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‘Get Rich Quick’ opens at Carmichael Gallery…

The Carmichael Gallery just opened ‘Get Rich Quick’ – an all-star group show of after market works from the collections of the gallery’s patrons including: Adam Neate, Antony Micallef, Banksy, Barry McGee, Bast, D*Face, Dalek, David Choe, David Choong Lee, Faile, Herbert Baglione, Ian Francis, KAWS, Nick Walker, Paul Insect, Shepard Fairey, Sixeart, Skullphone, Space Invader, Swoon, Will Barras and many more. The buzz on this one was large, and the gallery was packed throughout the evening. Made the trek out to the gallery with Allison Sommers and Joao Ruas in tow…

Wall of KAWS goodness…

An iconic Faile from their 1st show up at Fifty24SF… had for $150 originally… god bless the art market… now $15K (not much more than a few years later)…

By far the monster piece of the show from the one and only BANKSY

Someone else cashing in on one of the gems from their early show up in SF at Fifty24SF

A beautiful piece from Nick Walker

Knock knock… WOW… would kill for this door from the mighty SWOON

Monster 4×8′ piece from David Choe

Collection of Antony Micallef prints…

Goodness from D*Face

The magic that is Ian Francis

BAST keeps it dirty…

Tons of Shepard Fairey works were on view…
Another great piece from Nick Walker

Another view of the collection of Faile boxes that were on view…

Fellow Brazilians meet for the 1st time – Joao Ruas with Thais Beltrame

Whose ‘When All The Stars Are Gone’ solo also opened in conjunction with ‘Get Rich Quick’. Profiled here in an earlier post, the works of Beltrame need to be viewed in person, as does her delicatley intricate constellation installation.

Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
1257 N. La Brea Ave in West Hollywood / 323.969.0600
http://www.carmichaelgallery.com/

‘American Realities’ opens at New Image Art…

‘American Realities’ opened last night at New Image Art in West Hollywood to a packed house. The works of Lydia Fong (aka Barry McGee), Clare Rojas and Andrew Jeffrey Wright were on display and did not disappoint. These three always deliver and have done numerous shows together over the years and are great friends as well, and it shows.
McGee really showed strength through diversity with this show, and exhibited a ton of great work. The above wall of geometrics was different than usual, in that it highlighted the words ‘Lydia’ in the collage make up…
One of McGee’s signature “wall pimples” in full effect… below numerous close ups of other choice works from McGee that caught our eye…

How does he paint these? Hard to even look at without going all crosseyed… awesome.

Several of his highly detailed ballpoint pen works were included in the show…

The gem of the show, in my opinion, was hidden most of the night as it was in the shadow of a pedestal that held one of McGee’s sculptures… but he’s a tendency to put awesome pieces in crazy places and that’s why going to his shows are always so fun…

Opening night crowd view with McGee’s wall of geometrics and wall pimple in the background…

Classic McGee.

Unique install from McGee featuring his new direction of works…

And another install from McGee…

Close up of one of McGee’s newer pieces… incorporating his use of geometrics still, but more minimal in certain aspects…

Another close up of one of the ‘wall pimple’ pieces…

Me wants 🙂
McGee checking out some new ink Travis Millard got recently…

Wall of work from Clare Rojas
Close up of Clare’s massive centerpiece…

Clare’s new works were just beautiful… over 30 new pieces were included in the show…
My favorite of the new pieces from Rojas…

In the project room were the works of Andrew Jeffrey Wright

Where a trashcan was filled with Furbies… but once one walked around the back, they found an automated Frubie that kind of mimiced the traveling installation piece from McGee that had Amaze bombing a bathroom (that was housed in the back of an old truck trailer)… genious this lil’ install was, be sure to check it out when you swing through (as you could well miss it).

The whole project room was just taken over by Wright – one of the walls above. His view on life and things in general, is 100% unique and all Wright.

Andrew Jeffrey Wright delivered a short set of his unique stand up comedy…

While Barry McGee and the crowd looked on…

Above, ithe crowd gathers to hear Peggy Honeywell (Clare Rojas’ alter-ego)… her acoustic driven songs are just beautiful and I can’t recommend enough picking up some of her albums…

Peggy Honeywell (aka Clare Rojas) in action… check out a short song from her set the night of the opening below…

New Image Art

7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.654.2192
“American Realities” featuring new works from Clare Rojas, Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Lydia Fong (aka Robert Pimple, aka Barry McGee)

New Image Art’s 15th Anniversary opening night…

New Image Art over on Fairfax celebrated their 15th Anniversary this evening in grand fashion (see previous post). When we arrived a bit after 8PM, the crowd swelled into the streets as the band No Age was rocking the house big time…

Marsea Goldberg of New Image in front of a work from Cleon Peterson (congrats Marsea!)

The epic 12′ tall work from Judith Supine that greated patrons as they entered…

The crowd view from mid-gallery looking out with Supine’s piece looming in the distance

Faile

Megan Whitmarsh‘s plush bling… gotta love it.

Taylor McKimens

Matt Leines

Rebecca Westcott (R.I.P)

Shepard Fairey – pulled out the OG Andre for the event… nice!

Patrons taking in the beauty of Jim Houser‘s intricate work…

Swoon
Dave Kinsey

Thomas Campbell

No Age are rocking out in there somewhere… the place was just packed all night…

Claire Rojas

Barry Mc Gee – just killin’ it, one of the highlights…

Os Gemeos… how sick is that thing?!?!

More goodness from Os Gemeos

BAST

Neckface custome cycle… definitely a nice touch.
Another shot of the monster Judith Supine piece… because it was that amazing.

A wall of work from The Date Farmers

Albert Reyes bombin’ our sketchbook…

The Clayton Brothers

DJ Alf Alpha with a work from Anthony Lister looming in the background…

Thomas Campbell

Phil Frost
Rich Jacobs

AIKO
What an amazing night!!! So many artists came out to pay their props to Marsea including Jeff Soto, The Clayton Brothers, Kelsey Brookes, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson, The Date Farmers, Rich Jacobs, Albert Reyes, Neckface, Ed Templeton, Deanna Templeton, and more… just an amazing turnout and show – Congrats again Marsea!

New Image Art 15th Anniversary tomorrow night… don’t miss this!

We’ve already posted on this a couple times, but this one is going to be amazing so we wanted to post a lil’ update. Look for shots of the opening to be posted here Saturday eve…

Sat, Jan. 24th 7-10PM

New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.654.2192
“15th Anniversary Show” with works from Faile, Bast, Jeff Soto, Judith Supine, Deanna Templeton, Barry McGee, Claire Rojas, Chris Johanson, Tauba Auerbach, Chris Lindig, Megan Whitmarsh, Antonio Diaz, Rich Jacobs, Skullphone, Caroline Hwang, Neck Face, Jamie Williams, The Date Farmers, Kelsey Brookes, Jo Jackson, Anthony Lister, Cleon Peterson, Aiko, Os Gemeos, Taylor McKimens, The Clayton Brothers, Cody Hudson, David Ellis, Eddie Martinez, and many, many more – please note this will take place in the vacant space next door to their main gallery

Congratulations to Marsea on this huge accomplishment!!!

The 15 year anniversary party will serve as a retrospective show… a show of shows if you will. Many of the artists that have shown with New Image over the past 15 years are contributing to this special exhibit.

New Image will be showing videos and slide presentations and inviting some of their favorite past musical guests for live performances, dancing, and an all around good time.

Rich Jacobs and his friends are building a replica of the original New Image Art when it was upstairs and in only a 10 by 10 foot room. Rich will be driving down from SF and will be installing one of his curated ‘Move’ exhibits (see flier above) in this specially constructed space. Included in this special edition of the ‘Move’ series are works from Jodran Isip, Phil Frost, Thomas Campbell, Mofo, Tim Kerr, Melinda Beck and many more.
Judith Supine is making an 18 foot high 16 foot wide kinetic sculpture. Ed and Deanna Templeton are each doing photographic installations, Jose Parla is sending a piece in and Shepard‘s piece is off the hook (see above) plus a beautiful Eddie Martinez will be included in the show as well (see below). This one is not to be missed… it’s like a who’s who of the Beauitful Losers.

Looking for something else to do as well, be sure to check out our post below of this weekend’s ‘Recommended Openings’.

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Thurs, Jan. 22nd – Sun, Jan. 25th (see site for full details)
FADA present the 14th annual Los Angeles Art Show
LA Convention Center / 1201 S. Figueroa Street in downtown LA (new location)
Featuring over 150 prominent galleries from around the globe, exhibiting for sale a vast array of art – over 15,000 works of art will be on view at this internationally acclaimed event
Full details, admission and hours at: http://www.laartshow.com/

Fri, Jan. 23rd – Sun, Jan. 25th (see site for full details)
ArtLA
3021 Airport Avenue / The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica / Info: 213.633.5361 (new location) Featuring over 60 local, national, and international galleries filling over 35,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space
Full details, admission and hours at: http://www.artfairsinc.com/artla/2009/

Sat, Jan. 24th 7-10PM
Robert Berman Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space C2 in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.315.1937
“Hunting and Gaming” featuring new works from Vanessa Prager (* work shown above) and Kathy Grayson
(On view through Feb. 14th)
http://www.robertbermangallery.com/

Sat, Jan. 24th 7-10PM
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
“Tracking The Wounded” featuring new works from Joey Remmers + new works from Devin Crane in the loft
http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com/

Sat, Jan. 24th 5-9PM
Monkeyhouse Toys and Art Gallery
1618 ½ Silver Lake Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.662.3437
“I Heart LA Show” featuring works from 13:11, Douglas Alvarez, Catherine Brooks, Delphia, Patrick Haemmerlein, Walt Hall, Snow Mack, Misha, Miss Wendy, Smear, Jeremy Szuder, Josh Taylor, Paul Torres, Zoso and more
http://www.monkeyhousetoys.com/

Sat, Jan. 24th 7-10PM
New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.654.2192
“15th Anniversary Show” with works from Faile, Bast, Jeff Soto, Judith Supine, Deanna Templeton, Megan Whitmarsh, Antonio Diaz, Rich Jacobs, Skullphone, Caroline Hwang, Neck Face, Jamie Williams, The Date Farmers, Kelsey Brookes, Jo Jackson, Anthony Lister, Cleon Peterson, and David Ellis – please note this will take place in the vacant space next door to their main gallery
http://www.newimageartgallery.com/

Sat, Jan. 24th 5-7PM ($8 admission)
Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA, 92054 / 760.435.3720 (20 miles north of San Diego on the coast) “Lowbrow Art: Nine San Diego Pop Surrealists” featuring the works of Mary Fleener, Scott Saw, Tim McCormick, Scrojo (Craig Haskett), Jason Sherry, Charles Glaubitz, Ron Wharton, Pamela Jaeger and Jen Trute – complete with wine and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres prepared by OMA’s own Culinary Arts Council (On view through May 24th) http://www.oma-online.org/

Sat, Jan. 24th 5-8PM
Patrick Painter Inc.
“I Feel Nothing” new works from Christoph Schmidberger
(On view through Feb. 28th)
http://www.patrickpainter.com/

*If you copy and repost our recommendations, please at least credit us as this takes a good bit of time, and we do it out of love and to support and nourish the scene. Please don’t bite and try to pass off as otherwise. Our list and weekly e-mail of recommended openings has been going strong since 2004. Thanks!