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Banksy’s “Exit Through The Gift Shop” Oscar Nominated

It’s been months of buzz and speculation since the Exit Through The Gift Shop documentary made the 15 movie long-list for this year’s Oscars. Well, the Academy just announced the final five films for the category of Best Documentary and AM favorite Banksy got the nod for the groundbreaking “Street Art Disaster Film.” Even with nominations already announce from BAFTA, BFCA, Spirit Award & Cinema Eye Honors (Full award list here), we didn’t want to jinx this high profile nomination by saying anything. Now we can […]
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Creative Process: Scott Musgrove

Seattle-based contemporary artist Scott Musgrove is a master of his craft. One of the preeminent members of the popsurrealist movement, he is known not only for his endless imagination in dreaming up extinct animal species and the wild worlds they inhabit, but also for his painterly expertise with oils in executing his whimsical vision. This technical proficiency and fantastical creativity was on full display during his solo exhibition, How Is The Empire? (covered), with Jonathan LeVine Gallery last year. For collectors and art enthusiasts alike, […]

Openings: Mark Mothersbaugh & Shepard Fairey – “The Big Picture” @ Subliminal Projects

Last Saturday night, “The Big Picture” opened at Subliminal Projects featuring the work of DEVO frontman Mark Mothersbaugh and Shepard Fairey’s (featured). The show is a joint project between two artists who are deeply involved with philanthropy with both recently named Art of Elysium Visionaries. More photos after the jump courtesy of Brandon Shigeta.

Teaser: Andy Denzler – “Freeze Frame Paintings” @ Michael Schultz Gallery (Seoul)

Swiss contemporary artist Andy Denzler will be dispatching a new body of work down to Seoul, Korea for an upcoming solo exhibition with Michael Shultz Gallery. Opening Thursday, Janurary 27th, the talented oil painter will show a selection of his uniquely constructed works, deliberately fragmenting his landscape based portraits in unusual ways. The resulting imagery almost has a look of a digital image in which the pixels had been reassembled imprecisely or the feel of a fading memory being recounted in ambiguous detail. With work […]
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Releases: James Jean – “Liber Novus” Limited Edition Print

Even though he has his hands full with a solo exhibition coming up this March in Los Angeles, James Jean has found time to release something for his fans.  Liber Novus is now available as limited edition print.  Here are the details: Edition of 50 17″ x 22″ (image size 16 x 20″) Beautifully reproduced with archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper. Features accents of genuine Palladium Leaf Hand signed, numbered, and custom embossed. Cost: $200 Detail images of print after the jump…
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Details: KAWS x The Standard Light Bulb Set

We’re suckers for a great idea and also impatient when it comes to waiting for the delivery guys. So after posting about the KAWS x Standard Light Bulb Set, we headed to The Standard NY to cop this hot collaboration. Upon arrival, we were excited to see the shop already had the bulbs nicely installed. Even in the daylight the glowing XX’s were apparent from the dangled housing. The boxes were cleanly packaged and reminded us of our first fresh box of KK’s! Like all […]

Studio Visit/Preview – Pema Rinzin

We recently had the honor of visiting the studio of Pema Rinzin as he was preparing for his solo exhibition entitled Compassion Transformed, which opens January 27 at the Joshua Liner Gallery. Rinzin is a master of traditional Tibetan Thangka painting and also founder of the New York Tibetan Art Studio, where he passes on his knowledge and skill. However, he came onto AM’s radar last Spring, when a trio of his works on paper stood out from Joshua Liner’s Barnstormers show as some of […]

Showing: Sweet Toof & Shan Hur – ‘Having a Dig’ @ Arch 402 Gallery

AM went to check out Sweet Toof and Shan Hur’s work last week in the two-person exhibition Having a Dig. Arch 402 Gallery was a new name for us, but the location was good, and the brickwork arched space located under an overground railway worked well for this pairing of very different artistic styles. Shan Hur plays with structure and has embedded a series of vintage brass horns into the very walls of the gallery. The archaeological removal on concrete around the instruments was left […]
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Openings: Ray Caesar – “A Gentle Kind of Cruelty” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Last night, Toronto-based artist Ray Caesar’s “A Gentle Kind of Cruelty” premiered in New York at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. This new body of work, which seems to have a more personal meaning this time around, features Caesar’s signature use of 3D modeling and animation programs where he painstakingly builds up his porcelain-skinned female characters and stages them in detailed environments.  The resulting snapshots are then released as on-offs or multiples that as you will see from the photos are breathtakingly elaborate and imaginative. More […]
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Highlights: José Parlá @ Concord City Place (Toronto)

This past Thursday, José Parlá was the guest of honor at a commencement party that paid tribute to the two ginormous murals he recently endowed to the City of Toronto. Commissioned by the Concord City Place, the Brooklyn-based street art legend turned contemporary art heavyweight proved first hand what it means to “go big or go home”, with a duo of larger than life works executed in his patented graffiti-inspired calligraphic style. This impressive community art project serves as a fulfilling appetizer for Parlá’s upcoming […]