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Showing: Chris Berens – “Moonrise” @ Megumi Okita Gallery

Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo is currently showing their second exhibition with Chris Berens. Three years since his debut with the gallery (covered) that was captured in the Chris Berens – Master of his Magical Universe documentary, the Dutch artist has created Moonrise, whole new body of work. Once again rendering the residents of his artistic world, both human and animals, the paintings are inspired by real people, fairy tales and fantasy. 15 new works on view are smaller scale pieces in same format, ranging from 23×26 cm to 50×56 cm and quite […]

Upcoming: “Hindsight” @ Modern Eden

On November 5th, Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco will open Hindsight, a four person show from Josh Keyes (seen above), Sandra Yagi, Ahren Hertel, and Ellen Jewett. Here’s what curator Bradley Platz had to say about the exhibition – “There is a somewhat of a post-apocalyptic environmental hindsight, running through each of these four artist’s works. It is this perspective that I looked for when selecting the artists, and which ultimately became just the starting point for a larger dialogue. The exhibition deals with heavy issues […]

Overtime: Oct 24 – Oct 30

More stories from the week that ended Oct 30 (click on bolded words for more information): Artspace profiles Nathan Cash Davidson, Torey Thornton, and Avery Singer. (above: Torey Thornton’s Rapport Vroom show at Shane Campbell Gallery). Frieze reviews Jamian Juliano-Villani’s The World’s Greatest Planet on Earth at Studio Voltaire. RIP: Raymond Brown, who passed away during scaffolding accident in Miami while painting a mural. RIP: Tom Doyle, who passed away on Oct 8. RIP: Marwan Kassab-Bachi, who passed away at the age of 82. RIP: Steve Dillon, who passed away […]

Openings: Hajime Sorayama @ Jacob Lewis Gallery

Last night, Jacob Lewis Gallery held the opening reception for their inaugural show with Hajime Sorayama. A few weeks after announcing his representation, the Chelsea-based gallery revealed his newest body of work featuring his signature Sexy Robots. The 10 new acrylic paintings and one sculpture were created around the idea of re-inventing American icons. From Hollywood starlets to pop culture idols (fashion and music stars), the Japanese artist presented his vision of these characters as one of his retro-future pinups. Examples include Kate Moss shown as a bionic Playboy bunny, Elvis Presley as […]

Releases: Chet Zar – “The Meeting” Print

In association with his current DY5TOPIA show at Copro Gallery, Chet Zar (interviewed) has released a new print entitled The Meeting. Based on a painting from the exhibition of the same name, the image shows a group of the Los Angeles-based artist’s creepy characters getting together to discuss some secret objective. Produced in a run of 55, there is an offer to personalize the 19″ x 13″ giclée with a drawing by Zar tomorrow Saturday, October 29, at the gallery if ordered online for $100 before the signing (3-7 pm). […]

Previews: Scott Listfield – “Anthropocene” @ Antler Gallery

Tonight in Portland, Antler Gallery will be opening two person show entitled Anthropocene featuring the work of Scott Listfield and Brin Levinson. The title of the exhibition refers to the epoch in Earth’s history where human activity has become the dominant force of change on our planet, something Listfield took to heart as he painted his signature astronaut while thinking about our increasing reliance on technology and decline in the biodiversity on our earth. Discuss Scott Listfield here.

Previews: Hajime Sorayama @ Jacob Lewis Gallery

Starting on October 28th at Jacob Lewis Gallery, the surreal robotic works of Hajime Sorayama will grace the walls of the New York showspace and will open for public consumption. Along with paintings more in line with the Japanese artist’s trademark sexy robot aesthetic like Kate Moss reimagined as an automaton Playboy Bunny, on display will also be popular pop culture icons transformed into their mechanical forms as well as sculptural rendition. Via Juxtapoz. Discuss Hajime Sorayama here.

Previews: “BAD DADS VII” @ Spoke Art (New York)

In what has become an annual tradition at Spoke Art, an art show tribute to the films of Wes Anderson will be opening on October 28th. Just in time for Halloween, BAD DADS VII will open up at their new New York location in the Lower East Side (210 Rivington St) so come decked out in your best costume to win some prizes and of course to enjoy some art (tickets here). Enjoy some preview images here like the sweet piece by Reuben Negron seen above.

Openings: Sean Mahan – “Rendered Problematic” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Alongside Sandra Chevrier (interviewed) showing in the main space (covered) of Thinkspace in Los Angeles, Sean Mahan also presented a small solo show in the project room. Entitled Rendered Problematic, the new work from the painter from Florida continued his portraits of children rendered in soft pastels along with nostalgic touches like “vintage palettes handle records, dated appliances, and classic sewing machines.” Mahon further explains this exhibition – “I chose the title Rendered Problematic because it was descriptive of both the rendered illustration style and the conceptual ideas I wanted […]

Openings: Sandra Chevrier – “The Cages; and the Reading Rooms of their Lives”

Last weekend, Thinkspace in Los Angeles opened a solo show from Sandra Chevrier (interviewed) entitled The Cages; and the Reading Rooms of their Lives. The new body of work featured the Canadian artist’s signature portraits of women with painted and collaged comic book facial overlays with some of the pieces featuring a physically removable “mask” of superheroes. When these covers are lifted, the emotions and fragility of the human underneath are revealed. Chevrier further explains – “In the greater body of my work, the images used within the ‘cages’ series range from […]