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Basel Week Miami ’11: Art Basel – First Look (Part I)

The first art fair AM hit up when we got to Miami was the main Art Basel event. Because it was the special buyer’s preview, we saw many collectors (including us) rushing to their favorite galleries for a chance to buy works from their favorite artists. So this was not only the perfect time to beat the crowds see the standout works like the Giacometti sculpture seen above, but also celebrity watch as they made their rounds looking for their blue chip artwork. Check out […]

Videos / Basel Miami Week ’11: Marco Brambilla – “RPM” for Ferrari

As you may have guess, AM has already touched down in Miami for this year’s Art Basel Miami Week. We’ll start off our extensive on-site coverage of the biggest art party of the year with this new video, RPM, from Marco Brambilla (who worked on Kanye West’s Power video & and also created video montages for The Standard Hotel in NYC) that was commissioned by Ferrari for their latest auto masterpiece – the 458 Spider.  This new work from the NY-based artist is a “visceral, cubist […]

Showing: Ai Weiwei – “absent” @ Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Part II)

In Part I of our visit to Taiwan to catch Ai Weiwei’s exhibition Absent at the TFAM, we gave you a look at the impressive sampling of the Chinese artist’s works from the early 80s to present day. Of course, AWW isn’t a man that rests on his laurels as he’s constantly looking at life from his unique artistic viewpoint, which brings us to his Forever Bicycles installation, a unique and completely new work created especially for the Taiwan museum. This sculptural piece puts together 1,000 […]

Talks: James Jean Talk @ Pratt Institute

Before his recent book signing in in New York’s Reed Space, AM sat in on a special talk that James Jean (featured) conducted at New York’s Pratt Institute. James spoke to a packed hall of art students eager learn from the accomplished artist. Mr. Jean presented a comprehensive and entertaining presentation which spanned his student beginnings at SVA (School of Visual Arts) to his early days as an award winning comic illustrator then finally to his current focus of working as a contemporary fine artist. Not shy […]

Openings: “East West Connect” @ Above Second

Last Friday night, the Above Second Gallery in Hong Kong hosted Arrested Motion’s first curatorial project, East West Connect, with a lineup that represented the diverse selection of art we love and cover for you every day. It was gratifying to see that art fans in HK appreciated this type of art as well, evidenced by the turnout and the fact that most pieces that sold so far have found homes with local collectors. We also enjoyed some interesting discussions with attendees on the idea and […]

Showing: Ryan McGinley – “Wandering Comma” @ Alison Jacques Gallery

For his first London exhibition at Alison Jacques Gallery since the celebrated Moonmilk series over two years ago, Ryan McGinley has assembled seven new photographs, all in the largest format the American artist has yet worked in. Wandering Comma features photographs harmoniously balancing the orchestrated and the unpredictable, the staged and the spontaneous. Although the images begin with choreographed scenarios, the images that result are never wholly pre-meditated leaving their own freedom and initiative to the models or situation. Running through Thursday, December 22nd, Wandering Comma is a must-see show for anyone in and around the London area. […]

Preview: Breeze Block Gallery 5 Year Anniversary Show

The last 5 years has been hard in the art world for all involved, especially if you are a gallerist. So, it’s welcome news that Breeze Block Gallery are due to eulogize their 5 year existence with a group show that celebrates their history with a selection of artists previously hosted throughout the 60 or so exhibitions shown by the Portland gallery on December 1st. The big ticket is undeniably Josh Keyes, and this new 20×24 inch piece featured above is entitled The Collector. Keyes […]

Publications: Tim Barber “Untitled Photographs” Book

A year ago this month, Tim Barber unveiled an expansive and inspired debut US solo exhibition at OHWOW in Miami. Appropriately dubbed Untitled Photographs, the inviting body of work is comprised of a series of candid and composed portraits, landscapes, and narrative scenes spanning over a decade. Now, OHWOW’s pervasive publishing wing has graciously produced a book to memorialize the exhibition, including an introduction by writer, director, and actress Miranda July and an essay by Jesse Pearson, writer, curator, and former editor-in-chief of Vice Magazine where […]

Overtime: Nov. 21 – Nov. 27

Wayne Thiebaud’s artwork is featured on the cover of The New Yorker‘s food issue. Christopher Knight reviews Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum disagrees with admission charge. Sarah Thornton gives us a insightful look at auction guarantees and how they affect prices. Felix Salmon tells you why you can’t trust auction results. Another chapter in Ai Weiwei vs. the Chinese government saga, now involving alledged porn. Assume Vivid Astro Focus helps design Gaga’s Workshop at Barneys. Archaeologist argues that graffiti by Sex Pistols is of great historical […]

Art Focus: Patrick Jacobs

Next up in our series highlighting artists previously unfeatured here on AM is Patrick Jacobs. The Brooklyn-based artist and sculptor creates these amazing dioramas placed behind glass portals which are like looking into another world. The viewer is instantly transported into an altered reality all due to the incredible amount of detail produced and time-intensive process which can take from weeks to months for each piece. Check out an interview from Charles & Ford here as well as more photos after the jump…