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Previews: Patrick Martinez – “All Season Portfolio” @ Charlie James Gallery

All Season Portfolio, a new solo show from Patrick Martinez, is set to open on January 14th at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles. The body of work he has prepared includes his signature hip hop inspired neon signage, his newer series of work satirizing Pee Chee Portfolios of our youth by replacing the athletes with victims and imagery of police brutality, and new mixed media stucco paintings. Take a look at more preview images below… Via LA Taco. Discuss this show here. Discuss Patrick Martinez here.

Previews: Brendan Monroe – “Mammatus” @ Curator’s Cube

On Saturday, January 14th, Brendan Monroe (interviewed) will be opening a show in Japan at Curator’s Cube. Entitled Mammatus, the new body of work includes ceramic sculptures and black and white ink drawings. While the sculptural work are more figure-based and reference the American artist’s earlier work, the drawings feature graphic shapes and movement like his more recent murals, a few of which will be painted in the Tokyo showspace. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.

Upcoming: Alex Gross – “Antisocial Network” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On February 25th, Alex Gross (interviewed) will be opening a new show at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Antisocial Network, the new body of work from the locally-based artist continues to explore the idea of modern technology and his view of the ironic effect of social networks in eroding the personal relationships around us instead of bringing us closer. Gross’ surreal imagery for those exhibition also features some reoccurring references such as corporate branding and his anthropomorphizing of different creatures. Discuss Alex Gross here.

Upcoming: Cleon Peterson – “VICTORY” @ Galerie Du Jour

On January 11th, Cleon Peterson will be showing new work at Agnés B’s Galerie du Jour, his first solo in Paris. Entitled VICTORY, the exhibition will feature the American artist’s signature brutal and provocative imagery, a exaggerated reflection of the urban violence he saw firsthand in his youth. He further explains – “This show explores the hedonistic triumphs of those who recognize themselves as victorious in the unfolding mirror of history. Their right to pleasure hinges on their projection of pain onto the unvictorious other. This […]

Overtime: Jan 2 – Jan 8

More stories from the week that ended Jan 8 (click on bolded words for more information): An interview with Zach Fernandez, who was revealed to be the artist behind the Hollyweed sign prank. RIP: Barbara Weiss, who passed away at the age of 56. RIP: Tyrus Wong, who passed away at the age of 106. RIP: John Berger, who passed away at the age of 90. David Pulphus painting removed from US Capitol by congressman after cops & news personality complained. Louvre Museum announces decrease in visitors of 15% […]

Upcoming: Robert Xavier Burden – “Original Myth” @ Gregorio Escalante Gallery

On Saturday night (January 7th), thousands of hours of hard work by Robert Xavier Burden will culminate in a solo showing at Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Los Angeles. Original Myth will highlight the San Francisco-based artist’s large scale paintings of pop culture icons in elaborate compositions along with some smaller works. Star Wars characters, Thundercats, Batman, Transformers, and other recognizable nostalgic characters fill Burden’s oil paintings, leaving viewers in awe of the beautiful rendering and detail. Discuss Robert Xavier Burden here.

Releases: Tiffany Bozic – “Flora and Fawn” Print

Painter Tiffany Bozic recently released a new print entitled Flora and Fawn on her webstore. Produced in an edition of 150, the image area of the artwork measures roughly 13.5″ x 18″ with a total size of 16″ X 20″ if the border is included. Priced at $150 now, it can be purchased here for those interested in adding it to their collection. Discuss Tiffany Bozic here.

Releases / Benefits: Alex Garant – “My Sister Has It” Print

Saddened by the recent deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Alex Garant and Spoke Art have teamed up to release a print to benefit the International Bipolar Foundation. With 100% of the profits donated to help those with the disease (including the late actress), the print release features an image of Princess Leia (with Garant’s characteristic double-exposed treatment), Fisher’s most famous role. Entitled My Sister Has It, the image is available in two sizes (8″ x 10″ or 16″ x 20″) for $25 and […]

Openings: Fuco Ueda – “Odd-Eye” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Last month, Thinkspace Gallery hosted an exhibition from Fuco Ueda entitled Odd-Eye, her second solo (see 2014) with the Culver City showspace. The beautifully rendered new works from the Japanese artist are mainly created on canvas with a few smaller pieces on paper, all featuring her characteristic lush imagery and palette. Surrounded by reoccurring motifs and symbols of death (such as chrysanthemum flowers & skeletal elements) as well as disquieting creatures, her flushed girls seem to be trapped in some sort of lurid dream world. […]

Overtime: Dec 26 – Jan 1

More stories from the week that ended Jan 1 (click on bolded words for more information): The New York Times catches up with and profiles Raymond Pettibon. RIP: Kenneth Snelson, who passed away at the age of 89 due to prostate cancer. Michel Draguet, director of Royal MFA of Belgium, accuses Elke Sleurs and René Delcourt of harassment. David Chipperfield’s renovation plan for Haus der Kunst to its original Nazi-era state provokes outrage. Yoshitomo Nara sued by cosmetics company W.Lab over authorship of design artwork. Tanja Grunert loses lawsuit […]