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Previews: Craww ‘Droodlings’ @ Electrick Sheep, Newcastle

South Yorkshire artist Craww picks up his tools and treks to Newcastle for his debut solo show “Droodlings” at Electrick Sheep Gallery on October 14th. The exhibition promises a mixture of acrylic works on paper, canvas, found materials and collage, as well as a selection of limited edition prints. Craww caught AM’s eye earlier this year with his delicate figurative works, which contain a healthy mix of dark and dreamy surrealism in their narrative.  If you like your art to tell a story, with a […]

Overtime: October 3 – October 9

Maurizio Cattelan’s newest sculpture – L.O.V.E. is unveiled in front of the Italian stock exchange building. Save the arts in the UK!  And, watch this David Shrigley vid. Google celebrates its 12th birthday with a Wayne Thiebaud cake. Hernan Bas opened “The Hallucinations of Poets,” his third solo show with Victoria Miro on Oct. 7. A look inside Richard Colman’s and Kelsey Brookes’ studios. A new print from Scott Musgrove. Jose Parla and Faith47 interviewed. Zilda & Ro collabo in Paris, Roa in Spain, and […]

Preview: Mark Warren Jacques “I’m Here Now” @ Gallery Hijinks

Mark Warren Jacques announces his formal arrival literally in San Francisco with his solo show “I’m Here Now,“ opening this week at Gallery Hijinks, and also metaphorically in the context of the wider art-world. AM has been keeping tabs on the artist, who was based in PDX before his relocation to the bay area. We’ve watched him go from strength to strength, with a series of both solo and group exhibitions over the last couple of years. Since we interviewed Mark around the time of […]

Openings: Damien Hirst – “The Souls” @ Paul Stolper Gallery

If the show involves Damien Hirst, even a show of framed foilblock prints of 4 different butterflies in an array of colors, you know people will come out to see what it’s all about.  The controversial art world superstar recently opened a show at Paul Stolper Gallery in London and the guest of honor (well, she should have been, at least) – Arrested Motion’s s.butterfly (who we here at the office strongly suspect was an inspiration for the show) was there to bring you the […]

Video: Tonight’s Simpsons Episode Opening Storybooked and Directed by Banksy

Wow, how could something like this have been kept under wraps for so long? Guess it come with the territory. With one of the most closely guarded identities of all time for a street artist, Banksy must be used to keeping secrets. Take a look at this extended opening for the Simpsons that he storybooked and directed. Via Wooster Collective. Discuss Banksy here.

Installation: MOMO “Better Than 2009″ @ Anno Domini

Here’s an exhibition we’ve been looking forward to… Conceptually astute graffiti and street artist MOMO was in residence for a week working on his installation at San Jose’s Anno Domini.  AM brings you a behind the scenes glimpse of what’s on offer for his first US solo show, playfully entitled “Better Than 2009″, which opened Friday October 1. What we love about MOMO is the daring use of color and space within his work. If you didn’t read this recent article in the New York Times […]

Showing: Jason Alper – “Proletarian Drift and the Enfranchisement of the Bourgeoisie in the 21st Century”

Closing this weekend in West Hollywood is Jason Alper’s second exhibit in Los Angeles, entitled Proletarian Drift and the Enfranchisement of the Bourgeoisie in the 21st Century. Piggybacking on the stylistic format first introduced during his premier solo earlier this year (covered), the conceptual co-mastermind behind all of Sasha Baron Cohen’s infamous films has taken it upon himself to humorously provide a high fashion makeover to the characters in such iconic works as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, as well as Rene […]

Preview: El Mac / Damon Soule @ Joshua Liner Gallery

In the wake of a striking Dave Kinsey exhibit (covered), Joshua Liner Gallery is set to show a pairing of two technically proficient, yet stylistically disparate artists on Thursday, October 14th. In Gallery I, El Mac’s The Humble and Sublime (teased) will serve as the Phoenix-based artist’s first solo with the NYC gallery, highlighting his unique figurative works. Known for his fantastically rendered and massively scaled street murals (covered), this exhibit will provide an opportunity for the multi-talented artist to show how he throws down […]

Frieze 2010: Ryan McGinley @ Team Gallery

The Frieze Art Fair is soon upon us. Occupying Team Gallery’s booth at Frieze will be a group show consisting of a few of their represented artists. Among them is Ryan McGinley, who will be showing photos from his most recent road trip, as well as more b&w studio portraits of models with exotic animals.  AM readers might also be interested in Banks Violette, who will be showing his first large-scale, text-based installation. The piece seems to announce a impending apocalypse, so prepare yourselves. More […]

Studio Visit / Preview: Augustine Kofie – ‘Retrofitted and Other Forms of Vintage Futurism’ @ White Walls

Last month, graffiti writer, illustrator, designer and fine artist Kofie’One / Augustine Kofie kindly granted AM access to his studio spaces in the Filipinotown district of Los Angeles. Kofie was preparing for “Retrofitted and Other Forms of Vintage Futurism”, his debut solo exhibition at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco which opens on Saturday, October 9th. Those familiar with Kofie’s work will immediately recognize his new canvases. They’ve retained the style which has become his trademark: an architectural feel, an emphasis on precision and balance, […]