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Rewind: April 2 – April 8

One of the stories dominating AM of recent weeks has been the behind-the-scenes look at Cai Guo-Qiang and his Sky Ladder exhibition opening today at the LA MOCA. We had the pleasure of attending the explosive Chinese artist’s creative sessions (here, here, and here) as well as the setup for his amazing pyrotechnic event last night. Before heading over to check out the exhibition for yourself, take a look at the video above from Art.sy films (via NOWNESS) that sees Cai talk about his choice of […]

Overtime: April 2 – April 8

Trayvon Martin street art goes up in Baltimore, courtesy of Justin Nether. A look at places where REVOK acquires his found materials for his work. New print from Mear One now on sale. Mr. Cartoon honored by LA Weekly as one of the 10 Awesome Tattoo Artists in L.A. Bobby Hundreds pays a visit to Futura. The market for Banksy works seems to be experiencing a revival. Photos from the INSA “Self Reflection” installation. Virtual room view here. In tribute: friends and collaborators remember the life and […]

Setup: Cai Guo-Qiang – “Sky Ladder” @ MOCA

After joining in on the three explosive creative sessions (here, here, and here) held by Cai Guo-Qiang, his crew, and a group of volunteers as they readied pieces for his upcoming exhibition, Sky Ladder, at the Los Angeles MOCA, we are really looking forward to the opening this Sunday. First up though is the public outdoor explosion event, Mystery Circle to be held on the exterior wall of The Geffen Contemporary (facing Temple Street) at 7:00pm on Saturday. AM stopped by to check in on the setup progress of the three-stage pyrotechnic extravaganza themed […]

Videos: Damien Hirst Retrospective @ Tate Modern

For those whose interest was piqued by photos we posted earlier this week from Damien Hirst’s retrospective at the Tate Modern, you may want to check out the video above. Vernissage TV stopped by the polarizing art figure’s preview showing and captured footage of many of the highlights as they went from room to room. Discuss Damien Hirst here.

Teaser: Kenny Scharf @ Honor Fraser

In about a week, April 14 to be exact, Kenny Scharf (interviewed) will be opening his newest show at the Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles. Although we spied his animated character on TV recently for his cameo on The Simpsons, we haven’t attended a solo from him since NY early last year. If you are lucky, there may be the customary free donuts – besides the amazing art of course – for those attending although you may have to be satisfied with a performance […]

Videos: Paddle8TV – “Inside the Artist’s Studio: Chris Burden”

Paddle8 has just launched their newest editorial project, which involves originally produced video. Their first Paddle8TV episode features Chris Burden, one of LA’s most well-known and respected artists. Watch as he discusses his landmark projects Urban Lights (which is one of the most popular art installations at LACMA and in the city) and Metropolis II (currently on view at LACMA as well). Among other topics, he discusses why he chose Topanga Canyon and his transition from performance artist to object-based/installation artist. Discuss Chris Burden here.

Showing: Do Ho Suh – “Home Within Home” @ Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Currently showing at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Arts is native son Do Ho Suh’s Home Within Home. Bringing his signature sculptural works made from sheer fabric, the Korean artist explores the idea of his nomadic lifestyle lying in various major metropolitan areas of the world. With colorful and ethereal suspended structures greeting visitors when entering, the exhibition certainly makes an impression. We even saw some of the household items from last December’s Art Basel on display. More photos via Designboom after the jump…

Openings: Olek & David Peterson – “Synthetic Nature” @ Krause Gallery

AM recently attended the Olek’s latest show at New York City’s Krause Gallery. Yes, we said NYC. The rogue urban crocheter was out on bail from the UK and returned to her hometown to do a show with David Peterson entitled Synthetic Nature. For this special event, Olek ditched her signature yarn and utilized balloons. Using synthetic rubber, she built an cave installation by weaving semi-inflated balloons in a way that would make even Krusty the Clown blush. Designed to obscure the viewer’s vision, the cave is […]

Openings: Kembra Pfahler x E.V. Day – “GIVERNY” @ The Hole

The Hole Gallery continues to push the edge as their latest collaborative project between E.V. Day and Kembra Pfahler opened up this past Friday to a packed house. The title GIVERNY references impressionist legend Claude Monet’s estate located in Giverny, where E.V. Day stayed during her Munn Artist Residency. Inspired by the lily padded ponds located on the estate, E.V. invited Pfahler to the actual garden to shoot the photos in this exhibition. And, through Playboy’s sponsorship, the gallery was transformed into a living breathing garden […]

Teaser: “Tropico Post – Apocalyptic” @ Extra Extra Gallery

With the opening booked for April 7th, the Tropico Post – Apocalyptic group exhibition artists will be filling the Extra Extra Gallery in Philadelphia with their work soon. Gideon Chase, Rachel de Joode, Joe Lacina, Alex Lukas, Matthew Palladino and Erin M. Riley will be examining the two seemingly discordant subjects of the apocalypse and the tropical “get away.” For his part, Palladino will be continuing his exploration of the three-dimensional nature of his artists vision that we first saw during his solo in San Francisco […]