“There was never any intention to make the title of my book the name of a fledging art movement but, over time, that seems to be what has transpired.” – Robert Williams

“There was never any intention to make the title of my book the name of a fledging art movement but, over time, that seems to be what has transpired.” – Robert Williams

For those lucky enough to find themselves in NYC this Halloween weekend, you should consider yourselves blessed by the art gods as you will be in the presence of greatness. The one and only Robert Williams returns with his first major showing (previewed) in almost five years at the esteemed Tony Shafrazi Gallery in the heart of Chelsea. Shafrazi’s new gallery took over a year to design, build and transform the space into one of the most beautiful in New York. The grand staircase leads visitors into three main exhibition galleries designed by Gluckman Mayner Architects well known for completing many museums and art institutions around the world – definitely a fitting setting for this amazing new body of work from the scene’s true master.

It was Robert who brought the term “lowbrow” into the fine arts lexicon in the first place with his ground breaking 1979 book, The Lowbrow Art of Robt. Williams (the first of eight amazing books focusing on his art that have been published to date – not to mention his 9th book about to be published in conjunction with this new solo show). It was from this point that the seminal elements of West Coast Outlaw culture slowly started to aggregate and take hold of a public that was hungry for visual stimulation that didn’t need to be described to them via some long drawn out artist statement or self-absorbed critique.

This glorious ride we are all apart of is only speeding up and gaining momentum, fans, collectors and most importantly recognition from the fine art establishment. With each new museum show that takes place featuring a noted figure from our movement, another notch of acceptance is earned, and another step is taken towards getting the work of some of the movements leaders into the permanent collections of some of the world’s leading art institutions. It’s an exciting time and 2010 promises to be one of the most eventful years yet for our movement.

More shows from around the world after the jump…

Robert Williams

Robert Williams


Sat, Oct. 31st
Tony Shafrazi Gallery
544 West 26th Street in New York City
“In The Service Of The Hypothetical” featuring new paintings, drawings and sculptural works from Robert Williams
(On view through Jan. 23rd, 2010)

Greg "Craola" Simkins

Greg Simkins

LOS ANGELES (home to the movement):

Sat, Oct. 31st 7-10PM
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd. in Culver City
“In The Garden Of The Mystic” featuring new works from Andrew Brandou
(On view through Nov. 18th)

Sun, Nov. 1st 2-8PM
Mid-City Arts
513 West Pico Blvd in Los Angeles
“Seeking Heaven 20 Year Anniversary” group show featuring the artists from one of the more unique crews from Los Angeles. As a graffiti/art crew or collective they have established themselves as a unique grouping of artists with different creative visions. All members are from a specific locality within Los Angeles and throughout their 20 year history have earned respect not only in the streets but in the art community. The show will feature works from ACME, ASYLM, BASH, CISK, DCLINE, DRE, EYER, FENE, KOZEM, MEL, MODEM, PANIC, PRECISE, PRIDE, RELIC, SIZE, SWANK, and WARE

Tues, Nov. 2nd 7-10PM
Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles
“The Pearl Thief” featuring new works from Greg “Craola” Simkins
(On view through Nov. 25th)

Eric White for Stages

Eric White for Stages


Thurs, Oct. 29th 6-8PM
Arario Gallery
521 West 25th Street in New York City
“Smile-isms” featuring new works from internationally renowned Chinese contemporary artist Yue Minjun
(On view through Jan. 16th, 2010)

Sat, Oct. 31st (opens to the public / general gallery hours only / please check with gallery)
Deitch Projects
489 Broome Street in New York City
“Stages” curated by Lance Armstrong and presented by Nike – featuring works from Cai Guo-Qiang, Dzine, Shepard Fairey, Futura, KAWS, Geoff McGetridge, Yoshitomo Nara, Os Gemeos, Jose Parla, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Kenny Scharf, Eric White, Aaron Young and more – special VIP opening on Fri, October 30th as well (FYI)
(On view through Nov. 21st)

Glenn Barr

Glenn Barr


Wed, Oct. 28th 6PM
323 East Gallery
323 East Fourth Street in Royal Oak, MI
New works from Glenn Barr
(On view through Nov. 27th)

Thurs, Oct. 29th 5PM-2:30AM
The Goodfoot
2845 SE Stark in Portland, OR
“Vinyl Killers 7” group show featuring works on old vinyl records from almost 100 artists – longest running vinyl art show curated by Klutch

Thurs, Oct. 29th 6-10PM
Together Gallery
2916 NE Alberta St., Suite A in Portland, OR
“The Mountains and Hills Will Burst Into Song” group show co-curated by Rebecca Artemisa Urias with Julianna Swaney and new comers Anja Verdugo and Sarah McNeil
(On view through Dec. 1st)

Sat, Oct. 31st 8PM-12AM
Gallery Provocateur
2125 N. Rockwell in Chicago, IL
New works from Clive Barker
(On view through Jan. 31st, 2010)

Sat, Oct. 31st
O.H.W.O.W. Gallery
Miami, FL
“Devil’s Disciple” featuring new works and a massive installation from NECKFACE

Conor Harrington

Conor Harrington


Fri, Oct. 30th
Lazarides (Rathbone Place)
11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR United Kingdom
“Headless Heroes” featuring new works from Connor Harrington
(On view through Nov. 26th)

Mon, Nov. 2nd 7-9PM
Atkinson Gallery
Millfield Street, Somerset BA 15 0YD
‘Natural Selection’ curated by Elms Lesters featuring works by Adam Neate, Jose Parla, Phil Frost, Boris Tellegen (DELTA), Anthony Lister, James Marshall (DALEK), Futura, Mark Dean Veca, Ron English, Stash, WK Interact, Snug and Andrew McAttee – located in the grounds of the prestigious Millfield School it has hosted a number of museum quality exhibitions featuring the work of luminaries such as Mark Quinn, Andy Warhol, Gillian Ayres, Bert Irvin, Sir Anthony Caro and Lynn Chadwick – a beautiful 48 page soft cover limited edition catalogue, compiled by Fiona McKinnon and designed by Iain Cadby of World’s Design, is being produced to accompany the exhibition and will be for sale at the Atkinson Gallery, along with a selection of Elms Lesters’ renowned publications
(On view Oct. 31st – Dec. 12th)

David Stoupakis

David Stoupakis

October 29th-31st
Urban Art Fair

Fri, Oct. 30th 5-10PM
V1 Gallery
Kodbyen, Flaesketorvet 69, CPH V. 1711 in Denmark
“Ummmm” featuring a new installation from Thomas Campbell
(On view through Nov. 21st)

Fri, Oct. 30th 7PM
Circle Culture Gallery
Berlin, Germany
“Rainbow Coloured Tears Of A Clown” featuring new works from NOMAD
(On view through )

Sat, Oct. 31st
Dorothy Circus Gallery
Via Nuoro 17 in Rome, Italy
“Rubedo” featuring new works from David Stoupakis and Silvia Idili


Fri, Oct. 30th 7-10PM
Amatian 105 in Condesa, 06170 Mexico City, Mexico
“Fort Green Park” featuring new works from David Ellis in his 1st exhibit in Mexico – on view will be a selection of prints, drawings, paintings, and motion paintings inspired by dreams, memories of the rural south, recent travels and the borough of Brooklyn, NY
(On view through December 5th)