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LA Art Show ’15: Littletopia

After an overview of this year’s LA Art Show, we now focus in on the Littletopia section (see 2015) of the fair. This year’s edition curated by Noah Antieau featured booths from Thinkspace Gallery, Roq La Rue Gallery, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Spoke Art, Hashimoto Contemporary, Copro Gallery, Ace Gallery , Fifty24mx, Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow, Estudio Antena, Corey Helford Gallery, Gauntlet Gallery, Sloan Fine Art, and a special exhibit from Art Center College of Design. Greeting attendees at the entrance was a large archway installation from […]
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LA Art Show ’15: Recap

Last week, AM attended the LA Art Show to see what the fair had to offer collectors in Los Angeles. Celebrating their 20th year anniversary, the event featured over 120 galleries representing 22 countries including the a special section called Littletopia (like last year) featuring galleries promoting the sub genre of the new contemporary art movement, low brow art, pop surrealism, as well as street & urban art. Take a look here at a general overview of the fair and come back for a closer look […]
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Previews: Spazuk – “Récidive” @ Galerie C.O.A

On the 26th of January, Galerie C.O.A in Montral will be opening Récidive, a solo show by the “fire painter” Spazuk. The distinctive technique he uses is called fumage, which allows him to use the flame of a candle or torch as a “paintbrush” to create his paintings with trails of soot. He later manipulates these trails by using various needles, razors, and makeshift bird feather pens, which result in incredibly detailed black and white works on canvas, panel or paper. The softness and fragility of his medium […]
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Rewind: Jan 2 – Jan 25

Time for some more art-related videos to finish off your weekend with this latest edition of our Rewind feature. Starting things off are a series of videos from our friends at POW! WOW! with the Hawaii edition fast approaching. Up top is a look at a feature with legendary photographer Martha Cooper (interviewed) as she reviews last year’s festival. Down below are two other videos from last year’s POW! WOW! event in Taiwan. Other notable videos: A look at the El Mac + KWEST + STARE mural […]
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Overtime: Jan 19 – Jan 25

More stories from the week that ended Jan 25 (click on bolded words for more information): Calvin Marcus at C L E A R I N G is an ArtForum critic’s pick. Death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia disrupts 21, 39 Jeddah Arts opening events and programming. Ryder Ripps receives an anonymous threat. Blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of Tutankhamun glued back on with epoxy, causing damage. Emma Sulkowicz attends State of the Union in push for stronger policies against […]
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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 […]