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Openings: “Grifters” Group Show @ Lazarides (Rathbone Place)

“Grifters,” a group show with a super lineup, opened last week at Lazarides – Rathbone Place. As expected, the artwork was fantastic and was placed well throughout the spacious gallery. And as an added bonus, some of the artists put up some pieces in the streets (like David Choe) to complement the show (more on this later). Take a look at all the images after the jump…
Dorothy and her Tangle Fairy

Preview: Travis Louie – “Lifetime Companions” @ Shooting Gallery

A show we teased you with last month is opening this Saturday night, the 12th, at Shooting Gallery. Our friend Travis Louie (interviewed) will be bringing his “Lifetime Companions” to San Francisco, a body work based on the theme of companions you are stuck with during your life – some wanted, some not so much… For example, you can see Travis working on “Stan and his first wife, Big Judy – she broke his heart and stole his house.” See the concept sketch for this […]

Shepard Fairey x Grammy Awards

Shepard Fairey (featured) has been selected to create the official artwork for this year’s GRAMMY Awards. The commissioned piece will grace the cover of the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards program book, telecast tickets, promotional poster, and 2010 GRAMMY Nominees CD. Also, there is some chatter about another GRAMMY themed art show like the one curated by Kris Lewis (interviewed) last year (covered).  More details to follow… Discuss Shepard Fairey here.

Basel Week Miami ’09: Barry McGee Installation @ Deitch

Amongst the many things we’ve seen over in Miami this year, perhaps the most talked about piece of work (certainly between the AM crew and our friends out here) was an previously unsold Barry McGee’s “99 bottle” installation over at Deitch Projects booth at Art Basel. Reputed to have sold for a mere 100K at this year’s fair, it would not have been hard, just among collector friends in Miami to come up with the money and then to split the bottles up. Perhaps not […]

Video: Brendan Monroe @ Richard Heller Gallery

For those that missed Brendan Monroe’s (interviewed) solo at Richard Heller Gallery last month (covered), you also missed out on a fantastic “constellation” installation. Fortunately for you, we recorded some footage of all the hanging sculptures for you to enjoy. As an added bonus, check out another video of the back room in the gallery space that included a sitting sculpture and wall installation after the jump…

Preview: Femke Hiemstra & Junko Mizuno @ Roq La Rue

Opening next weekend simultaneously are Femke Hiemstra’s “Hello Dachshund” and Junko Mizuno’s “Desert Woman.” Dutch artist Hiemstra’s creative use of found objects and fantastical narrative (animate inanimate objects frolicking with mischievous creatures in dark fairytale settings) has always drawn our attention and it will be nice to see a new body of work from her. Another artist we enjoy, Mizuno will bring her alluring and mystic girls and her special “gothic-kawaii” aesthetic from Japan to Seattle with a new series of paintings (seen after the […]

Basel Week Miami ’09: Faile

AM went back to Basel today to check out a few more things, one of which was the recent work that Faile has been putting together for Perry Rubenstein (seen at recent group show). A wide range and scale of work was at the booth with the focus on the new wooden block wall pieces and also the more widely seen boxes. The “puzzle-like blocks” gave the pieces a fresh new dimension with multiple sized panels making up the compositions. Take a look at our […]

Basel Week Miami ’09: Mark Ryden

One of the highlights of our trip to Miami was definitely seeing this new Mark Ryden piece revealed at the Paul Kasmin Gallery booth at Art Basel. The breathtaking 72″ x 48″ piece “Incarnation” seems to be a happy medium between his new minimalistic style seen at his last solo at Tomio Koyama in Japan and his older imagery.  Sold for almost 900K, it appears the market for one of the top artists in the so-called “low brow” movement is still strong. Take a look […]

Openings: Basel Week Miami ’09 – Art Asia

Showing adjacent to the SCOPE, the Art Asia opened its doors to fair-goers exposing the Art Basel crowd to the special flavor of their region’s art. Featuring art from countries such as Korea, China, Japan, India, Cambodia, Thailand, and Taiwan, the work definitely brought some fresh ideas with its Asian flair. More images after the jump…

Video: Souther Salazar Interview

Scion ART has sent over a video interview with Souther Salazar for us to share with our readers. If you remember, the self portrait themed traveling Scion Installation 5 exhibition included a fantastic piece from Souther, which he discusses in the video among other things.  Make sure you stop by the Giant Robot Biennale 2 exhibition if you have chance to check out Souther’s huge immersive painting and awe-inspiring installation if you haven’t yet. Discuss Souther Salazar here.