ArrestedMotion logo
Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Shepard Fairey Helps Restore Italy with SMS Venice

It appears Swoon wasn’t the only artist in Venice recently.  Shepard Fairey and his boys were also spotted spending a few weeks to “restore Venice.” The purpose of their visit wasn’t to vacation in the grand canals of Venice, but to create works for the SMS Venice Foundation. The works were donated by Shepard to promote the preservation of artistic and architectural heritage of the historic city of Venice. More after the jump.

Rumor Mill: Banksy x Kaws x Shepard Fairey

“Word on the street is…” How many times have we heard those words muttered? Well, in the past few weeks, we’ve heard a lot of chatter about some artists – mostly around 3 major players: Banksy, KAWS and Shepard Fairey. Mind you these are UNCONFIRMED reports from the RUMOR MILL. Read about all the speculation after the jump.

Openings: “Self-Portraits” @ Circle Culture Gallery

It’s always interesting to see how an artist views themselves, especially in the context of their own art. “Self Portraits” (previewed) which opened recently in Berlin at Circle Culture Gallery is based exactly on this concept. Each artist created a piece in their distinctive style that they felt best represented themselves. Take a look at what they came up with, after the jump…

Update: Swoon – “The Swimming Cities of Serenissima”

Last time we interviewed Swoon, she was getting ready to set sail on her latest journey (The Swimming Cities of Serenissima) to Venice with her hand crafted fleet of ships. Thanks to our boys at Vandalog, we caught up with Swoon just as her mini-armada arrived for the Bienalle in Venice.  Here are some pics of Swoon and her crew as they docked in in the city of canals. More photos after the jump.

Openings: Dzine – “Love & Loyalty” @ Leeahn Gallery (South Korea)

Chicago-based artist Dzine was nice enough to send over images from his latest solo show, “Love & Loyalty,” which opened last week at South Korea’s Leeahn Gallery. From the look of the photos, there’s no wonder why the entire show sold-out before the opening. Dzine’s newest resin and crystal covered paintings are explosively colorful and energetic, especially the gigantic “In the beginning… (after Assumption of the Virgin).” And Dzine, who has become well-known for his tricked-out custom vehicles, unveiled his newest low-rider bike, entitled “Loyalty,” […]

Openings: Bruce LaBruce – “Untitled Hardcore Zombie Project” @ Peres Projects

Bruce LaBruce’s “Untitled Hardcore Zombie Project” at Peres Projects in Culver City is one of those shows that makes you do a complete double take the moment you walk in the door. Describing himself not as a pornographer but “an artist who works in porn,” LaBruce’s specialty is his unique twist on the horror genre, with his inclusion of fanatical groups, zombies and gay sex. More after the jump… Note: This post contains strong language and adult oriented material of a graphic and sexual nature […]

Openings: Adam Neate @ Olympia International Art Fair

Last week we teased you with Adam Neate’s newest creation. Now, we bring you the detailed view of the real McCoy.  Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair recently held its private collectors preview and AM got some closer pictures of “The Concert Pianist” piece from Neate. This finalist in the “Country Life Object of the Year” competition was featured at the Elms Lesters booth. The amazing details on this piece really captures the fine-tuned environment and refined nature of the subject using Adam’s magical cardboard techniques. Check out […]

Preview: Mark Flood @ Peres Projects – Basel Week Switzerland (Liste)

Mark Flood is a Texan who produces work that mocks popular American culture and the contemporary art world. His signs on cardboard poke fun at the prestige that culture places on paintings, with such messages as “Another Painting” or “25 More Paintings.” His collages of mutated celebrity portraits challenge people’s perceptions of their relationship with “celebrity” – are you interested in the person themselves or their image as depicted in the poster? How is the feedback to your head affected when that picture is tweaked? […]

Releases: Louis Vuitton – Art, Fashion & Architecture Book

If you enjoyed LV’s recent “Passion for Creation exhibition” in Hong Kong, then check out the new retrospective book: “Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture” that’s coming out on September 1st. This 400+ page book reviews LV’s vanguard collaborations with numerous renowned artists, architects, designers, and photographers throughout it’s iconic history. A special deluxe edition (pictured above) will feature Takashi Murakami’s “LV with Hands” hard cover jacket and an engraved Damier pattern plexiglass slipcase (available exclusively through Louis Vuitton stores and louisvuitton.com).  Also, Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton was interviewed […]

Openings: Charming Baker “The Meaning of Everything” London Exhibition

Last night was the preview opening of Charming Baker’s latest pop-up show “The Meaning of Everything” in London (previewed). The building was filled with excitement as Charming exhibited his latest body of work which showcases his mastery of abstract environments, loose strokes and detailed backgrounds with creative textures. We are excited to see Charming continue to take his talents and progress to another level. Remember this show doesn’t last long, so be sure to stop by before June 14th! Check out all the pics AM was able to bring you after the jump…