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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 […]

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 […]

Auctions: “Under The Influence” @ Phillips de Pury

A little while back, on our day excursion to catch the Will Ryman installation in Manhattan’s Midtown district, we also stopped by Phillips de Pury & Company’s Under The Influence auction (previewed). Held at PDP’s flagship space, this great sale gave us a diverse assortment of top notch artists. A sampling of the roster included Kehinde Wiley, Faile, Ryan McGinley, Joe Bradley, Yoshitomo Nara, Dash Snow, Amie Dicke, Damien Hirst, Lamar Peterson, Dzine, and Mr. One of the interesting things about this event was the […]
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Showing: Haroshi – “Future Primitive” @ Jonathan Levine Gallery

Currently showing alongside Souther Salazar (covered) at Jonathan LeVine Gallery is Japanese phenom Haroshi. The show Future Primitive impressed us from the moment AM laid eyes on his incredible works. At first glance, his sculptural pieces seem like everyday objects like a hydrant, a forty of beer, or a moose head. But upon closer inspection, the colorful wooden sculptures had more than meets the eyes as each piece is comprised of layered skateboard wood, convenient as Haroshi is an avid skateboarder. Talk about using your artistic […]

Openings: Ed Templeton – “My Soul Is Worried Not Me” @ Nils Stærk Gallery

While showing sporadically with Roberts & Tilton in recent memory, either during Art Basel Miami or their group show Freeflow shortly after the new year, Ed Templeton kicked off his first full fledged solo exhibition in quite some time this past weekend. Hosted at Nils Stærk Gallery in Copenhagen, My Soul Is Worried Not Me afforded one of original Beautiful Losers the opportunity to flex his artistic muscle in a multitude of mediums, with his affinity for photography taking center stage. Marking his third solo […]

Preview: Aron Wiesenfeld – “New Drawings and Paintings” @ Arcadia Fine Arts

On May 14th (4-6pm), New York will be treated to a new show from Aron Wiesenfeld including both oil and graphite works. The San Diego-based artist’s second solo at Arcadia Fine Arts will feature emotive renderings of his young characters traversing desolate landscapes (snow and water seem to appear a lot in this set of works) all infused with his superior storytelling and mastery of light.  If you are in the Big Apple this weekend, we highly recommend adding this to your plans. More preview […]

Openings: Raymond Pettibon – “Blankness Is Not A Void” @ Marc Jancou Contemporary

A couple weekends ago, Marc Jancou Contemporary opened an impressive three person exhibition, entitled Blankness Is Not A Void, of big-time contemporary art players, Raymond Pettibon, Scott Campbell, and the late Steven Parrino. Campbell’s contributions to the show (covered), further developing his signature cut currency full sheets, was nothing short of spectacular. However, punk legend, and founding member of Black Flag, Raymond Pettibon proved his importance to the genre with his crude reinterpretations of iconographic imagery. One of the largest concentrations of his trademarked comic-like […]

Teaser: Ryan McGinness – “Redux” @ Subliminal Projects

One stop for Ryan McGinness while he is in Los Angeles for a slew of exhibitions and related events will be Subliminal Projects on June 11th. He’s creating a new body of work based on corporate logos and sponsorship entitled Sponsorship Redux. There will be four paintings and two print editions based on McGinness deconstructing the corporate sponsors’ logos and integrating them into his pieces. The exhibition is followup of his 2003 BlK/Mrkt Sponsorship project where corporation logos were displayed in prominence correlated to their level […]