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Highlights: Recommended openings for April 29 – May 2

NYC is the place to be this weekend – Ryden, Julie Heffernan, Faile/Bast, and Shepard Fairey – just a stunning lineup of shows offering something for every taste. Shepard’s big show at Deitch is by far leading the charge – the turnout for this show should really keep the local officials on their toes considering it’s the end of an era as well, with this being the final show at Deitch’s space before he turns his attention to MOCA in Los Angeles. This is one […]

Events: Brooklyn Museum – Artist Talk & Book Signing with Shepard Fairey

The last time we were at the Brooklyn Museum, we were taking in Takashi Murakami’s Retrospective (covered).  Recently, we went back with our friend  Shepard Fairey as he gave an insightful artist discussion (previewed) along with a book signing for museum patrons and fans.  Lining up as early as 11AM to get a prime seat, many of New York’s art fans came out to listen to Shepard speak about his turbulent history in the street art scene. The talk also became interactive as attendees were […]
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Releases / Behind the Scenes: Mark Dean Veca x Modern Multiples – “As Cold As They Come” Print

It looks like Mark Dean Veca (interviewed) has just released a new print with Modern Multiples (who we visited last November) in an edition of 36. Entitled “As Cold As They Come”, our readers may remember the image from Mark’s show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery (covered) last September. The 3-color edition will cost $350 and for more info, contact Modern Multiples. More images after the jump…

Openings: Blaine Fontana – “The Golden Record” @ Lebasse Projects

In what sounds like an eternity in the fast-moving and evolving world of contemporary art, Blaine Fontana has just opened his first gallery exhibition in 3 years.  He returns with a tightly constructed, cohesive body of work with a unified theme.  The solo exhibition at LeBasse Projects in Culver City features 13 paintings, using acrylic and almost entirely on board, all intricately and exquisitely rendered by the Otis graduate. More, including images of the entire show, after the jump…

Setup / Preview: Faile Bast Deluxx Fluxx Arcade – NYC edition

Some of you may have heard rumblings about an upcoming Faile x Bast show coming to NYC.  We can finally confirm that it’s true.  Even better is that it’s a pop up show in the Lower East Side (LES) of the Big Apple.  Faile and Bast’s recent arcade show at London’s Lazarides (Rathbone Place) was so unique and popular that it got many US fans in a state of envy.  Originally conceived as a one-off show, Faile and Bast decided to create a brand new […]

Setup: Shepard Fairey Mural – “These Parties Disgust Me” for Deitch Projects

AM was on hand to document the creation of Shepard Fairey’s (featured) latest outdoor project on the mural space hosted by Deitch Projects at the corner of Manhattan’s prime Houston & Bowery Street. As teased, the final product was true to the preview image which we first released. Armed with cans of spray paint, vats of wheat paste and a few “cherry pickers”, the Obey crew (Dan, Nick and Zee) braved the unexpected downpours to build this tremendous new mural. Check out our full coverage of their progress after the […]
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Overtime: April 18-24

We are starting to dig Best Ever’s work. Is there such a thing as a cheap Banksy Print?  Yes! David Choe gives an interesting NSFW interview. A May Day flag print from Shepard Fairey, a May Day package from the Ace Hotel, and for those with more means, the original HPM. Graffiti vending machines – A doomed business idea or hoax? An interview with Joe Sorren. A look at Gary Baseman’s and John Casey’s studios. Roa goes big in London. A beautiful video from JR […]

Openings – New Directions @ White Walls

Opening alongside “Meticulous Engagements” at the Shooting Gallery was White Walls’ “New Directions” a group show consisting of five talents that the gallery has been building this past year.  Featuring Mark Warren Jacques (pictured above), Henry Gunderson (interviewed), Akira Beard, Robert Burden, and Cheryl Molnar. New Directions is a look at several distinctly different and unique styles each exploring their own directions. Full photo set after the jump.
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Openings: David Choe – “Nothing to Declare” @ LAzarides Beverly Hills

Sometimes, we get spoiled at AM with behind the scenes studio visits where we see much of the art work before show openings, but in this case, our visit to David Choe’s (featured) studio definitely did not spoil our appetite for his latest series of works which were revealed at a private opening last night. Similar to the NY Outsiders show, the Beverly Hills-located LAzarides 90210 gallery’s production and lighting were peerless, accentuating and elevating Mr. Choe’s entire show, “Nothing to Declare”, to a whole […]

Recommended openings for this weekend

Los Angeles leads the worldwide charge this weekend with a slew of simply massive shows going off. From the return of David Choe at Lazarides’ Beverly Hills pop-up space and Phil Frost’s much anticipated LA solo debut at Known Gallery to a very ambitious show at Scion curated by Roger Gastman, LA is the place to be yet again this weekend. Catch all the action after the jump.