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Openings: “Is This Thing On? 2” @ Gallery 1988 – Melrose

Last week, the Gallery 1988 in Melrose hosted the second rendition of Is This Thing On?, a group show featuring artwork that pays tribute to famous comedians and their craft. Hosted by Weird Al Yankovic, the showspace was packed with fans of comedy and art who wanted to see their favorite standups like Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, and more get their due. Check out all the pieces here and also take a look at more photos by Richard Brooks from the opening after the […]

Openings: Masakatsu Sashie – “Invisible Hand” @ Mizuma Gallery

A new exhibition from Masakatsu Sashie recently opened  up at the Mizuma Gallery in Tokyo featuring five new works from the Japanese artist. The title of the show, Invisible Hand, is taken from Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations and is a term used to describe the self-regulating nature of the marketplace into which, by trying to maximize their own gains, individual ambition benefits society. A fitting choice as his work always touches on topics political in nature, especially imagery of a post-apocalyptic world mixed […]

Openings: Jim Houser – “As Quiet As Itʼs Kept” @ Lebasse Projects

Another show we visited in Culver City on Saturday night was Jim Houser’s showing at LeBasse Projects. Featuring meticulously constructed installations of his paintings and sculptural items, As Quiet As Itʼs Kept put on display the Philly artist’s signature patchwork of favorite items, creatures, words, symbols that for this exhibition was inspired by the impact of fatherhood and explores and the new responsibilities faced. Take a look at more photos from the opening by ©Carlos Gonzalez after the jump…

Openings: Amy Sol – “Numina” @ Corey Helford

On Saturday night, painter Amy Sol (interviewed) unveiled works she created for Numina, her newest solo at the Corey Helford Gallery. Featuring 10 acrylic on wood panel pieces, the show was inspired by the world “numinous,” chosen not necessarily for it’s meaning but also for the shape and sound of the word itself. The title seemed to be a worthy starting point as her new paintings are steeped in mystery, magic, and narrative wonder while showing a progression of the Las Vegas-based artist’s signature soft palette, delicate washes, […]

Openings: Corey Arnold – “Wolf Tide” @ Richard Heller Gallery

A couple weeks ago, the Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica hosted the opening for Corey Arnold’s Wolf Tide. The vibrant new work by the Portland-based photographer are a series of shots taken during his experience working as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. His travels have taken him to the Bering Sea, Europe, South Africa, the Atlantic, and the Arctic. and his subjects include humans, eagles, gulls, deer, vast seascapes and surreal landscapes. More photos from the opening and images after the jump…

Openings: Herakut – “After the Laughter” @ Lebasse Projects (Chinatown)

Last month, German duo Herakut arrived in Los Angeles for a special exhibition highlighting their work not only with paintings but also with sculptures, photography and installations. Held at Lebasse Projects in Chinatown, the show also coincided with the release of their book After The Laughter which chronicles their work together during the past number of years. The night was packed from beginning to end with fans wanting to get their book signed by the two artists. Also, various members from the Lucent Dossier crew, […]

Openings: Jaybo Monk @ Soze Gallery

Last week, the Soze Gallery was proud to present the work and first L.A. exhibition from Jaybo Monk. Titled Silent/Listen, this show unveiled a number of paintings in which the artist fused an interesting style of portraiture, collage, and linear perspective. Also utilizing the human body as the focus to various of his pieces, the French-born artist managed to present a collection of art which felt both original and visually arresting. Apart from this work, a special collaboration was on display which featured Monk’s style […]

Openings: Conor Harrington – “Dead Meat” @ Lazarides (Rathbone Place)

Last week in spectacular fashion, the new exhibition from Conor Harrington (interviewed) opened at Lazarides Gallery’s flagship Rathbone Place location in London. The sold out show, Dead Meat, included the impressive works we previewed during our studio visit with the UK-based painter last month, a total of 8 large-scale canvases and 24 small studies or “Morning Glories” as he has fondly titled them. The works reflected a further refinement of his signature mix of historical narrative and modern urban references, all in the setting of […]

Openings: Tomokazu Matsuyama x The Standard – Snow Globes

Last week, AM caught the opening night for the unveiling of Tomokazu Matusyama’s (featured) exclusive snow globe (available here) created with The Standard Hotel. Continuing a long line of quality artist collaborations with artists like Ryan McGinness, KAWS, and Jose Parla, this unique project takes Matsu’s iconic Running Deep series of paintings and miniaturizes them into unique sculptures. As expected ,the opening was packed to the brim with fans and afterwards attendees were ushered upstairs to club Le Bain for an after hours celebration. Check it […]

Openings: Todd James – “King of the Wild Frontier” @ Gering & Lopez

Last Thursday night, Todd James (aka REAS) unveiled a new body of works at New York’s Gering & Lopez. Entitled King of the Wild Frontier, this series takes another step forward from his previous showing with the gallery. Separated into two major parts, Todd moves on from his traditional medium of paper and continues his Somali Pirates motif on canvas which brought an impressive new dimension to his work as his colors and line-work popped even more than before. The second portion of the show […]