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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Openings: Greg Simkins – It Wanders West

Ever let your imagination run wild? Well you wouldn’t have a choice at a Craola show and this one was a stunner. Last night, Greg “Craola” Simkins premiered Part II of his “It Wanders…” show and AM was on hand to catch the opening reception. A lively crowd quickly packed Gallery 1988 to see the sold-out show. Greg was on hand to meet and greet his numerous fans. Taking time to speak and catch up with his fans is something that Greg tries to do […]

Recap: Bonhams Contemporary Urban Art Panel

Last night, AM had the opportunity to attend a very special event held by Bonhams LA. A unique panel of speakers from different corners of the Urban art genre gathered to discuss the state of the Urban art market and the economics/dynamics of today’s art marketplace. This was a lively discussion moderated by Seth Carmichael of the Carmichael Gallery. Artists such as US based Shepard Fairey  and UK based Charming Baker mingled with Art Critic: Shana Dambrot, Film maker: Jon Reiss, and Cataloger @ Bonhams: […]

Openings: Kaws @ Gering & Lopez Gallery

Last night KAWS had a very special opening reception to kickoff his new exhibition at Gering & López Gallery in New York. This marks his highly anticipated return to the New York fine art scene. AM friend: Wendy from Nitrolicious was invited by Edison Chen to join the opening night festivities which included celebrities and industry notables such as: Haze, Edison Chen, Dr. Romanelli, Peter Wentz (Fall Out Boy) and Leo (Union). The works varied in medium and size including Acrylic on canvas, Fiberglass sculpture, […]

Ron English Abraham Obama Bust

Got an email this morning from Mindstyle about the release of Ron English’s Abraham Obama Bust. Along with Shepard Fairey’s work, the Obama x Abraham Lincoln remix by English would probably be one of the top two most iconic Obama images out there. There will be multiple colorways released with each one limited to 50. More info after the jump.

Openings: Ron English @ Shooting Gallery

Ron English’s show “The Secret History of KISS” (previewed) opened last weekend at the Shooting Gallery. He took the band’s trademark face paint and melded it with baroque era-styled paintings for an unexpected effect. It’s like he used a time machine, took Rembrandt hostage, and forced him to add the iconic makeup to his paintings. This show also reminded us as to how amazing and versatile Ron’s technical skills are. More photos after the jump.

Openings: Jim Houser & Richard Colman @ White Walls

Jim Houser and Richard Colman’s “Awful Mountain” (previewed) opened last night at White Walls in SF. As usual, Houser’s installations complemented his paintings perfectly. If only collectors could have him go to their houses and setup the pieces they own in a similar fashion. Colman had some large pieces that were quite eyecatching.  His work has some similarities to Dalek (we hear they are long-time friends with their first show in the scene being a two-person show at Merry Karnowsky years back) but seems more […]

Preview: Pour Me Some Smoke @ Carmichael Gallery

Next Thursday, Carmichael Gallery will open up a great group show featuring the works of Case, Charming Baker, Ian Strawn, Guy Denning, and TRXTR. The opening reception is Nov 6th from 8pm to Midnight. As previously reported: Charming will also be participating in the Bonhams Contemporary: Urban art discussion panel hosted by Seth Carmichael which includes AM friend Shepard Fairey! Time: November 6th, 8pm-Midnight Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art 1257 N. La Brea Avenue West Hollywood, CA 90038 More pics after the jump

Studio Visits: Jeff Soto (Part I)

Stopped by Jeff Soto’s studio last week to check out his progress on his upcoming show at the Riverside Art Museum as well as introduce him to the guys at Modus Films. We’re working on a little project that we think you will enjoy. In the meantime, take a look at one of the large paintings he is working on! More after the jump.

Clayton Brothers’ special limited edition decks

Brilliant artists The Clayton Brothers recently collaborated as guest designers with Mark Gonzalez’s Krooked Skateboards to produce a limited edition set of two skateboards, entitled Any Given Night. And while the limited edition decks are on sale at various skate shops, The Clayton Brothers reserved 25 of each deck to customize as unique pieces. These special limited edition sets include both boards, each individually signed and hand-stenciled, as well as custom wall-mounting bracket, mounting hardware and a certificate of authenticity. They’re available here now for […]

Kehinde Wiley @ Deitch Projects

Down, an exhibition of new paintings by Kehinde Wiley, opens this Saturday at Deitch Projects. The exhibition supposedly will consist of four large-scale paintings inspired by images of fallen warriors, saints and classical mythology. If you haven’t seen any of Wiley’s large works in person, you definitely need to come out for this show. You will be amazed. To see more examples of Wiley’s work, click here.