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Auctions: NURTUREart – Inspired by Andy Warhol @ Paddle8

Currently through January 27, Paddle8 is running an auction to benefit NURTUREart, a non-profit institute dedicated to nurturing new contemporary art by providing exhibition opportunities and resources for emerging artists, curators and public school students. Currently up for bid are works from Richard Colman, Sam Friedman, Ron English, Robert Larson, Caleb Neelon, Erik Parker, Cleon Peterson, Rime, Andrew Schoultz, and Jeff Soto (seen above). Here is what Soto had to say about his contribution – “Warhol was one of my biggest influences coming up as a young […]
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Brendan Monroe Paints Facebook Offices

Like Aakash Nihalani (interviewed) did in 2011 (covered) and how David Choe (featured) famously did (and was rewarded handsomely) in the early days, Brendan Monroe (interviewed) was recently invited in to paint part of the Facebook HQ compound. Working on a large wall, the Bay Area-based artist created a topographical mural with the his signature organic and biological infused imagery. Learn more about the social media giant’s artist program here. Photo credit: John Barnett and the artist. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.
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Openings: “Incantation” @ Roq La Rue

From candlelit backrooms to small forest clearings, Incantation sees Roq la Rue Conjuring up a group show based on ritual and mysticism. Occultism is often seen as heretical to mainstream society, but the beliefs and practices are centuries old and firmly rooted in nature and our surroundings. The exhibition features artwork from over a dozen artists, including a few sculptural pieces like Mandy Greer’s black feathered Huldra Adornment. Other artists took the opportunity to bring the subject matter out of the darkness like Jeff Jacobson’s Opulent Hex and Redd […]
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Showing: Jamie Sneider “Surface of Venus” @ Neochrome

Along with Nick Farhi’s solo (covered), Neochrome Gallery is currently showing another show, Surface of Venus by Jamie Sneider, her first in Europe. With a MFA in Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts in NY, BFA from New York University, and two well received solo exhibitions stateside, this over-the-pond show is a new landmark for the Boston-born artist. Similar to her exhibition at Thierry Goldberg Gallery back in May 2014, this show is focused on her process based, abstract paintings. The title for the new […]
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Studio Visits: Ben Venom

Last year, during a visit to San Francisco, AM got to visit the studio of artist Ben Venom. His unconventional approach to art making through traditional quiltmaking and embroidery practices first caught our eye a few years ago. Using heavy metal iconography in the form of cut-up t-shirts, Venom plays both hard and soft together by recontextualizing heavy imagery with soft fabrics in the form of quilts. Working from his home studio in the Upper Haight, Venom greeted us in a HM t-shirt and baseball cap. He fell into […]
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Showing: Nick Farhi – “FILA: Falling In Love Again” @ Neochrome

Neochrome Gallery in Turin, Italy, recently opened the first solo show in Europe by American contemporary artist Nick Farhi. The show title FILA: Falling In Love Again, can be seen as kind of a humorous nod to famous Italian sport gear brand that is featured on two of the works, but even more, a reference to his romanticized subject matter. For this exhibition, New York-based painter showed a vast range of different works, highlighting his talent and versatility. Using oils as his basic and primary technique, […]
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Overtime: Jan 12 – Jan 18

More stories from the week that ended Jan 18 (click on bolded words for more information): Images from Michael Rey’s solo exhibition at Cherry and Martin up. RIP: Milton Hebald, who died at the age of 97 in West Hollywood, CA. Charlie Hebdo’s new issue after terrorist attack features prophet Muhammad on cover. JR’s images of Charlie Hebdo contributors appear on the streets of Paris. Jean de Boulogne bronze sculpture stolen at Musée des Arts Décoratifs later found in restroom trash can. Joseph Gibbons robs […]
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Ai Weiwei Pours Paint Over Designer Clothes For Magazine V

Last year, V Magazine sent over clothes to Ai Weiwei from 14 young designers carried by Dover Street Market, Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s concept store. The Chinese artist was given carte blanche to shoot the garments in any way he saw so he took the opportunity to reference his 2006/2008 Colored Vases series by using the same colors splashed on models wearing what he was sent. You can read more about the collaboration here, but AWW states – “Pouring a color on an outfit creates a […]
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Upcoming: Dustin Yellin x New York City Ballet

Coming up in February, the New York City Ballet will be collaborating with their third artist – Dustin Yellin (also see Faile & JR) – in series of special shows. Bringing sculpture into the arena of dance, the performances will feature the Brooklyn-based artist’s signature “window sandwiches” featuring the human form created out of collaged elements. The new pieces, which are extensions of his ongoing Psychogeographies series, will have his subjects put into motion, a nod toward the dancers and their craft. The NYCB third presentation of their Art […]
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Previews: Greg Eason & Anouk Mercier – ‘CLASSIC/ LUXURY / EXOTIC/ ROMANCE (C/L/E/R)’ @ Space W10

Greg Eason makes a welcome return to London in a two-person exhibition alongside the Bristol-based Anouk Mercier this week entitled CLASSIC/ LUXURY / EXOTIC / ROMANCE (C/L/E/R) at Space W10. For those not familiar with Eason’s graphite drawings, his meticulously detailed and characteristically sparse work isolates narrative fragments within a microscopic frame. Objects become rendered as intricate miniature components within a vast negative space, creating an uneasy sense of depth and scale. Objects are presented as symbols; often incorporating recurring motifs within his work. This exhibition sees him venture into the realms of colour, but […]
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