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Previews: Massimo Vitali @ agnès b. Galerie Boutique

This Saturday, the agnès b. Galerie Boutique will be opening their latest show featuring acclaimed photographer Massimo Vitali. The Italian artist will be in attendance for the opening reception from 6-9 and be on hand to sign editions of two of his recently published books: Natural Habitats and Landscape with Figures. Check out a quick preview of this show after the jump.

Teaser / Videos: Alexander Calder – “Calder’s Circus” @ The Whitney Museum

Starting this Friday (Dec.9), New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art will be pulling one of their permanent collection’s most beloved works out of storage and putting it back on display. Calder’s Circus was created by Alexander Calder while he was living in Paris in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He transformed simple, everyday materials such as wire, cork and wood into all the settings and participants found in an actual circus—only miniaturized to fit within a few portable suitcase. Calder began giving performances […]

Preview: David Flores x Phil Stern @ The Phil Stern Gallery

Tomorrow night, December 8th, the Phil Stern Gallery will debut a new exhibit by award-winning photographer Phil Stern and artist David Flores. If you remember a few months back, Flores painted a mural in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles based on a James Dean photograph shot by the Stern (covered). Interesting enough, it was through the photos of AM photographer Carlos Gonzalez that Stern first saw the mural. The remixed James Dean wall made such an impression on Stern that he decided to open […]

Videos: Allison Schulnik – “Mound”

Some of you may remember – a little while back, we posted this great video from Allison Schulnik on our facebook page. Seeing her deliciously thick and textured paintings at the Mark Moore booth (more on this later) at PULSE during Art Basel Week reminded us to share Mound with our readers here as well. Schulnik actually went to CalArts to specifically study experimental animation and her excellent technique certainly shows. Discuss Allison Schulnik here.

Releases: Kaws – Black SpongeBob Print @ Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

For fans of KAWS that have collected the first two colors of his elusive SpongeBob print, the good news is he’s going to be releasing the anticipated third color to round out the trifecta on December 13th. How do you get it? It’ll be released at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth where he’ll be unveiling his latest exhibition FOCUS:KAWS. Discuss Kaws here.

Basel Week Miami ’11: Diddy x Valmorbida CULO Party @ Mr. Chow

As you know Basel Miami lives for art in the day and runs on parties all night. Arguably the hottest party on South Beach during Basel Week was the CULO book party held by Sean “P Diddy” Combs and Valmorbida. A veritable who’s who list attended the event at the Mr. Chow restaurant where  Will Smith, Damien Hirst, Russell Simmons, Chris Bosh, Naomi Campbell, Adrien Brody, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, RETNA, Brett Ratner, Chris Bosh, Paris & Nikki Hilton just to name a few. The event […]

Previews: KAWS – “FOCUS:KAWS” @ Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

There was no sign of KAWS this year in person at Art Basel Week Miami. Perhaps it’s because he is preparing for his upcoming show, FOCUS:KAWS (teased), at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Judging from this photo, the catalog is ready to go as well as some installed 20″ tondos in the background that look familiar. This is just the first stop for his upcoming schedule of museum exhibitions as he will move on to Atlanta’s High Museum of Art in February and […]

Preview: Linnea Strid – “As It Falls Over You” @ Thinkspace

Sweden-based painted Linnea Strid is getting set to unleash a new body of work for her show this Saturday, December 10th, at Thinkspace. The LA exhibition, entitled As It Falls Over You (a joint show with Nathan DeYoung), will showcase some of Strid’s signature hyperrealism and feature some of her favorite imagery – dripping wet faces and their interplay with water. Preview images after the jump…

Streets: John Baldessari – “The First $100,000 I Ever Made” (New York)

This $100,000 bill recently showed up in New York, along the re-purposed train tracks known as The High Line. The First $100,000 I Ever Made is the work of famed American conceptual artist John Baldessari and is displayed prominently on a 25-foot-by-75-foot billboard (above 18th St). This example of art near or on the famed pedestrian walkway is the first we have seen since KAWS and FriendsWithYou. More photos by Bill Orcutt after the jump…

Basel Week Miami ’11: Do Ho Suh @ Lehmann Maupin

Another artist whose work caught our eye during Art Basel Week Miami was Do Ho Suh’s creations for Lehmann Maupin at the main fair. Like his showing at the NY gallery back in September (covered), the Korean sculptor and installation artist brought some captivating household items created from translucent fabric that attracted many fair-goers to examine their ethereal details up close. More photos after the jump…