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Openings: KAWS – “Pay the Debt to Nature” @ Emmanuel Perrotin (Paris)

Street artist turned pop icon KAWS unveiled a new body of work, entitled Pay the Debt to Nature (previewed), at the Paris branch of Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin last night. Highlighting his immediately identifiable style though a collection of new acrylic paintings, the most well-known cartoon character of the 21st century took center stage in signature KAWS fashion. With clean lines and bold colors, Spongebob was dissected into puzzle-like fragments and pieced back together into multi-panel assemblages, a unique technique first seen early this year during […]

Overtime: Oct 31 – Nov 6

Jeremy Geddes finishes a new painting – “The Street”. Andrew Hem finishes some commissions. Sam Flores is working on some new paintings. A new Saelee Oh lasercut print. Ron English working with Chris Brown?  What? Jeff Koons to build 21,500 sq. ft. mansion in Manhattan by combining townhouses. Will be second largest single-family residence in town. Larry Clark not a fan of age restrictions at museums. Guy Wildenstein investigated in France for tax fraud and corruption. Jerry Saltz really likes Matthew Barney’s Cremaster IV – […]

Openings: Glen E. Friedman “Fuck You All” w/ Special Guest Shepard Fairey @ 941 Geary

San Francisco’s 941 Geary Gallery recently opened an exhibition of work by renowned photographer Glen E. Friedman. The pieces showcase Glen’s unique talent of capturing some of rebel culture’s most iconic figures/groups. If you’ve grown up following the likes of The Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., Fugazi, Black Flag, Ice-T, The Misfits, Bad Brains, Ice-T, KRS-One, Public Enemy, Tony Alva and Tony Hawk, chances are you’ve seen his images. The show also featured his close friend Shepard Fairey as a guest artist to share some of their previous collaborations. The […]

Preview: KAWS – “Pay the Debt to Nature” @ Emmanuel Perrotin (Paris)

It looks like KAWS is set up to open his newest solo show, “Pay the Debt to Nature”, this Saturday night at the Parisian branch of the Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery. Along with his continued exploration of his “double x” pop abstracts, you can expect more of his large-scale sculptural works as well, although not as large as the piece in Hong Kong. More preview images after the jump..

Openings: Moniker Art Fair 2010

One of the main reasons AM traveled to London this year was to catch the premiere of the Moniker Art Fair. The opening night was packed from the moment the doors were lifted with what seemed to be everyone we knew in the scene in attendance. The inaugural fair focused on bringing attention to the rising urban art movement and included galleries such as New Image Art, Carmichael Gallery, Black Rat Projects, CampBarbossa, Galleria Patricia Armocida and Anonymous Gallery. Another nice addition was the artist booths that featured the likes […]

Showing: Push – “Divided Attention” @ Known Gallery

Currently on view at LA’s landmark contemporary graffiti-inspired institution Known Gallery is the monumental first solo show by Push.  Dubbed “the thinking man’s graffiti artist” by LA Weekly, the self-taught Push has been hugely influenced by fellow AWR/MSK crew member, mentor, and close friend SABER (interviewed). Push’s abstract and colorful paintings look deceptively simple, yet are nuanced and sophisticated in their execution, color palette, and look.  You can tell that a lot of thought, effort, and consideration went into each and every vibrant and energetic […]

Openings: Neck Face – “Into Darkness” @ OHWOW (LA)

With wall to wall people and a line wrapped around the block, Neck Face proved for the second straight Halloween just why his nightmarish art and the pagan holiday are such a fitting marriage. OHWOW truly pulled out all the stops for the street artist’s Southern California homecoming exhibition, Into Darkness (previewed), where rowdy costume clad attendees enjoyed plenty of tricks and plenty of treats, including the obligatory haunted house to commemorate the evening as well as a full halfpipe and skate demonstration and plenty […]

Openings: JR – “The Wrinkles of the City” in Shanghai

2010 TED Prize winner JR, who beautified the city of Shanghai with his inspirational project “The Wrinkles of the City” (covered), also recently opened his gallery show in China hosted by Magda Danysz Gallery. Located in the historical part of the city, The Bund, the space was perfect setting for the street activist’s new photos taken in China with some pasted onto what looked like found materials. More photos after the jump…

Studio Visits: Faile – “Bedtime Stories” @ Perry Rubenstein Gallery Part 2

In part one of our studio visit to Faile’s Williamsburg workshop, we showed you the digs where the magic happens and also took a close look at the uniquely crafted building blocks that form their new works. In part two, we dive deeper into the imagery for their Perry Rubenstein Gallery show “Bedtime Stories” opening this Thursday. The studio seemed like a children’s playland as everywhere we looked there were stacks of beautiful square and rectangular blocks dissected from completed paintings/silkscreens. The Patrick’s affectionately called the […]

Set-up: Swoon – “Small Acts of Resistance” group show @ Black Rat Projects

Hot on the heels of the recent opening of her Fata Morgana solo show at Galerie L.J. in Paris, Swoon (interviewed) made a trip to London last week. AM had the pleasure of spending some time with the artist over a couple of days while she prepared a site-specific installation at Black Rat Projects for Small Acts of Resistance, a group show that will also feature works by Peter Kennard, Dotmasters, Matt Small (interviewed), Know Hope, and Armsrock (interviewed). The exhibition’s title references the recently-published book […]