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Liu Bolin x Kenny Scharf Houston Mural

When we broke news of Liu Bolin new solo at Eli Klein Fine Art back in May, we also mentioned that the Beijing-based artist would be taking advantage of his time in New York to create a Hiding In New York series of works to be released later in the fall. Well, it looks like “The Invisible Man” has touched down ahead the June 29th show opening for a photo session in front of Kenny Scharf’s (interviewed) now famous Houston & Bowery mural. Kenny also stopped by to lend […]

Preview: Sea No Evil 2011

Time flies!  The annual Sea No Evil benefit auction ($10 donation required at the door) is fast approaching – in fact, it’s this Saturday, June 25th. It seems the lineup and art included in show just gets better each year (see 2010 and 2009), so you will want to be at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium starting at 6pm that night as She Wants Revenge will be playing and Captain Watson from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will be speaking. But more importantly for >

Google Icon x Takashi Murakami

Since you are reading this article, you are probably familiar with the internet and thus familiar with the occasionally changing Google icon (see Jackson Pollock & Norman Rockwell). Well, the next artist that has been commissioned is Takashi Murakami to celebrate the summer solstice which lands on today, June 21st. Entitled The First Day of Summer, the superflat movement founder has decided to enlist the help of his Kaikai and Kiki characters as well as his multicolored flowers. These images were produced over a three month […]

Releases: “HEROES & VILLAINS”

According to our friend Amanda Erlanson, the long awaited HEROES & VILLAINS book has finally been released. In it, photographers Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho take snapshots of many of the artists we follow here on AM. Not only are the resulting portraits technically sound, the duo were able to capture the essence of each artist – for example, Shawn Barber (featured) and his tattoos, Tiffany Bozic and her bird, or SHAG (interviewed) in a modern retro setting. We’ve seen the publication in person and were quite […]
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Openings: “Assorted Flavor” @ Known Gallery

This past Saturday, the Known Gallery and gallery director Casey Zoltan, presented an exhibition titled Assorted Flavor which featured the eclectic work of seven different artists. The lineup included the likes of Kevin Ancell, Jason Jägel, Saber, Patrick Martinez, Greg Lamarche, Push and Augustine Kofie. Displayed across a wide open space perfectly suitable for this kind of exhibit, the artwork showed an interesting mix of graffiti-style art, mixed media work, and even some traditional painting. More commentary and opening photos after the jump…

Releases: James Jean – “Smoke Signal No. 9″

For those needing to get your fix of James Jean (featured) art and can’t wait for the Rebus release, here is a look at the latest issue of Smoke Signal. Getting back to his roots, James worked on the cover for the all-comics newspaper (Issue #9) published by Desert Island. The publication is free if you stop by the store in Brooklyn or you can order it online for $3 here. More photos after the jump…

Teaser: Frank Gonzales @ Beals & Abbate Fine Art

A young artist we have had our eye on for some time, Frank Gonzales, is getting ready for a solo in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Beals & Abbate Fine Art. The New York-based artist is currently working on the new body of work in preparation for the September including the piece seen above. We like his addition of fragmentation and abstract elements to his love for nature that gives classic imagery a refreshing new take. More detailed shots after the jump…

Overtime: June 13 – June 19

James Jean expresses his love for Enoki mushrooms. Something new from Frank Gonzales. Works in progress from Stella Im Hultberg. Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg are the subjects of a group show. The 10 most important artists today, according to Newsweek. The best and worst of the Venice Biennale, by Jerry Saltz. Artist Wang Jun speaks out against Chinese government, even after being told to keep quiet. Anish Kapoor rejects China show in support of Ai Weiwei. A new iPad app for the Gagosian. An update on […]

Openings: Tim Hon Hung Lee – “You were born with a light between your eyes, I was born to answer your sun” @ Gallery Nine 5

Last month, AM stopped by the solo from Tim Hon Hung Lee at Gallery Nine 5 in New York to check out his new body of work entitled You were born with a light between your eyes, I was born to answer your sun. Utilizing Chinese ink on rice paper, the London-based artist paints complex and rich pieces that draw from the stories of his family and ancestors while also mixing in elements of his Western upbringing. Full photoset after the jump…

Releases: Jeff Soto – Eddie Vedder Screenprint (Providence 2011)

Next Friday, June 22nd, Jeff Soto (interviewed) will be releasing a new five color screenprint on his webstore. Limited to a signed edition of 100 and costing $65, the print celebrates the first night of Pearl Jam lead vocalist Eddie Vedder’s US Tour. This is not the first time Jeff has worked with the American rock band if you remember. Some in-progress shots after the jump…