Last week, the Opera Gallery hosted an opening for a rare solo from Bäst at their New York location entitled Germs Tropicana. The show featured somewhat of a new direction for the Brooklyn-based street artist as he delivered pieces that were dense with his collage-style imagery, some of which were circular in nature. Teeming with his signature pop iconography, they resembled giant petri dishes – hence the title of the show. Along with his collaboration with Greek olive oil brand Eléia, rounding out the exhibition were a series of gun sculptures. Photo credit: Joe Russo for Arrested [...]
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For our Art Focus this week, a new artist you may want to check out is Vasilis Avramidis. The Greek artist’s oil paintings depict scenes and objects that overgrown where inhabitants are attempting to control and maintain the lush vegetation. Avramidis draws inspiration from gardens that are both real and imaginary, his references vary from the far away reality of Gilgamesh’s Garden of the Gods to the gothic Highgate Cemetery. He currently has a show Caretakers on display in London at Jacob’s Island Gallery for those who want to see the [...]
The Bay Area-based ABOVE (interviewed) was recently invited to paint at the 7th annual International art festival ASALTO in Zaragoza, Spain. He chose a 120 foot long wall to highlight an issue that has been front and center for the people of the country – their 24% unemployment rate (the unemployment rate for those under 25 years old, is a staggering 53%). He enlisted the help of the local Spanish people who posed in his studio to have their silhouettes traced for the project. Check the video and more photos [...]
Last week, Geoff McFetridge presented a set of all new paintings at the Ivory & Black Gallery in London in an exhibition entitled Around Us & Between U. Working with the basic colors and shapes that he loves to use, the Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist is able to capture the human form and everyday objects with a fresh new perspective. Take a look at some opening night photos as well as a video below… Photos courtesy of the gallery. Discuss this show here. Discuss Geoff McFetridge here.
After teasing his fans with updates from the setup of his show in Hong Kong as well as photos of a sweet new mural in the Asian metropolis, JR’s show at Emmanuel Perrotin finally opened last night. The French photograffeur has kindly sent AM shots from the opening of Pattern, where he unveiled his first sculptural creations ever in the form of crumpled photographs, originals featuring his signature eye, as well as a new photobooth for his Inside Out project. Discuss JR here.
A couple nights ago in Culver City, the NY-based Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) brought his dystopian visions to the Corey Helford Gallery with a new solo showing entitled Empire. Playing on themes of power, politics, greed, and more through his animal surrogates, Wittfooth surrounds them with bleak post-apocalyptic landscapes to further emphasize his points. Check out more photos from the opening below… Photo credit: theonepointeight for Arrested Motion. Discuss this show here. Discuss Martin Wittfooth here.
With the opening festivities (September 21-22) of the Fame Festival fast approaching, it looks like at least half of the artists (more here) for this year’s event have already made their mark in the small town in Italy. Grottaglie now has another additional mural from festival regular Ericailcane has he painted this new wall entitled gipsy disagio in his usual illustrative style. Discuss Fame Festival here. Discuss Ericailcane here.
With his show opening very soon (September 18th) in Hong Kong, French street artist JR has completed another mural for his Inside Out project. This new long mural was installed on the roof of one of the footpaths of the IFC and can be seen from various viewpoints above the piece. Also, of interest to those who plan on attending the opening at Emmanuel Perrotin is plans for a photo booth at the space that fans can use to participate in the Inside Out project themselves. Seeing his [...]
Over the weekend, OHWOW in Los Angeles unveiled Lucien Smith’s first solo exhibition in the US - Seven Rain Paintings. As the simple title implies, the exhibition focuses on the NY-based artist’s signature rain paintings (first introduced in 2011 here on AM), created by filling an extinguisher with paint and then mimicking a pattern of precipitation in the application onto canvas. These works were displayed in stark contrast a wood chip floor that was laid down throughout part of the space. Photo Credit: theonepointeight for Arrested Motion. Discuss Lucien Smith here.
Last night, Michael Kohn Gallery hosted the opening for local graffiti artist RETNA (featured) and his solo show featuring New Paintings and Works on Paper. Both the outside and inside of the gallery were transformed by the MSK-affiliated writer with his urban hieroglyphics in the form of paintings on the interior and with his script directly on the exterior walls of the showspace. The new body of work spanned the diverse twists and turns his work has taken through the years – from the strong regimented monochromatic calligraphy to the embellished [...]