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Videos: A Look Back at the Deitch Art Parade

Vernissage TV has released a remastered and remixed version of their most popular video – the much ballyhooed Deitch Art Parade from 2007 in New York. Ever since Deitch’s takeover at the MOCA, There has been speculation and even words from the Deitch himself that suggests Los Angeles may see something like this in the future. Take a look at some stills from the parade here as well and the full length video of the entire parade after the jump…

Preview: Jean-Pierre Roy – “A Rational Spectacle” @ Rare, New York

Brooklyn based artist Jean-Pierre Roy paints classically inspired landscapes fast-forwarded into a post-apocalyptical dystopian vision of the future. His beautifully composed oils have an epic, and almost cinematic quality. Take a look at the video above where JP talks about his work, and how he achieves the level of luminance to his work by starting off with a dark canvas and continually building the composition by adding elements of light. The video was put together by Rare Gallery, in anticipation for his solo show opening there […]
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Preview: BLAB! Show @ Copro Gallery

Another great group show is opening this weekend at the Copro Gallery. For the sixth time, the Los Angeles space will host a show featuring artists from BLAB!, the annual anthology of comics, illustration, and graphic design from Monte Beauchamp. This time, the book will be reformatted with the new official title being BLABWORLD (scenes from THE HEREAFTER). This first issue will be available at the show which will feature artists like Eric White, Gary Baseman, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Jean-Pierra Roy and Femke Hiemstra. Take a […]

Preview: Matt Small – “That I May See” @ Black Rat Projects

You may remember that earlier this year we reported on an amazing trip by Matt Small (interviewed), Swoon (interviewed), RJ Rushmore (from Vandalog), and Mike Snelle from Black Rat Projects (interviewed) to Zambia to run a series of art activities with local children at the Robert Shitima School. The workshops on painting, printmaking and collage were a big success and had a major impact on the visitors and students alike. Six months later, Matt is now ready to reveal a new body of work titled […]

Openings: Brendan Monroe & Evah Fan – “Figments” & “Come What May” @ Galerie L.J.

Last Saturday in Paris, a special show from Brendan Monroe (interviewed) and Evah Fan opened at Galerie L.J. The American duo each brought separate bodies of work entitled “Figments” and “Come What May” respectively and both included paintings as well as sculptural works. As Brendan mentioned in our preview for his show, he has included some painted landscapes for the characters and faces that reappear in his work and we think these turned out incredibly well. When looking at these organic mountains and plains, the […]
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Yoshitomo Nara Statues Up in New York

Over the weekend, New York was gifted two new sculptural installations from Yoshitomo Nara, placed in conjunction with his retrospective at the Asia Society, set to open on September 9th. The pair of 12-foot-high fiberglass dogs are on the Upper East Side (one across from the entrance to the Asia Society and the other just in front of the Park Avenue Armory) and will stand guard throughout the exhibition set to run until the beginning of next year. For those who can’t make it to […]

Overtime: August 29 – Sept 4

A closer look at Kaws’ upcoming work in Hong Kong. Banksy Hastings stencil defaced by Team Robbo already. Aiko to hit up Shanghai. It’s not good to get drunk carrying a $1.3 million painting around. Surprise surprise. The French are appalled with Murakami’s work. Gagosian to open Paris gallery. Damien Hirst accused of 8 counts of plagarism. What if the world’s richest man collected art? This is how he rolls. Stella Im Hultberg gets raw – in her sketchbook. Nate Frizzell is switching to oils […]

Creative Process: Takashi Murakami – Kaikai & Kiki Concept for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

A couple days ago, we shared with you the concept sketch of Takashi Murakami’s float contributions for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. With Kaikai and Kiki set to take flight down 34th street this fall, we thought it would be nice to give you a look at the creative process for getting these two characters from Superflat icons to real life floats. Lots of work went into getting the actual proposal to the Macy’s parade committee, from the initial 2-D sketch to the clay molding figures […]
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Dan Colen, Nate Lowman, Aaron Young, and Spencer Sweeney V Magazine Covers

V Magazine’s Fall 2010 issue – its New York issue, features covers with work by the big city’s brightest art world stars. Dan Colen, Nate Lowman, Aaron Young, and Spencer Sweeney all contribute their talents to the fashion publication’s dedication to the city that never sleeps.  The two photographs, which feature Lady Gaga and Marc Jacobs in one and Marina Abramovich and Tyson Ballou in the other, were taken by Mario Testino.  Catch the magazine on newsstands and/or online to collect them all! See the […]

Installation / Preview: Matthew Feyld – “Untitled 1 & 2″ @ Krets – Malmö & Neon – Brösarp, Sweden

We have been long time admirers of Matthew Feyld’s work here of AM, and we’ve watched him hone his skills over the last few years with numerous group and solo showings. The quality and precision of the Canadian artist is second to none and the fine detail of his line work has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. Lately, Feyld’s work has been moving away from the largely figurative body of work seen in the past and more towards abstraction whilst still maintaining […]