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Showing: “SWIM 1″ @ New Image Art

On July 11th, New Image Art hosted the opening of a large SWIM 1 group show. Put together by young curators Yarrow Slaps & Auguste Somers from SF & LA, this show features a wide array of over 40 artists with vastly different backgrounds – from up-and-coming artists and creative individuals with a strong urge to capture their reality, interests, or life, to legendary Mission school representatives like Barry Mcgee, Alicia Mccarthy, Chris Johanson. While on the surface, the event was a group exhibition at an art gallery, […]
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Showing: Thierry Noir – “Jazz” @ Howard Griffin Gallery

After setting up Thierry Noir’s London retrospective (covered) and a Los Angeles show (covered), Howard Griffin Gallery invited the legendary Berlin wall artist to put together another solo show that celebrates his second biggest love – music. Jazz was planned as a synthesis between the worlds of art and music through the colorful and playful filter of Noir’s practice, and it resulted in an overwhelming sensory experience from the floor to the ceiling of the gallery. While living in vibrant Berlin in the 80s, the French-born artist was constantly influenced […]
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Rewind: Jun 7 – Jul 13

Headlining our Rewind feature this time is a short film documenting Adam Neate’s (interviewed) time in Beijing where he joined street calligraphers in Beihai Park. They all practice the art of DiShu, or water calligraphy where the ephemeral forms disappear as it evaporates. Other worthy videos include: Heavy Dreamers project from Booooooom that features artists from POW! WOW!. CYRCLE x Drew Merritt, Vyal and Mear One working on a VNA project in the desert A feature on Handiedan. A review of the POW! WOW! mural program for SXSW. Kidult […]
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Streets: Aryz (Spain)

Given free reign at the Cultural Forum in Carballo in the community of Galicia in northwest Spain, Aryz painted his imagery on three large adjacent walls despite only having 10 days to complete the task. Two of the murals featured his more figurative work while the other was covered with looks to be a disassembled car. Take a look at more photos below… Discuss Aryz here.
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Upcoming: “Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei” @ National Gallery of Victoria

Coming up in December of this year, an interesting pairing of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei will open at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne before traveling to Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum in June of 2016. Surveying the careers of two of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the exhibition will feature over 300 works, including immersive installations and a wide representation of painting, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media. Most intriguing will be their goal of exploring the parallels and intersections between […]
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Previews: Edwin Ushiro – “The Study of Life as Things” @ Giant Robot 2

This Saturday, July 18th, at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles, Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) will be unveiling new works for his latest solo entitled The Study of Life as Things. Most of the drawings are 8.5″ x 11″ and done with graphite, ink and ballpoint pens, tools the locally-based artist used during his intermediate school days. Making this choice draws Ushiro deeper into the nostalgia that is evident is his work, a look back at the memories from his days growing up on the islands of Hawaii. Discuss Edwin […]
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Art Focus: Lisa Ericson

Painter Josh Keyes (interviewed) recently clued us in to the work of his wife Lisa Ericson by posting some of her work on various social media. We were especially drawn to a series she calls Mouserflies, for obvious reasons as you can see from the surreal hybrids seen here. For those interested in more from the Portland-based artist, you can see work from her as well as Keyes in the Unfathomable group show currently on view at The Piranha Shop, curated by Antler Gallery. Discuss Lisa Ericson here.
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Overtime: July 6 – July 12

More stories from the week that ended July 12 (click on bolded words for more information): DRAWINGS|FRIDGES (Aaron Garber-Maikovska, Eric Yahnker, more) images at Greene Exhibitions now up. Nicolas Bourriaud fired as director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Major public cultural institutions in Greece to close due to lack of funding. Court stops Lutfur Rahman from trying to sell $26mil. Henry Moore sculpture to pay town’s debts. MFA Boston’s Dress Up in a Kimono event causes controversy for its “cultural appropriation and orientalism“. The museum subsequently apologizes […]
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Openings: Shepard Fairey – “Your Eyes Here” @CAC Malaga

The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga is hosting the first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum of Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey (featured). Curated by Fernando Francés, the retrospective spans over 25 years, and features paintings, silkscreens, stencils, stickers, illustrations, collage, photographs, sculptures and works in wood and metal. With over 300 pieces, this is the largest body of work from Shep to ever be exhibited. The show is structured in thematic sections that retrace Fairey’s artistic influences like music, politics – war and peace – and […]
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Upcoming: PUSH – “Remember To Forget” @ Known Gallery

Fresh off painting a mural for POW! WOW! Long Beach, PUSH got right back to work on his solo opening on July 11th at Known Gallery. Remember To Forget will just be the latest showing with the Los Angeles gallery through the years and once again highlight the MSK-affiliated writer’s signature geometric-form based imagery. Take a look at a teaser video here and make plans to check out the show tomorrow night if you are interested… Photo credit: Brent Broza. Discuss PUSH here.