OBEY x NEVER MADE

LB-based artist Francisco Reyes Jr., a/k/a Never Made (interviewed) has teamed up with OBEY Clothing for an artist series collab and they’re launching it in downtown Long Beach tomorrow evening, with DJ sets and tiny tattoos and other things that are good.

All The Buildings In Paris

ALL THE BUILDINGS IN PARIS: That I’ve Drawn So Far is the latest book out from talented artist & illustrator James Gulliver Hancock, via Universe Publishing. If you loved his previous titles based on the buildings of London and NYC, you’ll no doubt enjoy this new hardcover too. If you’re into art/illustration, architecture, and travel, this is a real treat either way. James’ unique illustrations cover the city’s most famous buildings and landmarks (both historic, and modern) as well as some much lesser-known examples of local construction. And as much as I enjoy Hancock’s lively illustration work, his hand-lettering throughout the book is really nice too.. [Read More]

Chip Kidd: Book Two

I thought I’d start 2018 by making some time to sit with this impressive new title from Rizzoli New York. CHIP KIDD: BOOK TWO: WORK 2007-2017 covers the last decade of work from a talented and accomplished artist and designer; Chip Kidd, creator of countless book covers, movie posters, and graphic novels too. Since he’s partly so well-known for his (literally) outstanding book designs, such as the cover for Haruki Murakami’s recent-ish novel 1Q84, it stands to reason that this monograph also boasts an eye-catching and impressive cover design. Speaking of Murakami, he’s one of my absolute favorite novelists ever and this title features an essay of his. Murakami just is just one of many impressive novelists who Kidd has designed covers for: John Updike, David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, and Elie Wiesel are also on the list. [See More]

Quetzal Y Manzana

A great new print from San Jose-based artist Sam Rodriguez. 8″ x 10″ (Close to original drawing size). Signed, archival ink printed on velvet fine art paper. This timed release ends at 1pm on Wednesday.

Aqui No Mas

The talented homie LA-based artist Benjie Escobar is taking his art to Texas for the first time, with his new exhibition Aqui No Mas opening at Presa House Gallery at 7pm this Saturday. He’s set to unveil a new body his trademark black & white “lowbrow” work; all ink on paper. The theme of Benjie’s latest work focuses on repurposing, reimagining, and updating iconic Chicano & Latino characters in new ways, and his own unique typography; inspired by low rider art and tattoos. Don’t miss out on the exclusive Flash Sheet print which will be available in the gallery. Presa House will also exhibit new work by artists Sabrina Alfaro and Gilbert Martine.

Quiet Please Pop-Up

ACE/121 Gallery in Glendale are opening a new group exhibition today, featuring a line-up of 30 great artists, including the likes of Eyeone and Andrew Hem. The exhibition is curated by Glendale-based artist Leo Eguiarte. Opening is this evening 7 – 10pm. ACE/121 Gallery hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10 AM – 3 PM or by appointment.

America is for Dreamers

This evening artist Patrick Martinez opens his first solo museum exhibition in his home of Los Angeles. The opening is at 7pm at the Vincent Price Art Museum in East LA. I’m a huge fan of Patrick’s work – I think he’s one of the most important artists working in LA today. His work touches on important social issues like police brutality, immigration, and gentrification. He’s best known for his beautiful oil paintings, impressive ceramics, and poignant neon signage. America is for Dreamers will showcase examples of his latest explorations in these media, and more. More info here.