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Openings: Date Farmers @ New Image Art

On a chilly night in Los Angeles, The Date Farmers and DJ Alf Alpha kept things muy caliente at New Image Art with their latest body of work, “Tell Them Willy Boy Was Here,” in the main space and, “The Cat House,” in the gallery’s project room. Working with a mixture of found materials, from Cracker Jack boxes, flattened coffee cans, to discarded signs, these items present a beautifully raw and unrefined canvas for The Date Farmers’ special touch of paint and mixed media objects. […]

Teaser: Yoshitomo Nara @ Blum & Poe

Fresh from seeing Nara’s wonderful work at Art Basel last week, AM has an exclusive image of Yoshitomo Nara’s studio with his latest body of work for his LA show. This new solo exhibition will start next Saturday (Dec 20th) at LA’s blue chip gallery: Blum & Poe.  Don’t miss this show as Nara will be there in person to greet his fans.  Stay tuned, as we will bring you continuing coverage of this momentous event. Discuss Nara here. Discuss this show here.

Openings: Matt Dangler & Yumiko Kayukawa @ M Modern

Headed out to Palm Springs last night to attend the opening of Matt Dangler’s “Out From the Whirlwind” (previewed) and Yumiko Kayukawa’s “The Last 34” (previewed).  Matt’s paintings looked to be getting more detailed with this body of work.  He also spent time explaining some of the symbolism and geometry behind each piece leaving us impressed with the amount of planning and thought he gave to each painting.  Yumiko’s show highlighted many of the endangered species around the world including polar bears, elephants and leopards.  […]

Preview: The Date Farmers @ New Image Art

The Date Farmers return to the gallery where it all started to introduce their latest body of work, “Tell Them Willy Boy Was Here,” which opens tonight at New Image Art from 7-10 pm. The show continues The Date Farmers’ tradition of producing work influenced by their Mexican-American heritage with a mix of California pop culture. DJ Alf Alpha will be rocking the house on the ones and twos. It’s sure to be a party and AM will be on hand to bring you all […]

Openings: Mostly Memory @ Thinkspace Gallery

AM kicked off a weekend loaded with great shows by attending the opening of Mostly Memory at Thinkspace (previewed here and here) featuring the work of street artists Armsrock and Elbow-Toe. Gallery patrons were abuzz over the depth, significance, and aura of insight found within the series of works presented by both artists. Check out all of the photos from the opening and the pieces from all the artists after the jump.

Release Party: Yoskay Yamamoto’s Koibito

Last night, we stopped by Munky King on Melrose to attend the release party for Yoskay Yamamoto’s (interviewed) Koibito figure. There were two colorways – gold and black (edition of 500) and a Munky King exclusive translucent-smoke colorway (edition of 150) – both seen below. There was also a raffle (one ticket per purchase) for an original painting and other prizes!  Also for sale were various prints and custom koibitos… More after the jump.

Ayako Rokkaku @ Scope Miami

Over at Basel Week Miami, there were hundreds if not thousands of artists that were represented at the various art fairs. Ayako Rokkaku was one that caught AM’s eye and we did a little more digging for you. Similar to another rising Japanese arist: Masakatsu Sashie (here), Ayako also got her start at Takashi Murakami’s Geisai art fair where she won Scout Prize at Geisai #4/#10 and the prestigious Akio Goto Prize at Geisai #9. Her style is unique in that she paints not with brushes […]

Interviews: Jeff Soto

Jeff Soto’s first museum show “Turning in Circles” (previewed) is set to open this Saturday, December 13th at the Riverside Art Museum. He has been hard at work on this show for over a year now and it promises to be an epic one. We sat down with him to talk a little about the show after the jump…

Lehman Brothers to sell art collection

We’ve all heard of the unfortunate events to hit the economy in recent months with major financial investment firms going bankrupt and many assets falling to zero. Apparently these major financial firms have been some of the biggest investors in the art world. Recently, Lehman asked a bankruptcy judge to approve a 20k payment to its art handlers in order to start showing their collection to potential buyers. Lehman needs sell off part of art collection to raise at least 8 million dollars. It seems that […]

Preview: Yumiko Kayukawa @ M Modern

Japan native Yumiko Kayukawa’s show “The Last 34” opens tomorrow night concurrently with Matt Dangler’s solo at M Modern Gallery. Yumiko is known for her fashionable women, colors, and Japanese motifs. For this show, she seems to have make use of more animal clusters – we love the composition in the piece seen above. More images after the jump.