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Banksy’s Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill Video

NOTCOT has come out with the first high quality video of Banksy’s “Pop-up” store in New York (previously posted). This is essential viewing for all fans who can’t make it in person to Banksy’s Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill as it captures his vision perfectly, even using similar music… The level of animatronics is pretty amazing. Discuss Banksy here.

Opening: Shepard Fairey Weekend in DC

Shepard Fairey’s weekend in DC was very fruitful. He unveiled a new image: “VOTE“ for Barack Obama’s Campaign, held a dialogue at the Corcoran Museum, and showed at the Irvine Contemporary. AM got the breakdown on all the weekend events; including the exclusive after-party with DJ Diabetic himself. All the details, pictures and special surprise await after the jump.

Opening: Dain, Various & Gould @ Brooklynite

Last night, AM visted Bed-Stuy vanguard Brooklynite Gallery for the opening of Time Machine, featuring work by artists Dain (Brooklyn) and Various and Gould (Berlin). Dain’s offerings consisted of his characteristic colorful images of 1920’s glamour girls. Although similar to his posters wheatpasted throughout NYC, the gallery work is more ellaborate than previously seen, with more layering and detail. Various and Gould collaborated on silkscreen prints on canvas, wood and paper of chimeras of celebrity facial features superimposed with stereotype words. These IDENTIKITS are meant […]

Shepard Fairey premiers Obama “Vote” in DC

Last night, Shepard Fairey premiered his newest image for Barack Obama entitled “VOTE”. How fitting that he unveiled this new image in the nation’s capital. Adding to his already iconic creations of Obama: Progress, Hope, and Change, Shepard stated that he wanted this piece to convey the energy and attitude of Obama in contrast to his opponent. No word yet on whether or not he will make this into a print, but we will keep you in the loop. After the first night of “legitimate” […]

Making “Progress” with Shepard Fairey in DC

Last night, AM got invited to follow artist Shepard Fairey around Washington DC and watch him create a few murals at some prominent DC locations. Shepard and his boys hit the ground running Wednesday afternoon, even after a grueling cross country red-eye earlier in the morning. Painting the town Obey was Shepard’s goal.  He was the first person to roll up his sleeves to hit the wheatpaste, and was the last person to leave. It was surreal to see Shepard create a brand new mural […]

Teaser: Faile @ Vauxhall, London

Looks like the Faile collective is working on something a little different for their upcoming show in London. They will be taking over an abandoned schoolhouse (seem to be a common Lazarides tactic nowadays) in Vauxhall for a ten-day project with the opening planned for November 7th. Their show, entitled “Lost the Glimmering Shadows” will be incorporating some Native American imagery along with their distinctive torn poster look. This image as well as the one after the jump show them hard at work…

Teaser: KAWS @ Gering & Lopez

Looks like KAWS has gone back to work after his successful Miami exhibit because we noticed a new painting on the Gering & Lopez KAWS exhibition page. This painting is entitled “Perils” and is a pretty large at 68″ x 86.”  Since it hasn’t appeared before, we believe this piece will be at the upcoming November exhibit in New York.   We can’t begin to imagine how much a painting of this size would command (or what they would price it at) considering we know […]

Preview: Shepard Fairey @ Irvine Contemporary

Continuing with our coverage of Shepard Fairey’s pending trip to DC, we now have the images that will be exhibited at the Regime Change Starts at Home show at the Irvine Contemporary Gallery.  Shepard will have 9 new paintings and collage on paper pieces for the exhibition.  Included is the LAST of three unique hand stenciled collaged portraits of Barack Obama’s campaign icon: “Hope”. The show opens October 18th  (6-9 pm) with an afterparty by invitation to follow (10-12 pm) with all 3 artists: Shepard […]

Preview: Jose Parla @ Elms Lester

Today, Jose Parla officially opens his show at Elms Lester. AM has obtained an early look for you with photos from the preview (thanks to our friend Michael). To say that Parla’s signature calligraphic style has developed a strong following is an understatement. This artistic phenomenon is currently in the middle of a multi-country world tour, selling out shows at every stop, and his show in London was no exception. The entire show at Elms Lester – comprised of pieces that cost up to 225K […]

Skool of Hard Knocks / Above

Street artist Above has forwarded us a video to his newest creation “Skool of Hard Knocks.” He was able to take some existing graffiti and transform it into a lesson for a classroom. Hopefully, he will be able to sit down with us soon and share some of his thoughts with our readers. Some before and after pics after the jump.