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Yves Saint Laurent Auction Drama & Fallout

Judging from the results of the YSL auction we previously reported on, it seems that in the high-end art world, provenance is as important as the artwork itself. The Yves Saint Laurent name, just like Andy Warhol’s and Jackie Kennedy’s name did for estate sales in the past, enamored bidders and helped draw in a stunning $477 million, beating estimates with nearly 96 percent of the 689 lots sold. Hard to know what one auction with such celebrity attached to it means for the general […]

Openings: Lola’s Natural Beauties and Superschool @ Copro Gallery

“Natural Beauties” and “Superschool” (previewed) opened at Copro Gallery this past Saturday, March 7th. Upon entering Copro Gallery, you will see Lola’s solo show “Natural Beauties” on display in the room directly ahead. At the other wing of the gallery you will find “Superschool”, a group exhibition curated by Lola.  The two shows are on display until March 28th. You can find more details on the artwork in “Natural Beauties” here and more details on the artwork in “Superschool” here.  We captured some nice moments […]

Openings: Ryan McGinness – “Works” @ Dietch Projects

Critically acclaimed art star, Ryan McGinness, opened up his first solo show in three years at Dietch Projects last weekend. The show was packed with people anxious see what his stunning new body of work looked like.  Using images, icons, and contemporary signals/signs, Ryan’s complex works are created using an intricate silkscreening process. Ryan told us that he labors on pieces for months to get layers upon layers of complex images to align and to bring them to completion. We noted varying layers of intricate colors, […]

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 […]

Armory Week: Bridge Art Fair

Continuing our tour of Armory Week in NY, AM dropped by Bridge Art Fair. In keeping with the spirit of its location in the heart of the Chelsea gallery district, the exhibitors at the fair pushed the bounds with their representations of contemporary artwork. See all the photos after the jump.

Lance Armstrong x Nike Sportswear – “Stages” Touring Art Exhibition Supporting Livestrong

AM was on hand at Nike’s Montalbán Theater last night for the unveiling of “Stages,” a collaborative art project between Lance Armstrong and Nike Sportswear in which artwork from over twenty-one of today’s most prominent artists from across the globe will be exhibited and sold to support Livestrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. After a humor-filled introduction by actor Ben Stiller, Lance Armstrong and Livestrong president Doug Ulman took the stage and were subsequently joined by Nike CEO Mark Parker where they discussed the inception of […]

Openings: Tomokazu Matsuyama – Glancing at Twin Peaks @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Last night AM attended the opening for Tomokazu Matsuyama’s (interviewed) “Glancing at Twin Peaks” (previewed) opening at Joshua Liner Gallery. The highly anticipated opening for Matzu’s NYC solo drew a packed house. Matzu’s distinctly unique pieces exhibited his signature contemporary flair on traditional subjects. This show continued his use of bold color palettes and contrasting “splashes” that make the pieces leap out at the audience. The installations amazed the audience, from a motorized spinning carousel to the stunning masterpiece that stole the show, “Wherever I […]

Armory Week: Pulse Art Fair

As we previously did with SCOPE, here is a quick run through of the satellite Pulse Fair put on during Armory Week in NY. On display were many artists that we love including this large showstopper from Martin Wittfooth (above). More pics after the jump.

Openings: Hush – “Hymn of Beauty” @ Carmichael Gallery

Hailing from the streets of Newcastle, UK artist Hush (interviewed) opened his show “Hymn of Beauty” at Carmichael Gallery last night.  From a stunningly textured mural to the hand-finished touches that made certain paintings overlap onto the wall, the presentation was top-notch.  Although he maintained his anonymity for photos (above), Hush was more than happy to engage fans in conversation and to discuss his work.  We especially liked the poem he painted on one of the walls from Charles Baudelaire that was used as the […]

Cy Twombly – The Rose @ Gagosian London

AM recently visited Cy Twombly’s exhibit at the Gagosian’s Britannia Street location. Many people cite the still active octogenarian as one of the godfathers of urban contemporary artwork, with his graffiti-like calligraphic script and dripping paint inspiring many artists currently working in the scene. The show features five gargantuan paintings, each measuring a whopping 24′ x 8′. Combined with the hangar-like gallery space, they take on a majestic beauty when displayed together and exert a strong wall presence. Read more about the exhibition and check out the […]