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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Openings: Sas & Colin Christian – “Sas + Colin” @ Opera Gallery (NY)

AM attended the private opening for Colin and Sas Christian’s (interviewed) latest show Sas + Colin at New York’s Opera Gallery. As the title states, the main focus was the wife and husband collaborations which brought their unique talents together for a visually stunning exhibition. Sas utilized her hyper realistic painting styles to bring the futuristic subjects to life, while Colin brought the physical presence with his beautifully detailed fiberglass sculptures. Together in one setting, it was impressive to see the artistic talents which can only be […]

Set-up / Openings: Brian Adam Douglas – ‘Due Date’ @ Black Rat Projects

The solo exhibition Due Date by Brian Adam Douglas (interviewed) opened on Thursday 9 March to a full house at London’s Black Rat Projects. Douglas himself was fine form throughout the evening, chatting with visitors and signing copies of his new book, Paper cuts, published by Drago. Among the guests, AM spotted artists Peter Kennard, Matt Small (interviewed) and Giles Walker. Also present was Douglas’s New York dealer, Andrew Edlin of Andrew Edlin Gallery, who’d flown in the day before to attend. Due Date consists […]

Teaser: Ai Weiwei – “Circle of Animals/Zodiac” @ Grand Army Plaza (Central Park)

Chinese conceptual artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, whose studio was recently demolished by the Chinese government, apparently didn’t have his bronze Zodiac Heads in storage there at the time.  The pieces which originally exhibited at the 29th Sao Paulo Biennale in Brazil last year will be making a trip to the Big Apple come May.  The twelve sculptures represent the traditional Chinese zodiac that adorn the fountain-clock of Yuanming Yuan, an imperial retreat in Beijing, five of which were looted and whose location is currently […]

Overtime: March 7 – March 13

New El Mac x Retna mural in Los Angeles. New outdoor work from Steve Locatelli and Escif in Bilboa. Gaia planning a show for Chicago while Skewville gets read for London. Can Charlie Sheen be considered a performance artist or is he just desperate for attention? Damien Hirst designs instruments (that will be auctioned for charity) for the band Squeeze. How does your collection compare to Carlos Slim’s, which consists of about 66,000 works (including Renoir, Cezanne, and Rodin) of art? Cory Arcangel discusses his […]

Openings: James Jean – “Rebus” @ Martha Otero

After presenting AM readers with teasers, updates, studio visits/previews, and  exhibition set-up posts on James Jean’s Rebus show, the moment of truth has finally arrived and the glorious payoff is in sight.  The artist’s first solo exhibition in his hometown of Los Angeles has opened (up until April 23) at West Hollywood’s Martha Otero and includes paintings, drawings, sketchbook spreads, sculpture, editioned scarves, and wall installations. Jean creates a immersive experience that feels like a romanticized dream where the environment is in colorful decay from […]

Preview: ‘Flogging A Dead Horse’ @ The Showroom, Bristol

We usually run previews for shows and bring you a first glimpse of what you can expect to see on the night of the opening. In this case, for Flogging a Dead Horse, we not only have no preview images to bring you, but we also don’t even know which artists will be featured in this group show curated by Steal From Work. Steal from Work have organised some great group shows in the past, and it sounds like this has the makings of something […]

Charity / Releases: James Jean x OVM – Lotus War Silk Scarf

James Jean fans may remember the sold out fashion line which he created with Prada, but since then he’s taken a hiatus from fashion world to focus on his fine art career. Good news, James has been working on another project. Here’s a first look at the upcoming collaboration with Japan based company OVM. The first release of the future line with OVM is a gorgeous scarf featuring his signature Lotus War imagery from his show at Martha Otero. The scarf is made of premium […]

Teaser: Kent Williams @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Kent Williams, who recently showcased a fantastic body of work in New Mexico (covered), is already working on some paintings for a new solo scheduled for May in Los Angeles. The show planned for Merry Karnowsky Gallery will include this painting, New Spring, currently on display at the LCAD MFA Faculty and Students Exhibition in Irvine, CA. Another probable piece after the jump…

Openings: Gary Baseman – “Walking Through Walls” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Gifting NYC with joint solo shows along with Andy Kehoe (covered), Gary Baseman offered up a more somber and personal body of work at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery last Saturday night entitled Walking Through Walls.  Experimenting with combining his painting techniques with collage, silkscreen, and found photographs from his collection, Gary built a show that centered around the notion of “walking through walls – moving through the different divisions of society, challenging expectations, and finding freedom.” The new works also featured another common theme of […]

Installation: Ryan Travis Christian – “Sad Sacks” @ Guerrero Gallery

Tonight, May 12th, Ryan Travis Christian returns to Guerrero Gallery for the next installment of his works. In what looks like a continuation of works from his previous show last year at GG, Ryan moves to the main room with his classic use of blacks, whites and everything in between. This time, he expands his crazy visual patterns and distinct subject matter to include sex, parties, dreams and more. Look for a large but intricate multi-media installation that should be memorable to behold. Check it […]