitled Afterglow. Available in a signed and numbered run of 30, the image from the Sydney-based artist is taken from his piece from the recent Moleskin V group show which he co-curated. Sized at 11″ x 14″ and priced at $34.95, the print is available here for those interested. Discuss Rod Luff here.
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Overtime: Aug 15 – Aug 21

More stories from the week that ended Aug 21 (click on bolded words for more information): David Hockney: The Yosemite Suite show is a pick in Artnet’s Must-See Art Guide: Los Angeles. RIP: John Vaccaro, who passed away at the age of 86 due to complications from surgery. RIP: Jacques Terzian, who passed away at the age of 94. Marina Abramović compares Aborigines to dinosaurs and has other racist thoughts in her upcoming book. The artist responds. Publisher will remove racist passages from book. Dale Chihuly criticized for his […]
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Streets: SHOK-1 (Paris)

Shok-1 was recently invited to Paris by his artist friend Franck Duvall. During his visit, the pioneer of aerosol X-ray art painted a new mural titled Dark Magic. The image depicts hands forming a shadow puppet bunny, with the shadow behind being an anatomically correct X-ray of a rabbit. The clever idea is completed by mixing two different techniques which accent his unique style. The hands are drawn using brush and ink, creating clean lines and a sharp image, while the x-ray part is done using his […]
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Showing: “Character” @ V1 gallery

Copenhagen’s V1 gallery is currently showing a large group show titled Character. Celebrating the use of character in practice and work, the exhibition includes some fantastic works from a vast array artists that the gallery has been working with over the years. The idea behind the show is to showcase artists with a strong visual identity. From emerging ones to well known and established names, the exhibition includes artists that use distinctive characters or characteristic elements frequently in their works. Included are Kaws‘ remix of classic Peanuts […]
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Upcoming: “Non Non Violence” @ Guerrero Gallery

Tonight in San Francisco, Guerrero Gallery will be opening a group show in their new space entitled Non Non Violence. The exhibition is “response to how it feels to persist amidst an increasingly volatile and oppressive climate of hatred and mistrust–some of us persisting at much greater risk due to pigmentation, bodily inscription, economic standing, or otherwise.” You can read more about it here. Participants include: Andrew Schoultz (seen above), Bayete Ross Smith, Cate White, Cheryl Pope, Diedrick Brackens, Kenneth P. Green Sr., Libby Black, […]
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Streets: AEC (Interesni Kazki) // Bloop Festival (Ibiza)

Earlier this month, AEC from Interesni Kazki (interviewed) traveled to Ibiza for the latest Bloop Festival. The mural was painted as part of the OpenAir.Gallery project, the festival’s long term plan to convert the island into a true gallery under the skies, open all year round. Entitled The Revolution, and located Sant Antoni de Portmany, the piece features his signature surrealistic and symbolic style. Discuss Interesni Kazki here.
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Inside the Home of Mark Ryden & Marion Peck

For those curious what the home of someone with the imagination of Mark Ryden (interviewed) looks like, Curbed LA recently paid a visit to the house in Eagle Rock that he shares with his wife and artist Marion Peck. In situations like this, sometimes the artist’s home is completely normal like anyone else’s home, but sometimes, the home is just as fantastic as fans of the artist’s work may have expected. We now know that Ryden falls into the second category with his art and sculptural pieces […]
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Releases: Rustam QBic – “After School” Print

A few months after completing a mural with this same image in Bodo, Norway, Rustam Qbic recently announced a new hand finished print release through Unframed Editions. After School screen prints will be released on Tuesday, August 23rd at 6pm London time (1pm New-York) in two editions. Inspired by the unique nature in the region, as well as the quaint life of the remote Norway city, Russian artist created a playful image depicting a young boy spray painting the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) above his town. The […]