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Showing: Sweet Toof & Shan Hur – ‘Having a Dig’ @ Arch 402 Gallery

AM went to check out Sweet Toof and Shan Hur’s work last week in the two-person exhibition Having a Dig. Arch 402 Gallery was a new name for us, but the location was good, and the brickwork arched space located under an overground railway worked well for this pairing of very different artistic styles. Shan Hur plays with structure and has embedded a series of vintage brass horns into the very walls of the gallery. The archaeological removal on concrete around the instruments was left […]
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Highlights: José Parlá @ Concord City Place (Toronto)

This past Thursday, José Parlá was the guest of honor at a commencement party that paid tribute to the two ginormous murals he recently endowed to the City of Toronto. Commissioned by the Concord City Place, the Brooklyn-based street art legend turned contemporary art heavyweight proved first hand what it means to “go big or go home”, with a duo of larger than life works executed in his patented graffiti-inspired calligraphic style. This impressive community art project serves as a fulfilling appetizer for Parlá’s upcoming […]

Overtime: Jan. 16 – Jan. 22

James Cauty’s “Riots in a Jam Jar”. Swoon speaking at TEDxBrooklyn. Mondo Bizzarro Gallery will be showing a private collection of Shepard Fairey works. Looks like Banksy added a couch to his living room in Camden. C215 interview now with English subtitles. “Deitch” brand condom conceived by LA Raw in response to BLU wall whitewashing. Damien Hirst now has staff of 130 employees. Does not paint on any of his new photorealist paintings and is doing well due to growth of Asian market. Christopher Knight […]

VIP Art Fair

An art fair based on an interesting premise opened this weekend – the VIP Art Fair. As online sales have increased when compared to in-person sales at most galleries, it was only natural that a virtual art fair be the next “big idea”. What is surprising though are the heavyhitters that are backing it. Look at some of these founding galleries – David Zwirner, Gagosian, White Cube, and exhibiting galleries – Blum & Poe, Paul Kasmin, Gladstone, Emmanuel Perrotin, Perry Rubenstein. It seems collectors were […]

Previews: “Ahn-Nyung | Hello” @ LeBasse Projects

Tomorrow night, January 22nd, LeBasse Projects will bring in a Korean wave of talent to it’s Culver City showspace with their newest exhibition Ahn-Nyung or Hello. Curated by Jae Yang, the show features the works of four artists – Hyung Kwan Kim, Seok Kim, Yeonju Sung, and of particular interest to us here at AM - Jin Young Yu. You may remember our interview with her a couple years ago after her delicate and emotive sculptural works caught our eyes at an art fair. Take […]

Previews: R.M. Phoenix – ‘Nobody’s Fault But [Mine] [Yours] [Ours] Mine’ @ And/Or Gallery, London

AM has been following the work of R.M. Phoenix and the journey he has taken with his art over the last couple of years since being first introduced by mutual friends Chloe Early and Conor Harrington. His most recent body of work comes to completion with his solo exhibition entitled Nobody’s Fault But Mine Yours Ours Mine opening at And/Or Gallery in East London, this Saturday 22nd January. Rob’s work has evolved from a series of fluid oil paintings where he beautifully captured light and […]
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Preview: Brian Despain – “Tin Machines and Mercuric Dreams” @ Roq La Rue Gallery

In his first exhibit with Seattle-based Roq La Rue since 2009’s Requiarium (covered), Brian Despain (interviewed) is primed and ready with a whole bag of new tricks for his upcoming show next month. Opening Friday, February 11th, Tin Machines and Mercuric Dreams will continue to highlight the artist’s expertise with the brush, with a new series of brilliantly rendered oil paintings of his personable robot characters in desolate landscapes rife with iconography and symbolism for the viewer to draw meaning and inspiration from. This exhibit, […]
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Releases: KAWS x The Standard Light Bulb Set

Fresh off a “distorted” reinterpretation of his iconic Companion figure with Robert Lazzarini (covered), KAWS has now teamed up with The Standard for a collaborative project aimed at spicing up the interior lighting of the contemporary art collector’s home. The art-inspired boutique hotel chain, which played host to an intimate book signing with the artist during Basel Week Miami (covered), has been partnering with artists for a while now through their lifestyle product arm, The Standard Culture. As KAWS describes, “I love The Standard and […]

Openings: Brett Amory – ‘Intentional Abstractions’ @ Outsiders Gallery

Brett Amory (interviewed) made his UK debut with style last week and AM went along to the opening of Intentional Abstractions to see his emotive work for ourselves. The Lazarides-run Outsiders Gallery has put on some great shows since the concept of this small gallery space was refocused last year. This latest exhibit shows further commitment to bringing an exciting roster of emerging art talent to its London exhibition space. We’ve been admirers of Brett’s work for a while, but it was good to see […]

Teaser: Ryan McLennan – “New Works” @ David B. Smith Gallery

Building off last years illustrious Grand Prize Award from West Collection, Ryan McLennan is set to reveal his newest body of work with David B. Smith Gallery. Opening Friday, January 28th, along side Laura Ball (teased), New Works will continue Ryan’s playful, yet intelligent artistic narrative incorporating themes of ecology, natural history, and evolution. The cycle of life plays a pervasive role in his compositions as well, as diverse animal species interact together in bleak landscapes and grim scenarios within his expertly crafted acrylic and […]