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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Overtime: March 9 – March 15

More stories from the week that ended March 15 (click on bolded words for more information): See images from Gagosian Gallery’s John Chamberlain and Jean Prouvé show in Chelsea. RIP: Frei Otto, who died at the age of 89, one day before being named winner of Pritzker prize. RIP: Michael Graves, who died at the age of 80 of natural causes. Islamic State destroys the remains of the ancient site of Hatra, Iraq, a World Heritage Site since 1987. It is also reported that the […]
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Previews: Graffuturism 5 Year Anniversary Group Exhibition @ 886 Geary Gallery

886 Geary Gallery hosts a stellar line up of contemporary artists that have transitioned from graffiti artists into highly regarded fine artists, without compromising their heritage, tonight in the form of the Graffuturism 5 Year Anniversary Group Exhibition. The first in a planned series of exhibitions across the globe celebrating the success of an art blog that been the catalyst in fostering a genuine movement, this exhibition in San Francisco is curated by Graffuturism founder Poesia; who brings together a global selection of artists that have established […]

Openings: Sam Wolfe Connelly & Liz Brizzi & Darla Teagarden – “And Here I Lay” & “Anagrams” & “Altars” @ Roq La Rue

Sam Wolfe Connelly’s second solo show at Roq La Rue opened on March 5th. And Here I Lay features several oil paintings that can be described as haunting with a touch of remorse.  Feelings of quiet and loneliness invade film-like locations that could easily be used as crime scene evidence. The exhibition also has a few graphite drawings that add to the narrative. Sharing the downstairs space is Liz Brizzi’s Anagrams. The multi-layered collage pieces start off with some acrylic background color before buildings and city-scapes […]
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Armory Week ’15: Armory Art Fair (Part 1)

Last week, New York kicked off its annual art extravaganza – the Armory Art Show. The flagship fair leads off Armory Week, a non stop ride of artistic excitement drawing thousands of collectors & enthusiasts to Big Apple to catch the latest trends and exhibitions on display at the Pier 92/94 locations. Featuring many of the elite galleries in the world, the amount of interesting creations by artists is hard to calculate, let alone see in person. We bring you a look at the visual overload one comes to expect […]

James Jean – “Psychic Temple” Library Project (Part I)

It looks like the fabrication is finally underway for the Psychic Temple project for interTrend in Long Beach, a collaboration between artist James Jean (interviewed) and architect Brandon Shigeta. The amazing library for the communication company that specializes in helping corporate America to target Asian Americans will feature the imagery of Jean carved into the backs of an integrated series of bookshelves. Take a look at some of the progress and process shots below that have been tantalizing fans for over half a year. Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta […]

Openings: Nawer – “Colors in Shapesland” @ Hidari Zingaro, Tokyo

Nawer recently opened his successful Tokyo debut at Hidari Zingaro Gallery. Co-curated by Takashi Murakami and Takumi “Kasenyan” Kaseno of the GEISAI executive committee, Colors in Shapeland is a part of KaiKai Kiki’s GEISAI∞Infinity​ project. For this show, the Polish artist created a whole new body of work consisting of his abstract geo-based pieces. While quite different than other artists on the KaiKai Kiki’s roster, Nawer’s futuristic abstract works obviously resonated with the local collectors as the show completely sold out. The dynamics he achieves with his refined geometric lines […]

Overtime: March 2 – March 8

More stories from the week that ended March 8 (click on bolded words for more information): Four terminally ill patients see Rembrandt exhibition courtesy of Ambulance Wish Foundation charity. Bail for Yves Bouvier set at €10mil. 15 historic artifacts stolen from Château de Fontainebleau in smash and grab burglary. An Oscar Murillo canvas may have been stolen from MoMA show. World’s priciest cheese slicer designed by Rodrigo Otazu and Boska Holland stolen from Amsterdam Cheese Museum. Islamic State extremists attack 3,000-year-old ancient city of Nimrud with […]
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Openings: Yaze – ‘The conference of the Birds’ @ David Bloch Gallery

Yassine YAZE Mekhnache just launched a new solo exhibition titled The Conference of the Birds at David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech. In the past ten years, the French artist has built up strong ties with Morocco and particularly with the embroiderers of the small mountain village of Tameslouht, in the region of Marrakech, whom it is thought shared encoded information in their silent works for many years. Through a series of thirty large scale canvases, the artist invites the viewer to a mystical journey by merging figurative drawings together […]

Upcoming: Daniel Arsham – “Remember the Future” @ CAC Cincinnati

Coming up on March 20th at the CAC Cincinnati, the New York-based Daniel Arsham will be opening a show entitled Remember the Future. For his first major exhibition in Ohio, the artist known for his sculptural works created with an architectural mindset, will “respond in unique ways to the scale, light and structure of the CAC building.” Discuss Daniel Arsham here.

Studio Visits: Christian Rex van Minnen

AM recently had the privilege to visit Christian Rex van Minnen’s studio in Brooklyn and see several pieces he was working on as well as some previously undisclosed paintings. We also had a chance to talk to the him about his beginnings in the art world, the influence of the Golden Dutch Age on his work, the origin of his grotesque portraits, tattoos, the Internet and NYC art week. Christian Rex Van Minnen is self taught painter, which is hard to believe once you see his skills […]