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Previews: Revok – “Ordinary Things” @ Library Street Collective

This Friday, REVOK will be premiering a new show in Detroit at the Library Street Collective. With Ordinary Things, the graffiti titan makes his solo premiere in his adoptive city since moving from his home base of Los Angeles. This fresh body of work consists of REVOK taking his intricate paint’em & break’em style to another level. Each piece utilizes numerous fragments of “locally sourced” urban material from the Motor City and challenges his already impressive diamond motifs (seen City of Fire & Known Gallery […]

Previews: Todd “REAS” James & Alexis Ross – “Beyond Elegance” @ Valmorbida (NYC)

On November 13th, Andy Valmorbida once again returns to NYC’s meatpacking district to present Beyond Elegance, a pop-up exhibition of art work by Todd “REAS” James and Alexis Ross. James – hot off his show Free to Be You & Me at Copenhagen’s V1 Gallery – will keep the momentum going with a new series of large-scale canvases featuring his characteristic cartoon portrayals of Somali pirates and curvaceous ladies. LA-based artist Ross – who collaborated with James, Barry McGee, Steve Powers and others on the Street […]

Overtime: Oct 22 – Oct 28

Overtime stories of the week: Damien Hirst’s new controversial dissected & pregnant Verity sculpture has been installed in the UK. Lawsuit claims Knoedler Gallery “substantially dependent” on profits from fakes in sustaining business. Gao Ping, Chinese gallery owner, arrested in Madrid on suspicion of money laundering. Rotterdam’s Kunsthal says security system in order during art heist.  The works taken last week have been valued at over $100 million, but Colin Gleadell believes this is a large overestimate. Pompidou president Alain Seban thinks call for removal of Adel […]

Openings: Remi/Rough – “In The Presence of Angels” @ Soze Gallery

Last night, the Soze Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles opened their newest show, In The Presence of Angels with all new works from Remi/Rough. For his first solo in the United States, the UK-based artist put on display new paintings and sculptures which detail the evolution of his post-graffiti abstractionism. Take a look at the photo set down below… Discuss Remi/Rough here. Photo credit: theonepointeight.

Concerts / Visual Arts: Amon Tobin – ISAM 2.0 (The Greek Theatre / LA)

Recently, celebrated Brazilian DJ/Producer Amon Tobin arrived in Los Angeles and played the last leg of his North American tour over at the famed Greek Theatre. Titled ISAM 2.0, this second reiteration of this tour, is a visual masterpiece layered with Tobin’s unique sound design and rhythmic style that’s unlike most electronic music out there today. Tobin, who entered the scene in the mid-90’s through his still current label Ninja Tune, has been evolving as an artist. Whereas his music was once more akin to drum […]

Releases: James Jean / OVM for BLITZ Lane Crawford (Hong Kong)

It looks like James Jean (featured) is back in Hong Kong where he will be launching his OVM line of jewellery and accessories in store at BLITZ Lane Crawford. To mark this occasion, a special collection of scarves, pouches and iphone veils has been designed by the gifted painter exclusively for the store. As a bonus for fans in HK, Jean is currently painting and creating an installation at the Canton Road location (see it live on USTREAM here) leading up the launch event on October 26 (630 pm). Also check […]

Openings: Ashley Wood – “Machine Sabbath” @ Jonathan LeVine

Jonathan LeVine Gallery hosted another great exhibition this past weekend with new work from Ashley Wood. The award winning illustrator presented a murky and moody series of paintings entitled Machine Sabbath which showcased Ashley’s unique artistic techniques of less is more. We’ve long admired Wood’s raw emotions and character depictions and displaying beside long time Australian comrade Jeremy Geddes (covered here), we noticed how well the two styles of works complimented each other highlighted by Wood’s dark & loose style providing contrast Geddes’ bright & tight techniques. Both these shows run […]

Openings: Gary Baseman – “Nightmares of Halloween Past” @ KK Gallery

Over the weekend, the newly opened KK Gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown Arts District held the opening reception for Gary Baseman’s (featured) latest solo show. Entitled Nightmares of Halloween Past, the exhibition featured appropriately themed paintings,  the LA-based artist’s vintage Halloween photo collection, a performance by Nightmare and The Cat, a ghostly chandelier, and of course a costume for the man of the hour. Check the details in the photo set below… Photo credit: theonepointeight. Discuss Gary Baseman here.

Openings: Jeremy Geddes – “Exhale” @ Jonathan LeVine

This past weekend, Jonathan LeVine Gallery premiered a new exhibition from Australian painter Jeremy Geddes (interviewed). Making his long awaited United States solo debut along with peer Ashley Wood, Geddes made a splash with 17 superb paintings (previewed). Entitled Exhale, this new body of work featured a mix of subject matters ranging from his signature astronauts & urban landscapes to his imagination-inspiring subjects that seem to be thrown or propelled through residential domiciles. Known for his ultra-fine strokes and tight painting style, it was amazing to […]

Streets: JR – “I Am a Man” Mural / Unframed Project (Washington, D.C.)

French photographer and street activist JR, who was just featured in a video for the new MOCAtv channel, was also recently in Washington, D.C. working on a mural for his Unframed Project where he takes archived images and uses them in a different context. For this particular piece, he brings to light a photo from Ernest Withers taken during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike and pasted it up on the corner of 14th Street and T streets in Washington where the riots exploded right after Martin Luther […]