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While his most well-known projects are his horror novels and short stories, Clive Barker has a long career as painter that will be surveyed in his new exhibition, “1977,” opening tomorrow night, August 23, at Century Guild in Culver City. The interdisciplinary artist — whose biggest credits include having his novels adapted for the Hellraiser and Candyman film series — will be showing a series of paintings he created in 1977 when he was 24 years old, as well as new works from this year. Filled with macabre imagery, Barker’s paintings have a bone-chilling quality while balancing horror with humor. Coinciding with the exhibition will be the release of Barker’s new art book, Imaginer.

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The dark and insanely detailed drawings of Laurie Lipton mix elements from different eras of art and time, including her own surreal version of reality.  When asked her to describe her meticulous, cross-hatching in one word,  she answered, “sick” (with a grin).  She has exhibited and lived all over the world from Holland, Germany, France, and recently London, where she spent time with the likes of Terry Gilliam, one of her favorite creatives. She will exhibit the art discussed here at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles next year.

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Emerging NYC-based artist Lala Abaddon’s journey through the art world started with analog photography and poetry. The idea of creating works that carry more than one story always fascinated her, and Abaddon felt like she found the answer when she wove her first piece. Interested in the process of deconstruction and reconstruction, she decided to cut up multiple existing photographs and weave them into new images.

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Calling it highly anticipated would be an understatement: even the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s website has a timer counting down the seconds until the US debut of David Bowie’s first museum retrospective, “David Bowie Is,” on September 23. The genre-defying artist has not only left a major mark on pop music, but the worlds of fashion, art, theater and design as well. The gigantic exhibition will pay homage to Bowie with immersive, multi-sensory installations, objects from Bowie’s life, his notebooks (where many lyrics were scrawled), photography, as well as elaborate costumes from his most prominent tours. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the exhibition will offer a glimpse of five decades of David Bowie as a cultural phenomenon.

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On Saturday, Thinkspace Gallery celebrated the opening of “After”, a collaborative exhibition by Mary Iverson and Stephanie Buer.  As a singular statement, their new work explores a certain “afterlife” of desolate urban and rural landscapes.  Where Stephanie Buer (previously covered here) suggests the passing of time through colorful graffiti on crumbling walls, Mary Iverson interjects peaceful mountainscapes with exciting abstract shapes.

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Both based in Berlin by way of Australia, Two One and Reka (see our recent studio visit here) are exhibiting together at StolenSpace Gallery in London in two concurrent solo shows: Reka’s “Trip the Light” and Two One’s “The Hunted Hunter’s Head.” Inspired by the graceful movements of dancers from a young age, Reka (whose mother was a ballerina) presents a series of paintings that pay homage to the fluid, abstract shapes the body can make. His Cubist-inspired paintings might have one imagining a toe-tapping soundtrack of jazz or even the swell of a symphony, but Reka tempers these allusions to older, more traditional art forms with gritty paint textures that evoke his graffiti roots.