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Showing: Sean Landers – “Around the World Alone” @ Friedrich Petzel Gallery

Sean Landers commemorates his 50th ever solo show in grand style as he exhibits for the first time ever at Friedrich Petzel Gallery.  Around the World Alone features a signature character in the artist’s work as he continues on his lifelong journey on the seas.  Having always reflected himself in his art, Landers continues the practice with the vulnerable clown risking navigating choppy waters under gray moody skies on his own.  As the clown grows and matures, so too does his confidence and ability to […]
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Interview / Preview: Jeff Ramirez – “Being There” @ Thinkspace Gallery

AM recently sat down with an artist we have been meaning to talk to for while now to learn a little more about him and his upcoming joint show at the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City opening May 21st. The vivid hyperrealistic paintings of Jeff Ramirez have always drawn our attention with their curious poses and refreshing angles, an ode to his skills with the camera as he photographs all his own references – something he discusses in our interview among other things… Questions and […]
Outside 29 Bell Street as the exhibition preview draws to a close. Many of the visitors are holding posters of quotes by Ai (also pasted along the courtyard wall) distributed by Lisson Gallery on the night.

Openings: Ai Weiwei @ Lisson Gallery

On Thursday 12 May, AM attended the opening of the Ai Weiwei exhibition at Lisson Gallery (previewed), spread across both of its spaces on Bell Street in West London. The wide selection of work on display — produced over the last six years and agreed with the artist at the beginning of 2011 — does well to illustrate the playful, evocative and provocative nature of the Ai’s output. Given the show’s breadth and overall strength, we’re sticking our neck out and calling it a must-see. […]
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Teaser: Zhang Huan – “49 Days” @ Blum & Poe

Two big firsts are happening with artist Zhang Huan.  First, he is going to show solo at Culver City’s Blum & Poe for the first time.  Secondly, this will also be his first ever one-man exhibition in Los Angeles.  One of China’s preeminent artists today, Huan has worked in many different forms of art and media, including performance-based work, large-scale commissioned sculptures, painting and sculpture using incense ash, and has even reinterpreted an opera.  This time, the artist will be exhibiting brick sculptures and will […]

Openings: Jen Stark & Maya Hayuk – “Double Rainbow Rainbow” @ Show & Tell Gallery

Over the weekend, Shows & Tell Gallery in Toronto opened a two person exhibition, Double Rainbow Rainbow (previewed), a smart curatorial pairing of two woman that each play with color in distinct and effective ways. Known for her kaleidoscopic cut paper sculptures, Jen Stark was easily the standout with a trio of her signature mixed-media works meticulously crafted by hand, along with a series of her playful felt tip pen drawings. With this new body of sculptural work, the Miami-based artist mixed things up a […]

Interviews: Kenny Scharf @ Levis Film Workshop – “Meet the Artists” series (MOCA)

Last Sunday, AM attended the screening and Q+A for Kenny Scharf: More, Newer, Better, Nower, Funner, as part of a series of short films at the Levis Film Workshop, each based on an artist in the Art in the Streets exhibition. The footage includes Scharf on day and night time spray painting excursions, as well the creation of his installation for the historic MOCA show. The short film is directed by Nathan Meier and Kenny’s daughter, Malia Scharf, who are collaborating on a feature length documentary […]

Openings: Barbara Kruger @ L&M Arts, Los Angeles

The last time Barbara Kruger had a solo exhibition in Los Angeles, it was for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in 1999.  Thanks to L&M Arts in Venice, Angelenos are once again able to immerse themselves in a one-woman show filled with her recent work. Consisting of a multi-channel video installation running 13 minutes, a room “wrap”, exterior wall projection, and room filled with smaller-sized text pieces on panel, the legendary conceptual artist provided a multitude of options to receive her messages and ideas.  […]

Overtime: May 9 – May 15

My Love For You has a look at new work from Josie Morway. Another Pressure Printing Secret Stash sale including a sweet Mark Ryden drawing. New customs from Jeremiah Ketner for Cast in Plastic. Mike Maxwell has a great series of podcasts where he chats with artists like Paul Chatem. Tracey Emin gets a breast reduction – from size 34G to 34DD. Watch I’m Your Fan Vol. 5 – honoring Nate Lowman Check out the book Nuevo Mundo: Latin American Street Art, published by Gestalten […]

Openings: Nate Frizzell – “To Become Myself” @ LeBasse Projects (Chinatown)

Taking a cue from our primitive ancestors, Nate Frizzell (interviewed) went old school by employing man’s oldest writing utensil with his newest body of work. Often, simplicity is best, if not at least a nice change of pace from an artist’s modus operandi. Such was the case in Chinatown last night with To Become Myself (previewed), a series of charcoal works on paper that exhibited a softer side to the Los Angeles artist’s visual language. Marking Nate’s third consecutive sold-out show with LeBasse Projects, the […]
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Openings: Rod Luff – “The Moleskine Project” @ Spoke Art

Australian-based artist Rod Luff’s exhibition, The Moleskin Project (previewed) opened last Thursday, which also signified the first show put on at Spoke Art in San Francisco. As the title of the exhibition suggests, the show is comprised of framed and unframed pages taken from Rod’s moleskin that contained an array of oil paintings, studies, thoughts and sketches that he produced in his spare time over the course of a year. Some of the pieces served as studies for later works and others were simply just ideas […]