As the doors opened yesterday on the largest and most important art fair in the world, Art Basel (Switzerland), the mood was buoyant as it looks like buyers have returned to the fray despite the still sluggish world economies. Nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa are expected to show the wares of more than 2,500 artists. Vernissage TV was on hand to bring you a first look at the opening session in the video above. As an added […]
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Last Saturday, Ryan McGinness hit up the final leg of his exhibition schedule in LA with a show at Subliminal Projects. SponsorshipREDUX is a remix of his 2003 show, where corporate logos were sized on the gallery walls according to their level of sponsorship for the exhibition. This time around, the logos (including ours), were deconstructed and the parts used as compositional ingredients in a series of four paintings and two print editions. More photos by Brandon Shigeta after the jump…
Influential Mission School artist Margaret Kilgallen will be featured at the Ratio3 Gallery in San Francisco at the end of the month. Entitled Margaret Kilgallen: Summer / Selections, The show will feature works on paper and paintings on canvas, some never before seen from the late Bay Area painter. The selected pieces will be prime examples of her use of delicate and folkloric imagery and will be her first solo exhibition in SF in over 13 years. Don’t miss the June 23rd opening. Discuss this show here.
Last time Ron English was prepping for a show in the UK, he invited us over for a visit in his New Jersey based studio. Fast forward a few years, he’s moved into a large house in suburb of Beacon, New York. Utilizing the entire lower level as his work space, Ron is getting ready to unleash a new series of works at Lazarides (Rathbone Place) on June 23rd. Entitled Skin Deep: Post-Instinctual Afterthoughts On Psychological Portraiture, this exhibition will display many of Ron’s signature popaganda characters […]
On Saturday night, the Guerrero Gallery in SF opened up their doors to a show celebrating the signmaking aesthetic. Included in the show were artists influenced by the their love for typography and signage – Steve “ESPO” Powers and Jeff Canham, as well as the crew of New Bohemia Signs. Powers brought with him a body of work consisting mostly of his metaltations series along with what looks to be his working desk as an installation. Photos taken for us by Berlin Tomas of the […]
Later this month, the Paul Kasmin Gallery will host the opening of Pretty on the Inside, a show curated by KAWS and Erik Parker. To our knowledge, this is the first time KAWS has flexed his curatorial chops since I Can’t Feel My Face exhibition in Los Angeles in 2009 (covered). Along with the two curators, the other artists they chose to join them are Todd James, Tony Matelli, Joyce Pensato, Peter Saul, and Karl Wirsum. See you there on June 23rd. Discuss KAWS here.
Saturday night in San Francisco, the Shooting Gallery hosted a new collection of paintings from Aaron Nagel. It has been over a year since Nagel’s photorealistic renderings have graced the walls of the Tenderloin district showspace, and he returns with A Thin Line, a classical study on the beauty of the female form with a contemporary twist. More photos, some NSFW, after the jump courtesy of Berlin Tomas.
Earlier in the week, we watched Kaws’ iconic Passing Through Companion touch down in the front yard of The Standard Hotel after its little tour of Hong Kong and Connecticut. This unveiling of Kaws’ first major public art installation in NYC was cause for celebration and the hotel hosted a party at their exclusive Boom Boom Room. AM was in attendance among many of the artist’s other friends and peers from the worlds of art, fashion and entertainment got together to celebrate. Attendees included Lisa […]
In addition to an impressive selection of new paintings and prints on display at Martha Otero’s booth during Art HK ’11 several weeks ago (covered), an advance copy of James Jean’s Rebus was also on hand for attendees to immerse themselves into. Sophisticated in design and comprehensive in scope, the publication will serve as the first extensive catalog of the talented Los Angeles-based artist’s fine art efforts since moving on from cover art guru of graphic comic Fables. Named in honor of his most recent […]
Several nights ago, AM attended the opening of FriendsWithYou’s “:)” show at the new location of The Hole Gallery. Neither the sweltering heat nor the torrential downpours from the flash thunderstorms could keep the masses of fans away that packed the house to see the first ever New York solo exhibition from the colorful Miami duo Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III who combine their collective happy vibes to form FWY. The pieces exhibited were as intricate as they were colorful and the work was […]