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Art Focus: Laurent Craste

For this weekend’s Art Focus feature, we wanted to point you to the work of Laurent Craste. The French sculptor creates these ornate porcelain pieces that would be classic works except that he literally “throws a wrench in things” by having various items like baseball bats, axes, knives, nails and more embedded in them. By utilizing the typical decorative item as an indicator for social status, instruments of political power, and demonstrations of ostentatious luxury, the Montreal-based artist is able to make a statement with […]

Studio Visit / Preview: Brett Amory – “Waiting 101” @ Lazarides (Newcastle)

A few Sundays ago, AM decided to swing by Brett Amory’s Oakland studio while he was preparing for his upcoming Lazarides solo entitled Waiting 101 at the Newcastle location. This show marks an evolution in his creative process, as he now carries his iPhone everywhere he goes and is able to immediately capture a moment whenever he feels inspired (whereas before, it would take months to compile images to use for his work). One thing we noticed was that all of the work for the […]

Preview: “Juxtapoz Turns 18” @ Copro Gallery

This Saturday night, March 24th, the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica will play host to a group exhibition celebrating 18 years of Juxtapoz goodness.  An excellent lineup of artists have submitted work to pay their respects to the counter-culture magazine that has revolutionized the art scene including Marion Peck, Mark Ryden, Andrew Schoultz, Souther Salazar, Anthony Ausgang, Tiffany Bozic, Candice Tripp, SHAG and many more. Take a look at more preview images and the showcard after the jump…

Album Covers: James Jean x Talib Kweli – “Prisoner of Conscious”

As with many other artists followed by AM in the past, it looks like James Jean (featured) has been tapped to provided the cover art for Talib Kweli’s new album Prisoner of Conscious. Featuring the LA-based artist’s intricate stylings as a mask, the American rapper has chosen the title from his constant labeling as a “conscious rapper” and as a play off Nigerian reggae artist Majek Fashek’s album named Prisoner of Conscience. For those looking for more from Jean, look for his work in an upcoming group […]

Videos: Cheryl Dunn – “Sometimes the Answer” @ Ivory & Black Soho

This Friday night, March 23rd, the new Ivory & Black Soho gallery will hosting their debut show which will put accomplished filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn’s work on display. Sometimes the Answer will feature photos from the 30 year career of the NY-based Dunn who was one of the subjects of the Beautiful Losers documentary and who has exhibited in the past at the Deitch Projects in New York, The Tate Modern in London, and the Art in the Streets exhibition at the MOCA. The exhibition will […]

Showing: “Dualities, Omissions, Loops, and Ruptures” @ Luis De Jesus Gallery

A few weekends back in Los Angeles, Luis De Jesus opened a group exhibition entitled Dualities, Omissions, Loops, and Ruptures, featuring local artists Chris Engman, Cody Trepte, Samantha Roth, and John Houck. The cleverly curated grouping brought together four artists as disparate in technique as they are unified in purpose, collectively weaving between photography, film, drawing, print, and sculpture in order to explore ideas of “constructed realities” and “emotional dualities” in their own individual ways. Check out some additional commentary and a selection of installation […]

Streets: JR x Liu Bolin (Part II)

Yesterday, we gave you an inside look at the collaborative project between Liu Bolin and JR (featured). During the first part of the day, the French artist wheat-pasted up a beautiful photo mural of the Liu. Now, we get to see Chinese artist return the favor and camouflage JR into his own art with his signature touch. To accomplish this, JR changed into a custom outfit with specially marked grids, which helps “pixelate” the painted sections for Liu Bolin and his assistants to focus on. After quickly […]

Openings: “Keith Haring: 1978-1982” @ Brooklyn Museum

Last week, the Brooklyn Museum unveiled a special exhibition entitled Keith Haring: 1978-1982. The amazing retrospective chronicles the specific period of time when Keith Haring left his home of Pennsylvania to attend New York’s School of Visual Arts during which he met friends and peers such as Jean Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf. Haring’s integration and experimentation of both studio and street works are explored through 155 works on paper, seven videos and 150 archival objects – among them sketchbooks, journals, posters and subway drawings. […]

Streets: JR x Liu Bolin (Part I)

In preparation for his upcoming show at Eli Klein Fine Art, Beijing-based artist Liu Bolin was in town to once again hit up New York. This time, he collaborated on a unique project with his friend and fellow photographer JR (featured). AM was invited to catch this event where JR shot and created a mural of Bolin on the corner of Elizabeth & Spring St. The first part of the day JR & crew did what they do best and wheatpasted a photo of the Chinese artist front […]

Showing: Ron Ulicny – “New Works” @ Spoke Art

Earlier this month, the Spoke Art Gallery opened its doors to a solo exhibition from Portland-based artist Ron Ulicny. His collection of New Works feature familiar objects that have been modified in novel ways to give new meaning to the pieces. The show included sixteen new sculptural creations, each challenging the viewer to find new purpose in the transformed items while showing off Ulicny’s humor and wit. More photos after the jump…