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Showing: Cai Guo-Qiang – “Saraab” @ Arab Museum of Modern Art

A couple weeks ago, we posted up a video of the amazing Black Ceremony fireworks display from Cai Guo-Qiang that signified the explosive start of his exhibition at the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) in Qatar. Now, we can show you some photos we gathered of the incredible sculptures, installations, and works for this showing from the Chinese artist including many site-specific commissioned works. Saraab strives to bring attention to the little known historic Silk Road, a trade route between the Asian and Middle East during […]

Showing: Zhang Huan – “Q Confucius” @ Rockbund Museum

After a successful showing back in May at the prestigious Blum & Poe (covered), Zhang Huan has opened an exhibition in his home country at the Rockbund Museum in Shanghai. The versatile Chinese artist, who made his name with performance art, has focused on sculpture, like his show in Los Angeles, with this huge Confucius piece as the centerpiece. Other highlights include a curious array of creations including incense ash paintings, a robotic Confucius with monkey companions, and an termite-infested installation outside. The works all attempted […]

Video: Cai Guo-Qiang – “Saraab” Opening Fireworks @ Arab Museum of Modern Art

To celebrate the opening of his Saraab (mirage) exhibition a couple weeks ago at the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) in Qatar, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang put on his largest explosive performance of the last three years. Using perfectly timed microchip-controlled explosions, the renowned contemporary artist transformed the desert landscape and sky into his canvas with some beautifully orchestrated smoke and fire designs. For those who will be traveling to the Middle East, the exhibition will be on until May 26th and feature more than fifty […]

Openings: KAWS – “FOCUS:KAWS” @ Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

On Friday night, AM attended Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth where KAWS unveiled his latest show in the Lone Star state. The exhibition entitled Focus:KAWS is a mix of color and monotone works from the Brooklyn based artist including a previous series of tondos which made its way from this year’s Armory. In addition, the monocolor counterpart of the neon Dissected Companion from his showing with Honor Fraser also made an appearance. On display was also the black spongebob print which we told you about a couple days […]

Teaser / Videos: Alexander Calder – “Calder’s Circus” @ The Whitney Museum

Starting this Friday (Dec.9), New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art will be pulling one of their permanent collection’s most beloved works out of storage and putting it back on display. Calder’s Circus was created by Alexander Calder while he was living in Paris in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He transformed simple, everyday materials such as wire, cork and wood into all the settings and participants found in an actual circus—only miniaturized to fit within a few portable suitcase. Calder began giving performances […]

Releases: Kaws – Black SpongeBob Print @ Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

For fans of KAWS that have collected the first two colors of his elusive SpongeBob print, the good news is he’s going to be releasing the anticipated third color to round out the trifecta on December 13th. How do you get it? It’ll be released at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth where he’ll be unveiling his latest exhibition FOCUS:KAWS. Discuss Kaws here.

Previews: KAWS – “FOCUS:KAWS” @ Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

There was no sign of KAWS this year in person at Art Basel Week Miami. Perhaps it’s because he is preparing for his upcoming show, FOCUS:KAWS (teased), at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Judging from this photo, the catalog is ready to go as well as some installed 20″ tondos in the background that look familiar. This is just the first stop for his upcoming schedule of museum exhibitions as he will move on to Atlanta’s High Museum of Art in February and […]

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 […]

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 […]

“It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973 Part 1: Hal Glicksman at Pomona” @ Pomona College Museum of Art

For the Pomona College Museum of Art’s inaugural Pacific Standard Time show, the focus of the exhibition was on Hal Glicksman’s time as curator and director of the institution.  Glicksman, a pioneering curator of Light and Space art, established one of the first museum residency programs in which artists used the museum gallery as a studio space and created unique environments directly in the museum. The exhibition, which was conveniently open 24 hours a day (a variation of a project originally by Michael Asher), so […]