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Showing: Justin Bower – “Panic Room” @ Unix Gallery

Currently showing in New York is Justin Bower’s new solo show at the Unix Gallery entitled Panic Room. The Los Angeles-based painter is presenting a new collection of large scale work featuring his multi-layered and frenetic portraiture. The surreal faces portrayed look like they have been taken from glitchy TV monitors with their faces vacillating between various emotions, embellished and broken up with artificial geometric artifacts. Take a look at more photos below… Discuss Justin Bower here.
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Openings: “The Last Supper” Series featuring “Last Meal on Death Row” exhibition by Mat Collishaw @ Stephen Webster

Stephen Webster was busy last weekend as it hosted The Last Supper series of events at its No Regrets Lounge in Beverly Hills location and also at Soho House in West Hollywood. The events included a discussion at Soho House on November 8th called The Cook, The Artist, The Jeweler, and Their Lady Friend, which involved Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, Stephen Webster himself, and chef Mark Hix. They spoke about their unique paths to success, their struggles and triumphs, what drives them, and intimate private stories […]
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Opening: Cyrcle. – “Home Is Where Your Heart Is” @ Above Second Gallery

Recently, Cyrcle. arrived in Hong Kong for their latest exhibition titled Home Is Where Your Heart Is. Presented by Above Second Gallery, this new collection of artworks by the L.A. based collective is the 3rd and final part of the ongoing Capture the Flag series which began earlier this year. As with those previous installments, this recent show focused on the mythology behind the Cowboy & Indian as well the evolving definition of what it means to be American. This was the second time that the duo has teamed […]
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Previews: Patrick Martinez – “Buy Now Cry Later” @ Public Functionary

Opening on Friday, Nov 15, is a solo show by Patrick Martinez at Public Functionary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Buy Now, Cry Later includes eighteen all-new works by the artist, including his signature neon signs and mixed-media paintings. The pieces feature pop-culture, music, and societal subjects that explore the contemporary crises of today. Having first previewed the show in Los Angeles, the Midwest will receive the full-on immersive experience for themselves – the third show ever at Public Functionary. Discuss Patrick Martinez here.
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Quam Odunsi – “The Reagents” @ Design Matters Gallery

Quam Odunsi’s second solo exhibition at Design Matters Gallery in Los Angeles, The Reagents (previewed), recently closed and we have images from the exhibition installation for you here. The show highlighted the artist’s versatility in media and included sculptures, photographic prints, signature collages, silkscreen works, video, and paintings on canvas from images taken on analog (the artist’s preferred recording medium) Super8, 35mm, 120mm, and Polaroid film. This body of work sees Odunsi transforming himself into the role of a government surveillance official who takes his […]
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Overtime: Nov 4 – Nov 10

More stories from the week that ended on Nov 10 (click on bolded words for more information): Newly completed piece from James Jean – Enoki II – on three canvases, sized at 72″ x 90″ Nazi-looted art valued at over a billion dollars discovered in Munich apartment during raid. Bavarian authorities handling case under sharp criticism. Family spots their painting on TV and puts in a claim. Knoedler and Company may have knowingly bought fakes. Cornell University to return 10,000 ancient tablets that may have […]
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Streets: Mario Wagner (Los Angeles)

Mario Wagner recently completed his third installation for hotel and supporter of the creative arts The Standard. The huge image itself is a retro-futuristic landscape in classic Wagner stylings with imposing architectural elements devoid of any central characters. Here’s where the fun starts though – this installation in Downtown LA has an aspect that is new to us as it is an interactive “Living Collage,” meaning visitors first photograph themselves using the SNAPS app then insert themselves as characters into the image. You can give yourself one of Wagner’s black masks, […]
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Previews: Clare Rojas @ Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld

With the private opening set tonight and the public unveiling on November 11th, Clare Rojas’ new exhibition is set to give her fans in New York a look at her recent abstract work. Hosted by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, the show will mark her return to the Big Apple with 24 new paintings and drawings from the SF-based artist that deal with “ideas of balance and harmony through color and space.” Along with these pieces, she has also written three poems with will be on display. Images […]
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Openings: KAWS – “Pass The Blame” @ Galerie Perrotin (New York)

KAWS certainly has had a busy schedule in the last couple of weeks with multiple openings that drew huge crowds. The Brooklyn-based artist in the last month or so has opened UPS AND DOWN at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City and a show at the PAFA in Philadelphia. On top of all these, he opened concurrent exhibitions at Mary Boone Gallery, which we covered here, and at Galerie Perrotin last weekend (November 2nd). Here’s a recap of the exhibition entitled PASS THE […]
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Previews: Todd James – “Splash Damage” @ Cooper Cole Gallery

A couple of months after his latest solo show in Madrid, Spain (covered), and few weeks after taking part in Brutal group show in London (covered), American artist Todd James is about to open his next solo show at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto. It’s been two years since his last solo show there, and in the meantime his recognizable style and imagery got a massive recognition worldwide. Splash Damage features new works from his ongoing series of figurative paintings on canvas and paper. Using bright basic colors, the […]