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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 […]

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.
Yokohama-Kamakura.  Photo via Eric Nakamura

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 […]

Second Helpings: October 2009

October has come on gone in a blink of an eye, like the autumn leaves soon will be as we roll towards winter. There as been one great show after another; kinda overwhelming in a great way as we bring you another segment of Second Helpings to recap some of the juiciest stories of the month. Get served after the jump.

Preview: Josh Keyes – “Fragment” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

It doesn’t take much from Josh Keyes (interviewed) to throw us into a frenzy here at the AM offices. Two recent images have leaked from his upcoming show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in January that have us excited for his new body of work that will be entitled “Fragment.” We’ll have more coverage to follow as the show nears, but make sure to check out the other image after the jump…

Preview: Laurie Lipton @ Novas Contemporary Urban Centre

One of the most detailed and imaginative artists when it comes to “drawing” with pencil and charcoal, Laurie Lipton is about to open a show today in Liverpool at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre. Entitled “Homotoptia,” the show is named after Liverpool’s annual celebration of Queer Culture. We are looking forward to this new body of work as Lipton’s work has a interesting new industrial look to it. More after the jump.
The Ambush - Available at Fecal Face Dot Gallery

Studio Visits: Jeremy Fish

The other day, AM had the pleasure of visiting the North Beach, San Francisco studio of Jeremy Fish as he was putting the final touches on his upcoming museum show, “Weathering the Storm.” Fish, whose instantly recognizable illustrations and paintings are a veritable ark of silly pink bunnies, a parliament of strigiformes and a cable car crammed with weathered prospectors, has been working around the clock for the better part of the last four months creating an entirely new body of work for his first […]