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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Update: Shepard Fairey – AP Case

Just as Shepard Fairey resolved his legal troubles in Boston, it appears the his case with the AP has taken an interesting turn. Mannie Garcia, the original photographer of the infamous Obama image used by Fairey now appears to want a piece of the action. He had originally told the New York Times in February: “I don’t condone people taking things, just because they can, off the Internet. But in this case I think it’s a very unique situation. If you put all the legal […]

Untitled Art Project – Bravo TV

Bravo TV is casting this week in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and New York for their new reality show “Untitled Art Project.” The station that brought you Top Chef and Project Runway are hoping to find and/or create the world’s newest art superstar. Produced by Magical Elves (company behind forementioned shows) and Sarah Jessica Parker’s (interviewed about project here) production company, Pretty Matches, one has to wonder if they are serious about the whole competition or will they be choosing contestants based on the “drama” […]

Openings: Stella Im Hultberg – “Memento Mori” @ Thinkspace

Stella Im Hultberg (interviewed) made her solo return to Los Angeles this past Friday with “Memento Mori” (previewed) at Thinkspace Gallery. Greeting patrons as they walked through the door was an impressive mural featuring Stella’s luscious lipped women on a “nature-esque” green backdrop – a small taste of the breathtaking body of work that awaited them. Inside the gallery, Stella’s talent was showcased across a variety of surfaces, from deep-hued canvases that were bursting with emotion, to intricate pieces on wood and tea-stained paper, as well as some […]

Openings: Jeff Koons – “Popeye Series” @ Serpentine Gallery

While in the UK, AM made a special visit to the Serpentine Gallery to get an exclusive viewing of “Popeye Series, Jeff Koons first major exhibition in London. The show is a sort of a retrospective in the sense that it contains a select range of artwork and sculptures from 2002 – 2009. The main focus are his classic Popeye canvases. Utilizing his signature art-historical references, he created a series of artwork around Popeye, a mild manner sailor that represented the ideals of the everyday […]

Streets/Video: ABOVE hits up the Berlin Wall

ABOVE (interviewed) continues his trip throughout Europe with a stop in Berlin, Germany, making his mark on the Berlin Wall a little over 20 years after Ronald Regan made his historic speech at Brandenburg Gate stating, “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Detailed photos and a video of ABOVE’s massive word/play piece and how he marked the anniversary of the bridge to this divide after the jump…

Preview: Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG x Nike Stages Exhibition @ Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin

“Stages,” (announcement video) the collaborative art project between Lance Armstrong and Nike Sportswear opens at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris on July 17. The show includes some of today’s hottest contemporary and street art stars including Barry McGee, Cai Guo Quiang, Ed Ruscha, Jose Parla, JR, KAWS, Os Gemeos, Richard Prince, Rosson Crow, Shepard Fairey, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara and more. The artwork will be exhibited and sold to support Livestrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. After its debut in Paris, “Stages” will continue with tours […]

Openings: “Monster?” @ Copro Gallery

Last night, the “Monster?” group show (previewed) curated by Travis Louie (interviewed), opened at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica to a full house of monster lovers. They weren’t disappointed as artists took creative means to paint and sculpt their versions of of the theme, all the way from hideous vampires and Frankenstein to Charlie Brown and childhood piano teachers. Travis also put together a nice mix of well known artists in the scene and some newcomers. Take a look at all the pics after the […]

Shepard Fairey Works a Plea in Boston

After a five month ordeal with Boston authorities, Shepard Fairey’s latest drama has finally come to an end. Shepard, who was arrested on January 22 at the ICA (reported), was initially charged with over 30 counts of vandalism, tagging and destruction of property. Between April and June, the courts threw out over 21 of the charges against Shepard. This past Friday, Fairey consented to a plea deal that will dismiss the remaining 11 vandalism charges. Conditions of the plea prohibit Shepard from “carrying stickers, posters, […]

Openings: EINE – “The A – Z of Change” @ Carmichael Gallery

AM enjoyed the intense visual experience of EINE’s Los Angeles debut solo show “The A – Z of Change” (previewed) which opened at Carmichael Gallery this past Thursday. The buffet of vibrant colored squares strewn across the walls served as the perfect backdrop for his amazing canvas pieces and the powerful imagery contained therein. Check out all of the photos from the opening after the jump.

Releases: James Jean’s “Kindling” Book – San Diego Comic-Con

A limited number of advance copies of James Jean’s (interviewed) book featuring work from his NYC solo show will be released at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Published by Chronicle Books, “Kindling” presents 12 of James’ visual mix of abstract and illustrative works from the show, along with his detailed preliminary sketch for the work on the reverse side, printed in a removable large poster format. Check out the video above for a look through the book and read on for more after the jump…