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Openings / Giveaway: Charming Baker — ‘Every Thing Must Go’ @ Mercer Street Studios, London

Every Thing Must Go (previewed), the new Charming Baker pop-up show in London’s Covent Garden opened on Thursday 7 July. It was a well-organised, confidently-run operation on the night. Guests were looked after by a tag-team of hosts including the artist himself, his manager Tim Fennell, Pat Magnarella and Roger Klein of Pat Magnarella Management, and the Jealous Gallery crew. Art may or may not be the new rock and roll, but both worlds mixed comfortably at the event which was attended by the likes […]

Openings: Barry McGee @ Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

AM has been keeping a watchful eye on Continental European shows featuring works by Barry McGee. Whenever the cashflow gods have been on our side, we’ve booked the necessary flights or trains to attend as well. This was the case with the 2010 joint show with Danish artist HuskMitNavn at A.L.I.C.E. Gallery in Brussels, and the 2009 three-man show (which also included Ed Templeton and Raymond Pettibon) curated by Aaron Rose at Berlin’s Circleculture Gallery. However, the last time McGee exhibited in the UK was […]

Openings: San & Escif – “See you in Croatan” @ Fifty24SF

Spanish artists, San and Escif finally made their stop at Fifty24SF on Thursday for the opening of their show See you in Croatan. For the past month, the two friends have journeyed all along the coast of California, gathering inspiration to create works on walls and paper and documenting it on their blog, EL TERCERO EN CUESTIÓN. Regarding their project, “the mission was to work as far away as possible from doctrines, imperialisms and linear reasoning, searching for beauty in errors and fortuitous tools, working […]

Showing / Viewpoints: Sage Vaughn – ‘Children of a Lesser God’ @ Lazarides Gallery

The first UK solo show by LA-based Sage Vaughn (referred to in early May) opened a few weeks back at Lazarides Gallery in London with a title ostensibly borrowed from the 1980 play by Mark Medoff or its subsequent film adaptation. While Children of a Lesser God presents no radical thematic or stylistic departures for Vaughn, the exhibition is a strong one — especially the part in the gallery’s main space on the ground floor, where canvases from the artist’s Wildlife series have been hung […]

Openings: Ryan McGinness – “Works on Paper” @ Country Club (Los Angeles)

Opening his Los Angeles spring marathon of exhibitions on Thursday night with Recent Paintings (covered), Ryan McGinness followed things up with Works on Paper (previewed) at Country Club’s local gallery space last night. The show chronicled new and old works on paper, all told exemplifying the notable New York artist’s diversity in composition, imagery, and palette achieved through his trademarked screenprinting methodology. With a host of exhibitions still to come in the ensuing weeks, these two bodies of work served as a welcome reminder to […]

Openings: Nate Frizzell – “To Become Myself” @ LeBasse Projects (Chinatown)

Taking a cue from our primitive ancestors, Nate Frizzell (interviewed) went old school by employing man’s oldest writing utensil with his newest body of work. Often, simplicity is best, if not at least a nice change of pace from an artist’s modus operandi. Such was the case in Chinatown last night with To Become Myself (previewed), a series of charcoal works on paper that exhibited a softer side to the Los Angeles artist’s visual language. Marking Nate’s third consecutive sold-out show with LeBasse Projects, the […]

Openings: Marci Washington – “For Forever I’ll Be Here” @ Rena Bransten Gallery

Thursday night saw the reception of Marci Washington’s latest exhibition at the Rena Bransten Gallery. Her work typically consists of illustrations telling the narrative of a story that does not exist, which gives the work a supernatural, haunting and cinematic feel. For this show For Forever I’ll Be Here (which is based off of a Fever Ray song), she explores the common thread throughout time that stays constant, and forever influences our attempts at making the world a better place. This is achieved by producing […]

Openings: Ai Weiwei – “Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads” @ Pulitzer Fountain (Central Park)

To mirror the images we brought you a few days back of the Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads still wrapped up, we can now bring you coverage of the impressive installation of Ai Weiwei’s massive bronze sculptures in all their larger than life glory. Delayed by two days due to the capture of Osama Bin Laden, Mayor Bloomberg was able to officially unveil the public art installation on a drizzly Wednesday morning, the ominous weather subtly underscoring the somber tone of the event as […]

Openings: Erik Parker – “Re-Upped” @ colette

With a mastery of color and layering at it’s core, Erik Parker’s work assaults the senses in a deeply visceral way. Blending rawness with whimsy, the New York-based artist brought his newest body of psychedelia to colette in Paris a couple weeks back. Playing the part of stylistic chameleon, much like his last solo, Endless Anytime (covered), sidetracked from his signature amorphous figuration to focus on more classical still life compositions, Re-Upped sees the artist take yet another new direction with a series of acrylic […]

Openings: “Martha Cooper : Remix” @ Carmichael Gallery

Saturday night, Martha Cooper (interviewed) launched a special group exhibition at LA’s Carmichael Gallery. If the upcoming Art In The Streets Exhibition at the MOCA is this year’s Superbowl for street & urban art, then consider this show the preceding playoffs. Many of the players in the monster retrospective made an appearance to pay homage to the godmother of street art photography. Cooper’s curated list of artists were asked to artistically reinterpret her iconic urban photographs and included AM favorites like Futura, Swoon, Jose Parla, […]