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Preview / Setup: Barry McGee @ BAM/PFA

What a banner month for street art fans starting with the Os Gemeos showing at the Boston ICA at the beginning of the August and then an exhibition from Bay-area legend Barry McGee at the end at the BAM/PFA (UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive). The midcareer survey opening on August 24th is well deserved for the Mission School stalwart and will feature much of the influential street and graffiti artist’s trademark imagery and installation work including large scale paintings, vibrant patterned panels, animatronic creations, […]

Openings: Fulvio di Piazza – “Ashes to Ashes” @ Jonathan Levine

Last month, the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York hosted an opening reception for surreal Sicilian artist Fulvio di Piazza (a previous subject of our Art Focus). Ashes to Ashes is the painter’s powerful debut show in the United States featuring his riveting landscapes of floating islands in a world covered in ash and fire. As an added layer in many of the works, the land masses depicted form their own images such as faces and creatures. For those interested in checking it out in more detail, the show runs […]

Openings: Jason deCaires Taylor – “Human Nature” @ Jonathan Levine

Sculptor and photographer Jason deCaires Taylor recently made his premiere at Jonathan Levine Gallery with a solo exhibition entitled Human Nature. The British born artist who grew up with the coral reefs of Malaysia is known for taking his talents of altering environments to the ocean. Utilizing specialized PH neutral materials, Jason creates cement based sculptures and lays them in nature’s aquatic settings to create artificial reefs. Marine life grow and thrive around the artist’s “eco-sculptures,” kinda like underwater organic terracotta sculptures. Mr. Taylor then takes photographs of […]

Studio Visits / Preview: Mark Whalen @ Melbourne Art Fair

AM dropped by Mark Whalen’s studio recently to get a preview of his new work, which will be shown as a solo exhibition with Edwina Corlette Gallery at the Melbourne Art Fair  (August 1-5). If you can’t make it to the art fair, follow Mark Whalen (nowhaywhay) on Instagram for a play by play of the event. Looking into Mark Whalen’s psychedelic gridded realities is like a mythic journey into hyperspace.  He redefines the atmospheric picture plane, using pure geometric forms and grids to create […]

Mike Stilkey – “Full of Smiles and Soft Attentions” @ Times Square (Hong Kong)

One of the busiest indoor malls (with more than 200,000 visitors a day) in Hong Kong’s Time Square recently played host to the work of Mike Stilkey (interviewed). The entire ground floor featured some of his signature book / painting installations with the largest piece standing 24 feet high. The Los Angeles-based artist had already worked in Asia earlier in the year installing his work at high end retail giant Joyce for their flagship stores in Hong Kong and Beijing. Look for a solo later this year from Stilkey at […]

Previews: Futura x Hennessy – VS Cognac Bottle

As promised, here’s a detailed look at Futura’s collaboration with world leading French cognac makers Hennessy. AM was invited to a tasting event for the upcoming holiday line in addition to a hands on preview of the stunning VS bottle designed by the NYC graffiti legend. The latest look continues where last year’s bottle designed by KAWS left off. Utilizing his signature atoms and abstractions, Futura remakes the iconic Hennessy VS cognac bottle into a modern reflection of this classic beverage. From the label to the seal […]

Openings: Kris Kuksi for “Go West” @ Mark Moore Gallery

Just this past Saturday night, the Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles hosted Go West, a joint show between Kris Kuksi and David Ellis curated by Joshua Liner that is a followup to the Go East exhibition that was hosted at their New York last May where the two galleries roles were flip-flopped. For his part, Kuksi brought along several of the large mixed media assemblages that he is famous for. These time-intensive gothic creations are incredibly detailed and for those of you in the LA-area that have never seen one before in person, here […]

Openings: Neck Face – “Simply the Worst, Nasty Neck Face” @ New Image Art Gallery

We aren’t sure how you spent your Friday the 13th, but AM headed over to New Image Art to attend the new show and print release party from Neck Face (interviewed). The West Hollywood showspace, which was empty the night before when we stop by to check out the setup, was now packed with friends, well-wishers, collectors, and art lovers who came out to see how nasty the street and graffiti artist would get. Simply the Worst, Nasty Neck Face isn’t the first exhibition Neck Face […]

Openings: Yayoi Kusama Retrospective @ The Whitney Museum

A couple nights ago, AM was able to stop by the Whitney Museum in New York to attend the opening of the Yayoi Kusama solo exhibition. The traveling retrospective, which was recently shown at the Tate Modern in London (covered), features a diverse selection of her work from the 1940s through the present including traditional Japanese paintings, her canvases utilizing repeating motifs of dots and nets, furniture bristling with soft-sculpture phalluses, her polka-dot-painted pumpkins, whole room light installations, and more. Wandering through a wonderland of the […]

Openings: Andy Kehoe – “Into The Depths” @ Thinkspace

Last weekend, the Andy Kehoe unveiled a new selection of work featuring a new technique of layering his paintings with resin (and even some local flora). Despite the use of a new medium, Into The Depths at Thinkspace Gallery still highlights the reasons why the Pittsburgh-based painter is popular with his fans – autumnal imagery and colors, mysterious characters, and imaginative backgrounds. This added three-dimensional element just elevates the work to the next level and must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Photo credit: ©Carlos Gonzalez. Discuss this […]