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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Openings: Green Day – “The Art of Rock” @ StolenSpace

AM just got back from the opening of Green Day’s “The Art of Rock” show at London’s StolenSpace gallery (previewed), the night before the band starts a run of sold out dates on the UK leg of the 21st Century Breakdown Tour. Logan Hicks (interviewed) curated the group show, which consisted of 18 pieces of art inspired by the lyrics of the new album. The participating artists were M-City (Mariusz Waras), Meggs, Peat Wollaeger, Pisa73, Ron English (featured), Sadhu, Sixten, The London Police, Will Barras, Adam (5100) […]

Preview: “True Self” curated by Gary Baseman @ Jonathan Levine Gallery

BT alumni Gary Baseman (interviewed) is curating a fabulous group show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery this Saturday (Oct. 24th). Aptly named “True Self”, the show encourages each artist to look deep inside themselves and create an image which they feel represents their own passion or obsession. The show has a stacked roster of strong participants such as Adam Wallacavage, Christian Clayton (featured), Cleon Peterson, Dalek (interviewed), Dave Cooper, Eric White (interviewed), Esther Pearl Watson, Friends With You, Gary Taxali, James Jean (interviewed), Korin Faught, Lola, Luke […]

Video: Gestalten TV – Swoon Interview

Remember when we brought you pictures from the opening of Swoon’s (interviewed) show with Ben Wolf at Urban Art Info?  Apparently, the good people at Gestalten TV were able to catch up with the street artist and sit down for a video interview at that time.  Some of the topics discuss include her graffiti beginnings, the Swimming Cities, and an exciting new abandoned church project. Via Wooster Collective. Discuss Swoon here.

Preview: Robert Williams – “In the Service of the Hypothetical” @ Tony Shafrazi Gallery

A pretty important exhibition is sneaking up on us at the end of this month on Halloween night.  Here you can see Robert Williams working on one of his sculptural pieces “Diamond in a Goat’s Ass” for his upcoming show at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery. “In the Service of the Hypothetical” (teased) is set to open on October 31st in New York and will be the legendary Williams’ first show since 2005.  Look for about 25 new works including paintings and sculptures as well as […]

Openings: KMNDZ, C3, Akira @ Shooting Gallery

With the tireless and industrious energy of one of his own robot subjects, Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez opened a new show, alongside C3 and Akira, last weekend at San Francisco’s Shooting Gallery.  Featuring a freshly painted mural and whole new body of work, this striking show depicts a foreboding future as viewed through the antiquated and dusty lens of a camera obscura.   While KMNDZ’s robots search for their humanity, you might find your own at the Shooting Gallery, show runs till November 13th. More pictures […]

Video: Agents of Change Ghostvillage Project

Here’s a trailer for an interesting little project in Scotland curated by Agents of Change. Six artists, Remi/Rough, Stormie, System, Timid, Derm and Juice 126, were given free reign of an abandoned village on the west coast of Scotland. We can’t begin to imagine what they did with an entire village as their canvas. More to follow…

Baby Tattooville ’09 – Reverse Studio Visits – Greg “Craola” Simkins

Coming to Baby Tattooville equipped with a blank canvas and some paint, Greg “Craola” Simkins treated BT attendees with the ultimate in “tabula rasa” art experience.  Creating coats upon coats of background texture, Greg spent hours building the foundation of what will undoubtedly become another masterpiece.  Expect to see the completed painting at his upcoming show “The Pearl Thief” opening November 3rd at Gallery 1988 (LA).  Pictures after the jump.

Highlights: Recommended Openings For Oct 22-24

In 1994, Giant Robot was born with the purpose of documenting and promoting new, up-and-coming, underdog, overlooked, and hybrid Asian and Asian-American popular culture. Fifteen years later, the self-published magazine has not only evolved from a stapled-and-folded zine into a full-color, glossy publication with an international following, but also opened trend-setting shops and influential art galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. To celebrate the magazine’s longevity, energy, and loyal readership, the second Giant Robot Biennale is being hosted by the Japanese […]

Openings: Shepard Fairey “Supply & Demand” @ Warhol Museum

“Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches” – Andy Warhol – a wise quote from the legendary pop artist. A quote which amid all the legal drama with the AP is advice that Shepard Fairey and museum patrons took to heart on Saturday when his “Supply & Demand” show was unveiled at the famed Warhol Museum. A special preview night was held to celebrate the second leg of Shepard’s 20 year retrospective and it seemed as if […]

Openings: Kenji Hirata and Ryan McLennan @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Saturday night, the Joshua Liner Gallery played host to the openings of two striking solo shows. In the front gallery, Kenji Hirata presented “The Way Out Is The Way In,” a bold collection of modern abstract paintings on canvas and paper. Hirata superimposes bright opaque colors within flat color fields, which brings to mind minimalist or hard-edged painters of the mid-20th century. At the same time, his organic forms and use of subtle gradients creates motion and energy often lacking in such modern works. In […]