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Game Over III Begins at Giant Robot SF

Giant Robot is presenting its annual art exhibit Game Over III at its store in San Francisco, California (618 Shrader St.; 415-876-4773) open Mon-Fri 11:30-8, Sat. 11-8, Sun 12-7, from March 12 through April 14, 2010.

This group show pays homage to the continuous evolution of videogames and their influence on popular culture.

The impact and inspiration of videogames will be represented through a wide assortment of styles and genres provided by artists in the fields of illustration, painting, sewing, independent comics, and, of course, videogames.

Contributors scheduled include:

Sasha Barr
Sean Boyles
Eric Butler
Kris Chau
Shawn Cheng

Ryan De La Hoz
Elayne Dixon
E. Dubois
Theo Ellsworth

Everybody Get Up
Matt Furie
Mark Giglio
Jake Gillespie
Tim Gough

Andrew Holder
Paul Hornschemeier
David Horvath
Jay Howell
Martin Hsu
Mari Inukai
Marc Johns

James Kochalka
Le Merde
Phil Lumbang
Aaron Martinez
Andrew Perry

Mike Perry
Ferris Plock
Silvio Porretta
Carlos Ramos
Albert Reyes

Grant Reynolds
Alexander Shen
Kaz Strzepek
Team Macho
Daria Tessler
Jeremy Tinder
Joe To
Kelly Tunstall
Aiyana Udesen
Amy Vazquez

Connie Wong
Anthony Wu
Lawrence Yang
Derek Yu

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, as well as an online equivalent.

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Game Over III
March 12-April 14, 2010

618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA 94117


The Armory Show NYC

The Armory Show is being held from March 4-7, 2010 at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City. The Armory Show is America's leading fine art fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its 12 years, the fair has become an international institution as artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York their destination during Armory Arts Week.

The Armory Show 2010 also features The Armory Show – Modern, specializing in modern and secondary market material. Events include VIP Program Tours of top collectors’ homes, private receptions at top museums and at embassies and consulates, and dozens of other exclusive events.

Read more: The Armory Show NYC

Verge Emerging Art Fair Premieres in New York

For the inaugural New York round of the Verge Emerging Art Fair, being held March 4-7, 2010, at YellowFishArt Gallery, owner Alessandro Mangiarotti is exhibiting an installation on a bed. The improvised display, by French-Turkish art duo Lorand Revault and Ali Umut Ergin, saves the Montreal shop $500. That's what it'd cost to remove the King Size from a room at Verge's Dylan Hotel site.

Welcome to contemporary art's newest showcase, an exciting prospect for small fry like the four-year-old YellowFishArt who'd be swallowed by leviathans in a bigger expo, yet still a Darwinian test of survival skills.  

"The aquarium is full of sharks, but you jump into the water, drink your scotch — and remain very aware," says Mangiarotti. While his outfit specializing in Italian and Japanese artists may not easily afford the splurge, it apparently can't afford to sit out such a promising forum's big city debut.

Verge is not, however, a true virgin. It was conceived from the detritus of the Bridge Art Fair, a non-profit noted for sparking controversy during its three-year career.

Billing itself as "the only art fair exclusively devoted to emerging art," Verge puts over new works in all media, with an eye toward combating stasis in evaluating and exhibiting art. It builds on Bridge's embrace of themes ranging from golems and murder mysteries to stunt professionals and "swarthy men in fast cars."

Like Bridge, Verge coincides with Armory Arts Week, which sees thousands of artists and art connoisseurs descend on the City each March. It's hardly the only satellite fair to orbit the Armory Show; Verge joins fellow upstarts Independent and Critical Design as well as veterans Scope, Pulse, Pool, Fountain and Red Dot.

Another established art fair, Volta, is located a scant seven blocks from the Dylan. Newcomer Verge stands to draw some of Volta's traffic, a windfall surely not lost on Verge Artistic Director and Brooklyn artist Edoaurd Steinhauer. With so many satellites vying for fair-goers' attention, being strategically situated could make the difference in a critic's ability to squeeze one more venue into his/her crammed agenda. 

Originally, seven countries were slated to supply Verge's entries, including Greece, Germany, China and Serbia. In the end, Japan, Canada are France are what's left of the show's non-U.S. contingent. Ten galleries have a Brooklyn address, including the Williamsburg-based Gitana Rosa Gallery, which promotes eco-sustainable through its themes and methods as well as through donations to environmental causes.

Though peddling art that's as divergent as their sources, Verve's motley affiliates are apt to agree on at least one thing: Mangiarotti's belief that "there's no way to participate with a zillion-dollar gallery like a Gagosian."

Here's a list of participating galleries, ateliers, storefronts, artist collectives and artist-run spaces:

ANTIDOTE, Brooklyn, NY
AS Projects, Paris, France
Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, New York
• Cellar Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Alice Chilton Grace Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
• Galerie Yellowfishart, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Gitana Rosa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Khaki Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
•  MS Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Megumi Ogita, Tokyo, Japan
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Shelter Island, NY
Nroom Artspace, Tokyo, Japan
NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY
Jonathan Schipper/Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Satori Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Slate Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
Spence Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
Tache Gallery, Richmond Hill, NY
Van Uxem Projects, NY, NY

The Dylan Hotel
52 East 41st Street
New York, NY
(312) 612-2270

Manifest Equality Art Show, Hollywood

Manifest Equality is an advocacy celebration of LGBT &mndash; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender — art and culture, being held March 3 - 7, 2010 at the Manifest Equality Gallery at 341 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA. A diverse array of hundreds of visual artists gather together under one roof to join with the LGBT community, their friends, family members and co-workers to demand full and equal rights for all Americans.

Leading up to this event, Manifest Equality sponsored a nationwide online art contest focusing on the themes of Equality, Justice, Respect, Unity, Civil Rights and Love. The panel of judges include:

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Annie Philbin (Hammer Museum)
Shepard Fairey (Artist),
Ed Ruscha (Artist)
Lari Pittman (Artist)
Lisa Love (Senior WC Editor, Vogue),
Franklin Sirmans (Curator Contemporary Art, LACMA)
Edgar Arceneaux (Director, Watts House Project)
Rick Jacobs (Founder, Courage Campaign)
David Pagel (Art Critic)

Five winning artists will have their work hang with nationally recognized peers at the Manifest Equality Gallery, and 10 second-prize winners will join the online exhibition.
Participating artists include:

Catia Chien
Robbie Conal
Roman Coppola
Ron English
Shepard Fairey
Sarah Folkman
Tierney Gearon
Karen Kimmel
Barry McGee
Elizabeth McGrath
Harvey Pekar

Clare Rojas
Tara Seibel

This event is produced by the team behind the MANIFESTHOPE exhibitions/campaigns at the Democratic National Convention 2008 and the Presidential Inauguration 2009.  

For more information, visit

Manifest Equality
March 3-7, 2010
1341 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA

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