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Signings: Andrew Hem – “Dreams Towards Reality” Book Release @ Nucleus Gallery

This Saturday night (October 20th, 7-10pm) at the Nucleus Gallery, Andrew Hem (interviewed), will be hosting a signing and special edition art exhibition for his new book – Dreams Towards Reality. Published by Zero+ Publishing, the monograph includes a survey of Hem’s recent paintings but also features “selections from his early work, graffiti, sketches, murals, sculptures and collages, as well as photographs from the extensive travel in Southeast Asia and South America that has informed his vision.” Also included is an in-depth essay by Amanda Erlanson. Not only will the LA-based […]
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Baby Tattooville ’12: Michael Hussar – “Wunderland”

As we continue our coverage of this year’s Baby Tattooville, we turn our attention to Michael Hussar’s Wunderland, which was a feature for the art retreat for the fourth straight year (see 2011). Those familiar with Hussar’s two night event quickly settled in while newcomers casually perused. As in the past, all of the action took place in Hussar’s suite. Models posed as muses deep into the night for Hussar and other artists to draw. Discuss Baby Tattoville here.
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Releases: Joe Ledbetter – “Mega Fire-Cat”

If you remember a while back, we shared with you news of Joe Ledbetter’s re-release of one of his most popular figures and characters Mr. Bunny, but in a larger format. Now, in collaboration with the people (The Loyal Subjects) that brought you the Colossus Bunny, Ledbetter will be also bringing back his beloved Fire-Cat, again in a much larger scale. Standing 4-feet tall and made of fiberglass, the Mega Fire-Cat will be available in four different colorways – Original Red Fire-Cat (edition of 7), Ice-Cat (blue edition of […]
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Openings: Mark Whalen – “Portals” @ Merry Karnowsky

This past weekend, the Merry Karnowsky gallery unveiled new work by artist Mark Whalen (also known as Kill Pixie). Titled “Portals”, this new exhibition by the Australian artist shows a progress in style from the last time he showed at this same gallery.  Last week, we showed you a glimpse into his artistic process via a teaser video (covered), and here with the culmination of his hard work, we see him once again incorporating a collection of extremely detailed and geometric artwork, black on black […]
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Openings: Mel Kadel – “Stuck On A Wave” @ Merry Karnowsky

Last Saturday night, Mel Kadel unveiled new works for her Stuck On A Wave solo during an opening reception at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery. Showing alongside the cosmic and pattered work of Mark Whalen, the Los Angeles-based Kadel’s imagery also featured patterns of her own, oftentimes backdrops of collaged repeating elements for her characters to play in. As referenced by the title of the show, this time around, the auto-biographical caricatures of herself were seen at times rowing through the patterns as if they were on water. The show will […]
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Openings: Pose & “Hello Kitty, Hello Art” @ Known Gallery

On Saturday night, the Known Gallery in Los Angeles hosted a private release party for Hello Kitty, Hello Art!, a book compiling artwork inspired by Sanrio characters. In association with this event, a group show featuring works from 64 Colors, AIKO, Caia Koopman, DABS MYLA, Kenton Parker, Niagara, Shepard Fairey, Simone Legno, RISK, Adam Wallacavage was on display as each artist chose different characters to render in their own typical fashion. The man of the hour was POSE (MSK, AWR) – seen above – with an entire solo show dedicated to the theme […]
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Overtime: Oct 8 – Oct 14

  Christie’s will offer Monet’s Nymphéas water lillies painting.   It is estimated to sell between $30-50 mil. Mark Rothko’s Black on Maroon – part of Seagram mural, defaced by man at Tate Modern museum. Jonathan Jones on why the greatest works of art get attacked. Buddhist nun stops sale of £1million Zhang Daqian painting after ownership is called into question. Diaries could provide a vital clue to origin of controversial early original Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa. Restorers tackle obscene (including genitalia) 17th-century graffiti on […]
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Preview: beinArt Surreal Collective – “Anomalies” @ Copro Gallery

Tonight at the Copro Gallery, human oddities, anatomical wonders, and freaks will be on display at the third beinArt Collective group show, Anomalies, at the Santa Monica showspace. Curated by Jon Beinart, over 50 artists will be interpreting sideshow/carny culture with paintings, drawings and sculpture. Participating artists include: Travis Louie, Esao Andrews, Chris Mars, David Stoupakis, Chet Zar, Christian Van Minnen, Scott Scheidly, Jessica Joslin, Turf One (Jean Labourdette), Naoto Hattori, Gregory Jacobsen, David Choquette, Brendan Danielson, Sandra Yagi, Tom Bagshaw, Pamela Wilson, Matt Martin, Peter Gric, Dietmar Gross, Heidi Taillefer, John Brophy, Richard A Kirk, Mia Araujo, Santiago Caruso, Tom Kuebler, Karl Persson, Jana Brike, Beau White, Heather Nevay, […]
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Videos / Set Up: Mark Whalen – “Portals” @ Merry Karnowsky

Tomorrow night, Mark Whalen (featured) will be unveiling all new works at the Merry Karnowksy Gallery. Entitled Portals, the name certainly can be descriptive of the imagery seen in his paintings – strange beings that look like they might have appeared through doorways into another dimension or world. Whalen has come a long way since his days as a Sydney based street artist known as Kill Pixie, and this return to the Los Angeles showspace sees him further explore what we saw from him at last year’s exhibition there […]
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Previews: Brandi Milne & Camilla d’Errico – “The Candy Escape” @ Cotton Candy Machine

Brooklyn’s Cotton Candy Machine will host a dual exhibition with Brandi Milne and Camilla d’Errico (above) with the opening scheduled for tonight. Entitled The Candy Escape, the showing brings together these two artists and their smooth characters with the opening coinciding with New York Comicon. For Camilla, this show is a return to the gallery after a year long hiatus whereas Brandi is coming off a recent showing in Los Angeles and will be making her Brooklyn debut. Both artists’ work features vibrant colors and imagery which serious […]