With the Frieze Art Fair opening in New York this week, AM made the trek out to Randall’s Island to see what the contemporary art world had to offer. Featuring 190 galleries from 30 countries and a new layout, the event certainly had something for all art lovers out there, no matter their taste. Here is a first look at some of the artists, works, and booths that caught our eye as we braved the heat to bring photos for your perusal.
While in town for their current solo show at Underdogs Gallery (more on this later), PichiAvo completed a stunning new mural near the Santa Apolónia railway station utilizing their signature palette. Soaring high into the urban landscape, the multi-story mural from the Spanish duo features their signature remix of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures with their love for graffiti. With deft spraycan control, the two carefully layered urban scrawl with a classic marble bust, leading to a beautifully textured and complex wall painting. Photo credit: José […]
For his first solo show with Thinkspace Gallery opening up on this Friday night (May 4th), Lonac has prepared a new body of work entitled Strange Tales. Choosing a title that fits nicely with his surreal imagery, the Croatian artist’s new paintings are typical of his oeuvre, snapshots in time that appear to be taken from some mysterious adventure. Informed by his time on the streets, the Zagreb-based artist also draws influence from his love of comics, music, film, and an immersion in skateboard culture. […]
On May 5th, Spoke Art’s New York location will be opening a new solo show from Mark Drew entitled What Goes On? The new body of work continues the Tokyo-based Australian artist’s instantly recognizable mashups of Peanuts comics and 90s rap lyrics, like the painting seen above featuring the rhymes of Nas. That piece, Maintain (Nas), will also released as a limited edition screen print and be available in person at the opening. Discuss Mark Drew here.
This Friday night (May 4th), Sam Flores (interviewed) will be opening a new exhibition at 111 Minna in San Francisco entitled Where’d the Wild Things Go. It’s been a minute since we last saw a show from the locally-based artist so it’s nice seeing the familiar elements of his imagery – the long faced costumed girls, oversized hands, ships, and more. Take a look at a few more preview images down below… Discuss Sam Flores here.
Continuing to riff on his BFF character, KAWS just announced the upcoming release of his SEEING by KAWS sculptural edition that doubles as a light. Consisting of alloy, ceramic, LED light and mixed media, the 37 x 17.4 x 18.6 cm figure comes signed and numbered (run 0f 250) and will be available on May 6th (10 pm EST). Produced in collaboration with AllRightsReserved, the new offering from the Brooklyn-based artist at $12,000 USD continues of his strategy of hitting all price points. Head over to Ding Dong Takuhaibin at […]
In 2011, Roger Gastman was an associate curator of Art in the Streets, the first major US museum (at MOCA) survey of graffiti and street art. As one of the world’s foremost authorities on these art forms and movements, he returns to curate a groundbreaking follow-up to the show, called BEYOND THE STREETS. The spectacular exhibition will include over 100 artists (including perhaps one very big surprise one?) showcasing paintings, sculpture, photography, and installations (including a re-creation, in partnership with adidas Skateboarding, of the famous Venice Pavilion), on more […]
Continuing his longstanding work within skate culture, Andrew Schoultz recently completed a project in Las Vegas earlier this month at the skatepark at the Clark County Winchester Cultural Center. Working with his team, the Los Angeles-based artist painted the ramps, pyramids and other obstacles with his signature imagery including the all-seeing eye. In related news, Schoultz will return to the area on June 2nd when his show at UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum opens. Photo credit: Andres Guerrero, Mikayla Whitmore, Nick Makanna (via Juxtapoz), Vegas Seven, and the artist. Discuss Andrew Schoultz here.
As mentioned in our introduction to the Peanuts Global Artist Collective earlier this month, murals featuring the work of some of the participating artists were unveiled in New York. Painted on the side of downtown office buildings on the West Side near Hudson Square, imagery inspired by Charles M. Schulz’s famous comic strip could be seen by passerby’s from Mr. A (seen above), AVAF, FriendsWithYou, Kenny Scharf, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Rob Pruitt. Head over here for more info as there are plans to hit up 7 cities internationally with more […]
Last month, Le Reffettorio Paris opened its doors with the help of famed chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana and artist JR (interviewed). Housed in the crypts of the historic Madeleine church in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, the concept behind the space fits nicely with the setting. Taking surplus ingredients from some of the city’s finest restaurants, Bottura and his team aim to serve 100 of the most socially vulnerable every night with a multi course meal – an upscale soup kitchen if you will. For their part, JR and Prune Nourry created […]