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Previews: Marco Mazzoni – “White Days” @ Gallery B15 (Copenhagen)

Gallery B15 in Copenhagen, Denmark, will open a solo show by Italian artist, Marco Mazzoni, on the 27th of February. This will be his second show with the gallery which was the first one to host his first solo exhibit outside Italy back in 2011. Titled White Days, the exhibition will consist in 14 pieces from his ongoing series of works on moleskin book, and one human subject work which is the biggest one that he has ever created. Most of the works though are […]
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Openings: Joao Ruas – “VERSO” @ Thinkspace

Showing through this weekend at the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City is VERSO, a new solo show from Joao Ruas. The Brazilian artist presented a diverse set of works including his largest work to date (seen above), a wall mural & installation, etchings, polaroids, backlit pieces, and more utilizing mediums such as acrylic, watercolor, pen, pencil, and gouache. Head over for a look this week if you have time as the exhibition features some of Ruas’ most powerful and haunting imagery to date. Photo credit: Sam Graham. Discuss this show here. Discuss Joao Ruas here.
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POW! WOW! ’14 / Openings: 1xRun x Pangeaseed show

One of the main events of this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii was the release of a POW! WOW! 2104 Featured Artists Series of limited edition prints by the 1xRun, as well as the opening of their popup show along with the Pangeaseed organization. This event took place the 14th of April at Loft In Space / Fresh Cafe in Kaka’ako area of Honolulu. With most of the participating artists creating murals in the main event, many of the editions were naturally signed in Hawaii, only few days before the […]
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Overtime: Feb 10 – Feb 16

More stories from the week that ended Feb 16 (click on bolded words for more information): Students petition to have Tony Matelli’s Sleepwalker sculpture removed from Wellesley College campus. RIP: Terry Adkins, who died of heart failure at age 60. RIP: Leonard Knight, who died at the age of 82, possibly from diabetes. RIP: Nancy Holt, who died at the age of 75. RIP: Maggie Estep, who died of a heart attack at age 50. RIP: Hudson, who died at the age of 63. Tributes from […]
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POW! WOW! ’14 / Streets: James Jean

James Jean was one of the secret surprises of this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii festival in Honolulu. The American artist was invited to the event as a guest first, but once he arrived to the island, he decided to try out his skills in creating a large scale mural for the first time in his career. It was very interesting seeing the way he transferred his signature illustrative style onto a big wall, using only red paint and a brush, but the result was impressive. […]
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POW! WOW! ’14 / Streets: Brendan Monroe x Glenn Barr

Aside from lots of amazing murals and a huge list of side events, workshops, shows, parties, etc, POW! WOW! Hawaii is an opportunity for some unusual collaborations between participating artists. One of these is this intriguing mural created by Glenn Barr and Brendan Monroe. Since neither of the two artists usually work in such large scale, or in the public space, this opportunity was both a big challenge and a great experience. For this image, the artists decided to try and juxtapose their styles – since Barr went with his […]
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Valentine’s Day Wishes From Instagram

If you are like us here at AM, you will already have seen many Valentine’s Day wishes and imagery posted from artists like the piece above from Dan Quintana. We hope you enjoy this special day with your loved one and we would also like to wish you happy V-day by sharing a small selection of these images with you. You may also want to take this chance to show your love back to your favorite artists by following them on Instagram (click on links […]
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Upcoming: Risk & Nathan Ota – “Innocence Lost” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On Saturday, Feburary 15th, the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City will host a two-person show from RISK (interviewed) and Nathan Ota. As seen from their collaborative exhibitions in 2001 (LA & SF), the two reunited artists who started in the graffiti scene together over 25 years ago, have imagery that seems to fit so nicely together despite their divergent paths since high school. Expect more of Ota’s surrealistic and figurative characters superimposed over the letter-based backgrounds of RISK. Discuss Risk here. Discuss Nathan Ota here.
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Previews: Ray Caesar – “The Trouble With Angels” @ Dorothy Circus

On February 15th, Ray Caesar (interviewed 2011, 2013) will be opening his first European solo exhibition at the Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome. Entitled The Trouble With Angels, the show will feature new and old works from the Canada-based artist, created painstakingly with 3D modeling programs and released as limited editions and one offs. Featuring surreal characters and backgrounds that appear innocent and sinister at the same time, much of his imagery is influenced by what he has seen from his time working at a children’s hospital as […]
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POW! WOW! ’14 / Openings: “Exploring The New Contemporary Movement” @ Honolulu Museum Of Art School

Last night, the Honolulu Museum Of Art School hosted the official launch of this year’s edition of POW! WOW! Hawaii with an opening of a big  group show curated by the Thinkspace Gallery. Presenting all new 2×2′ works by 40+ international urban, street and contemporary artists, this show attracted a lot of attention of the local art lovers as well as the participating artists of this year’s festival. With many of the featured artists taking part in POW! WOW! this year, a lot of them were present at the opening, making […]