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Openings: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Come with me” @ Gallery Wendi Norris

Several weeks ago, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) opened his third solo show at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco (previewed), titled Come with me. Featuring a nice selection of the artist’s iconic paintings, this latest from Matzu continues on his aesthetic wherein classical Japanese motifs join with contemporary “superflat” style and vibrant color choices for an expressive and dynamic showing of representative and abstract works. Comprised of new acrylic paintings on stretched canvas and sculptural works, the exhibiton will be on view until May 2nd (as well as a panel […]

Interviews / Studio Visit: Ryan Hewett

Several weeks before opening his long awaited Europen debut on April 24th with The Unit London, we had a chance to talk with Ryan Hewett and have a peek at his process. His upcoming show is called Untitled and it features a collection of portraits of leading figures from the past and present who have somehow shaped civilization. Not limited to good or bad individuals, this unique body of work includes paintings of revered icons as Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln, but also Adolf Hitler, […]

Previews: Ed Templeton – “Synthetic Suburbia” @ Roberts & Tilton

Legendary skateboarder, photographer and artist, Ed Templeton, will be opening his new solo show Synthetic Suburbia on April 25th at Roberts & Tilton. While primarely known as a photographer, this show in Los Angeles will be showing exclusively new paintings and drawings depicting the every day life in his hometown of Huntington Beach. Being inspired by his environment and the peculiarity of it, photographing and documenting both the ordinary and the strange, Templeton grew an obsession with the area over the years. His fixation on this location started when he was a young boy visiting his grandparents and […]

Previews: Revok – “Los Angeles” @ Library Street Collective (LA)

On Friday, April 10th Jason Williams aka Revok will be opening his first solo in Los Angeles, unveiling an entirely new body of work. Titled simply Los Angeles, the exhibition will run from April 10th – April 19th at Library Street Collective’s temporary gallery space in downtown (1242 Palmetto Street). For this exhibition, the artist created a whole new series of complex assemblage works in the style he has developed over the last couple of years. After 25 years of building up a reputation as a prolific and influential […]

Overtime: March 30 – April 5

More stories from the week that ended April 5 (click on bolded words for more information): An interview with Max Frintrop, who discusses his background, work, and future projects. RIP: Andrew Getty, grandson of J. Paul Getty, who died at the age of 47. He had a series of health issues leading up to his death. RIP: Paule Anglim, who died of old age in her 90s. SF Gate talks about her life. RIP: Albert Irvin, who died at the age of 92. RIP: Michael […]
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Films: JR – “Les Bosquets” to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

Set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, JR’s (interviewed) latest film combines many facets of his artistic oeuvre like much of his work. The action follows story of Ladj Ly and the performance of the ballet Les Bosquets of New York City Ballet (who the French artist also collaborated with in 2014) inspired by the riots in the French suburbs in 2005 and looks back to where he created his first project, Portrait of a Generation. In the footage, you can see the street art and photography from the […]
"Overlap" by Aakash Nihalani

Videos: Aakash Nihalani – “Projections” Interactive Installations

Continuing to push the boundaries of his artistic vision, Aakash Nihalani (interviewed) has recently completed some interactive installations entitled Projections. Working to further his geometric imagery, the New York-based artist has created projections that react to a viewer’s hand movement in real time using coding and motion software. One of these interactive pieces has already been exhibited at AICON Gallery last month for the Eat Pray Thug exhibition curated by Himanshu Suri so look for more of these in future showings. Take a look at the video below… Discuss Aakash Nihalani […]
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Auctions: No Longer Empty 5 Year Anniversary Benefit

With the conclusion of the auction set to end tonight at 9 pm (EST), now would be a good time to take a look at what is up for bid in support of No Longer Empty on Paddle8. The conclusion of the auction for the organization whose mission is to activate public engagement with contemporary art through curated, community-responsive exhibitions and educational programs that revive underutilized sites in New York City coincides with the their 5 year anniversary. Many of the artists presented in their past 18 major exhibitions […]
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Overtime: March 23 – March 29

More stories from the week that ended March 29 (click on bolded words for more information): Christie’s gets $140mil. Picasso for its May sale. Could break the record for most expensive artwork at auction. RIP: William King, who passed away at the age of 90. RIP: Hans Erni, who passed away at the age of 106. Ironworker performing construction on Larry Gagosian’s mansion dies after fall from ladder. Los Angeles Unified School District data shows that LA students getting virtual no arts education. Fire destroys […]

Jen Stark For Facebook Artist in Residence Program

Continuing to go big with her art, Jen Stark recently completed an installation for the new Facebook building in the Bay Area. With a team of assistants by her side, the Los Angeles-based artist left here colorful make on the inside of the Gehry building for the Facebook Artist in Residence program. The multi-layered psychedelic colors seem to drip down from the edges of the indoor structure mirroring the imagery seen in her gallery work. More photos below… Discuss Jen Stark here.