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Damien Hirst x Gagosian: Spot Challenge – “Hypothalamus Acetone Powder” Print

It’s finally here. After almost a year since AM took on Damien Hirst’s Spot Challenge and ran the gauntlet of 11 galleries around the globe, the reward has arrived for the 128 participants who completed the trip around the world. Entitled Hypothalamus Acetone Powder (can anyone explain what this substance is?), this massive silk-screened print measures 59 x 53 inches and is an amazing example of the British artist’s “Spot” artwork. Consisting of 420 uniquely colored one inch dots, this piece required a mind-boggling four hundred and twenty […]

Openings: ESPO’s Creative Outlet

Last weekend, Steve Powers held an opening event for ESPO’s Creative Outlet, his new store located in downtown Brooklyn.  The shop features a wide selection of Powers’ artwork and ephemera, from books and catalogs to prints and paintings on metal. In addition, for the opening, Powers went way back into his archive to offer ESPO brand products from the Street Market era. Creative Outlet will be open regular hours on Thursday through Sunday for browsing and shopping. The rest of the week, the location will […]

Basel Week Miami ’12: Art Basel Highlights – Part 2

Without a doubt the sun of the art fair solar system that is Basel Week Miami is Art Basel. Concentrating on just this fair and dedicating our energy to catching it in its entirety including the two hundred plus blue chip galleries present took AM two full days (see day one). It was definitely worth the time spent as we observed million of dollars and flowing from collectors into the art world. What was interesting is the more notable influence of a younger generation artists […]

Basel Week Miami ’12: The Hole – “Fresh Basel” @ Villa Vecchia

New York City gallery The Hole brought a taste of the luxurious, wealthy, and extravagant side of Miami to visitors in town during Basel Week Miami.  All going down at the historic 1920’s waterfront Villa Vecchia estate, Fresh Basel featured an extensive contemporary art installation, consisting of the gallery’s roster and mainstays, including Matthew Stone, Scott Reeder, Holton Rower, Sayre Gomez, and Lola Schnabel. Throughout the residency (which lasts from Dec 4 to Dec 9) special performances will go on consisting of live art making, […]

Basel Week Miami ’12 / Streets: Herakut

AM will be checking out the PULSE art fair later today (one of the many satellite events during Basel Week Miami). Those planning to attend at some point this week will also see this huge Herakut mural soaring above the horizon across from the entrance of the fair. The wall is a continuation of the German duo’s ambitious Giant Storybook Project that we recently featured. Make sure you check it out while you are in town… Discuss Herakut here.

Basel Week Miami ’12: “Banksy Out of CONTEXT” @ CONTEXT Art Miami

Sure to rile up true street art fans everywhere, the CONTEXT Art Miami fair has gone ahead and approved the display of works purported to be pieces from Banksy (no Pest Control authentication obviously) taken from around the world (Israel, England, Los Angeles and San Francisco). Arranged by gallerist Stephan Keszler of Southampton, the works are placed strategically throughout the complex of tents, perhaps used by the fair to garner attention as it is a new offshoot of Art Miami. The showing appears to attempt to deflect blame […]

Basel Week Miami ’12: Michael Kohn Gallery

With the press preview this morning opening up the main fair at Basel Week Miami, the crew at AM headed to South Beach to check out all the blue-chip galleries and their offerings for 2012. Although there is an overwhelming of art to show you, we have start somewhere and this year it is the Michael Kohn booth. Check out their varied selections of work including a meat sculpture from Mark Ryden, a beautiful new painting from Camille Rose Garcia, as well as works from […]

Openings: “Tonight We Won’t Be Bored” – 10 Years Of V1 Gallery

With all the great art that is scattered all over the world, it’s not often that you can see works from prominent artists in your home town – and even less likely you see them side by side. That is exactly the scenario we have in Copenhagen at the V1 Gallery as they celebrate their 10 year anniversary with a massive group show entitled Tonight We Won’t Be Bored. Take for example the wall above that has pieces from Todd James, Futura, DearRainDrop, and Kenny Scharf that […]

Openings: Takashi Murakami – “Flowers & Skulls” @ Gagosian (Hong Kong)

Last week, the Gagosian in Hong Kong presented a selection of works from Takashi Murakami entitled Flowers & Skulls, common reoccurring themes in the Japanese superstar’s imagery. The spacious showspace was a perfect backdrop for various paintings from his repertoire including his flower balls, stacked skulls, self-portraits and more.  Stop by before it closes on February 9th if you want to see the work up close and personal. All artwork © 2012 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Photo credit: Layla Kawashima for Arrested Motion. […]

Showing: Vhils – “Devoid” @ Lazarides (Rathbone Place)

Vhils has certainly come along way since his days with a chipping hammer next to a Banksy in the Cans Festival of 2008. This is a perfect example of an artist being catapulted onto the main stage for all the right reasons. In recent years, he has had solo shows around the globe including – China, Paris, Brazil, and most recently back in his home away from home at Lazarides in London. There is one thing we can always count on from this young artist, […]