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Openings: “Beach Blanket Bingo” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

AM recently attended the festive opening of Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s summer group show, entitled Beach Blanket Bingo. Chilling and chatting by the inflatable palm oases with a cold Pabst Blue Ribbon was a fun way to appreciate works by the over thirty participating artists, including Matt Haber, Seonna Hong, Elbow Toe, Richard Colman and Ron English. Check out the images after the jump for a selection of our favorites.

Preview: VICE Photo Exhibition 2009 Launch @ Printspace, London

Everyone’s favorite FREE subversive culture, art, photo, and music magazine, VICE, is soon releasing their annual Photo Issue.  To celebrate, VICE, in association with G-Shock, will be hosting a photo exhibition.  The launch event will be held on Aug 12th at The Printspace in London.  The show will remain there for two weeks before touring to Spain, Italy, and France. More information and images after the jump…

Interviews: Michael Page – “ThankYouGoodbye” @ Varnish Fine Arts

Michael Page’s newest show, “ThankYouGoodbye” (teased), features a body of work inspired by climate change in places like Greenland and Alaska. Sadly, his show that opened at Varnish Fine Art in SF over the weekend will be the last in this space for the gallery. We had a chance to sit down for an interview with Page to talk about the new direction his work is going among other things. Interview after the jump…

Video: Ryan McGinness @ VA Museum of Fine Arts

Richmond’s Virgina Museum of Fine Arts is currently undergoing an expansion, scheduled to be completed by May 1, 2010. As part of that transformation, the VMFA has asked AM favorite Ryan McGinness (who last showed at Deitch) to create a large-scale, site-specific artwork based on the museum’s collection to greet visitors upon entering the museum.  Watch the above video to see a hard-hatted McGinness visit his work’s future home and discuss the ambitious project with VMFA curator John Ravenal.

Openings & Interviews: Josh Keyes – “Natural Selection” @ Swarm Gallery

Last night, AM visited Swarm Gallery in Oakland to catch up with our buddy Josh Keyes and to check out “Natural Selection” featuring Josh and Vaughn Bell. Josh, who just moved up to Portland, has been incredibly busy with the move and flew back to the Bay Area for just a few hours to attend the opening. Luckily, we were able to catch him before the show opened and he gave us a nice tour of his three pieces (the fourth is almost done) and […]

Highlights: Recommended Openings For August 6-12

The annual BLAB! Show returns to Copro Gallery and brings with it the usual lineup of heavy hitters. Big news is that Mark Ryden will be exhibiting an older 10×11″ illustration-based work in the show, which can be yours for $33k. For those not familiar with the greatness that is BLAB!, find out more here about this fantastic annual publication which is coming up on issue #19. There is a TON going on around the world this weekend, with San Francisco and Los Angeles leading the […]

NYT’s Art Critic Reviews Os Gemeos Mural

Earlier this week, the New York Times published a glowing review by esteemed art critic Roberta Smith of the recently completed mural by Os Gemeos (covered). Other than being mistaken about this being the twins’ first public artwork in Manhattan (first legal public artwork, perhaps), Smith gets everything else right, describing the stunning work in loving detail. It’s not everyday that the “Old Gray Lady” gives such accolades to street artists, so congrats to Os Gemeos. Well deserved. Discuss Os Gemeos here.

Rolling Stone’s Obama Cover by Shepard Fairey

The August 20th issue of Rolling Stone will feature a cover with a new image of Barack Obama by Shepard Fairey.  Unlike the idealistic iconic image that a nation of Obama supporters fell in love with, the latest by Fairey incorporates elements that show the situation that the President is currently in. As the artist puts it: “it’s one thing to be running for president and it’s another to be President, and I think this new illustration that I did hopefully captures the complexity and […]

Teaser: Brendan Monroe @ Richard Heller Gallery

Brendan Monroe (interviewed) will be exhibiting some new works in October at the Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica. We were able to get a glimpse of some of the things he was working on when we went by for a studio visit a couple months ago, but here is a new image of one of the sculptural elements in this new body of work.  More to follow as the show draws nearer… Discuss Brendan Monroe here.

Teaser: Edwin Ushiro – “Softly Encompassing the Womb”

Here’s a pretty sweet piece from Hawaii native Edwin Ushiro’s upcoming show opening September 12th at LeBasse Projects. Two things that stand out about Ushiro’s work are the special “look” he has to his work that is a result of a special process he uses (more on this at a later time) and his talent of storytelling – something he talks about in this a thousand stories interview. We are looking forward to seeing more “island” infused imagery and are planning more coverage of this […]