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Damien Hirst Donates Artwork To Burger King

Not content to just have his work displayed in an upmarket Shoreditch eatery (Tramshed Restaurant), British artist Damien Hirst has gone to the other end of the market and donated a piece of art to the Burger King in Leicester Square. The newly remodeled “Flameship” restaurant is located in the heart of London’s biggest tourist district which means visitors in town for the upcoming Olympics will come up close and personal with the spin painting. Not too close though – as the piece entitled Beautiful Psychedelic Gherkin […]

Openings: “Letters From America” @ Black Rat Press (Curated by Corey Helford Gallery)

Last week, the Black Rat Projects opened a show curated by Corey Helford Gallery entitled Letters From America. The group exhibition included American artists SABER, RISK, Ron English, and TrustoCorp taking advantage of the July 4th holiday (US Independence Day) to introduce London art lovers to work from across the pond that they may not have seen in person before. Stop by to check out SABER’s flag variations that have much personal meaning, RISK’s graff-inspired works as well as some sculptural pieces (see Big Boy above), English’s pop-culture inspired commentary, and TrustoCorp’s witty work […]

Openings: Remi Rough – “How To Use Colour & Manipulate People” @ Unit 44

Post-graffiti visionary and Agents of Change member Remi Rough (featured) recently opened a show How To Use Colour & Manipulate People at Unit 44. The UK-based artist was last seen at the London showspace last year when he created work for a show with Stormie Mills, but this time it was a solo affair. Along with his street inspired abstract pieces, he also created some sculptural work in a new direction as well an installation. Take a look at the photo set below. Photos via the gallery and Alan […]

Previews: Lush – ‘You Become What You Hate…’ pop-up show in Hackney Wick, London

Melbourne-based Lush opens his first UK solo exhibition, You Become What You Hate…, tonight at a warehouse space in London’s Hackney Wick. The show includes installations, sculptures, paintings, sketches, prints, t-shirts and zines. If you enjoy Lush’s deliberately offensive, illustration-style work, it promises to be a fun spectacle: sexually explicit imagery of large-scale vaginas, fornicating unicorns, rainbow-coloured guts, urine and ejaculate, scenes of gratuitous violence, and various pieces based on the theme of ACAB / All Cops Are Bastards. Knowingly biting the hand that feeds […]

Preview: “Letters From America” @ Black Rat Projects (Curated by Corey Helford Gallery)

Opening on July 4th, America’s Independence Day, Letters From America at Black Rat Projects will bring work from US artists SABER, RISK, Ron English, and TrustoCorp to the UK. The show was curated by Corey Helford Gallery who also brought most of them over to also participate in the London Pleasure Gardens project (covered). In particular, MSK affiliated SABER’s work for the show will be especially poignant with the inclusion of his first rendering (entitled Flag of the National Heath Services) of the Union Jack, flag of […]

Previews: Dreweatts Urban & Contemporary Sale

On the 3rd of July, Dreweatts London will be hosting their Urban and Contemporary sale. The auction presents some pieces from a strong mix of urban and contemporary artists including Banksy, Nick Walker, Paul Insect, Adam Neate, and Damien Hirst.  International artists are also featured, facing the French side, with works by Blek Le Rat, Speedy Graphito, Jef Aerosol, Kan/DMV, and the American side with artworks by LAII, Cope2, Faile, Michael De Feo, just to name a few. See more info about the sale here as well as more down below. […]

Preview: London Pleasure Gardens

Starting tomorrow, June 30th, the London Pleasure Gardens will open their doors to the public in the heart of Olympic East London. The 20 acre destination will be one of the art, music, and cultural hubs for the hundreds of thousands of people who will be in town for the 30th Olympiad with major venues for live concerts, sculpture gardens, nature reserve, video projects and more. Of interest to AM readers in particular are the artists slated for public art projects at the LPG including Risk, […]

Streets: Conor Harrington – “Gonna Take My Problems to the United Nations” (London)

After a recent foray into the town of Grottaglie in Italy to kick off the FAME Festival with a series of impressive murals, Conor Harrington (interviewed) returns to the UK and promptly works on another large scale wall with his usual referencing of colonial imagery. The new work, created in his distinctive combination of abstract and photorealistic rendering, is located on Whitecross Street in London and is entitled Gonna Take My Problems to the United Nations. Photo credit: Ian Cox (Wallkandy). Discuss Conor Harrington here.

Upcoming: Usugrow – “Ink Moon” @ Stolenspace

Later this week on June 22nd, the Stolenspace Gallery in London will be hosting a new solo show from Japanese artist Usugrow. Ink Moon will include a selection of originals, prints and an exclusive vinyl figure release – the Shinganist’s new Shingon Skull figure. We haven’t seen a large body of work from him since 2010 at the same gallery, but it looks like he is continuing to perfect his signature fusion of Japanese calligraphy and the LA “cholo” style graffiti. Discuss this show here. […]

Openings: “Gin & Juice” @ Ivory & Black

Last week, Ivory & Black in London hosted their first group exhibition featuring painters Andrew Schoultz, Cleon Peterson, James Jean, Richard Colman and Ryan Travis Christian. Entitled Gin & Juice, the artists chosen all have been influenced by various Californian subcultures which in turn has informed their work and imagery. Showgoers were also greeted by James Jean (featured) who made the trip over and took time to work in a wall installation. Discuss this show here.