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Monthly Archives: October 2009

FAME Festival – A Tour Through the Monastery

After months of following the goings on at Italy’s FAME Fest (see our coverage here), AM decided to take a trip to Grottaglie to find out if all those pieces were really as incredible as they appeared. Let’s just say that we were far from disappointed. From the murals painted within the ancient monastery and on the walls around town to the fantastic private preview dinner and packed opening night reception showcasing work from all the artists, FAME is every street art fan’s dream come true. […]

Openings: Nate Frizzell – “Lost in the Thicket” @ LeBasse Projects

“Lost in the Thicket” opened last night in Culver City and AM was on hand at LeBasse Projects to take in Nate Frizzell’s solo show. Our first impression of this new body of work (during an earlier studio visit) was one of appreciation at the increasing maturity in this young artist’s talent. Seeing the paintings in the gallery setting definitely fortified our opinion, especially after seeing how all the work played off each other and the installation (a tree branch from Nate’s parents’ backyard fashioned to […]

Jeff Koons Rabbit in Covent Garden (London)

Apparently, a 53-foot inflatable rabbit found shelter inside London’s Covent Garden for a little while. Courtesy of one of the biggest Pop artists working today, Jeff Koons, the familiar rabbit is part of the Tate Modern’s current exhibition “Pop Life: Art in a Material World.” It is a floating replica of a figure that was produced in stainless steel in 1986.  That sculpture is currently on display at the Tate. More pictures after the jump…

Openings: Molly Crabapple @ Pixel Show – Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Right after we hung out with Molly Crabapple at Baby Tattooville, she jetted her way down to the southern hemisphere to attend the Pixel Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Oct 10th-11th). This unique multimedia art conference addresses many different aspects of art world including photography, illustration, street, fashion and film. Thousands of aspiring Latin American artisans attended the conference in search of inspiration from featured artists such as Ms. Crabapple. Ever the busy body, Molly made time to give a talk at the packed conference, interview with MTV and […]

Herakut Live Painting in Berlin

As most people who have seen it before can attest, live painting is definitely up there as one of the most fascinating experiences for art fans and collectors. Take a look at all the different layers and intricacies (after the jump) as Herakut (interviewed) gradually built up the layers of the painting that was donated to the Berliner Charité, a hospital. The event took place last week at the “Style Project Room” in Berlin (details previously posted). Check out all the photos after the jump…

Baby Tattooville ’09: Travis Louie’s “Creature Parade”

Baby Tattooville‘s Secret Society was taken into Travis Louie‘s gorgeously illustrated Victorian and Edwardian world of human oddities and mythical beings with “strange grooming habits” for one weekend. What was even better was that lucky attendees this year were able to take home the experience with a original portrait by the man himself. Yes, not just a print, not just an ordinary multiple, but a unique, hand-drawn piece of art that you may have witnessed with your own eyes created in person. More after the […]

Showing: Frank O. Gehry – “Since 1997” @ Triennale Di Milano Design Museum

One of the most influential architects of our time, Frank O. Gehry, is currently showing in Italy at the  Triennale Di Milano Design Museum. The exhibition “Since 1997” focuses on the the time period following his famous design of Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 1997 that makes his structures some of the most recognizable in the world. Take a look at all the pics after the jump…

Art Review 2009 Power 100 List

The highly anticipated annual Art Review Power 100 list was just released on Thursday.  The list this year reflects the fundamental changes that the global financial crisis has unleashed onto the art world.   Almost a third of the entries are new to the list.  Previous top artists and collectors have had steep drops.  Steadily rising up the ranks are powerful and networked curators that have a huge influence on what gets seen and promoted. More, including full list, after the jump…

Previews: Ryan McLennan – “The Strain of Inheritance” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

One of the shows we are looking forward to this weekend opens tonight at the Joshua Liner Gallery.  Ryan McLennan’s show in New York will be entitled “The Strain of Inheritance” and deals with ideas of survival in bleak environments as well as the cycle of life an death (a mix of skeletal remains, skulls, dead trees, topiary growths, thriving animals).  Also apparent in his imagery are the complex social interactions among the wildlife and how their fates are all bound together. For more insight […]

Baby Tattooville ’09: James Gurney’s Explorer’s Journal

Although he may not be a familiar name among the roster of Pop Surrealist and Low Brow artists that are typically identified with Baby Tattooville, James Gurney is a highly accomplished artist and author known for his illustrated book series Dinotopia, as well as his plen-air landscape paintings. He has been an illustrator for National Geographic Magazine, has illustrated over seventy science fiction magazine and book covers, and was a scenic background painter (he produced over 500 paintings) for the animated film “Fire and Ice,” […]