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Openings: Todd James (REAS) – “Don’t stop get it get it” @ Colette

Veteran of the New York graffiti scene, Todd James (a.k.a. REAS), opened his first solo show in France yesterday at Colette, boutique of all that is cool in Paris. His show, “Don’t stop get it get it,” consists of some recent studies and paintings that take an irreverent look at the machinations of war. This looks to be a show that can’t be missed if you are lucky enough to be in the City of Lights. More images after the jump.

Video: The Date Farmers – “Strange Fruit” @ Fifty24SF

After exhibiting recently in Amsterdam in July, The Date Farmers are bringing the heat from from Coachella to the Bay for their show at Fifty24SF on September 3rd. Here is a video teaser for their show “Strange Fruit” opening Thursday night with the artists in attendance. For over 10 years, the Mexican-American duo have brought their working class art to the masses infusing their work with their culture and traditions. We are looking forward to more of their popular paper mache sculptures and paintings on […]

Preview: Takashi Murakami – “Self-Portraits” @ Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery (Paris)

In a couple weeks, Takashi Murakami will be opening his solo show at Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris entitled “Takashi Murakami Paints Self Portraits.”  Murakami has been known to paint “self-portraits” in the past including his alter egos like Mr. DOB, Inochi, Mr. Pointy, Tan Tan Bo and Oval, but this time expect to see a set of self-portraits featuring the artist accompanied by his favorite characters. We especially are looking forward to the supposedly large painting “HIROPON, Me, And My Lonesome Cowboy,” where he is […]

Releases: Blaine Fontana – “Nestkeepers”

Blaine Fontana has released a set of 30 different customized sculptures for sale through his webstore.  Priced at $800, these “Nestkeepers” are hand painted and based off the same sculpt.  See the rest of them after the jump…

Video: Aya Takano Documentary

We recently saw this short documentary on one of our favorite Japanese artists, Aya Takano.  She discusses her early influences including her childhood readings, the encouragement of Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, and the um… orgasm of science fiction.  She also discusses the different reactions to her work, often depicting playful and subtly erotic young girls. Part 2 after the jump…

Teaser: Amy Sol @ Copro Gallery

Amy Sol (interviewed) sent us a first look at her upcoming show at Copro Gallery in November.  It’s been a while since we have seen a solo from Amy (last December at Mondo Bizzarro Gallery), and even that one was a break from her usual wood pieces.  That’s why we are especially looking forward to this new body of work.  The Las Vegas-based artist tells us that she will have be focusing on her love for the desert and will explore this particular theme in […]

Video: “Pixo” Documentary about Pixacao

Recently, we saw another video about Pixacao, the distinctive form of graffiti found in Sao Paulo, Brazil that we first mentioned here. The video includes more extracts from Joao Weiner and Roberto Oliveira’s documentary “Pixo,” presented last year at The Cartier Foundation in Paris for the “Ne dans la rue” or “Born in the streets” exhibit. Check out the awesome footage (Portuguese or French optional) of the extents these free-climbing “artists” go to to get their work up. Via Upperplayground.

Openings: Parra – “I like the tee shirt but I will get the painting” @ Pool Gallery

Recently, we saw some nice images from Dutch artist Parra’s exhibition at Pool Gallery in Berlin.  He is definitely a man of many talents as he’s also involved with graphic design, illustration, art directing, and various fashion ventures.  Anyone who has been to Amsterdam will have definitely seen his work around.  For this show, “I like the tee shirt but I will get the painting,” Parra showcases new prints, paintings, and sculpture. There are more images from the show after the jump, but also make […]

Preview: Dan May – “The Nature of Things to Come” @ Copro Gallery

After his last successful solo show at Copro Gallery in February, Dan May (interviewed) is back again with a mini show entitled “The Nature of Things to Come.” Opening on September 5th, Dan will be exhibiting along with Matt Dangler (interviewed) and Noferin. May is someone that we have been following for a very long time, and it’s always nice to see artists mature and come into their own. As seen in our favorite piece from the show “The Persuasion of Penelope” (above), his narrative […]

Openings: Sea No Evil Charity Art Show 2009

Last night, things got hot in the IE with a jam packed show in Riverside benefiting the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. “Sea No Evil” (previewed) featured a even stronger lineup of artists this year contributing originals and prints to the charity for auction. With the price set low on each piece, most collectors walked away with bargains as well as a nice tax deduction. With DJ Diabetic (Shepard Fairey) on the ones and twos and a speech by Paul Watson (founder of Sea Sheperd and […]