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Releases: Kevin Cyr – “Hausman” @ 20×200

Jen Bekman’s affordable and accessible art site 20×200 has just released its latest edition by Kevin Cyr. The print, entitled “Hausman,” is an image of one of Cyr’s NYC delivery trucks we loved from his show at Raandesk Gallery (covered).  As always, 20×200 has the print in various sizes, ranging from $20 to $2,000. Cyr’s other two editions with 20×200 are basically sold out, so if you want a shot at this one, click here now.
Justseeds - 2009

Interviews – Justseeds (including Swoon & Chris Stain)

Justseeds are one of the leading and most prolific artist-run radical art collectives at work today and count an amazing array of artists such as Swoon, Chris Stain, Kevin Caplicki, Meredith Stern and Josh Macphee among their members. AM recently caught up with many of the members of Justseeds and asked them a stack of questions about life creating and distributing a huge amount socially aware art and running one of the finest art resistance blogs in the world. Take some time out to check […]

Opening: Thomas Doyle – “Collateral Damage” @ Lebasse Projects

Thomas Doyle is the man all girls and boys look up to and admire, not only because he creates fascinating and immersive works of art, but also because he is pursuing his childhood love, creating three dimensional worlds using only his imagination and two hands.  We are all much better off thanks to his career decision.  In his first solo show in Los Angeles, Doyle presents his recognizable sculptures of intricate miniature snapshots of life and for the very first time, photographs. More after the […]

Showing: Damien Hirst and Michael Joo – “Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun?” @ Haunch of Venison Gallery

Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun is a two-man exhibition featuring two artists who have known each other since 1991 when they met in Cologne — Damien Hirst and Michael Joo.  Although this is the first time the duo have worked with each other, they have been in correspondence and discourse regarding their respective artistic practices since they’ve met.  Joo’s work in the show explores ideas about identity, nature, and the body.  Hirst, as you might expect, focuses on mortality, life, and death.  […]

Openings: Mark Ryden – “The Gay 90’s: Old Tyme Art Show” @ Paul Kasmin Gallery

AM attended the opening of Mark Ryden’s latest series of work “The Gay 90′s: Old Tyme Art Show” at Paul Kasmin Gallery (previewed). As expected, the space was packed with art enthusiasts that were clamoring to see Mr. Ryden’s amazing talents. Mark certainly didn’t disappoint as he created a cohesive body of works that are as diverse as they are great. It seems to have it all, dreamy canvas paintings, detailed drawings, and even gorgeously rendered watercolors. It was a true pleasure to see Mark’s work […]

Events: “Further” book signing at SFMoMA

This Thursday, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will host an exclusive signing event for the art book “Further,” featuring the work of Damon Soule, David Choong Lee, MARS-1, Nome Edonna, Oliver Vernon, Robert Hardgrave and Tomokazu Matsuyama. Most AM readers will recall the amazing “Further” group show at Joshua Liner Gallery at the beginning of the year (covered). If you are around the bay area, definitely take this opportunity to pick up this beautiful book and get it signed by all the artists. […]

Banksy compensates rock band for name: “Exit Through The Gift Shop”

With Banksy’s recent documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop premiering with much success and fan fare accross the world (coverage here), wouldn’t it be a pain to share a name with this recently well-known film?  Well, for the rock band formerly known as Exit Through The Gift Shop it becomes a blessing in disguise as Banksy took the time to make a “double mattress” size canvas for the band with a new name of Brace Yourself, which has the Grim Reaper clutching the wheel of […]

Teaser: Ana Bagayan “Flutter” @ Mondo Bizzarro Gallery

Following on from her recent showing with Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle last year (covered), the talented Ana Bagayan’s next exhibition, “Flutter” opens on Saturday, May 8th at Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome. This will be Ana’s first overseas showing, and promises a captivating series of oil paintings and drawings. The painting pictured above is the title piece for the show. Take a look at a couple of close up views and breathe in the beautiful detail after the jump.

Overtime: April 26 – May 1

A fascinating look inside Richard Colman’s studio ahead of his show at New Image Art. A new show for Pam Glew. Warhol wore Ferragamos and now you can too. Jose Parla is a fan of Anish Kapoor. A look at the Phillips de Pury auction. A retrospective for R. Crumb in Paris. Hush mural captured as a timelapse. An interview with Vhils and Black Rat Press. Hush, Blek Le Rat, and ABOVE installation pics. Shepard Fairey in the City of Brotherly Love, speaking at the […]

Openings: Rooms @ Scion Space

On Saturday night, AM attended the opening of “Rooms” at Scion Space (previewed). The show, curated by Roger Gastman, certainly brought us back to the old school days of youth.  A wide array of nostalgic goodness such as Laser Tag, VHS lined living rooms, Michael Jordan & Dream Team posters, elementary school desks, bus stops, gothic throwbacks and even an outdoor street/play area were included.  There was literally something for everyone to reminisce on.  The artists: Adam Wallacavage, Bill Daniel, Chris Stain, Dan Monick & […]