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Openings: Brad Downey @ Stolen Space

Last night, AM stopped by Stolen Space’s Dray Walk Gallery and saw a good turn out for the opening of Brad Downey’s “An Honest Thief” show which runs until the 8th of February. The show features a range of work using video installations, 3D sculptures, photographic prints, film projections, vandalized record covers, and even some cross stitch throw in for good measure! In this solo show, Brad continues to explore ways of manipulating and reclaiming the urban environment around us – often in humorous and […]

Preview: Worlds on Fire “Grammy” Show

Art and music have always been intertwined.  Whether it be Jay-Z including one of Murakami’s paintings in his music video “Blue Magic,” KAWS collaborating on an album cover with Kayne West, Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden collecting Luke Chueh paintings, or Dave Cooper creating a music video for Danko Jones, the examples seem endless. One of these intersects will open next week with the “World on Fire” show at the Pacific Electric Lofts in LA where many well-known artists in the Low Brow and/or Contemporary Art […]

Preview/Setup: Shepard Fairey Retrospective @ ICA Boston

First, we showed you what the streets of Boston are starting to look like as Shepard Fairey’s retrospective at the ICA draws near (here). AM now brings you a glimpse of what’s going on inside the ICA as everyone is hustling to get things set up for the exhibition opening next week.  There seems to be a buzz flying around the show as the registrars busy are sorting through the intricate stencils and as the install crew unwrap the crates of ginormous works.  Even Shepard is […]

Preview: Muses @ Black Maria Gallery

“Muses,” a group show at Black Maria Gallery is set to open on February 7th with some promising emerging artists – Tin (interviewed), Jeremiah Ketner (interviewed), and Kendra Binney. Ally, the curator, was nice enough to send over some preview images to share with our readers. Take a look after the jump.

Preview/Interviews: Mark Dean Veca @ UAG – UCSD

One of the exhibitions we have been looking forward to this month is Mark Dean Veca’s “Paintings, Wall Drawings, and Collaborations” (teased) at the University Art Gallery at UC San Diego opening tomorrow, Jan 29th, 6 – 8:30 pm. His psychadelic and organic style is unique and has often been described as a mixture of pop culture imagery and 18th Century French “Toile de Jouy” style patterns. As relatively new fans of his, we were particularly interested in learning more about his work as this […]

Preview/Interviews: Craola @ Fifty24SF

Greg Simkins, or as he is popularly known, Craola (something he kept from his graffiti days) is opening his first show of 2009 at Fifty24SF on February 5th. His show “Seeing Things” (teased) expands on the pseudo still life format he has been working on, and the fact there is something alive in the arrangement that makes you take a second look. He talks about this as well as some other things an interview with us after the jump.

Benefit: Herakut @ Phillips de Pury

Herakut (interviewed) will be participating in a benefit auction for the charity War Child (viewing March 10-12, auction March 14) with Phillips de Pury. Not only will the canvas “You Sure?” be up for bidding, but there will also be other works on display (in progress) pieces showing the level of completion of a single piece. If you would like to meet Herakut, they are slated to be at the reception (March 10) to discuss their work. A picture of the sketch after the jump.

Teaser: Takashi Murakami @ Gagosian Gallery – UK

Fresh off a successful retrospective at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Germany (here), Takashi Murakami is getting ready for his 4th and final stop of his historic retrospective tour at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain on Februrary 17th. But before then, the reknowned Gagosian Gallery in the UK will be serving up a show of new works by the master of Superflat to run in tandem with the show in Bilbao (Feb 10th – April 9th.). Here’s a little teaser of Murakami’s famous […]

Preview/Interviews: Brandt Peters @ G1988 LA

Brandt Peter’s show “Cackle Factory” (teased) opens next week on Tuesday, February 3rd at Gallery 1988 LA. He brings his beautifully rendered menagerie of characters with him for his first solo show on the west coast.  Brandt talks with AM about the themes of his upcoming show, his collaborative work with his wife and fellow artist Kathie Olivas, and future plans and projects.  Check the interview after the jump.

Openings: ART LA 2009

AM swung by ART LA 2009 (previewed) this past weekend to scope out the latest in contemporary art being exhibited by the 60 emerging and blue-chip galleries on hand. Tim Fleming, Director of ART LA, describes the fair best, “ART LA, the New Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair, is an internationally acclaimed art-world event that has become one of the most significant annual cultural events in greater Los Angeles. ART LA has developed into a local community platform for Los Angeles based galleries to […]