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Openings: The London Police – “10 Years On The Circle Line” @ StolenSpace Gallery

The London Police (TLP) opened their show tonight at StolenSpace entitled “10 years On The Circle Line.”  Famous for their “Lads” characters and their simple aesthetic that started about 10 years ago, they come together again to collaborate on a show featuring paintings, photography and a video installation. Their linework is amazing in person, as you consider the iconic “freehand” circle shapes combined with the the new architectural style.  Photos after the jump…

Preview/Setup: BOXI – “Grey Area” @ Carmichael Gallery

AM is excited about Berlin-based stencil artist BOXI’s debut United States solo show “Grey Area” opening this Thursday, April 9th at Carmichael Gallery. Best described as a “figurative Logan Hicks,” the photo-realistic effect of his work is the result of a meticulous and labor intensive process involving six separate layers of hand-cut stencils and an equal variation of grayscale coats of paint. This unique technique combined with his formal training at London’s St. Martins School of Art and Design lends to pieces that are rich, […]

Video: Shepard Fairey installation at SXSW Festival

Following up on our Shepard Fairey hits up SXSW coverage, MyLocationScouts posted a nice video of Shepard Fairey and the Obey Giant crew wheatpasting on the side of Home Slice Pizza in Austin. It’s always nice to see Shep’s artistry in action, showing off his composition, layering, and tearing skills. Via Hypebeast.

Releases: KAWS Companion Keychains @ KAWSONE

Better act fast if you want to get these 2″ Companion keychains. The set of five colorways is on sale now for $60 at KAWSONE.com. UPDATE: Sold Out

Teaser: Aakash Nihalani, Ellis G., Poster Boy (Neo-Con Collective) & Zeus @ Carmichael Gallery

Big surprises coming out of the Carmichael Gallery, who for weeks have been hinting at a “secret group show” in the rear portion of the gallery to coincide with BOXI’s debut United States solo, opening this Thursday, April 9th. The group show will feature the Neo-Con Collective, comprised of shadow chalker Ellis G. (Seen on the streets), the man of colorful geometric shapes Aakash Nihalani (Update) and ad disruptor extraordinaire Poster Boy. The collective will be joined by London urban artist Zeus, whose latest works […]

Openings: Miss Bugs & Joe Black – “2 Many Artists” @ Brooklynite

Last night, Bed Stuy’s Brooklynite Gallery hosted the opening of “2 Many Artists,” featuring the work of Miss Bugs and Joe Black. The show seemed to be the the two artists commenting on the current public conversation about what constitutes fair use in terms of artists reappropriating from other artists. Their answer: anything goes. Both Miss Bugs and Joe Black take the imagery and styles of dozens of modern and contemporary artists – from Salvador Dali, Piet Modrian and Andy Warhol to Damien Hirst, Ron […]

Openings: David Choe – “Death Blossom” @ PYO Gallery Beijing

Yesterday, David Choe unveiled his latest series of works in Beijing at PYO Gallery. As you saw in the preview, David hit the streets of China hard. David showed ingenuity by utilizing whatever he could get his hands on to create complex pieces out of asian cargo and shopping bags, local “yuan” currency, vintage communist era posters and even a badminton shuttlecock! The show had fantastic installation pieces in varying shapes, mediums and sizes. This dynamic body of work truly gives China a taste of […]

Openings: Phil Frost/Gary Taxali @ Jonathan LeVine

AM was out in NYC’s Chelsea tonight to attend the preview of the Phil Frost and Gary Taxali shows at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. For his show, Frost focused on works on paper, filling the main gallery with dozens of mixed-media pieces of various sizes, all emblazoned with his unique mix of mask-like faces and stylized text. Taxali had the back room, and presented an energetic collection of illustrative work. Check out images of both, after the jump.

Streets: D*Face

Originally thought to be an April Fool’s joke, United Kingdom street artist D*Face had the last laugh when he released a 20 pound sterling note remixed in his signature 80’s punk and skate inspired style on over ten digital billboards throughout the city in protest of the G-20 London Summit. Were the advertisements paid for or did D*Face hack into the computer systems controlling the billboards? A message on D*Face’s website reads: “No fools day. Where there’s a will there’s a way. Catch them before […]

Openings: Hush – “Veiled Beauty” @ FIFTY24SF

AM was on hand last night as Newcastle’s notorious Hush (interviewed) made his first Bay Area appearance at Upper Playground’s FIFTY24SF gallery. Following on the heels of his smash Carmichael show in Los Angeles last month (covered), Hush certainly came correct for his second solo showing stateside. Combining a couple cool outdoor pieces, some original canvases and murals, and a plethora of editioned prints, “Veiled Beauty” certainly offers a multi-faceted look at this artist’s range of production. The show, which was originally slated to be […]