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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Openings: Crash & Oliver Vernon @ Joshua Liner

  AM had the chance to stop by Joshua Liner Gallery to check out two great shows: Unexpected Occurrences by Oliver Vernon and Unfinished Business by Crash (previewed). Both of these artists took us by surprise with their unique styles. Crash has long been regarded as one of the pioneers of graffiti art, but we noticed his works brought a mix of Lichtenstein meets the streets. His raw yet pop-y images leaped out to grab our attention as we passed by each painting.  Oliver Vernon had a very interesting mix of geometric conformity vs. […]

Marcel Dzama & Shepard Fairey x N.A.S.A.

Marcel Dzama recently collaborated with David Byrne on this video from N.A.S.A. featuring the track “The People Tree.” This isn’t Marcel’s first foray into the music field as he has done album cover work in the past for artists such as They Might Be Giants and Beck. If you remember, N.A.S.A. collaborated with Shepard Fairey on a previous music video “Money” (seen below). We wonder what other artists they have lined up for the future. Partially via Boing Boing thru TWBE. Check out other music […]

Jeff Soto Time-Lapse

Jeff Soto recently posted up a time-lapse video on his blog of him painting “The Corruption of Mankind,” one of his largest pieces from his show at the Riverside Art Museum. It’s always interesting to get a glimpse of an artist’s creative process. Discuss Jeff Soto here.

Grateful Palate’s James Jean Wine

When AM visited James Jean’s “Kindling” show at Jonathan Levine (here), the gallery served up some delicious wine with some of JJ’s artwork on it. Turns out that James designed three series of wine labels for California-based Grateful Palate. There are three different types of wine in the line: “Southern Belle” Shiraz, “Diddley Boo” Riesling, and “Poor Thing” Grenache. Each bottle has one of three different artwork on the label. So, continuing with our coverage of artist & vineyard collaborations (here) that entertain the eyes […]

Interviews/Opening: Mark Warren Jacques @ Fontanelle Gallery

Portland artist Mark Warren Jacques has been busy working on a new solo show featuring interactive installation, painting, and sculpture titled “Big Beautiful Color” at Fontanelle Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Mark took some time out to answer a few questions for AM, and sent us some images of the work produced for the show.   Take a look after the jump.

James Jean – Final cover: Fables #81

You know the saying: “All good things must…” Well, after almost 8 fantastic years as the cover artist for the ground breaking comic series Fables, James Jean has finally completed his last cover for Vertigo/DC marking the close of a chapter in his astonishing career as an illustrator. But don’t worry, judging by the tremendous success of his first gallery show “Kinding” at Jonathan Levine last month (here), we’re positive that he’s destined for even bigger things as he starts his career as a “fine […]

Openings: Takashi Murakami @ The Gagosian, London

The exhibition of Takashi Murakami’s latest work (teased) at the Gagosian’s smaller London gallery on Davies Street opened last night to an enthusiastic crowd.  Arrested Motion was on hand to check out the latest from this prolific artist and leader of the Superflat movement. It turned out to be a small show that will accompany the major exhibition at Bilbao’s Guggenheim.  The Gagosian space was dominated by just three massive works – two paintings from Murakami’s Time Bokan series and one simply huge piece featuring […]

Publicity conspiracy? Shepard Fairey’s arrest a result of Boston politics?

Video of Shepard discussing the possible motives behind his arrest. When AM broke the news of Shepard Fairey’s arrest last week (here), we couldn’t help but ask the question: With warrants outstanding for weeks, how come Shepard was not arrested at City Hall while attending a very public unveiling with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino? We posed the question for you readers to ponder the motives*** and left the rest to Shep & his legal team. That is until Wooster Collective posted a very revealing article (here) through the […]

Teaser: AM World Tour – Location ?????

Wouldn’t it be great to travel the globe and check out your favorite artists in a foreign land? Well, our first WORLD TOUR is in the works. Here’s a little teaser to keep you busy… Can you guess where our first “tour-stop” is? Better yet, can you figure out who our AM correspondent is? (Hint: that’s his sketch book.)

China’s Contemporary Art Crisis

As AM reported in past months (here), the ailing financial situation has forced many notable galleries in the US and EU to close shop. While this disappointing trend in the western art markets concern many, it pales in comparison to the crisis that is currently plaguing China’s contemporary art market. In Beijing’s famed Dashanzi art quarter alone, over 50 galleries have gone out of business. Even the annual Asian International Art Fair scheduled for March 11-15 at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, has been canceled due […]