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Openings: Jeff Soto – “Nightgardens” @ KP Projects / MKG

Over the weekend, fans of Jeff Soto (interviewed) enjoyed his first showing in Los Angeles in almost a decade. Entitled Nightgardens, the exhibition of KP Projects / MKG featured a series of new acrylic on panel and watercolor paintings incorporating some of the Riverside-based artist’s familiar characters in the midst of some adventure as well as some more abstract still-life like compositions. Featuring a lush color palette, oftentimes referencing the title of the show with its after dark scenes, the fresh collection of works also included crowd pleasers like the […]

Previews: “Summer Group Show” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

On July 2nd, Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco will be opening their first Summer Group Show featuring work from their diverse roster of artists – painters, sculptors, muralists, installation, and textile artists. Spanning all types of mediums, you can expect more from the lineup of Aaron De La Cruz, Brett Amory, Casey Gray, Crystal Wagner, Derek Weisberg, Drew Leshko, Erin M. Riley (seen above), Erik Jones, GATS, Joel Daniel Phillips, Jessica Hess, John Wentz, Lucien Shapiro, Nychos, Ravi Zupa, Scott Scheidly, Shawn Huckins, Tracey Snelling, […]
LandonMetz @ Andersen's

Overtime: June 22 – June 28

More stories from the week that ended June 28 (click on bolded words for more information): Documentation of Landon Metz’ show at Andersen’s. RIP: Miriam Schapiro, who died at the age of 91. Cady Noland disavows another one of her works after it was restored without her consultation. Richard Dorment looks back on his career as an art critic as he heads into retirement. Worker accidentally dismantles and throws out Jim Osman outdoor sculpture he mistook for trash. Anish Kapoor feels that vandalization of his vagina sculpture […]

Openings: “Vitality and Verve” @ Long Beach Museum of Art

Leading up to the opening of the Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape exhibition last night at the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA), we had the opportunity for a preview look at some the murals being created (shared with you here & here). From what we saw, we were really excited to see the culmination of something historic and what we have never seen to this scale before with you – a museum exhibition featuring epic indoor murals from a strong roster of what is a mix of […]

Previews: Mike Lee – “Still Life” @ Giant Robot 2

Tonight (June 27) at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles, Still Life will open featuring the work of Mike Lee and Vincent Nguyen. The drawings of Lee are what caught our eyes – compartmentalized slices of urban life that let the viewer take a bird’s eye view of the scene, while letting us peek inside of things that we would never have seen from that perspective. Also, the NY-based artist makes good use of negative space to focus our attention on each particular subject, which […]

Maya Hayuk Sues Starbucks

For those who frequent Starbucks, you will have no doubt seen artwork that looks disturbingly similar to the work of Maya Hayuk, an artist whose work has been covered here on AM for a while. Coinciding with the release of their new Mini Frappuccinos last month, the promotional material features crossing stripes of color often seen in the Brooklyn-based artist’s gallery work and outdoor murals. And if it’s true that Starbucks’ ad agency reached out to her last October regarding the project (which she declined due to […]

Recap: Art Basel ’15 (Part II)

Last week, AM visited Basel Week Switzerland, with the highlight being the main fair – Art Basel. After the first part of our coverage earlier this week, we now have a second set of photos for you to enjoy fro the 46th edition of the fair. Take a look at what you missed (including the Galerie Perrotin booth above with Jean-Michel Othoniel & KAWS), as well as some shot from other satellite fairs (click here for shots of SCOPE and VOLTA). Photo credit: @gamma888 for Arrested Motion.

Streets: Surface Project (Copenhagen)

The 5th show on Søren Solkær‘s Surface world tour opened on June 12th at Øksnehallen in central Copenhagen. The exhibition itself features 122 portraits of some of world’s most famous street artists, who were all featured in his recent book Surface (covered). To celebrate this big event, the Danish photographer invited six international and esteemed artists to create large-scale murals in the streets of Copenhagen. Some of them were returning the capital, some visiting for the first time,  and in the week before the opening Copenhagen’s cityscape got ugpraged by six […]

Previews: “Entre Muros” @ Mya Gallery

We’ve just received these images of participating artists adding the final touches for the works that will be presented at the Entre Muros group show opening on Thursday June 25th at Mya Gallery in London. Curated by author and editor of a number of publications, Maximilano Ruiz, the idea of this exhibition is to presents urban artists from Latin America. Public art has always been one of the weapons used in many social and political events with the local streets becoming canvases. To this end, Latin America […]
Kelsey Brookes: Plants of the Gods

Showing: Kelsey Brookes – “Plants Of The Gods” @ Eric Firestone Gallery

Currently in the Hamptons, at Eric Firestone Gallery, the San Diego-based Kelsey Brookes has a series of works on display that continue his abstract exploration of molecular structures. Moving on from painting colorful artistic interpretations of neurotransmitters (here, here & here), the former biochemist has turned his attention to naturally occurring hallucinogenic botanical compounds – Muscimol, Ergoline, Scopolamine and Ibogaine – Plants Of The Gods. The renderings mirror the psychedelic effect of the subject matter with what interestingly starts out as “precise locations of individual atoms, which then expand and radiate […]