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James Jean for Black Dog / RSA

Los Angeles-based painter James Jean (featured), who recently took part in shows in both Beverly Hills, London, New York, and Orange County, found time in his busy schedule to collaborate with Black Dog & RSA Films. Featured here are two of the final versions along with the exquisite concept sketch, but also check out one of the initial designs that did not make the cut on his blog here. Discuss James Jean here.

Video: Arrested Motion – “City of Fire” @ Stephen Webster

With about a week left until the close of the City of Fire show we curated for Stephen Webster, we would like to encourage fans of the kind of art we cover here on AM to head over to check out the work for themselves. For those who are unable to, here is a video of the event created for us by Carlos Gonzalez. In it, you will see the setup and opening of the show along with footage of the work from Cyrcle., Thomas Doyle, Ron English, James Jean, Kid Zoom, Dave […]

Rewind: July 16 – 22

This week’s featured video in our Rewind summary is a short film from Miami design collective FriendsWithYou. The focus of the animated shore is an exploration into the life of clouds, a reoccurring motif in Samuel and Arturo’s work. The visual soundscape that results certainly projects the happy and joyful vibes that has become their signature aesthetic. Other notable videos below include: Teaser for Rebecca Lowry, who is showing in August at Design Matters Gallery. BMW Art Car. 1975 – 2010. The LA Launch of […]

Openings: “Ghost in the Machine” @ New Museum

Last week, New York’s New Museum opened a new exhibition entitled Ghost in the Machine. The survey contains over 140 works of art by over 70 artists which explore the relationship between humans, machines and art. Taking over all three main gallery rooms, it providee a unique look at the digital age and its influence/interaction on the artistic movement. Spanning over 50 years with works from over 15 countries represented, this show is definitely a comprehensive feast for the senses. We saw traditional paintings, installations and […]

Art HK ’12 Art Fair – BMW Art Car x Andy Warhol

This year, Art Hong Kong had a special booth that was not hosted by a gallery, but an automotive company. BMW, long a sponsor of the arts with their Art Car program in where legends like Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Jeff Koons and Alexander Calder were recruited to design the exterior of their flagship sports car. The German car maker gave  attendees of this year’s fair a unique treat as they brought back the M1 sports car that was hand painted by Andy Warhol. Yes, […]

Overtime: July 16 – July 22

  Dzine has a show opening next Friday in London inspired by the “Szwaybar,” a phenomenon that is central to the youth of Curacao. Ed Ruscha steps down from MOCA board of trustees – last artist to leave. Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie’s resignation email letter to MOCA. Christopher Knight discusses Kruger and Opie’s resignations and the role of artists in MOCA’s board. More from MOCA and Ruscha regarding resignations of artists from board and the future of the institution. Which Way, L.A.? examines the situation […]

Upcoming: Kris Lewis @ David B. Smith Gallery

Coming up in October, the David B. Smith Gallery will be hosting a new solo exhibition from Kris Lewis (interviewed). If his previous shows (see 2011 & 2009) at the Denver showspace are any indication, the California-based artist will be bringing a selection of enchanting oil paintings with him. His work bely a reverence for the old masters mixed with a modern quality as well as a touch of symbolism, all which combine for intriguing portraits. The show opens on October 19th. Photos via the artist. Discuss […]

Openings: “Unnatural – Natural History” @ Royal West of England Academy

Curated by Coates and Scarry, the  exhibition entitled Unnatural-Natural History recently launched at the Royal West of England Academy with many of the participating artists present at the opening. Featuring paintings, photography, drawings, sculptures and installations, 38 local and international artists are currently displaying their artistic interpretation of an alternative world. Following genetic mutations and environmental pressure, natural objects have been metamorphosed into unexpected forms in a place no longer ruled by humans. At the entrance, guests are greeted by feathered installations by Kate McGuire. The viewer’s mind is then immediately […]

Openings: Jason deCaires Taylor – “Human Nature” @ Jonathan Levine

Sculptor and photographer Jason deCaires Taylor recently made his premiere at Jonathan Levine Gallery with a solo exhibition entitled Human Nature. The British born artist who grew up with the coral reefs of Malaysia is known for taking his talents of altering environments to the ocean. Utilizing specialized PH neutral materials, Jason creates cement based sculptures and lays them in nature’s aquatic settings to create artificial reefs. Marine life grow and thrive around the artist’s “eco-sculptures,” kinda like underwater organic terracotta sculptures. Mr. Taylor then takes photographs of […]

Showing: Aya Takano – “To Lose Is To Gain” @ Galerie Perrotin (Paris)

Currently showing at the Paris branch (Saint Claude location) of Galerie Perrotin is a new body of work from Japanese sensation Aya Takano. Deeply moved by the recent earthquake and nuclear disaster in her home country, To Lose Is To Gain explores her feelings on the subject and reflects her thoughts of Japan in the past, present, and future. Of course, her Superflat stylings and prepubescent ethereal girls are still present in this new solo showing with the paintings displayed on walls as well as hanging […]