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Openings: ROA – “Dominant Species” @ 941 Geary

Last Saturday, 941 Geary hosted the opening to ROA’s latest ambitious endeavor entitled, Dominant Species (previewed). This is the followup to his exhibition last year at the San Francisco gallery’s sister location, White Walls. This time around, ROA was given an even larger space and more time to transform the gallery into an urban wasteland where the animals depicted in his paintings roam. The works in the gallery include ones that can be physically manipulated and/or viewed at different angles to show different layers of […]

Streets: Barry McGee – Brooklyn (Part I)

No rest for the weary as Barry McGee has headed over to Brooklyn to work on a gigantic mural after recently putting together a stunning museum solo at the BAM/PFA (UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive). Starting this past weekend, Mr. Twist’s new piece is a larger representation of his signature cluster panel paintings. Located at the building housing the Mark Morris Dance Group, this beautiful and detailed mural will take more than a week to paint, thanks to the help of Colossal Media. AM stopped […]

Openings: JR – “Pattern” @ Emmanuel Perrotin (Hong Kong)

After teasing his fans with updates from the setup of his show in Hong Kong as well as photos of a sweet new mural in the Asian metropolis, JR’s show at Emmanuel Perrotin finally opened last night. The French photograffeur has kindly sent AM shots from the opening of Pattern, where he unveiled his first sculptural creations ever in the form of crumpled photographs, originals featuring his signature eye, as well as a new photobooth for his Inside Out project. Discuss JR here.

Openings: Martin Wittfooth – “Empire” @ Corey Helford Gallery

A couple nights ago in Culver City, the NY-based Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) brought his dystopian visions to the Corey Helford Gallery with a new solo showing entitled Empire. Playing on themes of power, politics, greed, and more through his animal surrogates, Wittfooth surrounds them with bleak post-apocalyptic landscapes to further emphasize his points.  Check out more photos from the opening below… Photo credit: theonepointeight for Arrested Motion. Discuss this show here. Discuss Martin Wittfooth here.

Openings: Lucien Smith – “Seven Rain Paintings” @ OHWOW

Over the weekend, OHWOW in Los Angeles unveiled Lucien Smith’s first solo exhibition in the US – Seven Rain Paintings. As the simple title implies, the exhibition focuses on the NY-based artist’s signature rain paintings (first introduced in 2011 here on AM), created by filling an extinguisher with paint and then mimicking a pattern of precipitation in the application onto canvas. These works were displayed in stark contrast a wood chip floor that was laid down throughout part of the space. Photo Credit: theonepointeight for Arrested Motion. Discuss Lucien Smith here.

Openings: Mr. – “Metamorphosis: Give Me Your Wings” @ Lehmann Maupin

On Thursday, Kaikai Kiki artist Mr. returned for a second showing with New York’s Lehmann Maupin Gallery. The former protégé of Takashi Murakami put forth a more serious body of work entitled Metamorphosis – Give Me Your Wings that was reflected in a dense installation that literally littered the space with common pop & household objects. At the center of the exhibition space was a gigantic caterpillar created by these items, which is intended to convey the current state of Japan’s metamorphosis in contrast to the perceived […]

José Parlá – “Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture” @ BAM

Last week, AM attended the much anticipated unveiling of José Parlá’s new work – Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture – at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). José had the honor of being the first artist commissioned to create public art for BAM’s new Richard B. Fisher building. This magnificent painting, which measures 37 x 7 feet, took the artist four months to complete. The christening event was also accompanied by a mini showcase of Parlá’s paper based mono-tranfers and rag installations similar to what he put forth […]

Openings: RETNA – “New Paintings and Works on Paper” @ Michael Kohn Gallery

Last night, Michael Kohn Gallery hosted the opening for local graffiti artist RETNA (featured) and his solo show featuring New Paintings and Works on Paper. Both the outside and inside of the gallery were transformed by the MSK-affiliated writer with his urban hieroglyphics in the form of paintings on the interior and with his script directly on the exterior walls of the showspace. The new body of work spanned the diverse twists and turns his work has taken through the years – from the strong regimented monochromatic calligraphy to the embellished […]

Openings: Futura – “Future-Shock” @ Valmorbida (NYC)

Last week, AM attended the much anticipated opening of Futura’s show presented in conjunction with Valmorbida. Held at a sizable Meat Packing district cargo hold, the pop-up exhibition was the perfect location for one of the kings of the street to make a triumphant return to New York City. Boldly kicking off the art season and fashion week, the graffiti legend held nothing back as he presented a showing that was a true tour de force. As previewed in our exclusive behind the scenes look at the exhibition […]

Openings: Jeff Soto – “Decay and Overgrowth” @ Jonathan LeVine

Last Saturday night, besides new paintings from Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed), the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York also hosted the opening of Jeff Soto’s (interviewed) solo Decay and Overgrowth. As seen in our studio visit leading up to the show, new work features the lush new palette Jeff has been working with recently with inspiration coming from his search into his own ancestry and the resulting thoughts that come from that. For those interested, check out an interview here where the Riverside-based artist talks more about the work and of […]