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POW WOW ’13 (Part I)

With POW WOW 2013 in full swing, AM made the rounds yesterday to check out the progress as murals were going up all around the Kakaʻako district in Honolulu. Some of the artists featured at work in this first set of photos include Jeff Soto, Nychos, 123Klan, Angry Woebots, Dabs Myla, Madsteez, Shark Toof, Katch, Slick, and Rone & Wonderlust – who are collaborating on the mural seen above. The day of art was finished up with a series of talks at the University of Hawaii. […]

Video: Ai Weiwei – “Sunflower Seeds” @ Tate Modern

We wanted to share this documentary we recently watched put out by the Tate Modern on Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds installation (covered). Hosted at the Turbine Hall and part of the Unilever Series of commissions for the museum, the impressive project from the Chinese artist and dissident took two and half years to complete and involved over 1600 artisans handcrafting 100 million ceramic seeds. The footage rolls as Ai Weiwei takes the viewer through the entire creative process from the mining of the raw materials […]

Teaser: “Street/Studio 2.0″ @ Irvine Contemporary

For street artists, location has always been as important, if not more so, than the artwork itself. The site informs the conception – and perception – of the work down to it’s very core. On November 6th, Irvine Contemporary will explore this unique relationship with a group of artists that have been bringing the street into the studio for years. With such street art legends as José Parlá, Shepard Fairey, SWOON, James Marshall (Dalek), David Ellis, Romon Yang (Rostarr) and Gaia, Street/Studio 2.0 will spotlight […]
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Preview: Oliver Vernon – “Double Down” @ Irvine Contemporary

Our friend Oliver Vernon is about to premier a new set of work at the Irvine Contemporary tonight (6pm).  The show “Double Down” consists of the next stage in Oliver’s already psychedelic and well rendered 3-D visual works, utilizing gouache, ink and acrylic to create his complex compositions. During his show at Joshua Liner Gallery (covered) and his last show down here in DC (covered), we caught ourselves and others staring at his work trying to take in all the detail. Another incentive to stop […]
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Openings: Shepard Fairey’s Obama “Hope” @ Smithsonian: National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian Institution has always been considered one of most prestigious museums in the world. It houses some amazing works including the “Portraits of America’s Presidents.” So, what’s a more fitting way to kick off the inauguration weekend than with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiling and inducting Shepard Fairey’s symbolic “Hope” image of Barack Obama. (previously announced here.) AM was invited to come along all-access and document the historic unveiling ceremony. The elegant brunch reception in the Smithsonian courtyard preceded the unveiling as Shepard mingled with the “who’s who” that […]
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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 […]

Making “Progress” with Shepard Fairey in DC

Last night, AM got invited to follow artist Shepard Fairey around Washington DC and watch him create a few murals at some prominent DC locations. Shepard and his boys hit the ground running Wednesday afternoon, even after a grueling cross country red-eye earlier in the morning. Painting the town Obey was Shepard’s goal.  He was the first person to roll up his sleeves to hit the wheatpaste, and was the last person to leave. It was surreal to see Shepard create a brand new mural […]

Preview: Shepard Fairey @ Irvine Contemporary

Continuing with our coverage of Shepard Fairey’s pending trip to DC, we now have the images that will be exhibited at the Regime Change Starts at Home show at the Irvine Contemporary Gallery.  Shepard will have 9 new paintings and collage on paper pieces for the exhibition.  Included is the LAST of three unique hand stenciled collaged portraits of Barack Obama’s campaign icon: “Hope”. The show opens October 18th  (6-9 pm) with an afterparty by invitation to follow (10-12 pm) with all 3 artists: Shepard […]
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Obey Rose Girl print @ Irvine Contemporary

In conjunction with their upcoming show Regime Change Starts at Home, featuring Shepard Fairey, Al Farrow and Paul D. Miller, DC’s Irvine Contemporary Gallery will be releasing a new Obey silkscreen print entitled Rose Girl. The print will be an edition of 450 and will be available for $100 only in-person at the gallery. The exhibition opens October 18th.

Shepard Fairey speaking @ the Corcoran Museum (DC)

Influential street artist Shepard Fairey has been a cornerstone of the US urban art scene for more than a decade, but his influence trancended mere street art after he created an image of Barack Obama so powerful, that it became the image that symbolized Obama’s presidential campaign. How fitting that the LA based Fairey will come to Washington DC to speak about the social and political issues that have influenced his art work. The famous Corcoran Museum will hold a symposium with Shepard Fairey and Al Farrow. Both artists will […]