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Previews: Mark Whalen – “Stranded” @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

On April 5th, the Merry Karnowsky Gallery will be opening a show from Mark Whalen (as well as from Julian Meagher). Entitled Stranded, the new body of work from Whalen will include surreal paintings, his catalog of human activity – “playing, fighting, experimenting, creating, cultivating, dreaming, and destroying” – this time within confined interior spaces. Rounding out the exhibition will be a series of ceramic vessels. Discuss Mark Whalen here.
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The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt (New York)

Kicking off yesterday, the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt features egg sculptures customized by 260 artists, designers, photographers, architects and other creatives, some seen regularly here on AM. This event is a followup to the successful hunts held in London in 2012 and Dublin in 2013. An app has been created that will allow participants in the search to check in each time an egg is found, with the location hidden until 10 people discover it (prizes will be given out). On April 18th, each egg will be […]
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Showing: “20 Years Art X Mags Exhibition” @ Giant Robot 2

A couple weeks ago, we visited Giant Robot 2 in West LA to check out the 20 Years Art X Mags Exhibition. Celebrating twenty years as a brand and supporter of Asian art & pop culture, the show features many of the artists that have been featured by GR over its long history including Yoshitomo Nara, Geoff McFetridge, Yoskay Yamamoto, Ai Yamaguchi, Souther Salazar, Rob Sata, Uglydoll, Edwin Ushiro, Kozyndan, Luke Chueh, Jeff Soto, Masakatsu Sashie, Barry McGee (seen above), and more. The show ends today […]
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Studio Visits: Femke Hiemstra

AM visited Dutch artist Femke Hiemstra in her home studio in Amsterdam shortly after relaunched her official website, Femtasia.nl, and the release of her latest book Timid Cabbage. We were intrigued to see how her impressive works take form, where she get the ideas for her unique pieces, and what her plans were for the coming year. Hiemstra’s art career started by chance, when her long time job as an illustrator for different Dutch publications got put on hold. This was a result of the ongoing recession and […]
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Showing: Pedro Matos @ “Cidadela Art District”

The Portuguese coastal town of Cascais near Lisbon recently saw the opening of Europe’s first hotel-managed arts district inside a recently renovated Renaissance-era fortress, run by Pousada de Cascais Cidadela Historic Hotel. Their “Arts District” project invited six artists for a year-long residency, during which their studios as well as five new art galleries will be open to public. Also, resident artists will create site-specific works as well as hotel room installations in order showcase their work to their guests. This year’s artists list include Pedro Matos, Bruno […]
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Studio Visits: Michael Kagan – “Thunder in the Distance” @ Joshua Liner

AM recently had the pleasure of visiting the Brooklyn studio of painter Michael Kagan as he prepares for his upcoming exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery which opens April 3rd. Entitled Thunder in the Distance, this latest body of work continues his exploration of space aviation. Known for painting with oils, Kagan employs an impasto technique which utilizes thick and deliberate strokes. From upclose, the paintings seem to be almost coming apart, but take a few steps back and it appears to re-form tightly into a […]
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Openings: Dennis Morris – “Bob Marley: Giant” @ Known Gallery

Over the weekend, the Known Gallery in Los Angeles hosted the opening for an exhibition from Dennis Morris, a UK-based photographer especially known for his work in the music industry. This particular showing focuses on his iconic shots of Bob Marley, a seminal period of time in his young career when he toured with the Jamaican singer-songwriter. The night also featured the release of a collaboration print with Shepard Fairey, with some of the edition set aside (which is being released online as we speak). Photo credit: […]
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Armory Week ’14: Armory Art Fair (Part 1)

Last month, tens of thousands flocked to New York City to participate in Armory Week. Manhattan was filled with satellite fairs and exhibitions highlighting the vibrant arts culture in one of the main hubs of the US. At the center of it all is the flagship Armory Art Show. The long standing fair features some of the top galleries in the world displaying an amazing range of artistry. From younger emerging artists to household names, we doubt you’ll not find something exciting at this mainstay […]
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Videos / Upcoming: Coachella Walls

Today, Cesar Chavez Day, the Date Farmers are officially announcing the start of an annual Coachella Walls event. Organized in honor of the labor leader and civil rights activist as well as the anonymous farm worker, the local artistic duo hope to bring attention to the poor community with this mural project. Despite the name of the Coachella music festival set to open soon, the tax revenue goes to the city of Indio with the actual city of Coachella remaining a forgotten area. Held in downtown Coachella’s historic Pueblo Viejo, the […]
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Armory Week ’14: The Independent

Within the last five years, The Independent has established itself as one of the must-see satellites during Armory Week in New York. The small fair, which launched in 2010, has tended to present the cutting edge of contemporary art, and with emerging art being today’s hot topic, collectors made sure that they got in early to see what the event had to offer. This year’s complement of 50 international galleries did not disappoint, together displaying a strong and challenging selection of artworks across different mediums. And […]