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Openings: Nick Walker – “In Gods We Trust” @ Art Sensus

We’re still decompressing a little from all of the art events going on in London over this last week, and one of the highlights was Nick Walker’s opening evening of his new solo exhibition “In Gods We Trust”. We were itching to see where Nick was taking this exhibition after we saw hints of the scale and direction in our recent studio visit. Art Sensus’ spot next to Phillips de Pury was a fitting location for what was evidently a change in scale and also […]

Openings: Augustine Kofie – “Retrofitted & Other Forms of Vintage Futurism” @ White Walls SF

Last Saturday, Kofie’One / Augustine Kofie (featured) introduced his first solo show to the Bay Area with “Retrofitted and Other Forms of Vintage Futurism” at White Walls in SF. Many of the canvases as well as triangular sculptures you saw in our studio visit earlier this month were transported to the gallery, but also Kofie added a beautiful installation of his workspace so that attendees could see where his creative process plays out. Take a look at some opening pics after the jump where his […]

Teaser: “Street/Studio 2.0″ @ Irvine Contemporary

For street artists, location has always been as important, if not more so, than the artwork itself. The site informs the conception – and perception – of the work down to it’s very core. On November 6th, Irvine Contemporary will explore this unique relationship with a group of artists that have been bringing the street into the studio for years. With such street art legends as José Parlá, Shepard Fairey, SWOON, James Marshall (Dalek), David Ellis, Romon Yang (Rostarr) and Gaia, Street/Studio 2.0 will spotlight […]

Overtime: October 10 – October 16

Barbara Kruger provides artwork for the Nov. issue of W Magazine. Peregine Honig, from Bravo’s Work of Art S1, recently opened Loser @ Dwight Hacket Projects. Demi Moore has made some pretty smart art investing decisions. Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips, screenprints using own blood. Simpsons executive producer, Al Jean, talks about infamous Banksy opening sequence. $300 Million “Michaelangelo Painting” found behind sofa in Bufallo, NY. David Choe talks about “what is hell“… Steve Powers (ESPO) talks with Butterfly about the Moniker […]

Streets: Sam3 (Madrid)

After visiting the Fame Festival, we came away with a even greater respect for Sam3′s deceptively simple shadow work, especially after seeing a pretty awesome piece in the gallery show. It looks like the Spanish artist has been busy as he also recently completed a complex set of three murals in Madrid. Take a closer look at the triptych after the jump…

Preview: Nathan Ota x Risk @ Hurley Space

Take a look at the date of the photo above. It was taken almost 25 years ago of Nathan Ota (who recently opened his solo in LA) and RISK (of MSK fame). And yes, surprisingly like many of the fine artists we follow, Nathan had a background in graffiti. After losing touch for a long time, the duo have reunited for a collaboration mural at the Hurley Space in Orange County. Stop by to take a look for yourself on Saturday, October 16th (6-10pm) and […]

Artwork Donated by Banksy Sells for $75,000 @ Christie’s

The artwork pictured above recently sold at Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Auction for $75,000. The 2010 spray enamel on found aluminium sign piece measures 36″ x 36″ and was donated by Banksy to help benefit the restoration fund for “Defenestration” in San Francisco. Kudos to the elusive artist for helping out a worthy cause. For those die-hard Banksy collectors that are curious, yes, the work has been authenticated by Pest Control Office. Image via Christie’s Discuss Banksy here.
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Events: “Stickers – Stuck-Up Piece of Crap” Release Party

AM was living large at the exclusive release party for “Stickers: Stuck-Up Piece of Crap,” an amazing book just published by Rizzoli chronicling stickers in contemporary music, design and art. The passion-project of DB Burkeman – drum and bass DJ and jack-of-all-trades, “Stickers” contains images of approximately 4,000 pieces from Barry McGee, Kaws, ESPO, Neckface, Shepard Fairey and many many more. For a lot more background and info about the book, check out this extensive interview with DB by our friends at The Art Collectors. […]

Video: Fame Festival 2010 & Os Gemeos Photo-zine

In addition to AM’s coverage of the recently opened FAME Festival in Grottaglie, our friend at Babelgum, Laurence Billiet sent us this great video she took while in Italy for the festival. You’ve seen all the stills, so now take a look at some of the pieces from both 2009 and 2010 in wonderful moving pictures. Also, to make sure you catch every last tag, check out Hooked Blog’s excellent photo-zine featuring the works of Brazilian superstars Os Gemeos here. Discuss the FAME Festival here.

Teaser: Invader – “Roma 2010 & Other Curiosities” @ Wunderkammern (Italy)

French street art phenom Invader has trained his sights on his next target, quietly mobilizing a army of alien assassins poised to attack neighboring Italy with his first solo in over a year. Opening October 23rd at Wunderkammern, Roma 2010 & Other Curiosities will in part continue the artist’s self-ascribed “RubikCubism”, an inventive re-purposing of the definitive hand-held puzzle toy that first manifested itself during his tribute to classic album cover art in NYC (covered) and saw further rearrangements with last years UK solo (covered). […]