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Viewpoints: Murakami, MOCA & Louis Vuitton Sued by Disgruntled Speculator

Last summer, the MOCA was sued by a disgruntled speculator, Clint Arthur, over the sale of some lithographic prints from Takashi Murakami’s retrospective. Arthur’s initial suit alleged that without proper documentation, the prints were just overpriced posters and the museum was misleading customers. The judge quickly dismissed the charges of fraud in the initial case.  Also, the MOCA has offered Arthur a refund with interest (which he refused, of course) and a certificate of authenticity for all their customers who wanted one. Now, Arthur is […]

Jeff Koons/LACMA Train x Crane Project

When news came out about the $25 million sculpture that LACMA commissioned Jeff Koons to do, we were a little underwhelmed by the idea. A life-size replica of a locomotive dangling from a crane sounded impressive enough but what does it all mean? After watching the Koons studio visit video last week, we realized that the train was going to be motorized (check the 1:04 mark) which makes it a little more interesting but we’re not sure if it’s the best use of $25 million.

Shepard Fairey “Supply & Demand” Museum Retrospective to Travel

It seems that Shepard’s recent drama with the AP and Boston’s finest doesn’t phase the higher-ups in the Contemporary Art world. AM has learned that Shepard Fairey’s debut solo museum exhibition “Supply and Demand,” which opened (covered) at the Boston ICA in February, will be traveling to at least two other museums. It is confirmed that after closing in Boston in August, the retrospective show is scheduled to go to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (October 2009 – February 2010) and then to the Lois & Richard Rosenthal […]

Kehinde Wiley Lecture @ Getty Center

In a little warm-up for his upcoming show at Roberts & Tilton, Kehinde Wiley gave a well-received lecture at the Getty Center last night.  He impressed the crowd as an eloquent speaker and accompanied his talk with some well prepared slides.  Especially interesting were his photo reference comparisons to his final paintings where he “street-cast” strangers off the street to pose for his paintings. Kehinde will be continuing his World Stage project with this exhibit, opening tomorrow night, April 4th.  After traveling to China and […]

Video: Os Gemeos Box from “Vertigo” @ CCBB

Check this video from the spectacular Os Gemeos show at CCBB of Rio de Janerio. One of their signature “Box Head” installations was up in the show. The gorgeous box which measures 64 feet in volume is painted much like the classic Os Gemeos yellow characters. The interactive “Box Head” is suspended a few feet off the ground to encourage the museum goers to “stick their head in” and wear the ginormous mask. Once inside, the viewer is transported to a reflective dimension that resembles space. This effect is created through strategically placed lights along […]

Getty to Slash Budget as Trust has Lost $2 Billion in Last Year

The Getty Center (where we will be visiting for Kehinde Wiley’s talk) will surely be slashing their budget soon as news has come out that the J. Paul Getty Trust has lost amost $2 billion over the last year. We are sure other institutions don’t feel too badly for them yet as their trust is still the behemoth in the museum world at $4.5 billion. The closest endowment to the Getty’s is that of the Met (NY) at $2.1 billion, which announced plans Thursday to […]

Murakami Transforms the City of Bilbao and Transport System

Continuing with our coverage of Murakami’s Retrospective in Spain, we now bring you images of how Murakami has been transforming the city with his signature imagery.  From February to May, more that 100 shop windows in Bilbao’s Old Town will be decorated with his famed flowers along with some of the public transport system.  The hope is to draw businesses located in the city’s historic quarter closer to the Bilbao cultural scene and encourage residents and tourists alike to partake of this fantastic exhibition at […]

Takashi Murakami Retrospective @ Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

From LA to New York to Germany, Murakami’s historic retrospective has traveled across oceans and continents, and now, here is a first look at the exhibit on its final leg in Spain at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. This retrospective encompasses Takashi’s entire career, from the early days of his “Hiropon Factory” to the evolution into his now juggernaut like “Kaikai Kiki Studio”. The master and creator of the “Superflat” art movement, Murakami has influenced our art and fine culture in ways we could have never […]
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