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Contests: VNA 19

Like our contests for previous issues of Very Nearly Almost (VNA 18 & VNA 16), our friends at the magazine will be mailing one lucky AM reader a copy of their latest issue. The printer’s proof of VNA 19 is the signed special edition from Anthony Lister and is numbered 14/20. Other artists featured include How&Nosm, Best Ever, Twoone, Remed, Low Bros, French, Ken Taylor and ECB and you can purchase your own copy here if you want. To qualify for the giveaway, just leave a comment below as […]

Openings: Shepard Fairey – “Americana” @ Perry Rubenstein Gallery

Over the weekend, the debut show at Perry Rubenstein’s newly opened Los Angeles gallery featured new works from Shepard Fairey. Entitled Americana, the exhibition showcased eleven new works, each one inspired by the songs, such as Oh Susannah, This Land Is Your Land and Clementine from Neil Young’s new album Crazy Horse. “Fairey says he listened to the music and lyrics to come up with concepts for visual representations of the songs. Then for each song, Fairey presented Young with ideas about a visual image that would best capture the meaning and/or protagonist/s in each song. The […]

Openings: Andrew Schoultz @ Park Life

Saturday evening, Park Life hosted an exhibition and book signing of Andrew Schoultz’s book, Up in the Air (previewed). The show featured an array of original and editioned works, as well as an installation that expanded one of his larger paintings onto the gallery wall. Be quick to check out these kinetic paintings from this bay area artist, as it is set to close Wednesday for the preparation of the gallery’s next exhibition featuring Evah Fan. Discuss Andrew Schoultz here.

Update / Setup: Barry McGee @ BAM/PFA

San Francisco-based Barry McGee returns for his first Bay Area solo museum exhibition in 18 years at BAM/PFA (UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive). This will mark his first midcareer survey, in which all of his previous major installations have been reinterpreted and put under one roof (from his van installation at REDCAT to his Street Market at Deitch to a 1999 stolen mural that was placed on Howard Street in San Francisco, just to name a few). This exhibition as been three […]

Streets: Nick Walker (NYC)

It’s been a while since Nick Walker (interviewed) hunkered down in New York to put his vandal in play. Nick recently dropped by to lay down some paint for a few weeks in the Big Apple. While he was here, he worked several parts of Brooklyn, LES and Chinatown. AM tagged along as he  premiered a new composition of his storied Vandal kicking back with a special edition of the New York Times. This piece is located on the bustling corner of Eldridge and Hester in […]

Streets: Yayoi Kusama – New York (Part I)

Yayoi Kusama has a long and complicated relationship with NYC. It started in 1957 when she moved out to the Big Apple and set out to make a name in the world of art. Spanning three decades, Kusama stayed until 1973 when she returned to her home country of Japan. Now with her recent retrospective at The Whitney Museum in full swing, Kusama has set to reclaim the city which was her second home. The first project we want to share with you is set up […]

Nicola Verlato – “Zero Gravity” @ Merry Karnowsky

Over the weekend, the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles welcomed local artist Nicola Verlato and his new paintings into their showspace with an opening reception. The new works collectively entitled Zero Gravity are beautiful executed with his characters and objects suspended in midair as if frozen in time. We already caught a glimpse of the new body of work during a studio visit last week, but nothing beats seeing the paintings in situ. Check out Verlato’s cinematic vision for yourself before the show closes on September 1st if in […]

Damien Hirst Flag Part Of London Olympics Closing Ceremony

With the Olympics coming to an end, all of London celebrated with a star-studded and rousing closing ceremony featuring some of England’s greatest cultural exports. Damien Hirst was asked to design one of the many renditions of the Union Jack in his signature spin-painting looking motif which was unveiled as part of the event. Check out more photographs of the festivities below… Via Mail Online. Discuss Damien Hirst here.

Openings: Os Gemeos @ ICA Boston

Last week, AM took a road trip up to the ICA Boston to catch the opening week of Os Gemeos’ first ever solo museum exhibition in the U.S. The twins Otávio & Gustavo Pandolfo (aka Os Gemeos) took Beantown by storm with not only a mind blowing mural at Dewey Square’s MassDot building, but also took over two of the ICA’s exhibition rooms with a great selection of art including paintings and sculptural work. Curated by Pedro Alonzo (who also curated Shepard Fairey’s retrospective), this […]

Streets: Os Gemeos (Boston)

Although already open to the public as of a couple days ago, the Boston ICA will be celebrating the start of the Os Gemeos exhibition (previewed) today with a waterfront launch party, complete with Caipirinhas, Brazilian street food, and DJs who will take visitors to the heart of the artists’ native São Paulo. For those lucky enough to be in Beantown, make sure you stop by the main mural at Dewey Square (former site of Occupy Boston near South Station) where the twins have painted one of […]