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Art Focus: Brad Kunkle

For this week’s Art Focus, we turn our attention to New York-based painter Brad Kunkle. We were first introduced to his skills during the opening of the Martin Wittfooth curated Dark Water show (covered) in Los Angeles. What is striking about his work is his incorporation of silver and gold leaf into his oil paintings, which imbues them with an added depth and allows for a play with light and angles. He feels that the relationship between the leaf, figures, and environments in his work is […]

Teaser: Jim Houser – “As Quiet As Itʼs Kept” @ LeBasse Projects (Culver City)

We last had the pleasure of seeing one of Jim Houser’s installations about a year back at last year’s Armory Week in New York. Now, as it was back then, we are still intrigued by the Philadelphia-based artist’s use of his own brand of symbology and visual language. Fans in Los Angeles will get the opportunity to witness for themselves on Saturday night, March 10th, as Houser (you can see a glimpse of him setting up above) will be opening his As Quiet As Itʼs Kept exhibition […]

Previews: Cai Guo-Qiang – “Sky Ladder” @ MOCA (Los Angeles) – Part II

A couple days ago, we brought you images of some of the amazing gunpowder drawings being created by Cai Guo-Qiang, his assistants, and a group of volunteers at the Los Angeles MOCA. We now have for you process photos of the second commissioned piece from the renowned Chinese artist entitled Zero Gravity (approx. 11 x 39 feet), which portrays “mankind’s undying fantasy to defy gravity and its unsuccessful challenges by naive measures since antiquity.” For those interested (and if you are MOCA members), you will […]

Armory Week ’12: Armory Show – First Look (Part II)

As with most art fairs, there is such a overwhelming amount of art, it’s hard to take in all the goodness in one pass. After Part I of our look at the main fair, we now have a second set of photos to share with you from the Armory. Enjoy the viewing as we work on getting you more coverage of additional select satellite fairs and events. Photoset after the jump…

Michael Heizer – “Levitated Mass” for LACMA (In Transit)

Levitated Mass is a project conceived by artist Michael Heizer in 1968, that has waited until now after he has spent decades looking for an appropriate sized boulder. The installation on the LACMA campus will consist of a 456-foot-long slot, over which is placed said granite megalith, all of which conceptually speaks to “the expanse of art history, from ancient traditions of creating artworks from megalithic stone, to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge feats of engineering.” This newest construct is one in a […]

Armory Week ’12: Armory Art Show – First Look (Part I)

Yesterday, AM attended the private viewing of the Armory Art Show which officially kicked off a crazy week of art in New York. Similar to Basel Miami’s first look, many of the art world’s notable collectors queued up patiently for the clock to strike noon so they could pounce on their favorites at the the fair’s many quality galleries. It took us hours to run through and scan the booths to bring you a selection of images. Check it out after the jump.

Openings: Jaybo Monk @ Soze Gallery

Last week, the Soze Gallery was proud to present the work and first L.A. exhibition from Jaybo Monk. Titled Silent/Listen, this show unveiled a number of paintings in which the artist fused an interesting style of portraiture, collage, and linear perspective. Also utilizing the human body as the focus to various of his pieces, the French-born artist managed to present a collection of art which felt both original and visually arresting. Apart from this work, a special collaboration was on display which featured Monk’s style […]

Amory Week ’12: Richard Heller Gallery

As you must have realized from the article on our studio visit with Aakash Nihalani that we published yesterday, Armory Week is just around the corner. Running from March 8th to 11th, the preeminent New York art fair (along with satellites) will be keeping AM busy in the upcoming days. One of the booths in the main fair that we will be visiting will be Richard Heller’s with his lineup of Corey Arnold, Amy Bennett, Ernesto Caivano, Edward del Rosario, David Jien, Marion Peck, Paco Pomet, […]

Teaser: Antony Micallef – “A Little Piece of Me” @ The Outsiders

After his successful solo, Happy Deep Inside My Heart, at Lazarides’ Rathbone Place last year, Antony Micallef (interviewed) will be featured in a smaller showing at The Outsiders tomorrow night, March 8th. A Little Piece of Me will comprise of ten new examples of the London-based artist’s ongoing Head series. These works aren’t studies per say, but they are used by Micallef to get his creative juices flowing before plunging into a new body of work. See what he has to say about these particular set […]

Previews: Cai Guo-Qiang – “Sky Ladder” @ MOCA (Los Angeles) – Part I

AM was on hand a couple days ago as explosive Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang started his preparations for his upcoming exhibition at the Los Angeles MOCA set to open on April 8th. The showing will be the first West Coast solo for the world-renowned New York-based artist and feature new commissioned works including three gunpowder drawings and a public outdoor explosion event created onsite at the museum. This first session that we attended saw the creation of Chaos in Nature (approx. 11 x 49 feet), […]