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Teaser: Mark Ryden – “The Gay 90s: West”

Here’s a little advance notice for Mark Ryden fans out there who need to make travel plans. On October 27th, the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles will be presenting The Gay 90s: West, the apparent left coast continuation of a body of work that started in New York back in 2010. (covered). The showing will include new paintings, works on paper, installation, and sculpture exploring the idealized 1890’s in America with all its associated trappings rendered with of course a surreal twist. In particular, […]
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Ai Weiwei x Herzog & de Meuron Serpentine Pavilion Complete

Recently, the 12th commissioned architectural project of an annual series from the Serpentine Gallery opened to the public. The 2012 piece was a collaboration between famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron, the same team that was responsible for the celebrated Beijing National Stadium which was built for the 2008 Olympic Games. The 12th Serpentine Galley Pavilion will be presented as part of the London 2012 Festival and consists of a plane of water floating above a sunken recess in the lawn […]
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Openings: Roid – “More Than Ever” @ TopSafe

Recently, the UK-based Roid opened his solo show More Than Ever with TopSafe London. The Heavy Artillery and MSK affiliated writer and artist presented a series of works featuring his progressive letterforms inspired by a diverse mix of  “music, nostalgia from the 80′s and 90′s, manga, and typography” which builds on his recent showing in Los Angeles (covered). Although the work has the requisite street aesthetic, he explains that he is also further influenced by concepts of precision, mathematics, and the idea of love stories […]
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Preview: Maurice Sendak Retrospective @ AFA

On the heels of the sad passing of Maurice Sendak last month, the AFA gallery in New York has announced a retrospective in loving memory of the influential illustrator. The exhibition will open on Saturday, June 9th, the day before what would have been the artist’s 84th birthday, and will remain on display through Labor Day. The showing at the SoHo space will feature nearly 50 original works, including published pieces, conceptual art and a bronze sculpture.
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Openings: Vhils – “Diorama” @ Vera Cortês

After seeding his home city of Lisbon with multiple murals (here, here, here & here) highlighting his unique skills, Vhils (filmed) has opened his show there at Vera Cortês Art Agency. And, what a show it is! The comprehensive exhibition entitled Diorama devoted entire rooms to the various mediums the street artist favors for indoor work including mixed media on paper, metal, wood, and a new technique with styrofoam. Look for more from Vhils as he moves on for a showing at Magda Danysz in Paris […]
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Setup: Arrested Motion – “City of Fire” @ Stephen Webster

Over the weekend, the AM crew and the good people at Stephen Webster have been hard at work setting up for our City of Fire scheduled to open on Tuesday night (7-10 pm on June 5th). While there, we have seen various artists drop off pieces, stop by for a chat, and work on various gallery installations. Last week, we already brought you some teaser images from most of the artists in our show including Cyrcle., Thomas Doyle, Ron English, James Jean, Kid Zoom, Dave Kinsey, MARS-1, […]
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Preview: Sarah Joncas – “Between Wind and Water” @ Thinkspace

Coming up in a couple weeks, the Thinkspace Gallery will be hosting Between Wind and Water, a joint show between  Sarah Joncas (interviewed) & Caia Coopman. The Toronto-based painter will be presenting 18 new pieces, including the one seen above featuring her female portraiture. It looks like some of the pieces for this show continue the somber mood seen in her previous shot as well as adding a touch of mystery. Discuss Sarah Joncas here.
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Art HK ’12 – Highlights

After bringing you some initial photos (here & here) from Art Hong Kong, here is a more extensive look at the work available before we start focusing on booths. Although there is plenty of recognizable work to contemporary art fans out there, there is also definitely a local flavor to the to the event leading to some happy surprises and discoveries of new artists. Take a look at the photo set below. Discuss Art HK here.
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Openings: “The Rejects” @ Reed Projects Gallery

Last weekend in Norway, the inaugural show at Reed Projects Gallery, The Rejects, opened featuring work from Vhils, Roa, Escif, Dolk, Evol, Dan Witz and Brad Downey. The new showspace is the brainchild of the same people behind the annual Nuart Festival in Stavenger and presumably will now become the indoor gallery of those artists involved. Take a look at more photos from the opening below… Photo credit: Erik Sæter Jørgensen.
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Releases: Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton – “Infinitely Kusama”

Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s collaboration with French fashion house Louis Vuitton was recently revealed in a series of photographs. Entitled Infinitely Kusama, the line will feature her signature dots & color motif covering garments, bags, jewelry and shoes. Scheduled for a July 10th release, devoted fans can do some shopping before heading to her retrospective at the Whitney Museum which opens two days later on July 12th. More details on the LV x Yayoi Kusama website. Via Designboom. Discuss Yayoi Kusama here.
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