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Update / Releases: “Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009″ Book

Perhaps foreshadowing his own fate, Ai Weiwei’s chilling last blog entry before it was taken down went as follows: “What can they do to me? Nothing more than to banish, kidnap, or imprison me. Perhaps they could fabricate my disappearance into thin air, but they don’t have any creativity or imagination. And they lack both joy and the ability to fly.” As the world unites in support of the safe and immediate release of the famous artist and activist after his recent detention (now missing […]

Openings: Erik Parker – “Re-Upped” @ colette

With a mastery of color and layering at it’s core, Erik Parker’s work assaults the senses in a deeply visceral way. Blending rawness with whimsy, the New York-based artist brought his newest body of psychedelia to colette in Paris a couple weeks back. Playing the part of stylistic chameleon, much like his last solo, Endless Anytime (covered), sidetracked from his signature amorphous figuration to focus on more classical still life compositions, Re-Upped sees the artist take yet another new direction with a series of acrylic […]

Preview / Streets: “Art in the Streets” @ MOCA

The clock is ticking as the artists are putting the finishing touches on the Art in the Streets exhibition at the MOCA Los Angeles. Set to open to the public this Sunday, the show was in the final stages of preparation as AM stopped by today to check on the progress both indoors and out. After a quick lap indoors, we feel confident enough to tell you that this looks to be one the best show that we’ve ever seen. Bad news is that we […]

Videos: Pep Williams Talks to Saber

Take a look at this recent interview with SABER (interviewed) recorded by his friend and photographer Pep Williams. They touched on many topics including stories of growing up together skating in Venice and how Saber started as an artist, but most interesting of all is the discussion about who’s painting what in the MOCA Art in the Streets show. Yes, it’s getting close and AM will be taken over by coverage of the monster show soon. Take a look at part II of the video […]

Preview: Oliver Vernon – “Sprung” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

In his second solo exhibition with Joshua Liner Gallery, Oliver Vernon will yet again seek to take art goers on a visceral journey with his unique artistic vision, where the laws of gravity don’t exist, and time and space are warped into a lucid whirlwind of color and movement. Opening this Thursday, April 14th, Sprung continues the signature psychedelic imagery exhibited during his first showing at the NYC gallery, Unexpected Occurrences (covered), yet this time draws upon a new bounty of inspiration provided by the […]

Openings: KMNDZ – “The Heaviest” @ Fifty24SF

Last week, AM stopped by Fifty24SF, literally right next door to the Josh Keyes opening at Fecal Face (covered), to check out the new paintings from KMNDZ. The Los Angeles-based artist brought along his boys (they recently worked on a large-scale painting with him), up north to the show with him making it a family affair. Take a look at all the opening photos for The Heaviest after the jump…

Openings: Julia Chiang – “Security Is Mostly A Superstition” @ Half Gallery

Last week Julia Chiang opened her latest show in New York’s Half Gallery. This exhibition Security Is Mostly A Superstition featured a room size installation of hand crafted ceramic white chains measuring in length from five to thirty feet. The idea is to play with the notion that the laid out chains could be perceived to protect or restrain the sacred environment created by Julia. The show runs through May 2nd, so stop by if you can. Also, if you loved Julia’s One Of A […]

Showing: Ryan McGinley – “Somewhere Place” @ Galerie Gabriel Rolt

Last weekend, Ryan McGinley’s new exhibition, Somewhere Place (previewed), with Galerie Gabriel Rolt opened in Amsterdam. For the New York artist’s second showing in The Netherlands, the importance of “living in the moment”, arguably the most meaningful thread running throughout his work, was strikingly reinforced through a new series of his artfully directed “happenings”. In a recent interview speaking about the new body of work, he stated the work is “even more cinematic now” and “is a bit darker than before”, as well as talked […]

Video / Releases: RETNA – Factory 413 / “FAIRFAX TITANS” Installation & Print

Retna (featured), who we just saw at the Kehinde Wiley show (covered) and at his Hallelujah World Tour in New York, recently created an installation for Factory 413 in Los Angeles as part of their FAIRFAX TITANS project (in conjunction with Known Gallery where an ongoing roster of artists will be asked to work on the large dual-sided window display on Fairfax Ave). The video above shows some footage of the calligraphic action as well words from Retna as he discussed some of the philosophies […]
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Preview: Souther Salazar – “You Come Too” @ Jonathan LeVine

This Saturday night at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Souther Salazar returns almost two years after his last solo there (covered) with a new deeply personal body work entitled You Come Too. Not only his family inspired, given advice, and/or helped with these new pieces (details on his blog), but it sounds like he has drawn on some recent life experiences to put together the imagery for the show.  Along with his whimsical paintings, expect to see some intricate installation pieces as well as more of air […]