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Teaser: Richard Prince @ Gagosian Gallery (HK)

As an enticing preamble to Asia’s preeminent contemporary art fair, Art HK 11, on tap later this week, Gagosian Gallery will offer up an exhibition of work from Richard Prince at their Central Hong Kong space. Opening Tuesday, May 24th, the show will mark the first solo exhibition in Asia for the iconic, if not controversial, photographer, painter, and serial reappropriator, as seen through his infamous “rephotograph” series. It is this penchant for reappropriation that has defined, and at times troubled, his artistic career, most […]
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Teaser: Art HK’11 – KAWS @ Emmanuel Perrotin

Here’s a look at something KAWS is working on (reminiscent of a piece he painted for the gallery last November) for the Emmanuel Perrotin booth at this year’s Art Hong Kong. After stirring up the fanboys with news of an imminent wood Karimoku companion release, the street turned contemporary artist follows up with news that he will be unleashing his double x’s at the vital Asian fair, a wise choice considering the market. Discuss KAWS here.

Openings: Mark Dean Veca – C.O.L.A. Exhibition @ LAMAG

Yesterday, on a beautiful sunny afternoon at Barnsdall Park in East Hollywood, the 2011 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellows showed off their recent work at the LA Municipal Art Gallery. One of those mid-career artists represented is none other than Mark Dean Veca (interviewed), who brought along three large-scale paintings utilizing his signature renditions of “Toile de Jouy” patterns. Of course, his subjects of choice include some of his favorite pop icons – familiar food mascots Tony the Tiger, Charlie the Tuna, […]
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Preview: Art HK’11 – James Jean @ Martha Otero

Continuing our survey of the upcoming Hong Kong International Art Fair, we turn our attention to the booth of Martha Otero. Coming straight off his March exhibition with the Los Angeles gallery, it looks like James Jean (featured) will be heading to the Far East to attend Asia’s preeminent art fair. When the doors open on this Thursday, May 26th, this four panel piece entitled Lovers will be headlining booth 3G09 along with other originals and limited editions. More preview images of some of the […]

Openings: Zhang Huan – “49 Days” @ Blum & Poe

Last night, Culver City gallery-goers were treated to a fascinating collection of brick sculptures from Shanghai and NY based Zhang Huan. The versatile Chinese artist started off as a noted performance artist but has since branched out to many other art forms including the discipline of choice for this 49 Days exhibition at Blum & Poe, also his first solo ever in Los Angeles. The body of work centers around the story of Zhu Gangqiang (Cast-Iron Pig), the nickname given to a pig that survived […]

Releases: KAWS – “Karimoku” Wood Companion

Almost a year since images first leaked on the Wood Companion, KAWS appears to be ready to give an official drop to the Karimoku Companion, a more fine art spin akin to the bronze iterations of his signature mascot. Priced at¥252,000 (~$3,000) and 30cm tall (~11.8 inches), the super sexy Medicom produced figure is from an edition of 100. As is always the case, those in Tokyo will get first dibs at Original Fake next Saturday, May 28th. Otherwise, if you’re interested and you’ve got […]
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Release: Mark Dean Veca – The Hundreds Skate Deck & Shoe

Continuing his collaboration with The Hundreds, Mark Dean Veca (interviewed) will be releasing a skate deck and kicks (Johnson Mid) featuring his signature “Toile de Jouy” abstractions. The shoe’s pattern is based on the image above which is also chock full of pop references like Hank Williams, Franz Kline, Ed Ruscha’s Hollywood Sign, Lil’ Annie Fannie, and Green Eggs and Ham. There are more images of the shoes, skateboards, and art work after the jump for those interested. Also, for those in LA, Mark will […]

Openings: Ryan McGinness – “Works on Paper” @ Country Club (Los Angeles)

Opening his Los Angeles spring marathon of exhibitions on Thursday night with Recent Paintings (covered), Ryan McGinness followed things up with Works on Paper (previewed) at Country Club’s local gallery space last night. The show chronicled new and old works on paper, all told exemplifying the notable New York artist’s diversity in composition, imagery, and palette achieved through his trademarked screenprinting methodology. With a host of exhibitions still to come in the ensuing weeks, these two bodies of work served as a welcome reminder to […]

Preview: Kent Williams – “Convergence” @ Merry Karnowsky (Los Angeles)

On a busy Saturday night of art in Los Angeles, make sure you add Kent Williams’ opening at Merry Karnowsky to your gallery hopping itinerary. The collection of paintings entitled Convergence incorporates some of the work shown in New Mexico last September (covered) along with some new pieces all featuring his distinctive take on classical studies of the human form, some quite impressive in scale as you will see from these preview images. More after the jump.

Preview: Pakayla Rae Biehn – “Being There” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Showing alongside Jeff Ramirez (interviewed) for their two person exhibition, Being There (teased), Pakayla Rae Biehn is finally afforded the opportunity to let her talents shine through with a large body of work, after many inclusions in various group shows over the years. Opening Saturday, May 21st at Thinkspace Gallery, the SF-based artist will further develop her unique Double Exposure series of paintings, where two compositional themes are overlayed into a unified whole, certain elements clearly defined others muted in color and blurred in resolution. […]