5 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on June 6

Categories: Visual Art

Courtesy of the artist and 720 Gallery
Bassim Al-Shaker will be displaying current work in an untitled solo exhibition
First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows not to miss this evening.

Bassim Al-Shaker

Bassim Al-Shaker garnered international recognition last summer when the New York Times ran a profile on the Iraqi artist, who came to Arizona in June 2013 with ASU's International Artist Residency Program. Al-Shaker's current work will be on view at 720 Gallery for this month's First Friday, and it's a show you will not want to miss.

See also: 5 Things Phoenix's Art Detour Can Learn From New York's Bushwich Open Studios

Al-Shaker is a figurative painter; his hyper-realistic portraiture is particularly breathtaking. The artist recently had work on display in the 2013 Venice Biennale, and his work is included in private collections around the world. The show's opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

Courtesy of the artist
Rebecca Green My Insides are Gold, Acrylic, gold leaf, and oil on wood.

We recently chatted with Palabra owner Jorge Torres about his gallery expansion and the summer pop-up gallery at UNION at the Biltmore. Tonight marks the much-anticipated opening of that pop-up. "Girl" features artwork from Rebecca Green and Mikey Jackson. The night will be a full celebration, with music by DJ Maneone and Miguel Angel Rocha and food from Light Bites by Brendan McCaskey, Short Leash Hot Dogs, and Juicd Life. The reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

Location Info


720 Gallery

720 N. 4th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Frontal Lobe Gallery at Bragg's Pie Factory

1301 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Night Gallery

2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Willo North Gallery

2811 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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