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Studio Visits: Ben Venom

Last year, during a visit to San Francisco, AM got to visit the studio of artist Ben Venom. His unconventional approach to art making through traditional quiltmaking and embroidery practices first caught our eye a few years ago. Using heavy metal iconography in the form of cut-up t-shirts, Venom plays both hard and soft together by recontextualizing heavy imagery with soft fabrics in the form of quilts. Working from his home studio in the Upper Haight, Venom greeted us in a HM t-shirt and baseball cap. He fell into […]

Showing: Nick Farhi – “FILA: Falling In Love Again” @ Neochrome

Neochrome Gallery in Turin, Italy, recently opened the first solo show in Europe by American contemporary artist Nick Farhi. The show title FILA: Falling In Love Again, can be seen as kind of a humorous nod to famous Italian sport gear brand that is featured on two of the works, but even more, a reference to his romanticized subject matter. For this exhibition, New York-based painter showed a vast range of different works, highlighting his talent and versatility. Using oils as his basic and primary technique, […]

Overtime: Jan 12 – Jan 18

More stories from the week that ended Jan 18 (click on bolded words for more information): Images from Michael Rey’s solo exhibition at Cherry and Martin up. RIP: Milton Hebald, who died at the age of 97 in West Hollywood, CA. Charlie Hebdo’s new issue after terrorist attack features prophet Muhammad on cover. JR’s images of Charlie Hebdo contributors appear on the streets of Paris. Jean de Boulogne bronze sculpture stolen at Musée des Arts Décoratifs later found in restroom trash can. Joseph Gibbons robs […]
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Ai Weiwei Pours Paint Over Designer Clothes For Magazine V

Last year, V Magazine sent over clothes to Ai Weiwei from 14 young designers carried by Dover Street Market, Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s concept store. The Chinese artist was given carte blanche to shoot the garments in any way he saw so he took the opportunity to reference his 2006/2008 Colored Vases series by using the same colors splashed on models wearing what he was sent. You can read more about the collaboration here, but AWW states – “Pouring a color on an outfit creates a […]
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Upcoming: Dustin Yellin x New York City Ballet

Coming up in February, the New York City Ballet will be collaborating with their third artist – Dustin Yellin (also see Faile & JR) – in series of special shows. Bringing sculpture into the arena of dance, the performances will feature the Brooklyn-based artist’s signature “window sandwiches” featuring the human form created out of collaged elements. The new pieces, which are extensions of his ongoing Psychogeographies series, will have his subjects put into motion, a nod toward the dancers and their craft. The NYCB third presentation of their Art […]

Previews: Greg Eason & Anouk Mercier – ‘CLASSIC/ LUXURY / EXOTIC/ ROMANCE (C/L/E/R)’ @ Space W10

Greg Eason makes a welcome return to London in a two-person exhibition alongside the Bristol-based Anouk Mercier this week entitled CLASSIC/ LUXURY / EXOTIC / ROMANCE (C/L/E/R) at Space W10. For those not familiar with Eason’s graphite drawings, his meticulously detailed and characteristically sparse work isolates narrative fragments within a microscopic frame. Objects become rendered as intricate miniature components within a vast negative space, creating an uneasy sense of depth and scale. Objects are presented as symbols; often incorporating recurring motifs within his work. This exhibition sees him venture into the realms of colour, but […]

Showing: Cai Guo-Qiang – “Impromptu” @ Fundación Proa

In December, Cai Guo-Qiang opened his latest exhibition at Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, his first solo showing in Argentina. Impromptu is a new series of works inspired by his time in the country, which has been at the same time baffling, illuminating, and liberating for his artistic vision. Included are pieces created in collaboration with the National University of Arts and teachers and students of the Municipal Institute of Ceramics of Avellaneda featuring his signature gunpowder drawings, a ceramic creeper that hangs through the library, nine ceramic figurines […]

Previews: Christian Rex Van Minnen “Golden Memes” @ Robischon Gallery

On January 15th, Christian Rex van Minnen will be opening a solo at Robischon Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Titled Golden Memes, the show will be presenting his take on the memes and visual leitmotifs of the Dutch Golden Age and other European Old Master works. With about 10 mostly large scale oils, the New York-based painter will be introducing his twisted version of familiar compositions and imagery that marked this important period in the art history. By mixing this iconic painting style with contemporary pop culture, van Minnen’s paintings are known for their bizarre visual language […]

Releases: James Jean – “Flash” Print Set

On Thursday, January 15th, James Jean (interviewed) will be releasing a pair of offset-lithograph prints entitled Flash. Each set come with an additional booklet of temporary tattoos that mirror the imagery seen in the prints. The size of the editions will be 24″ x 16″ and comes in a run of 1000, costing $100. Head over here at 8:00 AM PST to make your purchase. Discuss James Jean here.
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Overtime: Jan 5 – Jan 11

More stories from the week that ended Jan 11 (click on bolded words for more information): Profile of Helmut Lang, who is now strictly a artist and sculptor. RIP: June Harwood, who died at the age of 81. 12 killed in terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo due to satirical cartoons. Artists respond to the tragedy. Why the massacre will make art stronger. Violence against cartoonists sadly a common thing throughout history. Bennett von Vertes confesses to killing another man. What happens to private museums if the […]