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Video: Ai Weiwei – “Sunflower Seeds” @ Tate Modern

We wanted to share this documentary we recently watched put out by the Tate Modern on Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds installation (covered). Hosted at the Turbine Hall and part of the Unilever Series of commissions for the museum, the impressive project from the Chinese artist and dissident took two and half years to complete and involved over 1600 artisans handcrafting 100 million ceramic seeds. The footage rolls as Ai Weiwei takes the viewer through the entire creative process from the mining of the raw materials […]

Streets: ROA (Salten Sea)

It look like while ROA was in Los Angeles for his pop-up show (covered), he found time to take a little detour to the Salten Sea. While there, the Belgium artist painted a fish in his signature style to mark his passage.  It certainly is a telling piece as the fertilizer runoff combined with the increasing salinity is certainly threatening the survival much of the fish species there. Another view as well as perhaps the inspiration for this piece after the jump…

Openings: “Zen Garage” @ JANM

Last week, the Japanese American Nation Museum hosted “Zen Garage”, a small exhibition featuring some custom vehicles from Shinya Kimura, Giant Robot’s Eric Nakamura (interviewed), and David Choe (featured).  The highlight for us was Choe’s custom monster Scion xB showcasing some of his signature artwork on its body and his love for the drums in the back. More photos courtesy of Brandon Shigeta after the jump…

Handmade Audrey Kawasaki Plushes

Take a look at these nice homemade plushes from Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) that she posted on her English blog recently. She made her new hobby known a little while back but has definitely upped her game recently by including her own artwork. Perhaps she should start her own line like Camille Rose Garcia? Take a look at different views as well as the creation process after the jump…

Teaser / Video: D*Face & Mear One – “Temporary Metropolis” @ L.A. Mart

It sounds like D*Face (interviewed) and Mear One are planning a huge show in Los Angeles for May of next year. They will be taking over the 25,000 sq. ft. 2nd floor of L.A. Mart in downtown with their paintings and installations entitled Temporary Metropolis. We’ll have alot more info as the show gets closer but check out this recent video from Mear One to get an idea of what to expect as he worked on his New World Disobedience series, still available here. Discuss […]
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his son, heir apparent Kim Jong Un attend the massive military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

2010 in photos from the Boston Globe

As we ring in the new year, now is the time to look back at some moments in 2010 that summarizes some events that captured the attention of the world. As per their tradition, the Boston Globe published a photo recap (Part one, two, three), some art related like the image above from Art Hong Kong (covered).
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Teaser: Luke Chueh – “Contemptorary Art” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Luke Chueh’s (interviewed) upcoming show at Corey Helford in February is shaping up to be an interesting affair. Not only will a large-scale Possessed sculpture hopefully be revealed, but he’ll be taking his work in a new direction for the solo, aptly named Contemptorary Art [sic]. The show is Luke’s unique take on contemporary art which we got a taste of this with the painting seen above, Label Series – Lowbrow (and Still the Loser), that we saw at Art Basel Week which is inspired […]

Teaser / Video: Adam Neate @ Art Stage Singapore

From January 12th-16th, Elms Lester will be showing Adam Neate’s (interviewed) work at the first ever Art Stage Singapore. If they are lucky, fans in the city-state will be seeing some of the work from his Flock Series at the art fair that we saw in October at the London gallery (covered).  Take a look at these three-dimensional marvels in the video above to get a better perspective. Discuss Adam Neate here.
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Releases: Arkitip Issue No. 0056 – JR

It seems like Arkitip has been involved in some pretty cool projects recently including the Andrew Schoultz show at their space in LA and the recent Jose Parla x Incase releases. Word now comes that the next issue (No. 0056) of their comprehensive art magazine will focus on French street photographer and TED prize winner – JR.  The edition will be limited to 1000, consist of 128 pages, and even more exciting, be packaged with two 5 x 7 In. (12.7 x 17.78 cm) original […]
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Teaser: George Condo – “Mental States” @ New Museum

George Condo, who saw plenty of action down at Art Basel Miami this year, will be one of highlights for the first month of the new year when his almost 30 year retrospective opens at the New Museum on January 26th.  Lucky New Yorkers will witness the first major US survey of over eighty paintings and sculptures arranged in close association with the artist into different “states of mind” groupings of works. For fans old and new of the American artist, who has garnered some […]