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Studio Visits: Tat Ito

AM recently had the pleasure of visiting with Tat Ito at the Queens, NY, studio that he shares with his assistant Yuyu Yang. Readers may remember that we thought that Ito was one of the standout new artists included in Joshua Liner Gallery’s excellent summer group show (covered). Well, Mr. Liner must have agreed with us, because Ito has a show with the gallery scheduled for February 2010, and from what we saw during our studio visit, it’s going to be a stunner.

Video: Herakut Live Painting in Berlin

Remember that live painting session last month in Berlin where Herakut (interviewed) worked on and donated a painting to a hospital? Well, here is some nice video footage of the event. Discuss Herakut here.
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Releases: “Lord of the Flies” Illustrated by Sam Weber for Folio Society

London’s Folio Society recently released a new printing of William Golding’s classic novel “Lord of the Flies,” illustrated by uber-talented, Brooklyn-based artist/illustrator Sam Weber. The edition contains several beautiful images painted especially by Weber in watercolor, finished digitally, and reproduced in four-color offset printing for the book. In addition, the front cover binding is a single color lithograph on red book cloth with white letterpressed accents. This amazing edition, however, is only currently available for members of the Folio Society, so if you want to […]

Highlights: Recommended Openings For Nov 5 – Nov 8

Things are heating up this weekend as we head into the holidays with the big art fairs in London and Miami just around the corner. There are just SO many amazing shows around the world this weekend. Hard to pick just one to highlight here, but with Jeremy Fish invading the halls of the Laguna Art Museum this weekend, our movement takes another huge stride towards mainstream acceptance from the art world at large. Opening in conjunction with “Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum” […]
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Preview: Liu Ye – “Leave Me in the Dark” @ Sperone Westwater

Opening this Saturday is the second solo show by noted Chinese artist Liu Ye for New York’s Sperone Westwater Gallery. The show, entitled “Leave Me in the Dark,” consists of a new collection Liu Ye’s narritive and illustrative paintings of solitary figures, mostly young women. His cartoonish style may seem simple at first glance, but like Yoshitomo Nara, Liu Ye’s works often convey quiet but powerful emotions and stories. See other images, after the jump.

Preview/Setup: Dan Witz – “Dark Doings” @ Carmichael Gallery

We stopped by last night at the Carmichael Gallery to take a look at how the Dan Witz show was shaping up. Entitled “Dark Doings,” Witz opted to base his show around his street work this time around as he is also known for his light infused oil paintings. The show will consist of mostly limited edition pieces (half which are placed in the streets) which also come with a photograph of the piece in it’s urban setting. As evidenced by the piece we highlighted […]

Update: C215

In anticipation of his coming group show with Logan Hicks at Show & Tell Gallery (previewed), our friend Butterfly met up with C215 aka Christian Guemy to visit his new studio in the neighborhood of Vitry-sur-Seine of Paris. The tour was followed up by a cool street session where C215 worked the neighborhood. The ever creative urban artist stenciled his new surroundings and worked to create pieces representative of his trips from all around the world. More after the jump.
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Openings: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “The Pearl Thief” @ Gallery 1988 (LA)

Last night, Greg Simkins aka Craola (interviewed) opened his show “The Pearl Thief” at the LA location of Gallery 1988.  Featuring his largest painting to date (glimpses of which you saw in our studio visit) and a riddle/puzzle that lead to a prize of an original painting from Greg, show-goers left with plenty to talk about. “The Pearl Thief” painting (seen above), was pretty amazing. One of the most detailed paintings we have ever seen; it was like ten paintings in one with many of […]
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Openings: Yue Minjun – “Smile-isms” @ Arario Gallery (New York)

Last week saw the opening of a new exhibition of work by leading Chinese contemporary artist Yue Minjun. The show, which is presented at the New York location of Arario Gallery, is entitled “Smile-isms” and is comprised of lithographs, several statues and one large-scale painting, all featuring the grinning self-portraits for which Minjun is known. See images of all the works from the show, after the jump.
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Teaser: Aya Takano – “Reintegrating Worlds” @ Skarstedt Gallery

Another pretty big show is going down this week in New York at the Skarstedt Gallery. Japanese sensation Aya Takano will be opening her first solo show in NY on November 5th entitled “Reintegrating Worlds,” and you best believe AM will be eagerly on hand to take in her new body of work. We suggest you do the same as the Murakami protege will be bringing fifteen new paintings stateside for your enjoyment. Famous for her sometimes controversial “kawaii-erotic” aesthetic, Takano reinterprets traditional Japanese imagery […]