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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Openings: Matt Small – “That I May See” @ Black Rat Projects

An inspirational show from Matt Small (interviewed) opened last night at Black Rat Projects in London. Not only was the artwork stunning, like the showstopper seen above, the subjects of Matt’s paintings were students from a project he participated in earlier this year where he conducted workshops in Zambia (covered). “That I May See” featured portraits using the the UK artist’s unique vibrant and colorful swirl technique with 40% of the proceeds going to the Robert Shitima School from the aforementioned Zambia project. The highly […]

Openings: Yoshitomo Nara – “Nobody’s Fool” Retrospective @ Asia Society

Yesterday, AM attended the opening of Yoshitomo Nara’s epic retrospective at New York’s Asia Society. With anticipation building since attending his “Open Studio” session a few weeks prior, we didn’t know what more to expect from Nara and YNG/graf aside from the artwork being created by the artist and the cool construction of the “Home” installation. After checking out opening night though, it’s pretty obvious the expansive & comprehensive retrospective put together by curators Miwako Tezuka & Melissa Chiu will delight fans old and new. […]

Preview: Clayton Brothers – “Inside Out” @ Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

As we mentioned last summer, the Clayton Brothers are set to open a fantastic museum show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) over in Wisconsin this weekend. The brotherly duo will unveil twenty six paintings and three mixed media installations containing their wild color combos and electric characters. Check out a preview  after the jump.

Teaser: “Sweet Streets II” @ Nucleus Gallery

This Saturday, Sept 11th, “Sweet Streets II” is set to open at the Nucleus Gallery in Alhambra. After a successful exhibition last year, the group show inspired by the Japanese streets makes its return with an even nicer lineup of artists including Tessar Lo, Dominique Fung, APAK, Adolie Day, Bwana Spoons, Kukula, Julie West, Mari Inukai, Stella Im Hultberg and Amy Sol. We think Amy’s work is a great match for this show as the heroines in her paintings always seem to be quite fashionable […]

Preview / Setup: Andrew Schoultz – “Compound Eyes on the World” @ Marx & Zavattero

Opening on September 11, the show many San Franciscans have been waiting for –  Andrew Schoultz returns to his hometown for his second solo exhibition at Marx & Zavattero.  If it’s Schoultz, you can be sure it involves dense, colorful, kinetic, immersive, and choatic artwork, as is evidenced by these preview shots.  For this show, the artist explores the nature of history and the reconciliation of meaning versus the vast amount of information available today.  If you are in town, you are best served to […]

Setup: Ron English – “Status Factory” @ Opera Gallery

In our preview of Ron English’s (featured) pop up show with Opera Gallery, we showed you some of the massive paintings that has been stockedpiled over the past year in preparation. AM stopped by the massive three story retail space that will be the site for the extravagant “Status Factory” and took a look around at the setup. Ron and his crew have been literally working on hands and knees since last week to renovate this space and make it into their own little amusement park […]

Preview: Edwin Ushiro – “Preceding Sunday” @ Roq La Rue

You may remember us showing you a piece for Edwin Ushiro’s (interviewed) show, “Preceding Sunday”, at the Roq La Rue Gallery. We now have a couple more images to share with you ahead of tomorrow night’s (Sept 10) opening in Seattle. Edwin (who will be showing jointly with Yoskay Yamamoto) also has a surprise for fans attending his opening – 30 limited edition diecuts to giveaway – you just have to tell him a ghost story. Diecut and more preview images after the jump…

Previews: Esao Andrews – “Solid Void” @ Jonathan Levine Gallery

Better make plans to stop by Jonathan Levine Gallery this Saturday. Esao Andrews will open his latest solo show, “Solid Void”, along with peer Alex Gross (interviewed) and his solo show. The darkly imaginative artist continues to explore the confines of his talented imagination. His use of colors to compliment his ultra fine brush work is something that has to be seen in person. After his last sold out show at JLG a few years ago and his most recent show at Thinkspace last year, […]

Preview: Murakami @ Versailles

Next week will be pretty big for contemporary art in France. Not only is Jeff Koons opening his newest show in Paris, his pal Murakami will be opening his exhibition in Versailles, just like Koons did in 2008. As with Koons, some of the French have been protesting the superflat master and several of his “controversial” works, but it is not clear whether pieces like “Lonesome Cowboy” or “Hiropon” will be included. There are reportedly 22 pieces in the show, half of which will be […]

Preview: James Jean – The “Birds and Boys” Series @ 3.1 Phillip Lim – Fashion’s Night Out

It’s called Fashion’s Night Out, but for 3.1 Phillip Lim in West Hollywood on Sept. 10, there will be more than just beautiful designer clothes and accessories. James Jean will present a collection of 20 original portraits of the famous and the beautiful from the City of Angels. The artwork, curated by Phillip Lim, will be shown for only a few days and proceeds from the sale will benefit The Costume Council at LACMA. If an event featuring one of the most exciting clothing designers […]