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ArtPadSF ’12 / Previews: Scott Scheidly @ Spoke Art

Starting tomorrow, attendees of this year’s ArtPadSF in San Francisco will be able to peruse the wares of participating galleries, curators, and exhibitors. Those heading over to the iconic Phoenix Hotel (site of Mars-1 public mural) for the event should make sure to stop by the booth of our friends at Spoke Art as they will be displaying new works from Scott Scheidly entitled Portraits : a series of “fabulous” depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes. This title is should be pretty self-explanatory and you should expect […]

Teaser: Tom Sachs – “SPACE PROGRAM: MARS” @ Park Avenue Armory

Starting today in New York, the sculptural work of Tom Sachs will be on display at the Park Avenue Armory. After seeing his meticulous handcrafted pieces at Sperone Westwater last year (covered) and hearing about this upcoming show, AM has been looking forward to SPACE PROGRAM: MARS where the hugh 45,000 square foot space will be transformed into an immersive space odyssey. Utilizing his signature bricolage technique Sachs engineers all the needed equipment of the imagined mission including exploratory vehicles, mission control, launch platforms, suiting stations, […]
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Interview: Josh Keyes – “Above and Below” @ Joseph Gross Gallery

Next Monday, May 21st in Tucson, the newest exhibition from Josh Keyes will be open for public enjoyment at the Joseph Gross Gallery. The showing at the University of Arizona will be the first solo for the Portland-based painter at an academic associated gallery and as such he will be displaying a selection of old and new work which could be instructive on how artistic style changes and develops over time. We haven’t had a chance to sit down with Josh for some questions and answers […]
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Streets: The London Police @ Unit44

Last week, Newcastle was gifted a huge new mural all the way from Amsterdam as The London Police painted their iconic characters at Unit44. The duo christened their new wall with a showing at the Hoults Yard showspace including a selection of originals and limited editions. Take a look below at more in-progress photos and detailed looks at the LADS having some aquatic fun courtesy of the two English geezers. Discuss The London Police here.

Showing: Travis Louie – “The Secret Pet Society” @ William Baczek Fine Arts

Currently showing at William Baczek Fine Arts through June 2nd is The Secret Pet Society from NY-based painter Travis Louie (interviewed). The new body of work for this Northampton, Massachusetts exhibition focuses in on people and their strange pets, an angle that Travis has explored before. Included are floating creatures, monsters, insects, huge frogs among other bizarre characters, and suffice it to say, some of the owners are not that normal themselves. All the pieces are beautifully executed in his distinctive “vintage-surreal” black and white style. […]
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Openings: Ryan McGinley – “Grids” @ Team Gallery NY

After bringing you photos of Ryan McGinley’s Animals showing at the Grand Street Team Gallery location in New York, we now continue our coverage with a look at the concurrently showing Grids at the Wooster space. This new body of work consists of three huge grids of individual portraits of fans at concerts (similar subject matter with Moby), derived from the photographer’s own love affair with rock music and live performance. Each snap is a captured moment in time with each awash with colored light […]
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Openings: Ryan McGinness – “Women: Sketches & Solutions” @ Gering Lopez

A couple weekends ago, New York City got their second dose (see Pace Primatives show) of Ryan McGinness’ work in as many months when Women: Sketches & Solutions opened at Gering Lopez. This first solo exhibition with the gallery featured pieces that demonstrated the NY-based painter, illustrator, and designer’s creative process in regards to his ongoing series the past several years on the deconstructed female form. Also, the exhibition was separated in two parts – this uptown venue where everything was entirely in black & […]
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Streets: Ericailcane (Belgium)

Earlier this month, Ericailcane painted a set of three murals in Ghent, Belgium utilizing his distinctive illustrative style to coincide with the second edition of EI. The renowned Italian street artist painted the pieces on the outer walls of the artists’ workspace ‘het vogelnest vzw’ (Nieuwevaart 118D – 9000 GHENT – Belgium) where an event will be held on May 19th with lectures and a screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop. Discuss Ericailcane here.
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Openings: Faile x Vice Party @ Wythe Hotel

Several weeks ago, we shared some photos with you from a new installation by FAILE (featured) in the heart of Brooklyn – 104 N 7th. Commissioned by VICE and 42Below, the entire building facade at 104 N. 7th was covered with ceramic tiles that brought back memories of their ambitious Faile Temple installation (covered) in Portugal back in 2010. The project was part of a new VICE documentary, Art Talk with FAILE, which we also shared with you but there was also a party at the new […]
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Frieze Week NYC ’12: Pulse Art Fair – First Look

With our overview of the main fair done, we now move on to the satellite fairs of Frieze week in New York. The Pulse fair was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea and featured sixty national and international galleries, presenting exhibitions that span across all media, from works on paper, painting, and sculpture, to performance, installation, and video art. Take a look at some snaps of the wide array of artwork below…