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Florentijn Hofman’s Giant Rubber Duck (Los Angeles)

For fans in Los Angeles who looked at Hong Kong in envy as Florentijn Hofman’s giant “rubber” duck (covered) rolled into the harbor, your time has come. The whimsical inflatable childhood bath toy will be viewable at the Tall Ships Festival from August 20-24 starting today when the oversized duck (61 feet, 11 tons, about 85 feet wide and about 110 feet long) will lead the Grand Parade of Sail into San Pedro at 2 pm. Photo credit: ABC7.
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Previews: Dale Vn Marshall – “Beauty in the Wound” @ Soze Gallery

This Saturday, August 23rd, Soze Gallery will open Beauty in the Wound, an exhibition from former graffiti artist Dale vN Marshall, marking his second solo in Los Angeles with the gallery, and his first at their new West Hollywood location. This show follows his 3-month museum exhibition Walls with Wounds at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (covered), and will introduce a new collection of works reflecting on his previous battles with mental health. After a powerful and emotive story with his previous show, the artist is “painting for the here and now, fully […]
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Openings: Bruno Novelli – “Materia Radiante” @ David B. Smith Gallery

Last Thursday, AM was on hand for the opening of Materia Radiante featuring new works from Brazilian artist Bruno Novelli at Denver’s David B. Smith Gallery. Inspired by the philosophy of Henri Bergson and the imagery of the Amazon rainforest, Mr. Novelli used punchy colors and contrasting geometric shapes to explore the concept of the diminishing boundaries between objects and their environment. The size and audacity of the art are striking, making the gallery feel as if it is being overtaken by otherworldly vegetation. The show incorporates a […]
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Showing: Paulo Arraiano – “Magma I” @ Cidadela Art District

Paulo Arraiano is one of the artists that currently has an open studio as a part of the ongoing Cidadela Art District project in Lisbon run by Pousada de Cascais Cidadela Historic Hotel. Alongside Pedro Matos (covered), Bruno Pereira, Paulo Brighenti, Duarte Amaral Netto and Susana Anágua, the Portuguese artist got a chance to present his artwork in every space of hotel, from the fortress to the lobby, corridors, public areas and rooms. Curated by Sandro Resende and developed by Group Pestana CAD, Arraino’s show Magma I […]
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Recap: Cai Guo-Qiang – “The Ninth Wave” @ Power Station of Art (Part I)

After a look at the The Ninth Wave, a fishing boat installation from Cai Guo-Qiang’s hometown of Quanzhou carrying 99 fabricated animals, we now turn our attention to the exhibition with the same name at the Power Station of Art. Housed at a renovated power station in Shanghai, the ample space at the museum was a perfect setting for the Chinese artist’s work as well as the creative sessions (also see LA 2012) where pieces of commissioned art were produced utilizing his signature gunpowder technique. […]
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Openings: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Sky Is The Limit” @ Harbour City (Hong Kong)

Over the weekend, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) opened his new showcase at Harbour City in Hong Kong. Like other artists before him – KAWS (here), Yayoi Kusama, Yue Minjun (here), and Florentijn Hofman (here) - the New York based artist’s work dominated the main entrance and was also supported by a small exhibition of his work. Included are a 6.5 meter high stainless steel sculpture as well his contemporary Japanese imagery gracing the stairs, pillars, and adjacent billboards. Stop by for a look in you are in HK through September 9th. Discuss Matzu here.
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Upcoming: Kevin Cyr @ Alden Gallery

On August 22nd, the Alden Gallery in Provincetown will be presenting some new works from Kevin Cyr (interviewed). The fresh oil on panel paintings will expand on his series of portraits of old trucks, cars, campers, and vans – the more covered with graffiti and neglected the better. The upstate New York-based artist likes nothing better than to travel the urban centers of the world photographing these modes of transport infused with personality and then home to immortalize them as art. Head over for a look […]
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Previews: Josh Keyes – “The Hermit” & “Migratory Soul” Figures

After releasing his first sculptural edition last year, Josh Keyes (interviewed) is already working on another two to the delight of his collectors. Based off two of his complimentary paintings The Hermit & Migratory Soul, the two figures are already are in their protoype form. If you remember, these two images were also released through Tiny Showcase as prints earlier this year (covered). Discuss Josh Keyes here.
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Videos: Tauba Auerbach – “[2,3]” Pop-up Book

Our regular readers will know what we have been enamored with the work of Tauba Auerbach for quite some time now. One of New York-based artist’s projects that we have been following (NY Book Fair, release, launch party) is her amazing [2,3] Pop-up Book. The slip-cased collection of six portfolios, feature intricately folded paper forms that seamlessly transform into three-dimensional geometric scuptures when open. For those who never purchased one, a new video of the publication has been released… Discuss Tauba Auerbach here.
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Previews: Jose Parla – “IN MEDIAS RES” @ Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

New Yorkers are in for a treat next month (September 12th) as José Parlá will be returning for another showing (see 2011 & 2013) at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery. IN MEIA RES will the second solo with the showspace from the Brooklyn-based artist after a joint exhibition with JR last year. The new body of work will reflect on Parla’s life, beginning from his childhood on through the present day which includes his extensive travels around the world. Featuring paintings, sculptures and a large-scale mural installation, the pieces will all […]
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