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China’s Contemporary Art Crisis

As AM reported in past months (here), the ailing financial situation has forced many notable galleries in the US and EU to close shop. While this disappointing trend in the western art markets concern many, it pales in comparison to the crisis that is currently plaguing China’s contemporary art market. In Beijing’s famed Dashanzi art quarter alone, over 50 galleries have gone out of business. Even the annual Asian International Art Fair scheduled for March 11-15 at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, has been canceled due […]

Kaws Invite & Video – CBS Sunday Morning

Artist and designer Kaws was featured on CBS News Sunday Morning. The segment features an in-depth interview, gives an inside look at Pharrell Williams’ amazing collection, and provides an overview of Kaws’ career, past and present. In other Kaws news, fans lucky enough to receive an invitation to Kaws’ upcoming, “The Long Way Home” show (teased) at Honor Fraser received a color variant of the Kaws head that accompanied the Bounty Hunter Kaws Kun toy. Discuss this show here. Discuss KAWS here.

Interviews: Jin Young Yu

If you remember, we were quite intrigued with Jin Young Yu’s transparent sculptures that were displayed at the Pulse Fair at Art Basel Miami last year. We were lucky enough to be able to interview her because of the efforts of AM friend Stella Im Hultberg (interviewed), who provided the translation for the Korean sculptor as well as added some questions of her own. Check out the interview after the jump.

Shepard Fairey arrested in Boston

It seems that the Boston Police Department were not at all impressed by Shepard Fairey’s status as Presidential portraiture or his 20-year retrospective at Beantown’s Institute of Contemporary Art. According to The Boston Globe and Huffington Post, Fairey was arrested last night around 9:15pm as he tried to enter the ICA, where he was scheduled to DJ the museum’s sold-out Experiment Night dance-party (with tickets going upwards $500 on Craigslist). Police Officer James Kenneally stated the department had Jan. 24 warrants alleging the Los Angeles artist tagged […]

Seen: Jeff Soto Talk & Book Signing

Jeff Soto gave an interesting talk along with a slideshow last night at the Riverside Art Museum to his strong fan base in the area.  He covered his graffiti roots, childhood, inspirations, and took the audience through a progression of his work.  It was very instructive to hear what was important (family, Riverside area, politics, etc) to Jeff in his painting, and to really understand the transitions and beginnings of his work.  Afterwards, he took time to sign books and chat with all his fans. […]

Jose Parla Pottery

José Parlá’s recently posted up some images of of his trip to Japan while visiting the Kimura Family gallery where he has some pottery projects in progress.  There were some interesting pics of the kiln, tools, the process, and some previous completed items (similar to those seen in his Cristina Grajales show). More images after the jump…

Jeff Soto Book Signing & Slide Show

For those who haven’t seen Jeff Soto’s show “Turning in Circles” yet, here’s a good opportunity to stop by for a visit. Not only is the Riverside Art Museum open late tomorrow (because of the monthly Riverside Art Walk), Jeff will also be presenting an hour long slide show chronicling the span of his career, past and present. There will also be a Q & A session and a signing afterwards for his book, “Storm Clouds”. Feb 5 (7:30 – 9 pm) Riverside Art Museum […]

Openings: Worlds on Fire (Grammy Show)

Art and music collided last night with the invite-only opening of the “Worlds on Fire” show (previewed) held at the Pacific Electric Lofts’ building in downtown LA.  The week-long exhibit features portraits of 2009 Grammy nominees painted and interpreted by some of the top artists in the low brow and pop surrealist scene. AM was on hand to attend the opening of the Gen Art hosted event – curated by Kris Lewis, Will.i.am and Justin Giarla (Shooting Gallery). Make sure to check out the photos […]

Preview: Mark Ryden’s “Snow Yak” show in Tokyo

Can’t wait until February 7th for Mark Ryden’s Snow Yak show to open up in Tokyo? Well, you’re in luck because AM put together a preview of some brand new images along with some that we teased you with a few weeks ago. For this body of work, it looks as though Ryden is focusing on a singular theme as opposed to having multiple focuses in each of his paintings – a more minimalistic approach with a more uniform palette. Interested in picking something up? Well prices start […]

Openings: Mark Dean Veca @ UAG – UCSD

Mark Dean Veca, who we just interviewed a couple days ago, opened up his show last night at the UAG gallery.  We had only seen the nice in-progress setup previously, but the finished installation looks even more amazing.  The show runs till March 15th, so stop by for a look if you have a chance.  As mentioned before, he will also doing an “artist talk” on February 26th if you are interested in attending.  We gathered some images for you to peruse after the jump.