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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Streets / Preview: Blek le Rat

Parisian street art pioneer Blek Le Rat has landed in San Francisco and yesterday afternoon blessed the exterior of the Tenderloin-located White Walls Gallery with a site-specific take on one of his “Beggars” stencils, similar to the works London residents may remember from ’07.  His joint show with the artist Above will debut this Saturday at White Walls alongside Hush at Shooting Gallery. Street installation pictures and show preview after the jump.

Openings: Rooms @ Scion Space

On Saturday night, AM attended the opening of “Rooms” at Scion Space (previewed). The show, curated by Roger Gastman, certainly brought us back to the old school days of youth.  A wide array of nostalgic goodness such as Laser Tag, VHS lined living rooms, Michael Jordan & Dream Team posters, elementary school desks, bus stops, gothic throwbacks and even an outdoor street/play area were included.  There was literally something for everyone to reminisce on.  The artists: Adam Wallacavage, Bill Daniel, Chris Stain, Dan Monick & […]
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Releases: Aaron Horkey x Jay Ryan – “Versus”

Two of our favorite artists from the contemporary rock poster renaissance currently underway, Aaron Horkey and Jay Ryan, have just released a collaborative 25-color screenprint entitled “Versus”.  The print, who’s layers were hand separated (no computers used!), measures in a just a little over 12″ x 29″ and is currently available here.  The higher priced variant edition looks to be sold out already, but with Horkey hand embellishments, similar to the “Detritus” print we saw from his showing at FIFTY24SF couple years back, we’re not […]

Highlights: Recommended openings for April 29 – May 2

NYC is the place to be this weekend – Ryden, Julie Heffernan, Faile/Bast, and Shepard Fairey – just a stunning lineup of shows offering something for every taste. Shepard’s big show at Deitch is by far leading the charge – the turnout for this show should really keep the local officials on their toes considering it’s the end of an era as well, with this being the final show at Deitch’s space before he turns his attention to MOCA in Los Angeles. This is one […]

Video / Studio Visits: Blek le Rat – “Faces in the Mirror” @ White Walls

On May 1st,  White Walls is having a show with French street artist Blek Le Rat. One of the originators of the stencil technique for the street art movement, we are excited to see what he will bring to the good folks of SF in his latest show “Faces in the Mirror”. Our friends over at White Walls got a hold of this cool studio visit video. It’s short and very sweet.
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Preview: Laurie Lipton – “Weapons of Mass Delusion” @ Grand Central Art Center

London-based artist, Laurie Lipton, is getting set to open her show this weekend at the Grand Central Art Center at Cal State Fullerton. This exhibition will include new and old works (some from her Liverpool show in November), featuring some of her signature incredibly detailed “drawings” that have to be seen to be believed. “Weapons of Mass Delusion”, opening May 1st, not only showcases Lipton’s rendering skills but also her biting social commentary including familiar scenarios such as impotent witnesses to a crime (seen above), […]

Openings: JR – “Women Are Heroes” @ Galerie Springmann.Varol

Germany got a healthy dosage of JR with his recent opening at Duesseldorf’s Gallery Springmann.Varol. The latest exhibition in JR’s  “Women Are Heroes” project, (previously seen in Paris and London) had much of the town buzzing. The gorgeous gallery was a great space for the French street photographer to showcase his talents. Both the inside and outside were fully utilized by the artist’s signature photo paste-ups. As teased, JR created another phenomenal wall installation consisting of 128 “speaker eyes” similar to the one we experienced at the […]

Openings: Phil Frost “Pale Writer” @ Known Gallery

It’s a rare and special privilege for your city when two of the biggest names in urban art open shows on the same weekend in galleries separated by just a few miles.  Having been treated to the spectacular exhibition staged by David Choe, Los Angeles braced itself for a show of brand new work by the highly respected and unique artist Phil Frost.  Frost filled Known Gallery to the brim with artwork mostly in two different uniform sizes, consisting of his unmistakable masked characters. More […]

Events: Brooklyn Museum – Artist Talk & Book Signing with Shepard Fairey

The last time we were at the Brooklyn Museum, we were taking in Takashi Murakami’s Retrospective (covered).  Recently, we went back with our friend  Shepard Fairey as he gave an insightful artist discussion (previewed) along with a book signing for museum patrons and fans.  Lining up as early as 11AM to get a prime seat, many of New York’s art fans came out to listen to Shepard speak about his turbulent history in the street art scene. The talk also became interactive as attendees were […]
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Releases / Behind the Scenes: Mark Dean Veca x Modern Multiples – “As Cold As They Come” Print

It looks like Mark Dean Veca (interviewed) has just released a new print with Modern Multiples (who we visited last November) in an edition of 36. Entitled “As Cold As They Come”, our readers may remember the image from Mark’s show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery (covered) last September. The 3-color edition will cost $350 and for more info, contact Modern Multiples. More images after the jump…
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