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Overtime: Sept 5 – 11

The United States makes its choice for the Venice Biennale – Allora & Calzadilla.  First time ever the US chooses a artist pair to represent them. Damien Hirst may have destroyed the market for his art for years to come Deitch and MOCA eyeing an increase in his So Cal empire? Picasso’s clever way of increasing his sales – paint dealers. Tate Modern $329 million expansion. Construction site webcam. Dirty windshield art. A studio visit with Mark Warren Jacques. An interview with Elbow-Toe. See ours […]

Update: ROA

Check out this newest piece from ROA, who certainly has been very busy recently. Not only is he at the Nuart Festival right now working on one of his largest and most complex piece ever, we also now have word that the Belgium-based artist will be visiting Los Angeles in November for a pop-up show, all courtesy of Thinkspace! Take a look at a more revealing side view of the piece above (located in Madrid) after the jump…

Teaser: Paul McCarthy – “Three Sculptures” @ L&M Arts, Los Angeles

Hold onto your seats.  Two monumental events will occur on one night in Venice, CA on Sept. 25.  First, Paul McCarthy, the Los Angeles-based artist – one of the most important of his generation – returns for his first solo exhibition in his hometown after a 10 year absence. Secondly, L&M Arts, the venerable New York gallery, debuts its Los Angeles branch with a space designed by WHY architecture and directed by Sarah Watson, former Deitch Projects director and Gagosian Beverly Hills associate. From the […]

Openings: Matt Small – “That I May See” @ Black Rat Projects

An inspirational show from Matt Small (interviewed) opened last night at Black Rat Projects in London. Not only was the artwork stunning, like the showstopper seen above, the subjects of Matt’s paintings were students from a project he participated in earlier this year where he conducted workshops in Zambia (covered). “That I May See” featured portraits using the the UK artist’s unique vibrant and colorful swirl technique with 40% of the proceeds going to the Robert Shitima School from the aforementioned Zambia project. The highly […]

Openings: Yoshitomo Nara – “Nobody’s Fool” Retrospective @ Asia Society

Yesterday, AM attended the opening of Yoshitomo Nara’s epic retrospective at New York’s Asia Society. With anticipation building since attending his “Open Studio” session a few weeks prior, we didn’t know what more to expect from Nara and YNG/graf aside from the artwork being created by the artist and the cool construction of the “Home” installation. After checking out opening night though, it’s pretty obvious the expansive & comprehensive retrospective put together by curators Miwako Tezuka & Melissa Chiu will delight fans old and new. […]

Preview: Clayton Brothers – “Inside Out” @ Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

As we mentioned last summer, the Clayton Brothers are set to open a fantastic museum show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) over in Wisconsin this weekend. The brotherly duo will unveil twenty six paintings and three mixed media installations containing their wild color combos and electric characters. Check out a preview  after the jump.

Teaser: “Sweet Streets II” @ Nucleus Gallery

This Saturday, Sept 11th, “Sweet Streets II” is set to open at the Nucleus Gallery in Alhambra. After a successful exhibition last year, the group show inspired by the Japanese streets makes its return with an even nicer lineup of artists including Tessar Lo, Dominique Fung, APAK, Adolie Day, Bwana Spoons, Kukula, Julie West, Mari Inukai, Stella Im Hultberg and Amy Sol. We think Amy’s work is a great match for this show as the heroines in her paintings always seem to be quite fashionable […]

Preview / Setup: Andrew Schoultz – “Compound Eyes on the World” @ Marx & Zavattero

Opening on September 11, the show many San Franciscans have been waiting for –  Andrew Schoultz returns to his hometown for his second solo exhibition at Marx & Zavattero.  If it’s Schoultz, you can be sure it involves dense, colorful, kinetic, immersive, and choatic artwork, as is evidenced by these preview shots.  For this show, the artist explores the nature of history and the reconciliation of meaning versus the vast amount of information available today.  If you are in town, you are best served to […]

Setup: Ron English – “Status Factory” @ Opera Gallery

In our preview of Ron English’s (featured) pop up show with Opera Gallery, we showed you some of the massive paintings that has been stockedpiled over the past year in preparation. AM stopped by the massive three story retail space that will be the site for the extravagant “Status Factory” and took a look around at the setup. Ron and his crew have been literally working on hands and knees since last week to renovate this space and make it into their own little amusement park […]

Preview: Edwin Ushiro – “Preceding Sunday” @ Roq La Rue

You may remember us showing you a piece for Edwin Ushiro’s (interviewed) show, “Preceding Sunday”, at the Roq La Rue Gallery. We now have a couple more images to share with you ahead of tomorrow night’s (Sept 10) opening in Seattle. Edwin (who will be showing jointly with Yoskay Yamamoto) also has a surprise for fans attending his opening – 30 limited edition diecuts to giveaway – you just have to tell him a ghost story. Diecut and more preview images after the jump…