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Highlights: Recommended Openings for this Weekend (Sept. 17th & 18th)

With the art season off to a great start so far, the quality shows keep coming this weekend. Los Angeles will be the place to be this weekend with solos from Herakut (interviewed) and Mark Dean Veca (featured) leading the way. Check out more shows in the area as well as around the world – all after the jump…

Yoshitomo Nara Museum Gala @ Asia Society

It’s been a wild few weeks of activity in which Yoshitomo Nara & Asia Society blessed the city of New York with a series of statues along Park Avenue, an Open-Studio Visit and a fantastic retrospective. It would be only fitting to send Nara-san back to Japan with a big bash. And indeed, earlier this week, Asia Society hosted a museum gala for its distinguished guest artist with many of the art scene’s who’s who was in attendance. A fun time was had by all […]

Installation: Filthy Luker in Quito, Equador

You may have seen our recent coverage of D*Face’s outdoor activities in Quito, Equador as part of the ‘9no Festival de Arte en la Calle’, and as a natural follow-up, AM now takes a look at some images that UK Urban Interventionist Filthy Luker sent us from Quito. Luker’s huge inflatable sculptures are often seen as culture jamming on a grand scale, and some of these familiar forms look stunning set against the South American backdrop. Imagine the public buildings around the town square being […]

Update: Hush

It looks like the newly married Hush (interviewed) is hard at work on a new body of work for presumably an upcoming show. “Distant Portraits” will series of large paintings looks to be a continuation of his more mature and realism centered work which started with his show in SF last May. More after the jump…

Releases: Mark Dean Veca – “As Cold As They Come” Gun Sculpt

One of the shows we are looking forward to this weekend is Mark Dean Veca’s (interviewed) “When the Shit Hits The Fan” at Western Project. You can look at our recent studio visit to get idea of the new body of work, but what we wanted to tell you about is a limited edition gun that is being released by Big Shot Toyworks entitled “As Cold As They Come” – a nod to a similarly named show in NY where the painting this sculpt is […]

Streets: Nick Walker’s “Cardinal Sinister” in London

It looks like Bristol stencilist Nick Walker (interviewed) was up at the crack of dawn this morning to hit up a prominent spot in London outside the Royal College of Art / Royal Albert Hall with this piece entitled “Cardinal Sinister”. Walker is bang on topic with his rendition of Pope Benedict XVI stoking a white cat à la Bond villain Blofeld, who’s arrival in the apparently “third world” UK this week has sparked tension in some and indifference in others. Britain may largely be […]

Video: Ryan McGinley – “Friends Forever”

The warm weather season is almost over.  We know what’s been on everyone’s mind: “what sort of magical goodness has Ryan McGinley been creating for us this summer?”  Well, we can now start answering that question.  The talented artist went to the Pitchfork Music Festival and documented his two favorite bands on camera.  Smith Westerns and Girls are the subjects of this intimate film.  It’s a wonderful experience with fantastic music, fun-loving youngsters, and beautiful scenes. Check it out for yourself after the jump…

Openings: Esao Andrews – “Solid Void” @ Jonathan Levine Gallery

On Saturday, Esao Andrews opened up his latest exhibition at Jonathan Levine Gallery with a new body of work consisting of some of his largest paintings to date. Utilizing his signature mix of creative story telling and darkly laid out characters/compositions, Mr. Andrews entertained the audience with a rich and complex show. Some paintings are hauntingly beautiful while others deceptively twisted. Regardless of your initial impression, it’s always worth it to take a second look at his works. You’ll be as surprised as us on […]

“Art in the Streets” Exhibition @ MOCA Confirmed by Deitch

Ever since the Deitch appointment at MOCA was announced, it was a question of not if, but when a major street art exhibition was coming to Los Angeles. Well, yesterday, Jeffrey Deitch confirms that indeed, come 2011, “the first major museum survey of the history of graffiti and street art presented in the United States” will be opening it’s doors to the public. With curatorial help from Aaron Rose, Roger Gastman and Fab 5 Freddy, works from more than a hundred street artists, including Banksy, […]

Nuart ’10: Vhils & More

It’s time for another update from Stavenger, site of the Nuart Festival. Looks like Vhils is in town now chiseling away at another masterpiece. We had only recently enjoyed his work at the fantastic Eurotrash show and the Viva La Revolucion exhibit so if you have not seen the textures of his work in person, you are missing out. Take a look at the completed M-City piece and a faraway look at the Ericailcane piece after the jump…