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Book Launch: Beyond the Street @ Phillips de Pury, London

The London book launch for Gestalten’s “Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art” took place on Friday last week at Phillips de Pury’s Victoria headquarters to a healthy crowd and with a celebratory vibe. Many of the book’s contributors joined the editors of the book, Patrick Nguyen and Stuart Mackenzie, to toast the success of just how well this mammoth publication turned out. Artists and contributors alike happily signed and doodled in books all night. AM saw the launch party as both […]

Teaser: KAWS @ Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Celebrated street turned contemporary artist, KAWS, will be opening his first solo museum exhibition next month at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. The show will include “his most recent paintings, sculptures, and drawings, as well as a survey of apparel, product and graphic designs, and limited-edition toys.” We can’t wait to see the whole setup, but we imagine it will be similar to what our friend Pirovino has in his collection (well, at least the 4 Foot KAWS figures). Image via Daily Dujour. Discuss KAWS […]

Teaser: Yoshitomo Nara – “Ceramic Works” @ Tomio Koyama Gallery

Acclaimed Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara will be opening a new show this weekend, May 15th, at the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo. Nara has been training for over a year with the use of ceramics at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park and this will his exciting debut show in this new medium.  Look for large and small sculptural works, in combination with some drawings. Another look after the jump…
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Streets: Banksy hits up Seattle, Detroit, Chicago, and Toronto?

After throwing the best premiere party for his documentary in Los Angeles and gifting San Francisco with the most street pieces, Banksy appears to have been taking a whirlwind tour of other major North American cities. Either he’s been racking up some pretty major frequent fliers mileage or he has a crew out assisting him (or there are some copycats out there). The only way to know for sure if these are real is to keep checking the outdoors section on Banksy’s website for updates […]

Openings: Luke Chueh – “Beginnings / Endings (And Other Worthless Ephiphanies)” @ Copro Gallery

A couple days ago, AM attended the opening of Luke Chueh’s (interviewed) show “Beginnings / Endings (And Other Worthless Ephiphanies)” at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica. On display were many Luke’s familiar characters and remixes of fan favorites as well as some new inventions from Chueh and and his alter ego, the iconic “sad bear.” Speaking of which, as hinted at in our teaser, this might be one of the last shows in the near future where you will be seeing Chueh’s work in its […]
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Openings: Shepard Fairey – “May Day” @ Deitch Projects (Part 2)

In part one of our Shepard Fairey “May Day” opening coverage, we gave you an insider’s view on the opening festivities from Jeffery Deitch’s farewell show in New York. Now, it’s time to get to meat of our coverage – the art that Shepard created for this tremendous solo show. For fans that have been to the legendary gallery, the space is very imposing and would exhibit large scale pieces quite easily. To answer this challenge, Shepard created over 140 pieces to fill the walls […]

Overtime: May 2 – May 8

A fiftieth birthday party planned for Jean-Michel Basquiat if he were alive. A new interview with ABOVE. See ours here. Have you seen a pink ninja before? TMI? Banksy paints Kate Moss’ wall. (*edit – false story) Is it illegal to photograph street art? If so, we might be in trouble. Eames chairs as canvas. Welcome new blogs (Kathy Grayson, Os Gemeos, and David Stoupakis). Gen Art is dead. Oh, and so are the people that make those Koons dogs. An old painting lost in […]

Openings: Matthew Palladino – “Wonder Box” @ Baer Ridgway Gallery

Versatile Philadelphia-based artist Matthew Palladino opened his show “Wonder Box” last night at the Baer Ridgway Gallery. As one of the rare breed of artists who can change up styles with what seems to be virtually every show and still be successful, Palladino continues to impress with this new body of work for the San Francisco gallery. Take a look at all the pics after the jump…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Nothing more endearing than a mother and their child, even if it’s from the sick mind of Naoto Hattori. This piece entitled “Cherish” is one of the affordable mini-paintings that he releases in batches every month (sign up for his mailing list). Naoto has a solo scheduled for August at Copro Gallery, but for now, enjoy this piece and have a Happy Mother’s Day! A more detailed look after the jump…

Openings: Alex Lukas – “These Are The Days of Miracle and Wonder” @ Guerrero Gallery

One of the shows that opened tonight at the Guerrero Gallery was Alex Lukas’ solo “These Are The Days of Miracle and Wonder”. Along with the post-apocalyptic imagery that has captivated fans of the Philadelphia-based artist, Lukas brings back some of the desolate landscapes he has worked on in the past but now with more detail and cohesive composition. Several of these are done in large scale (7.5 x 3.5 feet) and have been mounted on mini “billboards” (seen above). He also continues his interesting […]