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Vladamir Putin – 1.1 Million

Is this the ultimate celebrity art? Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin´s painting sold for $1.1 million at a charity auction recently, making it the most expensive painting ever sold in Russia. He supposedly only spent 20 minutes on it and had an artist paint in the rest. Russian celebrities were each given a letter of the alphabet as a theme and Putin received the Russian letter “u,” for “uzor” (pattern). Ironically as reported, he painted it just days before Russia turned off Europe’s gas supply […]

Preview: Crash + Oliver Vernon @ Joshua Liner

Joshua Liner Gallery will open a new show featuring Oliver Vernon and Crash tonight. Oliver Vernon’s show: Unexpected Occurrence features a new body of work from the Brooklyn based artist. Known for quirky combinations of organic, mechanical, cosmological, and cultural elements teem with lively intelligence. Crash also has a new show: Unfinished Business showcases both new and old works from the Bronx artist. In hims recent works, Crash excerpts mere details from his wider language of linguistic signs, graphic forms, and rainbow-hued embellishments. The show […]

Andrew Schoultz & AJ Fosik @ Space 1026

Andrew Schoultz and AJ Fosik opened up a pretty amazing show full of complex installations last weekend at Space 1026 in Philadelphia. We have never really envisioned their work interacting but the kinetic energy of Schoultz’s frenzied imagery blends nicely with the sculpts of Fosik’s beasts and folklore – perhaps it’s the complementary color palettes. Not to mention, the cryptic letterings of Fosik combines with Schoultz’s penchant for incorporating the symbolism of U.S. currency to form a body of work that hints of conspiracies and […]

Process: Manifest Hope DC – Mike Murphy

What a difference a day makes… Well, another 24 hours later and the Manifest Hope DC show is beginning to take shape! What caught our eye during the madness are the installation and works by on site artist Mike Murphy. He has more than a few significant pieces for this show and a crew of over 15 assistants working to get these beauties ready for the opening. Mike was gracious enough to give us a quick overview of the his major pieces. Continue reading after […]

Interviews: James “Dalek” Marshall

James Marshall, aka Dalek, is known for brightly colored, superflat paintings consisting of his signature Space Monkeys. But since his 2007 show at New York’s Jonathan Levine Gallery, entitled Desperate, Rejected and Angry, the military brat and once graffiti artist has been pushing the boundaries of his style, becoming more and more geometric and abstract. AM chatted with Marshall recently about British science fiction, art fairs and beyond. Read the interview after the jump.

Setup: Manifest Hope – DC

AM is on-site at Manifest Hope DC and it is getting hectic at the gallery. It’s midnight here and the crew of over 30 volunteers are now running on Red Bull and Red Stripe. We are at ground zero of this awesome show and only a few days before the show goes live. With giant installations under construction from Mike Murphy and Kelly Towles, the place is abuzz with power-saws and drills. The other part of the crew is busy unpacking the never ending stream of boxes […]

Openings: Family First @ White Walls

The first great group show of 2009 went down last weekend at White Walls SF. Usually group shows are headlined by a few established artists and a bunch of lesser knowns, but “Family First” (previewed) featured a large and diverse group of great artists like Ian Francis, Andrew Schoultz, Richard Colman, Sylvia Ji, Shepard Fairey, Shawn Barber, Jim Houser, Mike Giant, Adam Flores, and AJ Fosik just to name a few… Be sure you stop by for a look if you haven’t already…you don’t see […]

Releases: The Call I – Josh Keyes

As anticipated, it was announced that Josh Keyes’ next print will be of his piece from Art Basel Week, “The Call I.”  As demand for his work has skyrocketed, it has been increasingly harder for collectors to get their hands on his prints, let alone his originals. Well, here is a chance for a “easy” purchase hopefully as this will be the large edition release for the year with a sign & numbered run of 750. These will be an archival giclee on embossed hahnemuhle […]

Openings: James Jean “Kindling” @ Jonathan Levine Gallery

Last night, Jonathan Levine hosted an exclusive friends and family viewing of James Jean’s Kindling. The Chelsea gallery was filled from the opening minutes with many New York art notables including: Susan Sarandon, Eric White, David Choe, Jonathan Viner, Esao Andrew, Travis Louie, and Molly Crabapple. The stunning show was a visual mix of abstract, illustrative, and an “east meets west” fusion of artistic ingenuity. With most pieces gobbled up before the doors even opened, there was little doubt in the minds of many that […]

Preview: Family First @ White Walls

Tomorrow night, White Walls will be kicking off the new year with a bang! Family First is a group show with many WW regulars who’ve shown at the SF gallery over past few years: Andrew Schoultz, Richard Colman, Sylvia Ji, Henry Lewis, Mike Davis, Cleon Peterson, Hilary Pecis, Albert Reyes, Shepard Fairey, Shawn Barber, Jim Houser, Mike Giant, Rogelio Martinez, Adam 5100, David Choong Lee, Adam Flores, and AJ Fosik. Not to mention some new blood like Bristol phenom: Ian Francis. (Pictured above) Opening reception: […]