Upcoming: “Crazy 4 Cult 7″ @ Gallery 1988 (NYC Pop-Up)


Like last year, the annual exhibition dedicated to cult movies will be opening in a pop-up space in New York as the LA-based Gallery 1988 brings one of their most popular shows again to the Big Apple. Crazy 4 Cult 7 will open tomorrow night (December 13th, 7-10pm) on the corner of Bowery & 3rd right next to the Bowery Hotel. In association with the showing, there will also be a Crazy 4 Cult 2 Book Signing on Sunday from 12-4 pm for those who want to make it out to that also. The artist list is extensive (including Joshua Budich who created the screenprint above inspired by The Princess Bride), check it out here as more preview images on the gallery's tumblr. Discuss this show here.

Posted in Joshua Budich, Low Brow & Pop Surrealism, New York, Shows & Events

Openings: Mike Leavitt – “Empire Peaks” @ Jonathan LeVine

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Last month, we stopped by the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York to check out a new showing from Mike Leavitt (interviewed) entitled Empire Peaks. Showing alongside Riusuke Fukahori's work, which also had a three-dimensional feel to it, the new body of work from the Seattle-based Leavitt featured a mashup of historical figures and Star Wars characters, something we gave you a glimpse of in our earlier studio visit. Take a look at some photos of the new sculptures, like the Ghandi x Yoda figure above... Discuss Mike Leavitt here.

Posted in Low Brow & Pop Surrealism, Mike Leavitt, New York, Openings, Sculpture, Shows & Events, slider-featured

Openings: Kris Kuksi – “Revival” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

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The Joshua Liner Gallery in New York recently opened a solo exhibition from Kris Kuksi entitled Revival. The intricate and complex sculptural works from the Kansas-based artist plays a perfect contrast to the deceptively simple works from Riusuke Fukahori, who is concurrently showing in the same gallery. Kuksi's mixed media assemblages explore the dark sides of the human psyche with ornate representations created from model kits and other materials that he has re-appropriated. His works need to be seen in person to be fully appreciated, but for those unable to make the show, take a look at more opening night photos below... Discuss Kris Kuksi here.

Posted in Kris Kuksi, Low Brow & Pop Surrealism, New York, Openings, Sculpture, Shows & Events, slider-featured

Openings: AJ Fosik – “Against The Infinite” @ Jonathan LeVine

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A couple weeks ago, AM stopped by the Jonathan LeVine Gallery to check out new works from AJ Fosik collectively entitled Against The Infinite. Inspired by The Denial of Death, a 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning work of psychology and philosophy by Ernest Becker, the new sculptural works explore the idea that humanity has an "inherent struggle between its dualistic nature—a physical self and a symbolic self." Along with free-standing works, there is also an installation piece from the Portland-based artist that is comprised of 30 individual animal faces that when combined form a rhombic triacontahedron (seen above). Discuss AJ Fosik here.

Posted in AJ Fosik, Low Brow & Pop Surrealism, New York, Openings, Sculpture, Shows & Events

Showing: Yayoi Kusama – “I Who Have Arrived In Heaven” @ David Zwirner Gallery


For art lovers in New York, if you missed Yayoi Kusama's amazing showing last year at the Whitney Museum (covered), you need to get over to David ZwirnerI Who Have Arrived In Heaven spans all three locations of the gallery in Chealsea (519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street) and features 27 new large-scale paintings, a video installation, as well as not one but two of the Japanese artist's famed mirrored infinity rooms (see above). Take a look at more photos below as well as a some footage from the exhibition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD-2_MTqtYw Photo credit: David Zwirner Gallery & Steven Meidenbauer & Rebecca Dale Photography. (Via Colossal). Discuss Yayoi Kusama here. [caption id="attachment_238183" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Photo by Will Ragozzino. Photo by Will Ragozzino.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_238182" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Photo by Rebecca Dale Photography. Photo by Rebecca Dale Photography.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_238181" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Photo by Steven Meidenbauer. Photo by Steven Meidenbauer.[/caption] kusama-3 kusama-2

Posted in Contemporary Art, Installation, New York, Shows & Events, Yayoi Kusama

Upcoming: Todd “REAS” James – “Swords & Sorcery” @ The Newsstand


Tomorrow (November 23, 3-9pm) in New York, Todd James will be releasing a zine at The Newsstand in Brooklyn (inside the Metropolitan Ave.-Lorimer St. stop on the G and L trains). Those attending the event will see a Sword & Sorcery themed installation based on the dungeons and dragons type pieces he has been posting onto his Instagram (some more of which are seen below) recently. Discuss Todd James here.

Posted in Installation, Installations, New York, Publications, Releases, Shows & Events, Street & Urban Art, Todd "REAS" James, Todd James

Previews / Benefits: “Home Sweet Home” @ UTBNYC


On the 22nd of November, UTBNYC will be opening their first charity benefit show entitled Home Sweet Home. For this exhibition, they invited 30 artists from all over the world to participate and help the cause. The list of the participating artists include some of the NYC's notable names in graffiti, street art and urban art, showing and offering their works along with their colleagues from all over the world including Swoon, Miss Bugs, Faile, Judith Supine, RAE, Martin Whatson, EELUS, Aakash Nihalani, Priest, Carl Cashman, Zed1, Phlegm, and many more. Some of the highlights of the show are Swoon's mixed media work, Martin Whatson & DotDotDot's collab piece, NYC legend Cost's signature pasters/prints and his crew colleague, SET, who will be offering signed, handmade books with hand finishing for the first time, and Phlegm donating signed/doodled copies of his book, and much more. The show will help raise funds and bring awareness to Hour Children, an organization that's mission is to "help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families and build healthy, independent and secure lives." 100% of all the gallery proceeds will be donated to the charity! The opening reception will be on the 22nd of November from 7pm-10pm at their space in Brooklyn, with free admission and refreshments for visitors.

Posted in Aakash Nihalani, Benefits, Carl Cashman, Eelus, Faile, Judith Supine, Martin Whatson, Miss Bugs, New York, Phlegm, Priest, RAE, Shows & Events, Street & Urban Art, Swoon, Zed1

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