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Artist Talk: Kehinde Wiley @ LACMA

AM recently attended a great artist talk by figurative painter Kehinde Wiley held at the LACMA. The packed event included the discussions of his works included in the exhibition Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection along with the process and imagery that Mr. Wiley choose while preparing for the show. The stimulating talk was followed by a book signing where Kehinde happily greeted each of his fans and introduced his new 64 page catalog for his current show (covered) at Roberts & Tilton (available here). […]

Studio Visits: Martin Oppel

Back during Art Basel Miami, we had the pleasure of visiting the Miami studio of Argentinian-born, Miami/NY-based artist Martin Oppel. Oppel, who has shown with Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Miami and Paris amongst others, works in a wide range of mediums—including painting, sculpture and most recently photography—often focusing on the materials and the process of art, while also making work that is visually attractive and thought-provoking. Dominating his space were what appeared to be gravity-defying stacks of rock, marble and concrete, which were in fact […]

Video: Acclaim x Swoon

Back in March, we brought you some photos from Swoon’s (interviewed) first solo exhibition in Australia held at the Metro Gallery. This was probably right before she worked on her next-level illuminated installation piece for the MOCA show (covered). Well, apparently our friends at Acclaim Magazine, who happen to be conveniently based in Melbourne, were able to get some footage of the show along with an interview with the Brooklyn-based artist. Discuss Swoon here.

Teaser: Melissa Haslam – “Kigurumi” @ LeBasse Projects (Culver City)

When we first saw this new piece from Melissa Haslam’s (featured), we thought it was a photograph.  But, it looks like she has just upped the detail in this new body of work since her last show at LeBasse Projects (covered). Her new show is entitled Kigurumi will open in July and is inspired by cosplay enthusiasts that she knows. Take a look at a video by Melissa’s sister during a photo reference shoot of Kigurumi girls…

Releases: Andy Warhol x Incase Project

It looks like our friends at Incase are continuing their great artist collaborations with their newest project – a series of products featuring the king of pop art – Andy Warhol. You may remember their recent work with Jose Parla (covered). Well, this newest offering is no less impressive. In conjunction with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the collection features Warhol’s artwork applied to select cases, sleeves and bags for iPhone, iPad and MacBook. You can see some examples after the jump […]

Overtime: April 11 – April 17

Jeff Koons currently showing at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art. RIP John McCracken – legendary Los Angeles artist dies at 76 in Santa Fe, NM. Recently discovered Rothko to be auctioned off at Christie’s and estimated to sell for $17 million. Art Hong Kong shaping up to be better than last year. Some photos from Art Paris. Before being detained by Chinese police, Ai WeiWei was offered advisory role by Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Also, claims he has “confessed.” Stolen: Art by late […]

Streets: ABOVE (Melbourne)

ABOVE (interviewed), who we last caught up with during his well received show in the Bay Area (covered), continued his prolific traveling with a recent trip to Melbourne.  Of course, he took time to introduce some of his signature wordplay and arrows down under as well. Take a look at more pics he sent us after the jump…

Releases: Joe Ledbetter – “Colossus Bunny”

Collectors of art toys out there know that one of the old school holy grails out there are the original Wheaty Wheat figures from Joe Ledbetter – Mr. Bunny, Snow Bunny, and Lava Bunny. After a six year hiatus, the signature character from Mr. Ledbetter is back; this time in a 48″ tall fiberglass edition appropriate entitled Colossus Bunny. The run will be very limited and cost about $4000 depending on the retailer and edition. More details including the new design after the jump…

Focus: Banksy – “Art in the Streets” @ MOCA

The most speculated upon artist of Art in the Streets was none other than the mysterious and supremely talented Banksy. Not “officially” announced on the initial roster of artists involved in the MOCA exhibition, rumors buzzed in art land that the acclaimed director of the Oscar nominated Exit Through The Gift Shop would be the “special guest” appearing in the exhibition. Banksy didn’t disappoint as he brought the “heavy weaponry” back to the city that held his Barely Legal show in 2006. Banksy brought many […]

Focus: Osgemeos – “Art in the Streets” @ MOCA

From our first look at the epic “Art in the Streets” exhibition yesterday, you should have gotten the idea of how complex and expansive the setup really was. We now have time to bring you some in depth looks at some of the juiciest parts of the show starting with a look at the Brazilian twins Osgemeos. Take a look some detailed pics after the jump of the corridor of the MOCA that they transformed with their signature speakers, colorful paintings, and a crazy install […]