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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.

Preview: Ron English @ Shooting Gallery

With the election just a few days away, one would think that Ron English’s latest exhibition “The Secret History of KISS” would revolve around his famous Abraham Obama character, but not quite so. The master Pop Surrealist is up to his old tricks again, this flexing his other muscles as he brings back his signature “KISS” images painted flawlessly in the form of classic renaissance-esque oils. The images from this show clearly shows that Ron’s technical skills rival his stupendous imagination and wit! There will […]

Openings: Tiffany Bozic @ Fecal Face

Tiffany Bozic’s show “Symmetrical Balance” opened last weekend at Fecal Face Gallery in SF. We have always enjoy her detailed paintings of nature and it’s interactions – and not always between species that you would expect. Of course, her clusters of birds and flowers have always been a favorite of many collectors. She not only had a couple pieces that played on this theme, but she also had a limited print that was released for this show. More info and photos after the jump.

Update: Kaws @ Gering & Lopez + Bonus

Some images were posted on Kaws’ blog of a visit by the film crew from CBS which presumably revealed some of the artwork for his upcoming Gering & Lopez show (previously teased). Looks to be more of the same abstract work we saw before as well as some SpongeBob paintings that look a little different than the ones he did for his Miami show. More after the jump.

Preview: Jim Houser @ White Walls

There is something attractive about the clean aesthetics of Jim Houser’s paintings that seem to resonate with the viewer. As you take in his whole body of work for each show, you start to realize that there seems to be a system behind his paintings where you almost feel like there is some sort of coded message he is trying to get across. His often playful characters seem to be interspersed and collaged with phrases and words from Houser’s stream of consciousness. Our friends at […]

Openings: MR. @ Emmanuel Perrotin (Paris)

Kaikai Kiki artist Mr. opened his show “Nobody Dies” a week ago at Emmanuel Perrotin (Paris). This protégé of Takashi Murakami is known for his obviously anime influenced paintings of innocent children in adult situations (not an uncommon theme for Japanese artists it seems).  Looks like in this show, he tackles themes of war and child soldiers.  More photos of the opening after the jump.