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Upcoming: Sarah Joncas & Camilla d’Errico – “Beauty in the Breakdown” @ Thinkspace Gallery

This Saturday night (February 28th), Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City will be hosting new work from Sarah Joncas (seen above) and Camilla d’Errico (seen below). Both artists create portraiture centered on female characters but their imagery tends to be quite different, which will give the joint show a nice contrasting look. Joncas’ paintings have a cinematic feel to them with with a sense of danger or unknown while d’Errico’s pieces are more surreal featuring her characters with saccharine charm interacting with their creature friends. Discuss Sarah Joncas […]

Openings: “20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz” @ LAMAG

Last weekend in Los Angeles, alongside Robert Williams’ amazing new exhibition (covered), a group show celebrating 20 years of Juxtapoz also opened to the public. Curated by Andrew Hosner from Thinkspace and Gary Pressman from Copro Gallery, the showing featured artists, emerging and established, who have graced the pages of the trailblazing magazine. Participants included Aaron Horkey, Aaron Nagel, Adam Caldwell, Adam Miller, Alex Yanes, Amy Sol, Andrew Hem, Andrew Schoultz, Andy Kehoe, Anthony Ausgang, Aron Wiesenfeld, Audrey Kawasaki, Bezt,, Billy Norrby, Brendan Monroe, Brett Amory, Brian M. Viveros, bumblebeelovesyou, C215, Candice Tripp, Chet Zar, Chris […]

Openings: Chris Berens & Patrick Kelly – “Nethermoor” & “Elusive Object” @ Roq La Rue

It has been four years since Chris Berens last showed solo at Roq La Rue.  Nethermoor, as the show is titled, is based on Michael Ende’s book, Die Unendliche Geschichte, or as many may know it, The Neverending Story.  The show opening however, wove a story all its own. Bad weather on the East coast and shipping issues caused havoc with the large exhibition, resulting in an open without the art. While Chris and his wife traveled from Amsterdam to be in attendance, the art […]

Showing: Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez – “I’d Rather Love You” @ KP Projects / MKG

Showing at KP Projects / MKG (Merry Karnowsky Gallery) in the main space (also see Verlato in the back), Johnny Rodriguez (aka KMNDZ) currently has a selection of prime works on display for his fans in Los Angeles. As mentioned in our interview with the locally-based artist, I’d Rather Love You is a deeply personal show drawing from his struggles in the last several years as well as taking inspiration from important influences in his life such as his father and his beliefs. Stop by for a look yourself through March 7th. […]

Showing: Nicola Verlato – “Conquest of the West” @ KP Projects / MKG

Earlier this month, the newly branded KP Projects / MKG (Merry Karnowsky Gallery) opened a small solo from Nicola Verlato (featured) in their back room entitled Conquest of the West. The selection of work included a few midsize pieces featuring the Italian artist’s recognizable modern takes on the styles seen in old masterworks, some smaller paintings that continue the theme of the show in closeups, and a few studies. The exhibition closes on March 7th, so you have a couple of weeks left to stop by for a […]

Openings: Robert Williams – “Slang Aesthetics!” @ LA Municipal Art Gallery

Saturday night marked the triumphant return of Robert Williams to the Los Angeles art scene with his first comprehensive showing in many years. Slang Aesthetics! at the LA Municipal Art Gallery featured paintings, drawings, and sculptural works from the influential painter and and one of the co-founders of Juxtapoz Magazine, and was a testament to the locally-based artist’s talent and the significance of his career. The prime selection of new and recent work must be viewed in person to be appreciated and we will certainly be back multiple time before it […]

Previews: Phil Hale – “Life Wants to Live” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Tonight in Chelsea at Jonathan LeVine Gallery (529 West 20th Street), accomplished illustrator and artist Phil Hale will be presenting his first solo stateside in the last four years. Life Wants to Live will feature the London-based artist’s oil on linen paintings as well as drawings in a cohesive body of work in both subject matter and atmospheric language. The new pieces are a testament to the disjointed and uncertain times society is currently faced with, strewn with scenes of disaster and debris fields. Rendered in his distorted aesthetic and with […]

Releases: Fables – The Complete Covers By James Jean

Currently available from James Jean (interviewed) on his online store are signed copies of Fables: The Complete Covers By James Jean. The 256 page book is a compilation of the work from when the gifted painter worked as the cover artist for the comic series Fables. Including prep and production art, the publication is a in-depth look at the early phase of James’ acclaimed career that made him famous. Discuss James Jean here.

Previews: Robert Williams – “Slang Aesthetics!” @ LA Municipal Art Gallery

Alongside the show celebrating 20 years of Juxatapoz, the LA Municipal Art Gallery will also be hosting the new work of Robert Williams. Arguably one of the most anticipated shows in Los Angeles for 2015, Slang Aesthetics! will be the godfather of low brow art’s first showing in the area in quite long time. Fans can expect a selection of new paintings as well as some amazing sculptural renditions of his work on display. Make sure you RSVP ([email protected]) for the opening this Saturday, February 21st, from 6-11 pm […]

Previews: “20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz” @ LAMAG

After a tribute show in New York last year (covered), Juxtapoz will now get their shine in Los Angeles with a showing at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, curated by Andrew Hosner from Thinkspace and Gary Pressman from Copro Gallery, is the mother of all group exhibitions with an impressive list of artists who will be contributing work to commemorate two decades of the magazine’s influential contribution to contemporary art and culture. Make sure you RSVP ([email protected]) for the […]