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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 […]

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 […]

Teaser: Jasper Johns – “New Sculpture and Works on Paper” @ Matthew Marks Gallery

Jasper Johns, who many consider to be the world’s greatest living artist, is  set to unveil a show at Matthew Marks Gallery that includes eleven sculptures which he created over a five year period, as well as twenty recent works on paper.  This is the largest body of sculpture the artist has completed in the span of his career, which has lasted more than fifty years.   The majority of the sculptures are based on the numerals 0-9 and is first made by wax. Johns […]
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Pulse ’11 – Cindy Wright @ Mark Moore

At this year’s Pulse NYC, LA’s Mark Moore Gallery showcased talented Belgian artist Cindy Wright. Wright’s work seems to follow from the long tradition of Dutch and Flemish still-life paintings, portraying simple objects illuminated upon a dark background. However, Wright’s compositions—like her showstopping painting of a glistening cube of uncooked chunks of bacon or another of a rotting piece of fruit—are at once realistic and abstract, beautiful and hideous, depending on how and from where the pieces are viewed. Take a look at other images […]
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Streets: Urs Fischer Bear Sculpture (New York)

A 23 foot tall, 20 ton bronze teddy bear from Urs Fischer was recently installed in New York at the Park Avenue plaza. The signature sculptural piece entitled Untitled (Lamp/Bear) from the young Swiss artist will be in place for public consumption until it goes on the block next month at Christie’s where it’s expected to fetch over $10 million dollars. To install the work, the auction house had to get six city permits and pay to reinforce the floor so that it could take […]
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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: 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 […]