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ComplexCon ’16: First Look

This past weekend, our friends at Complex held their first ever “pop culture world fair” in Los Angeles and it was pretty spectacular. Entitled ComplexCon, the inaugural convention gathered some of the top creative minds in the respective fields of fashion, music, culinary fare and of course art to create a unique two day event to satisfy even the most adventurous individual. The staff at AM had the run of the Long Beach Convention Center and there were more events & exhibits than we could […]
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Openings: KAWS – “BFF” @ Central Embassy (Bangkok)

A couple of days ago, Central Embassy in Bangkok unveiled the latest large-scale sculpture from KAWS, standing 8 meters tall outside their complex. Produced with the help of curator AllRightsReserved, the event also featured a plush version of the figure, which looked to be a cross between Elmo & The Cookie Monster, remixed the the Brooklyn-based artist’s double-x eyes and skull & cross bones. Along with this, to the delight of his fans, there was also an exhibition of limited edition prints as well other associated products for sale. Photo […]
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Previews: KAWS – “BFF” @ Central Embassy (Bangkok)

Along with peeks at the new 8 meter tall sculpture from KAWS to be unveiled soon in Thailand, fans of the Brooklyn-based artist are also excited to see a new product line release. The project at Central Embassy in Bangkok, produced with the help of curator AllRightsReserved, will feature a new character called BFF that looks to be a mix between Elmo and the Cookie Monster with the artist’s distinctive double X’s for eyes. There will also be a plush version (edition of 1000) of the sculpture for sale at ‪‎SIWILAI Store from 30th […]
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Releases: Luke Chueh – “Bat Bear” Figure

After teasing us with a work-in-progress sculpt last year that will bring to life his Bat Bear painting in a three-dimensional form, it looks like Luke Chueh (interviewed) is set to release his latest art toy soon. More accurately named Gero-Hero or Bat-Bear, the acrylic and ink piece from 2006 featured the Los Angeles-based artist’s iconic sad bear disguised as the famous crime fighting mask crusader. Tentatively set to drop in June with the help of Mighty Jaxx, keep your eyes peeled for further information soon to add this […]
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Previews: “Bear In Mind” Luke Chueh Custom Show @ Clutter Gallery

Tonight in New York, Clutter Gallery will be hosting a group show featuring customs from Luke Chueh (interviewed) and some of his friends utilizing blank versions of his iconic sad bear head. Reinterpreting the Los Angeles-based signature bear for Bear In Mind will be a roster that includes Angry Woebots, Calvin Ma, Candie Bolton, Colin Christian, Edwin Ushiro, Eimi Takano, Heidi Taillefer, Huck Gee, J★RYU, James Groman, JC Rivera, Jeremiah Ketner, Joe Whiteford, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Kathie Olivas, Kelly Denato, Lana Crooks, Lola Gil, Luke Chueh, Mab Graves, […]
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Releases: D*Face – “Beethoven Bust”

D*Face (interviewed) has been working on a new vinyl toy recently that takes the face of Beethoven and remixes it with his distinctive imagery. The subverted image of the famous musician and composer features the British artist’s famous wings and will retail for about $400 come June through the Japanese toy company Medicom. Take a look at a few more images below… Via Fatkids. Discuss D*Face here.
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Baby Tattooville ’15: Secret Store

Always one of the things attendees look forward to, Baby Tattooville’s Secret Store opened last night at 9pm sharp. Prints, originals, publications, and other art products from this year’s participating artists (Anthony Ausgang, Sas Christian, Olivia De Berardinis, Ron English, Camille Rose Garcia, Bosko Hrnjak, Marion Peck, KRK Ryden, Mark Ryden, and Isabel Samaras) were made available to each customer in the order of their specific numbers, with the people with most seniority having first dibs on purchases. Personally, we eyed the SPECIAL special edition Mark Ryden […]
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Showing: “The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys” @ Lancaster MOAH

Currently at the Lancaster Museum of Art & History, The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys has the main gallery filled with art toys from over 80 artists, stores, and manufacturers. Curated by Julie B. from Pretty in Plastic and Heidi Johnson of Hijinx Artist Management & PR, the exhibition has selected figures from artists as well as some schematics, drawings, molds, sculpts, and prototypes on display. Artists include: Anthony Ausgang, Gary Baseman, Luke Chueh (seen above), Tristan Eaton, Frank Kozik, Joe Ledbetter, […]
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Recap: Gary Baseman – “Happy Toby To You” @ Time Square Hong Kong

Continuing to spread his pervasive imagery to Asia (also see Shanghai & Taipei), Gary Baseman’s (interviewed) recent project saw him celebrating his iconic Toby character’s 10th birthday in Hong Kong. Held at the busy Time Square complex in Causeway Bay, the installation (arranged by LeBasse Projects) featured a dinner party for his faithful companion as well as photo exhibition of their travels together. Discuss Gary Baseman here.
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Releases: Josh Keyes – “Migratory Soul” & “The Hermit” Figures

Tomorrow, June 2nd, Josh Keyes (interviewed) will be releasing his latest collaborations with ToyQube in bringing his imagery to three dimensional life. Based off two of his associated paintings, The Hermit & Migratory Soul, the sculpts of which we already shared with you, the figures are now almost ready to be added to your collection if you so choose. These would compliment the two prints released last year (covered) for those who snapped them up. Head over here tomorrow at 1 PM EST to make your purchase, and to pre-order the signed […]
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