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Studio Visits: Ron English – “Skin Deep” @ Lazarides Rathbone Place

Last time Ron English was prepping for a show in the UK, he invited us over for a visit in his New Jersey based studio. Fast forward a few years, he’s moved into a large house in suburb of Beacon, New York. Utilizing the entire lower level as his work space, Ron is getting ready to unleash a new series of works at Lazarides (Rathbone Place) on June 23rd. Entitled Skin Deep: Post-Instinctual Afterthoughts On Psychological Portraiture, this exhibition will display many of Ron’s signature popaganda characters […]

Openings: Jeff Canham, New Bohemia Signs, and ESPO @ Guerrero Gallery

On Saturday night, the Guerrero Gallery in SF opened up their doors to a show celebrating the signmaking aesthetic. Included in the show were artists influenced by the their love for typography and signage – Steve “ESPO” Powers and Jeff Canham, as well as the crew of New Bohemia Signs. Powers brought with him a body of work consisting mostly of his metaltations series along with what looks to be his working desk as an installation. Photos taken for us by Berlin Tomas of the […]

Teaser: “Pretty on the Inside” @ Paul Kasmin

Later this month, the Paul Kasmin Gallery will host the opening of Pretty on the Inside, a show curated by KAWS and Erik Parker. To our knowledge, this is the first time KAWS has flexed his curatorial chops since I Can’t Feel My Face exhibition in Los Angeles in 2009 (covered). Along with the two curators, the other artists they chose to join them are Todd James, Tony Matelli, Joyce Pensato, Peter Saul, and Karl Wirsum. See  you there on June 23rd. Discuss KAWS here.
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Openings: Aaron Nagel – “A Thin Line” @ Shooting Gallery

Saturday night in San Francisco, the Shooting Gallery hosted a new collection of paintings from Aaron Nagel. It has been over a year since Nagel’s photorealistic renderings have graced the walls of the Tenderloin district showspace, and he returns with A Thin Line, a classical study on the beauty of the female form with a contemporary twist. More photos, some NSFW, after the jump courtesy of Berlin Tomas.

Kaws x The Standard – “Passing Through” Companion Party

Earlier in the week, we watched Kaws’ iconic Passing Through Companion touch down in the front yard of The Standard Hotel after its little tour of Hong Kong and Connecticut. This unveiling of Kaws’ first major public art installation in NYC was cause for celebration and the hotel hosted a party at their exclusive Boom Boom Room. AM was in attendance among many of the artist’s other friends and peers from the worlds of art, fashion and entertainment got together to celebrate. Attendees included Lisa […]

Preview / Publications: James Jean – “Rebus”

In addition to an impressive selection of new paintings and prints on display at Martha Otero’s booth during Art HK ’11 several weeks ago (covered), an advance copy of James Jean’s Rebus was also on hand for attendees to immerse themselves into. Sophisticated in design and comprehensive in scope, the publication will serve as the first extensive catalog of the talented Los Angeles-based artist’s fine art efforts since moving on from cover art guru of graphic comic Fables. Named in honor of his most recent […]

Openings: FriendsWithYou – “:)” @ The Hole Gallery

Several nights ago, AM attended the opening of FriendsWithYou’s “:)” show at the new location of The Hole Gallery. Neither the sweltering heat nor the torrential downpours from the flash thunderstorms could keep the masses of fans away that packed the house to see the first ever New York solo exhibition from the colorful Miami duo Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III who combine their collective happy vibes to form FWY.  The pieces exhibited were as intricate as they were colorful and the work was […]

Overtime: June 6 – June 12

Rostarr x Arkitip x Incase cases conceptual video. NY Times interviews KAWS. He’s also interviewed on video by Matt Black. Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash, found guilty of copyright infringement in his use of Glen E. Friedman’s Run DMC image. A video of Remi/Rough and Stormie Mills putting the work together for Selected Moments. Invader working on a massive piece on the roof of French newspaper building. Andre has a new Eiffel Tower toy for release. Four year-old Aelita Andre’s solo show opened last week […]

Preview: Jeff Canham, New Bohemia Signs, and ESPO @ Guerrero Gallery

Steve Powers aka ESPO has been a busy man. First, came his part in the epic recreation of the immersive Street Market installation at the MOCA for the Art in the Streets exhibition. Then, he jetted to Copenhagen, where he opened his Days exhibition at the V1 Gallery (covered). Now comes word of a joint show involving Mr. Love Letter For You along with the artists at New Bohemia Signs and Jeff Canham, an artist whose work also utilizes the craft and traditions of sign […]
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Openings: FriendsWithYou – “Rainbow City” @ High Line (New York)

Wednesday night saw the transport of FriendsWithYou’s massive installation Rainbow City (first seen in Miami) to New York to celebrate the opening of Section 2 of the High Line. The air-filled structures, some up to 40 feet high, from Sam and Tury, who make up the Miami based collective are sculptural representations of their colorful abstractions, 0f which some smaller versions were seen at The Hole last night (more on that later). For now, enjoy more photos of the immersive playground after the jump…