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Video: Cai Guo-Qiang – “Saraab” Opening Fireworks @ Arab Museum of Modern Art

To celebrate the opening of his Saraab (mirage) exhibition a couple weeks ago at the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) in Qatar, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang put on his largest explosive performance of the last three years. Using perfectly timed microchip-controlled explosions, the renowned contemporary artist transformed the desert landscape and sky into his canvas with some beautifully orchestrated smoke and fire designs. For those who will be traveling to the Middle East, the exhibition will be on until May 26th and feature more than fifty […]

Releases: Olly Moss x Studio Ghibli x Mondo: “My Neighbor Totoro” Screenprints

Tomorrow, December 16th, Mondo will be offering up two new limited editions from Olly Moss featuring imagery from the whimsical and beloved film My Neighbor Totoro from Hayao Miyazaki. The release of the 20″ x 36″ 8-color screenprints coincides with a 15-title, 25-year retrospective film marathon from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, which plays at the IFC Center in New York City from December 16th to January 12th. The general edition will be limited to 420, and will cost $50 with the variant in an edition of 170 and cost […]

Events: Tauba Auerbach – “[2,3]” Book Launch Party @ Printed Matter

We recently attended a party at New York’s Printed Matter to celebrate the long-awaited release of Tauba Auerbach’s [2,3]. The small, artist-book shop was filled to capacity that night with people eager to pick up their pre-ordered copies, those curious to see the final product for themselves and others just wanting to wish the artist congratulations on a job well done. The party included a lovely performance by singer/musician Glasser, for whom Auerbach designed the cover of her album, Ring. Over two years in production, […]

Previews: David Ellis – “True Value” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Opening tonight at the Joshua Liner Gallery is True Value, Barnstormer David Ellis‘ first solo exhibition with the gallery. The multi-talented Ellis will be showing an exciting and varied collection of new and recent work, including paintings, videos and his 2011 Pulse Prize-winning kinetic sound sculpture True Value (Paint Fukette). See more preview images from True Value, after the jump.

James Jean x OVM

James Jean (featured) recently christened his new webstore, OVM, creating a separate place where he will make available to his fans his books, prints, jewelry, and other art products. While his fine art happenings will still remain on his main website, make sure you also bookmark OVM to keep up to date on other offerings from Jean like this Siren Scarf you see the lovely Leticia holding. More images of other available items for your xmas shopping perusal after the jump…

Contest / Videos: Von – “Semblance – Collector’s Edition Box Set”

It’s been slightly over a year, but you may remember last time when UK-based artist Von (interviewed) generously gave away his Animals: Collector’s Edition Box Set here on AM. Just in time for Christmas, Von is once again teaming up with us here to give one lucky reader his new Semblance – Collector’s Edition Box Set. The 5 giclee prints included are sized at 40cm x 30cm / 15.7″ × 11.8″, in an edition of 50, and signed and numbered, and as a bonus 5 original signed drawings […]

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

On Friday night, AM attended Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth where KAWS unveiled his latest show in the Lone Star state. The exhibition entitled Focus:KAWS is a mix of color and monotone works from the Brooklyn based artist including a previous series of tondos which made its way from this year’s Armory. In addition, the monocolor counterpart of the neon Dissected Companion from his showing with Honor Fraser also made an appearance. On display was also the black spongebob print which we told you about a couple days […]

Videos: FriendsWithYou for Beck’s Green Box Project

Back in September, we first reported on Beck’s Green Box Project with an interview with featured artist Mark Jenkins. The linchpin to the project was the augmented reality app dubbed the Beck’s Key App that projected images and animation over certain flashpoints in different cities. Now comes a video interview with the busy FriendsWithYou collective whose exhibition (covered) we just enjoyed in Miami during Art Basel Week. Their portion of the project officially launched in Berlin recently with a special event at Soho House and if you are in […]

Overtime: Dec 5 – Dec 11

The hugely popular Leonardo da Vinci exhibition is making its way to the big screen. Picasso art thief who lifted artwork off of gallery and hotel walls pleads not guilty. Feds investigating forgeries in NY of supposed work by Pollock, Motherwell, & Diebenkorn. Rembrandt’s Old Man With A Beard deemed authentic using X-ray analysis. Jerry Saltz, on the current trend of relational aesthetics.  He also calls out Adam Lindemann on his apparent hypocrisy. Adam Lindemann responds to his critics. The Getty acquires Édouard Manet’s Portrait of […]

Openings: “Brothers of the Weird” @ Cooper Cole Gallery

A couple weeks ago in Toronto, the newly renamed Cooper Cole Gallery hosted the opening for Brothers of the Weird. Anchored by the ever entertaining Todd “REAS” James, the group show also featured the colorful works of associates and friends Joe Grillo (Dearraindrop), Billy Grant, Devin Flynn and Ian Flynn. More openings shots after the jump…