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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Publications: Scott Campell – “If You Don’t Belong, Don’t Be Long” Signed Edition

As we mentioned last year, Scott Campbell’s first book, If You Don’t Belong, Don’t Be Long, is now fully baked and ready for consumption. Published by Rizzoli and OHWOW, the hardcover monograph chronicles the origins of, parallels between, and indelible influence of his tattoo work and his fine art, with his cut-currency sculptures already making headlines again this year during showings in both Zurich and Singapore last month. The comprehensive 208-page publication is as rich in imagery as it is insightful in commentary, including a series of salient […]

Previews: Yayoi Kusama @ Tate Modern

AM was at Tate Modern on Tuesday to visit the major retrospective by Yayoi Kusama, whose separate show at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art we recently covered. The London exhibition is spread over fourteen rooms and features a selection of works — drawing, painting, collage, film, sculpture and installation — spanning a period of six decades. Tate Modern director Chris Dercon was on hand to introduce the show and curator Frances Morris followed up with a guided tour. Their enthusiasm was certainly infectious. The artist […]

Previews: Lucian Freud – “Portraits” @ National Portrait Gallery (London)

A comprehensive new exhibition featuring the late Lucian Freud at the National Portrait Gallery in London will be opening February 9th to the public. Perhaps one the the most influential painters of his generation, Freud’s specialty was his focus on portraiture with an uncanny ability to depict the psychological tensions in each sitting as well as his techniques straddling the dichotomy of rawness and fragility in his strokes. Spanning over seven decades of work and including over 100 works from museums and private collections throughout […]

Releases: Garage Magazine #2

Last year, Garage Magazine made a splash with its inaugural issue featuring a butterfly labia tattoo designed by Damien Hirst. For its second issue that hits the stands on February 20th, editor Dasha Zhukova took a subtler approach with a Norman Rockwell-esque style that may remind readers of the Saturday Evening Post. Upon closer look, one will observe a more subtle re-work based on Yayoi Kusama’s staged happening entitled Homosexual Wedding. Also included in this issue are articles on artists such as Clare Rojas, Adrian […]

Previews: F*CK Art @ Museum of Sex

Opening tonight in New York is a special group show put together by the Museum of Sex. This provocative showing features 20 street artists including Mode2, Aiko, Rostarr, Miss Van, and Lush as they occupy the building with works that further push the boundaries of their viewpoints of sexuality and relationships (some more subtle than others). Attendees will be greeted by the 14-foot FUCK BIKE by Andrew Shirley & William Thomas in the Fifth Avenue lobby entrance. See the bike and more NSFW preview shots […]

Openings: McPherson x Aiko x Cheriel x Way @ Merry Karnowsky

Over the weekend, the Merry Karnowsky gallery held an impressive exhibition showcasing new work of four very talented female artists – Aiko, Deedee Cheriel, Lindsey Way and Tara Mcpherson. Each artist brought forth a unique collection of art that showcased their individual styles which had a completely different feel when compared to the next. Whether it was Lindsey Way’s intricate figures made out of paper or Aiko’s paintings that recall her Asian heritage and attraction for anime-like characters, the artwork on hand featured an interesting […]

“Navinland Needs You: We Are Asia!” for Art Stage Singapore

Fans of Asian Contemporary Art will be interested to hear about a commissioned painting from Navin Rawanchaikui for this year’s Art Stage Singapore featuring work and portraits of some of the top artists in the world. Created to celebrate the idea of a unity in the region, the huge 13 meter long three panel piece entitled Navinland Needs You: We Are Asia! references artists like Ai Weiwei, Zhang Huan, Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, Yue Minjun and more. Also included were the likenesses of […]

Teaser: “Winter Group Show” @ White Walls

This Saturday night, February 11th, the White Walls Gallery in San Francisco will be opening their annual Winter Group Show. A diverse list of artists are scheduled to present work including EINE, Blek Le Rat, D FACE, Kofie One, ABOVE, Greg Gossel, Casey Gray, APEX, Know Hope, Peter Gronquist, Robert Burden, D YOUNG V, Ernesto Yerena, Chad Hasegawa and Georgi Tchkhaidze. Several more preview images after the jump…

Videos: Murakami – “Ego” @ Qatar Museum

Along with some preview images we showed you last week, we can now bring you footage of Takashi Murakami and his crew setting up his first solo exhibition in the Middle East, Murakami – Ego, scheduled to open later this week. Included in the video is a short interview with Mr. Kaikai Kiki as he explains his vision behind the exhibition at the Qatar Museum as well as talk about some new elements like an LED pedestal and a large inflatable portrait of himself. Discuss this […]

Previews: David LaChapelle – “Earth Laughs In Flowers” @ Fred Torres Collaborations

Coming up on February 23rd, New York’s Fred Torres Collaborations will unveil the Earth Laughs In Flowers series of photos from David LaChapelle for the first time in the United States. The ten large-scale still life photographs were inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem Hamatreya in which flowers are a way in which nature expresses its hatred for human ignorance and their desire to control the earth. LaChapelle’s method of composition for this set of works are inspired by baroque still life painting, although he […]