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Streets: D*Face

Originally thought to be an April Fool’s joke, United Kingdom street artist D*Face had the last laugh when he released a 20 pound sterling note remixed in his signature 80’s punk and skate inspired style on over ten digital billboards throughout the city in protest of the G-20 London Summit. Were the advertisements paid for or did D*Face hack into the computer systems controlling the billboards? A message on D*Face’s website reads: “No fools day. Where there’s a will there’s a way. Catch them before […]

Openings: Hush – “Veiled Beauty” @ FIFTY24SF

AM was on hand last night as Newcastle’s notorious Hush (interviewed) made his first Bay Area appearance at Upper Playground’s FIFTY24SF gallery. Following on the heels of his smash Carmichael show in Los Angeles last month (covered), Hush certainly came correct for his second solo showing stateside. Combining a couple cool outdoor pieces, some original canvases and murals, and a plethora of editioned prints, “Veiled Beauty” certainly offers a multi-faceted look at this artist’s range of production. The show, which was originally slated to be […]

Openings: Ian Francis x Kinsey DesForges @ Semi-Permanent (Sydney)

It’s currently 7:15 pm in Sydney, Australia at the MTV Gallery where Ian Francis’ new exhibition (previewed) has just opened it’s doors to numerous excited Aussies ‘Down Unda.’ Since most of the world may not be able to attend the pop-up Semi-Permanent exhibition as our friends in the southern hemisphere, AM thought it would be nice to share an online viewing of Ian’s latest body of work. More images after the jump.

Preview: Miss Bugs & Joe Black – “2 Many Artists” @ Brooklynite Gallery

Miss Bugs and Joe Black are opening up the fresh show “2 Many Artists” at the cutting edge Brooklynite Gallery this Saturday, 4/4. The show hosts the talents of these two unique United Kingdom street artists that are anything but trite. Miss Bugs creates some awesome works by wielding silkscreens, collages and whatever is lying around to assemble relevant pop images that stir the imagination. Joe Black creates photo realistic images via found mediums such as Legos and ball bearings. Can’t wait for the show to […]

Teaser: Jose Parla – “Reading Through Seeing” @ Ooi Botos Gallery (Hong Kong)

Oos Botos Gallery in Hong Kong will be hosting “Reading Through Seeing,” José Parlá’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong.  The show will open on May 14th and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with an essay by author and New York University scholar Alexandra Chang. At first glance, Parlá’s characteristic calligraphy meets graffiti, writing meets painting style seems like random strokes, albeit beautiful random strokes.  But, closer examination and understanding of his work reveals that his paintings are a journal of his […]

Video/Release: Damien Hirst x Supreme Skate Decks

It seems like even KAWS and his 4-foot companions can’t stay away from these wooden gems. A few weeks ago we reported about the latest Damien Hirst “Artist Series” skate decks being releasing by Supreme. They go on sale today, 4/2, both online and at Supreme stores in Los Angeles and New York. Locations in Japan will have their release on Saturday, 4/4. Check out the video of Hirst talking about his creations and the Supreme skate team poppin’ ollies and shredding it. Check the surprise […]

Preview: Phil Frost – Paperweight show @ Jonathan Levine Gallery

Fresh from his recent visit to Dubai, Phil Frost is coming to New York for his first show with Jonathan Levine Gallery. “Paperweight” is looking like a wild one as Frost is showing up with a rare paper show. Famous for his baseball bats which are layered freehand in correction fluid to form patterns so intricate that people swear he uses a stencil, Frost decided to deviate and create a new series of works on paper. The result is a breath taking mix of street […]

Second Helpings: March 2009

Spring is in full effect and art is blooming all around us. March has been another busy month and the staff at AM picks some of the freshest stories of the month in this edition of Second Helpings. Get served after the jump.

Update/Streets: Hush

Check out this interesting time-lapse video of Hush (interviewed) working on his large mural from his solo show “Hymn of Beauty” at Carmichael Gallery in LA (coverage here).  His next stop will be at the legendary Fifty24SF Gallery / Upper Playground in San Francisco, opening April 2nd. After the bold showing of large scale original pieces in Los Angeles, the new show focuses on the other side of Hush’s oeuvre – hand finished prints.  Hush tells us that there will be 8 new hand finished […]

Mark Ryden’s First Toy – YHWH

Here is the first photo we have seen of Mark Ryden’s first ever toy – YHWH.  The figure is titled after one of his paintings (seen after the jump) and also cleverly posed with a little girl as in the painting.  Not sure what it is meant to be but one definition of YHWH is the God of the Old Testament as transliterated from Hebrew consonants.  Perhaps it’s Ryden’s vision of the Almighty, at least in the world of his paintings. The figure will come […]