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Teaser: KAWS @ Honor Fraser

It looks like KAWS will be making a trip to the west coast in February for his show at LA gallery Honor Fraser. Entitled “The Long Way Home,” this exhibit (opening Feb. 21st) will feature new paintings, sculptural works, and an installation.   Apparently, there will also a specially curated show at Royal/T by KAWS, selecting from the vast collection of owner and collector Susan Hancock. Via Sourharvest. Discuss this show here. Discuss KAWS here.

Setup: Dalek @ Redux Contemporary

As previously reported, Dalek’s (interviewed) show Broken, Beaten, & Buried is scheduled to open tonight at the Redux Contemporary Art Center.  As you can see, Dalek and his crew are hard at work getting the installations ready for the exhibition.  We were expecting paintings but didn’t realize they would be prepping the walls as well…can’t wait to see it finished.  More installation pics after the jump.

Manifest Hope – Inauguration Party: Shepard Fairey x friends

Manifest Hope: DC zenithed with a sensational party on it’s final night, Monday. On the eve of the presidential inauguration, the artists and volunteers that led the charge of Barack Obama’s triumphant grassroots campaign celebrated with a star-studded event that rivaled many of the inaugural balls the following night. With live performances by Santo Gold,  Adam Freeland, DJ Trouble Maker, Grammy winning artists: De La Soul, Moby, and of course DJ Diabetic himself (Shepard Fairey); it was no wonder the venue was packed to the brim and rockin’ deep […]

Preview: Inaugural Show @ David B. Smith Gallery

David B. Smith Gallery (interviewed) will be putting on his inaugural show this Saturday, Jan 24th in Denver with some of his artists – Emil Alzamora, Ala Ebtekar, Gregory Euclide, Amir H. Fallah, Josh Keyes, Kris Lewis, Kristen Schiele, Jason Thielke & Oliver Vernon. A pretty nice group to start out with… Stop by if you are in the area as the artists Josh, Gregory, and Jason will be in attendance at the opening, and they will also be distributing their 2009 catalogue complimentary to […]

Preview: ART LA 2009

This Friday marks the opening of ART LA 2009, the New Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair, featuring a lineup of sixty emerging and blue-chip galleries. Taking place at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, the galleries being exhibited represent a wide sampling of today’s contemporary art scene. Half of the exhibitors are based locally, highlighting what’s hot in Los Angeles, and the other half are from the rest of the United States and abroad, providing insight into the trends and influences present in […]

Stephen Sprouse – Artist and Designer

The Louis Vuitton flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City recently received the Stephen Sprouse treatment. The window displays feature neon light installations of Sprouse;s trademark Rose motif to showcase the launch of the brand’s Spring 2009 collection which pays homage to the late fashion designer and artist. Sprouse’s neon Day-Glo Roses really pop against the the subtle pattern of the location’s Takashi Murakami x Vuitton Multicolore wrap treatment (previously covered). Sprouse is best known for his Day-Glo bright, graffiti-printed, street influenced fashion […]

Andy Warhol @ Nassau County Museum of Art

The Nassau County Museum of Art opened an exhibition yesterday of Andy Warhol screenprints. The show runs through May 26 showcasing some of Warhol’s classic pop subjects including Marilyn Monroe, Mao Tse-Tung, Superman, Campbell Soup Cans, Dollar Signs and Martha Graham/The Kick. Plenty of time left to plan a day trip from New York City if you are in the area… Via Artdaily.

Vladamir Putin – 1.1 Million

Is this the ultimate celebrity art? Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin´s painting sold for $1.1 million at a charity auction recently, making it the most expensive painting ever sold in Russia. He supposedly only spent 20 minutes on it and had an artist paint in the rest. Russian celebrities were each given a letter of the alphabet as a theme and Putin received the Russian letter “u,” for “uzor” (pattern). Ironically as reported, he painted it just days before Russia turned off Europe’s gas supply […]

Openings: Shepard Fairey’s Obama “Hope” @ Smithsonian: National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian Institution has always been considered one of most prestigious museums in the world. It houses some amazing works including the “Portraits of America’s Presidents.” So, what’s a more fitting way to kick off the inauguration weekend than with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiling and inducting Shepard Fairey’s symbolic “Hope” image of Barack Obama. (previously announced here.) AM was invited to come along all-access and document the historic unveiling ceremony. The elegant brunch reception in the Smithsonian courtyard preceded the unveiling as Shepard mingled with the “who’s who” that […]

Openings: Manifest Hope DC

The Manifest Hope: DC exhibition, showcasing the spirit of the grass-root artist movement, officially opened it’s doors Saturday morning, but Friday night, select VIPs and friends were invited to preview the pop-up gallery.  The packed house reflected the energy that is currently flowing into the nation’s capital for Inauguration.  With the crew working hard to put the 11th hour finishing touches on the exhibition prior to the unveiling, the inspired looks from the audience once curtains came up made the week long marathon set-up all worthwhile! AM took […]