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Openings: Sean Mahan – “Rendered Problematic” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Alongside Sandra Chevrier (interviewed) showing in the main space (covered) of Thinkspace in Los Angeles, Sean Mahan also presented a small solo show in the project room. Entitled Rendered Problematic, the new work from the painter from Florida continued his portraits of children rendered in soft pastels along with nostalgic touches like “vintage palettes handle records, dated appliances, and classic sewing machines.” Mahon further explains this exhibition – “I chose the title Rendered Problematic because it was descriptive of both the rendered illustration style and the conceptual ideas I wanted […]

Openings: Sandra Chevrier – “The Cages; and the Reading Rooms of their Lives”

Last weekend, Thinkspace in Los Angeles opened a solo show from Sandra Chevrier (interviewed) entitled The Cages; and the Reading Rooms of their Lives. The new body of work featured the Canadian artist’s signature portraits of women with painted and collaged comic book facial overlays with some of the pieces featuring a physically removable “mask” of superheroes. When these covers are lifted, the emotions and fragility of the human underneath are revealed. Chevrier further explains – “In the greater body of my work, the images used within the ‘cages’ series range from […]

Overtime: Oct 17 – Oct 23

More stories from the week that ended Oct 23 (click on bolded words for more information): FIAC expands into the Petit Palais with performance section and sculpture park. Artinfo has a preview of the fair. Artnet’s choices for the top booths at the fair. Artnet has a FIAC sales report and The Art Newspaper also has one. [Image above: Joe Bradley at Petit Palais] RIP: Kengiro Azuma, who passed away at the age of 90. Andrew J. Hall may have bought a number of Leon Golub fakes […]

Upcoming: Natalia Fabia – “Rainbeau Samsara” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On November 5th, Natalia Fabia (interviewed) will be opening a new show at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, her first solo in four years. Entitled Rainbeau Samsara, the spelling seemingly a reference partially to her daughter, much of the new work we have seen brings her fashionable subjects into the natural world and “explores sequential cycles of life, known in Sanskrit as Samsara.” The locally-based painter often stages photoshoots of her friends which she uses for reference, sprinkling in some sparkles, shiny things, candy colored landscapes, unicorns, a burlesque style and other favorite […]

Releases: Mark Drew – “Deez Nuts” Prints

One of Australian artist and graphic designer Mark Drew’s most popular series of works are his genius mashups of the Peanuts comics and 90s rap. These paintings collectively entitled Deez Nuts were originally covered by us in 2013 when he had a showing at his China Heights Gallery in Sydney. For those who missed it, some of these images featuring some classic hip hop phrases and Schulz’ iconic characters are available as prints here. Discuss Mark Drew here.

Overtime: Oct 10 – Oct 16

More stories from the week that ended Oct 16 (click on bolded words for more information): David Hockney’s SUMO book is coming. RIP: Klaus Kertess, who passed away at the age of 76. RIP: Elizabeth F. Rohatyn, who passed away at the age of 86. RIP: David Antin, who passed away at the age of 84. RIP: Michiyo Yasuda, who passed away at the age of 77. Vikram Chatwal accused of attempting to set Sean Kelley’s dogs on fire in unprovoked attack. Mike Weiss Gallery in Chelsea, NY to […]
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Upcoming: Audrey Kawasaki – “Interlude” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Fans of Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) may want to plan ahead to her next solo show coming up soon in Los Angeles. Opening on November 12th (alongside Stella Im Hultberg) at Thinkspace Gallery, her new body of work will be entitled Interlude, sure to feature her beautifully rendered sensual women with expert use of the wood grains in the painting surface. Photo credit: Jordana Sheara. Discuss Audrey Kawasaki here. Discuss this show here.

Showing: Alex Garant – “Reborn In Flesh” @ Supersonic Art Gallery

Popular art blog SupersonicArt recently expanded their activity by launching, as an experimental online space of showcasing new contemporary artists in mini-exhibitions. For their inaugural show, they chose Alex Garant and her five piece series of new paintings titled Reborn in Flesh. After creating and showing colorful creations for about a year (covered) “this transitional mini-series is a display of (her) creative cocoon, a contemplative self-acceptance and the wellspring of a new, more instinctive, era in (her) artwork.” Keeping her well-known “double-eyed” signature look, the new pieces successfully mix clean, white […]

Previews: “Why I Want to Fuck Donald Trump” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

On October 13th, Joshua Liner Gallery will be opening a group show entitled Why I Want to Fuck Donald Trump, a title inspired by JG Ballard’s 1967 essay Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan. Curated by Alfred Steiner (who himself contributed grotesque portraits of the candidates created from pornographic images of male and female genitalia in his typical piecemeal style), the exhibition will be sort of a visual discussion of the historic satirical essay but applied to the 2016 presidential election. Exhibiting artists include Aaron Johnson, Alfred […]

Previews: “Force of Nature” @ beinArt Gallery

On October 15th, beinArt Gallery in Brunswick, Australia will be hosting a three person show entitled Force of Nature. The exhibition will feature the oil paintings of Chris Leib’s featuring a strangely pleasing combination of chimpanzees and infantile astronauts, Rachel Bess‘ modern day furies, and Stuart Amos’ hybrids of humans and nature. Take a look at more preview images below…
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