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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.

Setup: Mostly Memory @ Thinkspace Gallery

Last night, AM stopped by Thinkspace to check out the setup for Mostly Memory (previewed) featuring Armsrock and Elbow-Toe, opening this Friday, December 12th @ 7pm. As we left the gallery, we noticed that Elbow-Toe had already made sure Los Angeles knew he was in town by “getting up” with a couple of wheatpastes. Check out these photos and the rest of the setup after the jump.

JR and Matt Small win first Street Art Awards

According to Dazed Digital, JR and Matt Small picked up the top prizes at the first annual Street Art Awards, held in London last Thursday night. JR deservingly won in the best street art category for his amazing photo installation 28 Millimeters: Women, for which he turned the houses of Rio’s favelas into a crowd of faces looking down from the city’s hills. Great pictures of the work can be seen here. Matt Small won in the best urban art category. The event also included […]

Update: Hush

Hush recently posted some pictures of him working in his studio on a new painting called “Butterfly Girl thru Graf.” This piece will be showing at the Urban Angel group show “2” opening tomorrow. He will also be participating in the “12 Days of Xmas“ show coming up in Bristol this Friday (image of his piece for that as well as studio pics after the jump).

Interviews: Nicoletta Ceccoli

Nicoletta’s show “By the Time You Are Real” (teased) opens this Saturday, December 13th at Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchestor, UK. She brings us seventeen wonderful new paintings to enjoy of which we obtained two more new images (thanks to Richard Goodall) since AM last talked about her. We sat down with the Merino based artist to chat a little about her influences, her illustration work, and her plans for 2009 among other things after the jump…

Releases: Jeremy Fish – “Heartfelt Sentiments”

Our friends over at OMG Posters have alerted us to a very nice set of screenprints entitled “Heartfelt Sentiments” that Upper Playground is releasing with Jeremy Fish. These four prints on wood are 11 x 14 and limited to 100 and are an affordable $200. This release seems to coincide with his show “Ghosts of the Barbary Coast” that opened recently … head over here if you are interested in purchase. More pics after the jump.

Preview: This is China show

Although we have been enamored with Japanese artists for a while now, recently we have been increasingly interested in the Chinese art scene.  It seems more and more intriguing artists are popping up on various sites…  If you add to that, the fact that western artists seem to be showing more in Asia, the time seems ripe for the kind of crossover show that is opening this weekend in Seattle. “This is China” (teased), put together by Red Star Press at the location formerly known […]

Releases/Interviews: Koibito by Yoskay Yamamoto

Yoskay Yamamoto has been working closely with Munky King to produce the second colorway of his “Koibito” vinyl figure. Since the initial all black colorway sold out at the SDCC this summer, fans have been clamoring for another colorway to add to their collection. Well this Thursday, the new Koibito figure will be released in TWO different colorways. The first is a gold and black colorway (edition of 500) and the second is a Munky King exclusive translucent-smoke colorway. (edition of 150) For the release Munky […]

Openings: Elms Lester’s Exhibition + Book Launch

Elms Lester is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new group show and book launch. The book catalogs 17 exhibitions over the past 12 years with a Who’s-Who of contemporary urban art: Adam Neate, Jose Parla, Phil Frost, Anthony Lister, Futura, James Marshall (Dalek), Boris Tellegen (DELTA), Mark Dean Veca, Ron English,  Space Invader, Stash and WK Interact. The book is limited to 1000 and is available here. The group show is nothing short of spectacular. Special mention goes to Adam Neate cause he is simply unconscious […]