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Keya Tama and Elléna Lourens: The Creative Power of Friendship

While popular culture puts sexual relationships on a pedestal, many people find friendships just as transformative and nourishing as love affairs. Emerging South African-born artists Keya Tama and Elléna Lourens form two halves of a ...

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Keya Tama and Elléna Lourens: The Creative Power of Friendship

Sad Sack Illustrator Travis Lampe Laughs in the Face of Fate

“Death is certain. But I recommend avoiding it,” quips artist, illustrator, and toymaker Travis Lampe. Influenced by fortune telling, mystical divination, and a healthy dose of pessimism, Travis’ topsy-turvy works are just as wry as ...

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Sad Sack Illustrator Travis Lampe Laughs in the Face of Fate

Pop Art Meets the Apocalypse in D*Face’s Hollywood-Inspired Work

Deceptively rose-tinted and rebellious, new work from multimedia artist D*Face (aka Dean Stockton) reveals the hairline fractures appearing in our quick-fix, instant-oatmeal society. “After living through an unprecedented, historical moment in time that saw us ...

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Pop Art Meets the Apocalypse in D*Face’s Hollywood-Inspired Work

The Empty Promises of Luxury

There’s rich, and then there’s stupid rich. “Luxury” Adjacent, a group exhibition at MASH Gallery, pokes fun at the more ridiculous aspects of consumer culture, in all of its artificial, materialistic glory. Curated by contemporary ...

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The Empty Promises of Luxury

Deborah Roberts Reveals the Rhapsodic Beauty of Black Childhood

“[Every] child has character and agency to find their own way amidst the complicated narratives of American, African American, and art history,” writes Deborah Roberts in her artist statement. Deborah Roberts: I’m, a solo exhibition ...

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Deborah Roberts Reveals the Rhapsodic Beauty of Black Childhood

True Colors: Photographer James Welling Unveils the Myth of White Marble

To contemporary audiences, classical antiquity means white, bloodless marble. Never mind that Greek and Roman statues were actually adorned in shimmering gold, creamy ivory, and a dazzling kaleidoscope of bright colors. Using his camera to ...

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True Colors: Photographer James Welling Unveils the Myth of White Marble

Sonya Fe Paints For Women, Children, and Those Who Bear the Weight of the World

Chicana artist Sonya Fe paints for women. She paints for children. She paints for those who bear the weight of the world without being seen. Currently on view at Eastern Projects in Los Angeles, Sonya’s ...

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Sonya Fe Paints For Women, Children, and Those Who Bear the Weight of the World

Japanese Painter Ryoko Kaneta Looks at Nature With Wide Eyes

Instead of one god, there are approximately 8 million divine beings pulling the strings in Japan. Emerging Tokyo-based artist Ryoko Kaneta creates manga-style artwork that plays on an ancient Japanese philosophy: that god dwells in ...

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Japanese Painter Ryoko Kaneta Looks at Nature With Wide Eyes

Empty and Alone: Japanese Artist Hikari Shimoda Fights to Live in the Void

“To me, fighting to live is repeatedly questioning oneself when feeling empty inside,” says Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda of her new solo show, Fight to Live in the Void. On view at Corey Helford Gallery ...

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Empty and Alone: Japanese Artist Hikari Shimoda Fights to Live in the Void

Russ Pope and Friends Cultivate Long-Distance Creative Relationships

With a technological cocktail of Zoom meetings, FaceTime hangs, phone calls, emails, and texts, it’s easier than ever to connect with people all around the globe. CONVERSATIONS, a group show at LA’s Subliminal Projects, rises ...

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Russ Pope and Friends Cultivate Long-Distance Creative Relationships

Caution: Man One’s Contagious Art Could Be the Antidote to Your Pandemic Blues

Sometimes, despite the chorus of coughing around you, there’s nothing more contagious than appreciating good artwork. That’s the hope behind graffiti artist Man One’s new solo show, Chance of Infection, on view at Division 9 ...

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Caution: Man One’s Contagious Art Could Be the Antidote to Your Pandemic Blues

Grand Opening: ‘The Cheech’ Builds A Home For Chicano/a Art in Southern California

Not every collector wants to share their art with the world. Thankfully, Cheech Marin—yes, that Cheech Marin—isn’t one of them. On June 18, 2022, the longtime actor and comedian presents Cheech Collects, the inaugural exhibition ...

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Grand Opening: ‘The Cheech’ Builds A Home For Chicano/a Art in Southern California

Celebrating Pride: What June Means For LGBTQ+ Visibility in the Arts

It’s that time of year again: rainbows are popping up all over the place, which means Pride Month has arrived. While June is seen as a time to celebrate progress toward equality in the LGBTQ+ ...

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Celebrating Pride: What June Means For LGBTQ+ Visibility in the Arts

A New Way to Work: Creative Identity Gets a Contemporary Makeover in LA

“Identity” is a nebulous term, subject to shift and surprise over the course of a lifetime. This month, nine international artists pin down different definitions in I Don’t Wanna Be, I Am, a traveling exhibition ...

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A New Way to Work: Creative Identity Gets a Contemporary Makeover in LA

Pretty in Plastic Creates One-of-a-Kind Awards for NOT REAL ART Grant Winners

Nearly one year ago, NOT REAL ART announced its 2021 grant winners, six artists who push the boundaries of what’s possible in the art world. To honor the scope and vision of their work, NOT ...

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Pretty in Plastic Creates One-of-a-Kind Awards for NOT REAL ART Grant Winners
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