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Openings: Henry Lewis & Lango Oliveira – “Neon Knights” @ 111 Minna

Last Friday, 111 Minna hosted the opening reception for two tattoo artists, Henry Lewis and Lango Oliveria from the renowned San Francisco-based studio Skull & Sword. The show featured an array of drawings and paintings in various sizes and mediums, as well as a few collaborative works. Henry Lewis’s artwork tends to breath new life into more antiquated/classic imagery, while Lango’s take the view into another dimension embedded in mythology where beasts roam the world. More photos from the opening from The Sciolist after the […]
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Armory Week ’12: Volta Show – First Look

Continuing our Armory Week coverage we move on to Volta. This fair is the little brother to the main Armory Art Show (here & here). For Volta, selected galleries don’t exhibit various artists from their roster, instead they focus on one artist to showcase at their booth. This rule kept our head spinning to a minimum, but nonetheless the visual talent had our eyes dancing around the whole time. Check it out after the jump.
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Preview: Cai Guo-Qiang – “Sky Ladder” @ MOCA (Los Angeles) – Part III

Last Friday, one of China’s most famous contemporary artists finished creating his last commissioned gunpowder drawing for his upcoming exhibition, Sky Ladder, at the Los Angeles MOCA. Cai Guo-Qiang’s third explosive effort (see our coverage of first and second sessions) resulted in Childhood Spaceship, a monumental piece (13′ x 108′) that featured imagery and memories that have sparked the artist’s curiously as a youth. For our readers who weren’t able to attend these sessions, make sure you head over for the public outdoor explosion event, […]

Openings: Jim Houser – “As Quiet As Itʼs Kept” @ Lebasse Projects

Another show we visited in Culver City on Saturday night was Jim Houser’s showing at LeBasse Projects. Featuring meticulously constructed installations of his paintings and sculptural items, As Quiet As Itʼs Kept put on display the Philly artist’s signature patchwork of favorite items, creatures, words, symbols that for this exhibition was inspired by the impact of fatherhood and explores and the new responsibilities faced. Take a look at more photos from the opening by ©Carlos Gonzalez after the jump…
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Preview: Damien Hirst Retrospective @ Tate Modern

After an unprecedented showing at all eleven worldwide Gagosian Gallery locations of his The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 exhibition (all of which we toured), Damien Hirst turns his attention to his next major showing, a mid-career retrospective at the Tate Modern. Things have certainly come full circle for the “love him or hate him” British artist as he had famously stated in the past when asked about an exhibition at the very museum – “No way. Museums are for dead artists. I’d never show my […]
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Openings: Corey Arnold – “Wolf Tide” @ Richard Heller Gallery

A couple weeks ago, the Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica hosted the opening for Corey Arnold’s Wolf Tide. The vibrant new work by the Portland-based photographer are a series of shots taken during his experience working as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. His travels have taken him to the Bering Sea, Europe, South Africa, the Atlantic, and the Arctic. and his subjects include humans, eagles, gulls, deer, vast seascapes and surreal landscapes. More photos from the opening and images after the jump…

Overtime: March 5 – March 11

Seth Casteel’s underwater photographs of dogs becomes an internet sensation and helps his non-profit, which trains shelter workers to take better photos, leading to increased adoption rates. Wolfgang Beltracchi says he could have easily put “1,000 or 2,000″ forgeries on the art market. Volkswagon providing $800,000 for project to track down Russian art treasures lost in WWII. Police in Rome recover 37 stolen paintings including works by Rubens and Poussin. Gallerist Kristen Dodge chases down art thief by foot and recovers 4 stolen paintings. Worldwide […]

Rewind: (March 5 – March 11)

Another week, another list of noteworthy art videos for our readers to peruse. Our featured video is entitled Sweeping Beauty II and shows what an artist Niels Shoe Meulman from Singapore and do with just a broom and water. Vernissage TV visits the Armory & Volta Art Fair. A new Know Hope mural in NYC (via Nuart). See how Terry Richardson was cloned for his OH-WOW Gallery exhibition. Tim Biskup rethinks emoticons for a documentary series on TED.com. Trailer for Cindy Sherman exhibition on view at […]

Art Focus: Brad Kunkle

For this week’s Art Focus, we turn our attention to New York-based painter Brad Kunkle. We were first introduced to his skills during the opening of the Martin Wittfooth curated Dark Water show (covered) in Los Angeles. What is striking about his work is his incorporation of silver and gold leaf into his oil paintings, which imbues them with an added depth and allows for a play with light and angles. He feels that the relationship between the leaf, figures, and environments in his work is […]

Teaser: Jim Houser – “As Quiet As Itʼs Kept” @ LeBasse Projects (Culver City)

We last had the pleasure of seeing one of Jim Houser’s installations about a year back at last year’s Armory Week in New York. Now, as it was back then, we are still intrigued by the Philadelphia-based artist’s use of his own brand of symbology and visual language. Fans in Los Angeles will get the opportunity to witness for themselves on Saturday night, March 10th, as Houser (you can see a glimpse of him setting up above) will be opening his As Quiet As Itʼs Kept exhibition […]
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