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Art, Drinks & Music: Viva LA Art Winter 2010 Fundraiser

Our friends at Viva LA Art will be holding their annual art fundraiser to benefit CoachArt. The silent auction event will donate 100% of the proceeds from this great event. With contributed artwork by Allison Sommers, Andrew Holder, Anthony Williams, Atiba Azikiwe Andrews, Bob Doucette, Chris Sanchez, Dabs Myla, Dave Pressler, David Brady, Deth P. Sun, Jay Horinouchi, Joby Cummings, Joby Harris, Josh Holland, Justin Diamond, Katherine Chiu, Katy Betz, Kevin Mack, Michael Pukac, Michelle Jane Lee, Ramon Cho, Rebekah Waites, Rich Pellegrino, Sarah Joncas, Shannon […]

Teaser: Travis Louie – “The Ghost of Delilah and Other Stories” @ Gallery 1988 (Melrose)

Coming up in early December, Travis Louie (featured) will be starting off your holiday season with a solo show at Gallery 1988 (Melrose). Notice that we say Melrose and not Los Angeles because the gallery will be opening up a second space in Venice very shortly and will be closing their branch in San Francisco. We are looking forward to seeing Travis’ new body of work and from the octopus tentacles we see peeking out, he might be bringing something a little different. Discuss this […]

Overtime: Nov 7 – Nov 13

The piece above is titled “One Day This Kid…” by David Wojnarowicz.  In light of recent bullying inflicted upon GLBTQ youth – making it a national issue – this work of art is important and powerful. Share it by downloading the image to print out here. Left without a home since the closing of Deitch Projects, Keith Haring estate joins Gladstone Gallery. Scott Campbell burns his own sold out show in dispute with gallery.  Why he did it. Yvonne Force Villareal house includes artwork by […]

Openings: Kai-lan (Karen) Chau – “Inner Dialogue” @ Sloan Fine Art

AM recently attended the premiere show for Kai-Lan (Karen) Chau at Sloan Fine Art. The bi-continental artist who works in China and in California for her beloved Nickelodeon hit Ni Hao, Kai-Lan showcased her new body of work that featured animals composed in multiple environments. In addition, Karen took some time to design two detailed fiberglass sculptures from two of her characters. Check it out after the jump.
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Previews: A.J. Fosik, Ben Venom & Erin Riley @ Guerrero Gallery

This Saturday, Guerrero Gallery is going to present a show featuring works of art that gets back to the basics of craftsmanship. In a world of digital media, design and virtuality, three artists (AJ Fosik, Ben Venom and Erin Riley) have been creating their path through wood, embroidery and tapestry respectively. Check out a preview after the jump.

Openings: Sanrio 50th Anniversary Group Show

Last night at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Sanrio opened the doors to a tremendous 50th Anniversary celebration featuring carnival games, costumed characters, special food booths, limited edition event products from the company, and of course – a themed art group show (curated by JAPAN LA). Taking a cue from their Hello Kitty 35th birthday celebration last year (covered), the Japanese company chose a venue that could better accommodate the fanaticism that some have come associate with the brand’s ubiquitous kawaii characters. Although we […]
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Preview: Femke Hiemstra & Ryan Heshka – “The Bone Shaped Bone” & “Super Things” @ Roq La Rue

Tomorrow night in Seattle, two artists we have our eyes on, Femke Hiemstra and Ryan Heshka will be opening a show together at the Roq La Rue Gallery. Femke hails from the Netherlands and will be bringing a new body of work entitled “The Bone Shaped Bone” featuring her imaginative paintings, often on found objects like the book seen above. Ryan Heshka is an artist from Vancouver whose work we were recently introduced to at the Blabworld show. His new paintings are titled “Super Things” […]
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Update: Shawn Barber

Have you been wondering what Shawn Barber’s (featured) has been up to since his solo at Joshua Liner in May (covered)? It looks like he’s still hard at work doing what he loves – paint.  Here you see him working on a huge painting of Shigenori Iwasaki (more photos after the jump), possibly for his show at Fecal Face Gallery in July next year. More detailed views after the jump…

Preview: Chris Peters – “Live and Let Die” @ Copro Gallery

Possessing the rare skill of creating life after death, Chris Peters will once again bring his emotive skeletal creatures to the Bergamot Station in Santa Monica this Saturday night, November 13th. “Live and Let Die” at the Copro Gallery showcases Peters’ visions of how death is but a bridge to the next journey where our bony remains can still find love, hope, peace, and even religion. More preview images after the jump…
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Openings: Eric Fortune – “A Dream’s Reflection” @ LeBasse Projects

Last Saturday night, opening alongside Nate Frizzell in the Culver City art district was Eric Fortune (interviewed) “A Dream’s Reflection” in the project room of LeBasse Projects. The Ohio-based artist made it all the way out for the opening and brought along five new paintings with his somber characters floating in swirling layers of interplay between light and shadow. More photos after the jump…
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