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Teaser: Ryan McLennan – “New Works” @ David B. Smith Gallery

Building off last years illustrious Grand Prize Award from West Collection, Ryan McLennan is set to reveal his newest body of work with David B. Smith Gallery. Opening Friday, January 28th, along side Laura Ball (teased), New Works will continue Ryan’s playful, yet intelligent artistic narrative incorporating themes of ecology, natural history, and evolution. The cycle of life plays a pervasive role in his compositions as well, as diverse animal species interact together in bleak landscapes and grim scenarios within his expertly crafted acrylic and […]

Details: KAWS x Robert Lazzarini – “Distorted Companions”

In case you missed it yesterday, KAWS put up for sale his latest release – a set of collaboration figures with Robert Lazzarini. Unfortunately, they quickly sold out. But lucky for you, AM ran down the delivery man in order to provide a detailed look into the “Distorted Companion” figures (previewed). These jaw-dropping works blend KAWS’ iconic Companion with Lazzarini’s signature distortion treatment. The three figures were released each in three different colors: brown, gray, and black. Also, each Companion received a unique mold to […]

Setup: Patron After Party (Los Angeles Art Show)

Tomorrow, January 19th, marks the opening of the annual Los Angeles Art Show. While there seems to be an increasing and confusing amount of new art fairs planned for the LA area in recent times, the L.A. Art Show has been around for a while and this will be their sixteenth one.  One of the afterparties AM will be attending is taking place on the 51st floor of the Ritz Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE put on by the L.A. Art Machine and hosted by […]

Video: Shepard Fairey – “Obey to the Better!”

Check out this nice video produced by Gestalten where Shepard Fairey was interviewed at his “Printed Matters” show & “Beyond the Street” signing at Subliminal Projects that allows viewers to hear Shep talk about the style and ideology behind Obey. Also, he discusses his recently resolved AP court battle. As an extra bonus we get to catch some detailed shots of his current and past imagery. Discuss Shepard Fairey here

Openings: Dalek – “Psych Optic Black Light Fuzz” Part 2 @ Hurley )( Space

With Part 2 of Psych Optic Black Light Fuzz, Dalek (interviewed) concluded his atypical, yet engaging dual exhibition at Hurley )( Space in Costa Mesa, CA, a stones throw away from where Part 1 (covered) was staged, in truly psychedelic fashion. Last summer, this same gallery space played host to another of Dalek’s outside-of-the-box creative endeavors, when a 37foot! canvas was painted for Chaos on the Edge of Reason (covered), only to be cut up into smaller chunks for collectors to go home with. This […]
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Showing: Patrick Hughes – “Perspective & Perception” @ Flowers Gallery

AM made a special visit to Flowers Gallery to catch the show Perspective & Perception show by Patrick Hughes. The British surrealist painter is someone that has fascinated us for years, but it’s hard to put into words why (we’ll try), as his paintings are something that should really be seen in person to appreciate. Patrick utilizes a technique called “reverspective“, where he literally builds his three-dimensional paintings from the ground up before he paints on them. Utilizing the physical depth created to accentuate the […]

Openings: Dalek – “Psych Optic Black Light Fuzz” Part 1 @ 225 Forest

In a partnership that began back in 2009 when Dalek’s (interviewed) art first graced the walls of Hurley Headquarters with a massive 10×22 ft mural, the surf inspired boutique clothing outfit and the Southern Californian contemporary artist have ever since worked together to foster creativity and positivity within their local community. This collaborative union hit a crescendo of sorts this past week, with the artist’s geometric genius taking over both Hurley’s Space Gallery and 225 Forest locations in a single week with a two-part multimedia […]
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Openings: Damien Hirst – “Forgotten Promises” @ Gagosian Gallery (Hong Kong) w/Takashi Murakami

As teased, the grand opening of the Hong Kong location of Gagosian Gallery is officially tomorrow, January 18, with superstar artist Damien Hirst’s latest exhibition Forgotten Promises. Fortunately for you, you do not have to wait until tomorrow to get a sneak peak. Fellow Gagosian artist Takashi Murakami gives us an early look at the show and a closer look at some new paintings featuring his signature skulls, which are also on view at the gallery. Speaking of human “domes” we also get to see […]

Openings: “Dark Pop 3.0″ @ Last Rites Gallery

The third installment of Last Rites Gallery’s annual group exhibition Dark Pop 3.0 opened this weekend in New York. The show brought together some intriguing work from a diverse group of names, whose work is either intimately or loosely synonymous with a pop art aesthetic within their various genres. With a directive to err on the darker end of the spectrum, such artists as Scott Musgrove, Mark Dean Veca, Buff Monster, Glenn Barr, Brian Despain, Esao Andrews and Gaia produced work that was decidedly foreboding, […]

Overtime: Jan. 9 – Jan. 15

A nice video of Swoon in Paris probably while she was there for a show. Futura x 12oxProphet Trailer. New work from Mesa in Spain. Some new pics of Os Gemeos’s work on their blog. Another Warhol authenticity dispute.  Original Factory assistant Gerard Malanga sues John Chamberlin for selling a painting he created and claiming it was a Warhol.  Complicated by fact that piece was approved as genuine by Warhol Authentication Board. Damien Hirst generates more controversy over diamond skull. One reason to tune into […]