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Preview: Jim Houser @ White Walls

There is something attractive about the clean aesthetics of Jim Houser’s paintings that seem to resonate with the viewer. As you take in his whole body of work for each show, you start to realize that there seems to be a system behind his paintings where you almost feel like there is some sort of coded message he is trying to get across. His often playful characters seem to be interspersed and collaged with phrases and words from Houser’s stream of consciousness. Our friends at […]

Openings: MR. @ Emmanuel Perrotin (Paris)

Kaikai Kiki artist Mr. opened his show “Nobody Dies” a week ago at Emmanuel Perrotin (Paris). This protégé of Takashi Murakami is known for his obviously anime influenced paintings of innocent children in adult situations (not an uncommon theme for Japanese artists it seems).  Looks like in this show, he tackles themes of war and child soldiers.  More photos of the opening after the jump.

Openings: Lola @ Corey Helford

Lola’s show “The Wondermental” (previewed) opened last Saturday at Corey Helford Gallery. Her paintings looked even more amazing when intricately framed. You just don’t appreciate the size of some of them until you see them in scale. More photos after the jump.

Preview: Hush @ Opus Gallery

On November 7th, Opus Gallery in Newcastle will premier a show featuring UK urban sensation Hush. His style is a product of a unique background of street art, manga and illustration. Having spent a few years in Hong Kong working to expand on his craft, Hush brings a refreshing Asian flair to his work. Coming off of sold-out shows earlier this year in London (Opus Gallery) and Los Angeles (Carmichael Gallery), many fans are eagerly waiting to see what’s next. AM obtained a special sneak […]

Josh Keyes Creative Process

Josh Keyes recently posted up some miscellaneous photos relating to his current show at OKOK gallery in his forum. It’s always interesting to learn about the inspirations, ideas, and creative processes of an artist.  For example, look how he incorporated a local mailbox (graffiti and all) into his “Totem IV” painting.  As most of you know, he used a lot of northwest Native American imagery for this show.  So, notice how he placed the logo for the American Indian Movement on mailbox as well (there […]

Teaser: Nicoletta Ceccoli @ Richard Goodall

San Marino based artist Nicoletta Ceccoli has sent us some exclusive images from her upcoming show at Richard Goodall Gallery in December.  We have been anticipating this show for quite a while since her job as an illustrator does not allow her time to exhibit as often as her fans would like. Her fairytale-like paintings have been described as a having a Ryden-esque feel to them yet softer and more delicate. In particular, we like the clever way in which her characters are painted such […]

Openings: In Language of Angels @ Ad Hoc

With the DJ spinning and the hipsters of Williamsburg crowded about on Friday night, Ad Hoc Art opened their new show “In Language of Angels”. The six artist show was a nice compliment to the diverse Brooklyn crowd. Seen in the exhibit were: the Manga-esqe Camilla d’Errico, the bold Lisa Alisa, the entrancing Sarah Joncas, the embroidery laced layouts of Simone Maynard, the digitally detailed Mijn Schatje, and the dynamic illustrations of MIA. This was a great show for AM to attend as Ad Hoc […]

Teaser: The Drawing Room @ Thinkspace

Looking forward to this show at Thinkspace on November 7th not only because Audrey Kawasaki is in it, but also because she is curating it. It seems that artist curated group shows (others that come to mind include Luke Chueh and Travis Louie) usually include some very good names from their genre for some obvious reasons. Audrey’s assembled cast is no exception – Stella Im Hultberg, Amy Sol, Kukula, Brandi Milne, Brian Viveros, Catherine Brooks, Mari Inukai, Nomi Chi, Lauren Albert, Jessica McCourt, Julia Sonmi […]

Sketch for Change

No matter what your political leanings are, you must still admit these “Sketch for Change” pieces are pretty rad. These auctions are ending one by one as we speak, but don’t worry … they are putting up more for auction everyday. We like the way each artist has incorporated political logos and iconic imagery into each of their pieces. Seem as though collectors agree as the auctions seem to be ending with some astronomical prices for simple sketches (perhaps politically motivated bids as well). More […]

Eric Beltz @ Morgan Lehman

We’re not sure how we missed this… but AM recommends checking out Eric Beltz’s solo show, The Good Land, at Chelsea’s Morgan Lehman Gallery. Beltz creates intricately detailed graphite works on paper filled with allegorical images from American history. The show runs until November 8.