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Second Helpings: May 2010

Spring is finally behind us and we look forward to a summer with blazing art. But for now, let’s look back to a significant May with another edition of Second Helpings where we bring you some of our favorite stories from the past month. Get served after the jump.
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Openings: LeBasse Projects (Culver City Artwalk)

The first stop of the Culver City Artwalk for AM was the group show at LeBasse Projects. Along with a strong lineup of gallery regulars, artists new to us such as Jean-Pierre Roy were featured during this annual event. His colorful paintings of imaginary landscapes drew us in with their dream-like vibrancy and fancy. More pics after the jump…
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Preview: “The Next Generation” Group Show @ London Miles Gallery

The largely USA based new contemporary art movement continues it’s assault on the UK next week with “The Next Generation” opening Friday June 11th at London Miles Gallery. Curated by Culver City’s Thinkspace Gallery director, Andrew Hosner, the exhibition promises new work from 45 artists, all presented in a common format of 12 square inches. Continuing the charge recently begun with “Art from the New World” in Bristol, this time the art comes to heart of the action in London itself. For many of the […]

Openings: Greg Simkins – “Inside the Outside” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

This past weekend, AM attended the opening of Greg “Craola” Simkins‘ (featured) newest show “Inside the Outside” at New York’s Joshua Liner Gallery. Our anticipation has been building ever since we brought you a preview from Greg’s Los Angeles based studio. At that time, only part of this body of work was complete and apparently it was only the tip of the iceberg. Ever the diligent perfectionist, Greg works to push his technical skills a little bit further each time we see his work. As we […]

Streets: Vhils & JR in Los Angeles (Part II)

As you know, AM has been looking forward to seeing four great artists (Vhils, JR, Conor Harrington (interviewed), Micallef (interviewed) get together for a show at the Lazarides space in Beverly Hills (320 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210). “Eurotrash” opens on Wednesday, but JR and Vhils have already completed some murals downtown LA (Spring Street between 6th and 7th) for their fans to enjoy. Of particular interest is the collaboration piece between the two artists where Vhils goes over a photographic wheatpaste piece […]

Fame Fest ’10: Blu

Looks like Italian street sensation Blu has arrived in Grottaglia for this year’s Fame Festival. Like last year, the artist decided to take aim at some local political issues with this large mural. One of the issues of contention with residents of the small town are the special waste dumps that are being built there without their input or permission. This piece cleverly inserts some local imagery with the olive trees that are prevalent in the area and the signature ceramic dishes that are produced […]

Overtime: May 30 – June 5

Skulls from owl pellets made into art by Alastair Mackie. More evidence of Annie Leibovitz’s poor financial judgment. Conceptual artist and designer Tobias Wong has passed away. Studio visits with Jonathan Yeo and Ian Francis. Popular galleries closing in Boston and Seattle. YBA’s are sell outs? Mark Ryden paints Mr. Lincoln. An interview with Dan May. New work from Zilda, Sam3, Jen Stark, James Jean, and Aiko. Judge in Shepard Fairey vs. AP copyright dispute over Obama image urges settlement, saying AP likely will win […]

Openings: “The Future Tense” @ Future Gallery

We recently brought you a preview for “The Future Tense” held last week at the Future Gallery in London, where we focused on the art of Icelandic artist Katrin Fridriks. Well, AM sadly couldn’t make it to the show ourselves, but Ed of TFT sent us along a great set of pictures of the installed art and also from the opening event. It looks as a good night was had by all, and for an inaugural exhibition, it also looks as the event was well […]

Streets: Know Hope

We recently let you know about a collaboration mural that Know Hope put up with Conor Harrington (interviewed) in Israel. It looks like he also decided to get poetic with this piece in Tel Aviv. A closer look as well as another recent offering after the jump…

Culver City Artwalk ’10: “Picks of the Harvest” @ Thinkspace

On right now at the Culver City Arts District is their annual Artwalk. After bringing you a look at what LeBasse Projects and Carmichael Gallery had to offer, we now turn our eye on another great gallery – Thinkspace. Heading their show is master manipulator of pop culture and satirist, David MacDowell. You can’t help but smile when you see the skill in which David takes familiar elements and remixes them into a clever and unexpected composition – like Golem heading over to “Booger King” […]