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Aiko & Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Edo Pop” @ Japan Society

New York’s Japan Society recently hosted an exhibition looking at the graphic impact of Japanese prints on art in the contemporary age. Entitled Edo Pop, this showcase playfully juxtaposed traditional ukiyo-e woodblock prints from such masters as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with current New York contemporary artists, such as Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) and Aiko. This was a rare opportunity for people to experience the traditional woodblock artwork created as early as the 1700’s. In addition, Aiko applied her unique stencil technique to an entire room, where […]

Showing: Anish Kapoor – “Sympathy for a Beloved Sun” @ Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin)

Anish Kapoor’s first major exhibition in Berlin, Sympathy for a Beloved Sun, has just opened at Martin-Gropius-Bau, curated by Berliner Festspiele. Set in a grand neoclassical style museum, the show is comprised of 70 different abstract poetic works spanning from 1982 to present. The British-based, Mumbai born Turner Prize recipient defies categorization, blurring the lines between painting, sculpture, and architecture. Comprised of large scale public works, installations, and sculpture made of wax, stone, glass, steel, and PVC, the survey displays a generous helping of various themes […]

Michael Johansson – “Familiar Abstractions” @ Vigeland-Museet

Last week, we brought a look inside the studio of Michael Johansson in Malmø where he was busy preparing for his show at the Vigeland-Museet in Oslo, Norway. We now have some photos of the recently closes said exhibition, Familiar Abstractions, which features the tetris-like created cubes made from everyday objects that the Swedish artist is known for. Along with these color-coded assemblages, Johansson also filled in some doorways in with some installation work as well as displayed some grid-like sculptural pieces from rack-like materials. Photo credit: Henrik Haven. Discuss Michael Johansson here.

Upcoming: Anish Kapoor @ Martin-Gropius-Bau

Coming up this weekend on May 18th, the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin will be opening a new show from Anish Kapoor, one the most influential sculptors of his generation. The exhibition, his first major one in the city, will feature about 70 works spanning his diverse range of mediums including stone, steel, glass, wax, PVC skins, and high-tech material. Of particular interest will be the pieces that have been specifically designed for the venue. Those in the area should add this to their calendar of events and if […]

Openings: Gary Baseman – “The Door Is Always Open” @ The Skirball

It was a night to remember. Last week, the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles opened its doors to an extensive survey of Gary Baseman’s career and life entitled The Door Is Always Open. Friends, family, fellow artists, collectors, admirers, and well wishers alike attended to show their respects to the pervasive artist and his illustrious accomplishments. The exhibition paid tribute to the many things the Emmy Award–winning artist has accomplished and created including paintings, illustrations, photographs, textiles, toys, commercial endeavors, sketchbooks, sculptural works, and videos. Even […]

Openings: Keith Haring Retrospective – “The Political Line” @ MAM Paris

Last weekend, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM) opened a new retrospective of the late Keith Haring’s work entitled The Political Line. On display were a staggering number of pieces, over 250 paintings and sculptural works with a focus on the importance of Haring’s art as visual activism, highlighting the diversity of his socio-political views. The exhibition will be on view through August 18th in Paris and is made possible with the support of Citizens of Humanity. Discuss Keith Haring here.

Openings: Barry McGee – “Drawing From The Street” @ ICA (Boston)

Our hearts go out to the people of Boston and the incredibly sad tragedy they are dealing with. We do however have some photos from Barry McGee’s mid-career survey at the ICA Boston to share with you (also see a video). Included in the exhibition are many of the works that the Bay Area artist has made famous including his bottle clusters, massive wall installations of his patterned and character-based pieces, tower of video screens, painted objects, and much more. Perhaps the most creative (seen above) was the […]

Showing: “At Home I’m A Tourist” Collection Selim Varol @ CAC Málaga

Get excited if you’re in Spain at the moment as Turkish-born German collector Selim Varol has taken his impressive collection to the Contemporary Art Center of Malaga. Traveling from Dusseldorf (covered) to Malaga, At Home I’m A Tourist is a massive exhibition of over 15,000 works highlighting many of the artists featured on AM regularly including Banksy, KAWS, ZEVS, Shepard Fairey, Audrey Kawasaki, FUTURA, JR, Josh Keyes, and Faile to name just a few. If you’re fortunate enough to be in Spain in the next few months be sure […]

Preview: Keith Haring Retrospective – “The Political Line” @ MAM Paris

Later this month (April 19th), the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM) will be hosting a massive retrospective for the late, great Keith Haring. Almost 250 paintings on canvas and tarpaulins and from subway walls, as well as twenty monumental works, will be on display forming one of the largest presentations of the iconic artist’s work. Although Haring was mainly based in New York, he became attached to the the city of Paris and often stayed, worked, and exhibited – making it a perfect place for this […]

Upcoming: Barry McGee – “Drawing From The Street” @ ICA (Boston)

The museum shows keep coming fast and furious for Barry McGee now. Quick on the heels of his exhibition opening at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth last weekend is Drawing From The Street, a mid-career survey at the ICA Boston set to kick off on April 6th.  This chronological survey of McGee’s work from the 1990s to the present will include “30 works, including rarely seen early works on paper; reassembled works from key installations; a tower of video pieces; a massive three-dimensional cluster […]