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More stories from the week that ended Sep 24 (click on bolded words for more information): Five Banksy street murals (including pictured above) sold to a buyer from the Middle East for £3.2mil. RIP: Liliane Bettencourt, who passed away at the age of 94. Museums in Mexico scramble to locate staff and assess damage caused by major earthquake. Matt Furie’s lawyers take legal action against the alt-right with their use of his Pepe the Frog character. Hito Steyerl and other artists protest Rheinmetall’s sponsorship of […]

Upcoming: RETNA – “Mano A Mano” @ New Image Art

Tomorrow night (September 23rd) at New Image Art in LA, RETNA (featured) will be unveiling a new body of work in a solo entitled Mano A Mano. Presented in conjunction with the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA / LA, with this year’s program featuring an exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, the new exhibition sees the MSK-affliated writer take an interesting turn with his imagery. The infamous graffiti artist, who is of African American and Central American descent while being fluent […]

Showing: Yoshitomo Nara – “For Better Or Worse” @ Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

Showing through this weekend at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art is a retrospective of Yoshitomo Nara’s career spanning 30 years. Entitled For Better Or Worse, the exhibition includes wide range of work including installations, paintings, sculptures, and drawings. As stated by the museum – “‘For better or for worse’ is a wedding vow: a lifetime commitment from one person to another. This exhibition is Nara’s promise to his works—they are his past, his present, and his future. They are his destiny.” Photo credit: Keizo Kioku (via Hypebeast). Discuss Yoshitomo […]

Releases: Audrey Kawasaki – “Enchantress” Print

Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) recently announced a new open edition she has made available through Static Medium. Entitled Enchantress (image taken from a painting from her show last year in LA), the print is sized at 18″ x 18″ and comes unframed ($90) or framed ($260). Head over here if you want to add this signed (but not limited) print to your collection. Discuss Audrey Kawasaki here.

Previews: D*Face – “Happy Never Ending” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On Saturday night, September 23rd, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles will be opening a solo from D*Face (interviewed) entitled Happy Never Ending. The British artist continues to show his versatility with this exhibition, offering up a new body of work that includes paintings, sculptures, hand painted multiples, installations, various limited editions, as well as his painted book covers. The show explores the agony of love lost and other aspects of romance with D taking it to the next level by getting ordained and  offering to perform the ceremony […]

Showing: Jeff Soto – “Potatostamp” @ Riverside Art Museum

Currently at the Riverside Art Museum, Jeff Soto (interviewed) has a show on view featuring his screen-printed gig posters and fine art prints from the last 15 years. Entitled Potatostamp, the retrospective look at this aspect of the locally-based artist’s career includes over 70 posters, as well as 40 original ink drawings. Also on display are over 100 screen-printed works from Soto’s collection in an adjacent mini group show. He states – “A different frame of mind comes into play when creating gig posters. They are illustrative and serve as merch […]

Upcoming: Pejac – “A Forest” @ Squero di San Trovaso (Venice)

Coming up on September 30th (coinciding nicely with the Venice Biennale), Pejac will be opening a two day only show entitled A Forest at the Squero di San Troves in Venice, Italy. The boatyard is one of the last places where traditional gondolas are still hand made, a fitting setting for those who are familiar with the Spanish artist’s work. The new pieces on display will mainly continue his recent “The Redemption Series” created on pressed wood panel and reference the “senseless ways in which humans […]

Studio Visits: Victor Castillo

Currently at KP Projects in Los Angeles, Victor Castillo has a show on view entitled Broken Hearts, which will run through the rest of September. The new body of work features acrylic paintings (some quite large) as well as graphite drawings that continue the Chilean artist’s dark narrative seen through the lens of his not-so-innocent sausage nosed children. Take a look at some more shots below from his Los Angeles studio in days leading up to the opening of the exhibition. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Victor Castillo here.

Releases: Javier Calleja – “Missing The Blue Sky” Figure

After successful Asian debut with AishoNanzuka Gallery in Hong Kong earlier this year (covered), Javier Calleja recently teamed up with the Asian art institution APPortfolio to transform one of his paintings into 3D sculpture. The result is meticulously crafted figure titled Missing The Blue Sky, that will be released in a limited edition of 200 pieces worldwide. The Spanish artist is known for his playful yet poignant drawings and paintings that usually portray children with a subtle twist of adult humor. Using everyday objects, symbols or phrases, Calleja’s images are easy […]

Openings: Art Mile – Urban Nation Museum (Berlin)

The official opening of the Urban Nation Museum this weekend in Berlin turned the entire area into an open-air art gallery with an extensive program that included performances, workshops, show acts and more. For this event, the organizers managed to shut a section of the bustling Bülowstrasse and turn it into an art venue called Art Mile. This part of the museum inauguration included the most exceptional works that the curators and artists produced for the Berlin’s latest art institution. Beneficial both for the museum as well as the artists, this initiative allowed […]