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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Teaser: Paul McCarthy – “Three Sculptures” @ L&M Arts, Los Angeles

Hold onto your seats.  Two monumental events will occur on one night in Venice, CA on Sept. 25.  First, Paul McCarthy, the Los Angeles-based artist – one of the most important of his generation – returns for his first solo exhibition in his hometown after a 10 year absence. Secondly, L&M Arts, the venerable New York gallery, debuts its Los Angeles branch with a space designed by WHY architecture and directed by Sarah Watson, former Deitch Projects director and Gagosian Beverly Hills associate. From the […]

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

An inspirational show from Matt Small (interviewed) opened last night at Black Rat Projects in London. Not only was the artwork stunning, like the showstopper seen above, the subjects of Matt’s paintings were students from a project he participated in earlier this year where he conducted workshops in Zambia (covered). “That I May See” featured portraits using the the UK artist’s unique vibrant and colorful swirl technique with 40% of the proceeds going to the Robert Shitima School from the aforementioned Zambia project. The highly […]
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Openings: Yoshitomo Nara – “Nobody’s Fool” Retrospective @ Asia Society

Yesterday, AM attended the opening of Yoshitomo Nara’s epic retrospective at New York’s Asia Society. With anticipation building since attending his “Open Studio” session a few weeks prior, we didn’t know what more to expect from Nara and YNG/graf aside from the artwork being created by the artist and the cool construction of the “Home” installation. After checking out opening night though, it’s pretty obvious the expansive & comprehensive retrospective put together by curators Miwako Tezuka & Melissa Chiu will delight fans old and new. […]

Preview: Clayton Brothers – “Inside Out” @ Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

As we mentioned last summer, the Clayton Brothers are set to open a fantastic museum show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) over in Wisconsin this weekend. The brotherly duo will unveil twenty six paintings and three mixed media installations containing their wild color combos and electric characters. Check out a preview  after the jump.

Preview / Setup: Andrew Schoultz – “Compound Eyes on the World” @ Marx & Zavattero

Opening on September 11, the show many San Franciscans have been waiting for –  Andrew Schoultz returns to his hometown for his second solo exhibition at Marx & Zavattero.  If it’s Schoultz, you can be sure it involves dense, colorful, kinetic, immersive, and choatic artwork, as is evidenced by these preview shots.  For this show, the artist explores the nature of history and the reconciliation of meaning versus the vast amount of information available today.  If you are in town, you are best served to […]

Setup: Ron English – “Status Factory” @ Opera Gallery

In our preview of Ron English’s (featured) pop up show with Opera Gallery, we showed you some of the massive paintings that has been stockedpiled over the past year in preparation. AM stopped by the massive three story retail space that will be the site for the extravagant “Status Factory” and took a look around at the setup. Ron and his crew have been literally working on hands and knees since last week to renovate this space and make it into their own little amusement park […]

Preview: Murakami @ Versailles

Next week will be pretty big for contemporary art in France. Not only is Jeff Koons opening his newest show in Paris, his pal Murakami will be opening his exhibition in Versailles, just like Koons did in 2008. As with Koons, some of the French have been protesting the superflat master and several of his “controversial” works, but it is not clear whether pieces like “Lonesome Cowboy” or “Hiropon” will be included. There are reportedly 22 pieces in the show, half of which will be […]

Preview: James Jean – The “Birds and Boys” Series @ 3.1 Phillip Lim – Fashion’s Night Out

It’s called Fashion’s Night Out, but for 3.1 Phillip Lim in West Hollywood on Sept. 10, there will be more than just beautiful designer clothes and accessories. James Jean will present a collection of 20 original portraits of the famous and the beautiful from the City of Angels. The artwork, curated by Phillip Lim, will be shown for only a few days and proceeds from the sale will benefit The Costume Council at LACMA. If an event featuring one of the most exciting clothing designers […]

Highlights: Recommended Openings for this Weekend (9/9 – 9/12)

The September kick-off of the art season is in full-swing this weekend. So many must-see shows the world over. Leading the charge is NYC where solos shows from Dave Kinsey, Ron English and Yoshitomo Nara are all opening this week. Non-stop goodness the world over, get out and support the arts! Take a look at all the shows after the jump…
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Releases: Aaron Horkey – “Midwestern Heart” Print

If you have been reading AM regularly, you probably already know that Aaron Horkey’s retrospective (possibly his last) is opening this Sunday at the Remick Gallery in his hometown of Windom, Minnesota. The talented artist, whose skills in illustration and typography have made him famous, will also be releasing a limited edition print, “Midwestern Heart”, to mark the occasion. Take a look at all the details from our friends at OMG Posters as well as well as a detailed look at one of the variants […]