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Openings: Worlds on Fire (Grammy Show)

Art and music collided last night with the invite-only opening of the “Worlds on Fire” show (previewed) held at the Pacific Electric Lofts’ building in downtown LA.  The week-long exhibit features portraits of 2009 Grammy nominees painted and interpreted by some of the top artists in the low brow and pop surrealist scene. AM was on hand to attend the opening of the Gen Art hosted event – curated by Kris Lewis, Will.i.am and Justin Giarla (Shooting Gallery). Make sure to check out the photos […]

Preview/Interviews: Anthony Lister @ Fifty24SF

“Magic Tricks” is the latest solo exhibition from Australian-born painter and street artist Anthony Lister. His two-person show with Craola (previewed/interviewed) opens February 5th at Fifty24SF. Lister’s latest body of work veers away from his abstracted figural imagery and focuses on paintings derived from images found in his recent book, “Tales of White Trash Prophecy.” Read about this and more in the rest of our interview, after the jump.

Preview: Chris Stain @ Carmichael Gallery

Baltimore street artist Chris Stain makes his West coast solo exhibition debut with, “Up On The Roof Countin’ Pigeons,” opening this Thursday, February 5th @ 7pm at the Carmichael Gallery. His work focuses on scenes taken from the life of everyday inner-city Americans, capturing the people, the neighborhoods they live in, and their day-to-day struggles. Stain explains that he sets out to explore, “the emotional and physical struggle of growing up in an urban environment… I hope to inspire compassion for the often overlooked individuals […]

Streets of Boston: Shepard Fairey Bombs Bean Town

Shepard Fairey must be a Cylon… With temperatures in Boston as low as 8 degrees, there is no way he’s spent the last week hitting the streets of Boston. It’s amazing that Shepard and his crew are willing to brave Arctic-like temperature just to work the historic walls of Bean Town and make the city his personal urban canvas. As the city anticipates the historic retrospective at the ICA Boston next week (teased), Shepard is making his presence felt without relying on “Obama” imagery. Simply […]

Openings: Brad Downey @ Stolen Space

Last night, AM stopped by Stolen Space’s Dray Walk Gallery and saw a good turn out for the opening of Brad Downey’s “An Honest Thief” show which runs until the 8th of February. The show features a range of work using video installations, 3D sculptures, photographic prints, film projections, vandalized record covers, and even some cross stitch throw in for good measure! In this solo show, Brad continues to explore ways of manipulating and reclaiming the urban environment around us – often in humorous and […]

Preview/Setup: Shepard Fairey Retrospective @ ICA Boston

First, we showed you what the streets of Boston are starting to look like as Shepard Fairey’s retrospective at the ICA draws near (here). AM now brings you a glimpse of what’s going on inside the ICA as everyone is hustling to get things set up for the exhibition opening next week.  There seems to be a buzz flying around the show as the registrars busy are sorting through the intricate stencils and as the install crew unwrap the crates of ginormous works.  Even Shepard is […]

Contest: Sam Flores Painting Giveaway

To celebrate Upper Playground’s 10th Anniversary, Sam Flores has decided to give away a large painting (6 x 4 feet) to one lucky fan. The medium is acrylic and spray paint on wood framed canvas. Also, as a way of thanking fans he has made a series of 200 illustrations/drawings available at a very affordable price. Photos of these as well as all the contest details after the jump…

Benefit: Herakut @ Phillips de Pury

Herakut (interviewed) will be participating in a benefit auction for the charity War Child (viewing March 10-12, auction March 14) with Phillips de Pury. Not only will the canvas “You Sure?” be up for bidding, but there will also be other works on display (in progress) pieces showing the level of completion of a single piece. If you would like to meet Herakut, they are slated to be at the reception (March 10) to discuss their work. A picture of the sketch after the jump.

Teaser: Shepard Fairey Retropective @ ICA Boston

It’s really no rest for the weary. Just as Shepard Fairey completes from a fruitful yet exhaustive trip to Washington D.C. (AM covered the entire trip here), he continues his break-neck schedule and immediately resumes focus on continuing preparations for his upcoming retrospective at the ICA in Boston which starts February 6th. The expansive retrospective curated by Pedro Alonzo, will showcase over 200 works, including not only screen prints, collages, stencils, stickers of his early days, but includes his recent fine art art works on wood, […]

Teaser: KAWS @ Honor Fraser

It looks like KAWS will be making a trip to the west coast in February for his show at LA gallery Honor Fraser. Entitled “The Long Way Home,” this exhibit (opening Feb. 21st) will feature new paintings, sculptural works, and an installation.   Apparently, there will also a specially curated show at Royal/T by KAWS, selecting from the vast collection of owner and collector Susan Hancock. Via Sourharvest. Discuss this show here. Discuss KAWS here.