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Openings: “Giant Robot Biennale” @ the Japanese American National Museum (Part II)

As we mentioned in Part I of our coverage of the Giant Robot Biennale, we saved four artists in the upper gallery to share with you in this article. The work of James Jean (interviewed), David Choe, Jeff Soto (interviewed), and Souther Salazar were definitely the highlights of the exhibition, at least in our minds. It seems like they put in the effort and time to create some of the best pieces we have ever seen from them. Take a look at all the amazing […]

Openings: “Giant Robot Biennale” @ the Japanese American National Museum (Part I)

This year’s Giant Robot Biennale opened last Saturday night at the Japanese American National Museum. To start things off, George Takei, (of Star Trek fame and now of Heroes fame), introduced and brought Eric Nakamura (interviewed) up on stage. Eric, one of the founders of GR then proceeded to give a speech and introduced some of the artists. After that, it was time to check out all the art work – with the group show in the floor level gallery and the heavy hitters in […]

Openings: Os Gemeos – “Vertigo” @ Brazilian Art Museum: Sao Paulo (MAB-FAAP)

The first time we caught Os Gemeos at a museum was at the CCBB of Rio de Janerio (covered). Then this summer, we hung with Octavio and Gustavo on the streets of Manhattan (here) as they created an awe-inspiring mural to share with the citizens of New York. With all the success they already had in 2009, it left us wondering what they would do next? Well, great artists often seem to build upon their successes and now the Brazilian twins have stepped their game up again with […]

Openings: Jim Houser / “True Self” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Friday night, AM had the pleasure of attending the preview opening of two shows at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. In the front was the “True Self” group show curated by Gary Baseman (previewed), in which an impressive selection of artists, including James Jean, James Marshall and Ron English, were asked to submit work that they felt represented “their true passion or obsession.” In the second gallery was a solo show by Jim Houser, entitled “Make Room for the Emptiness.” Houser combines and recombines characters, symbols […]

Studio Visits: Chloe Early

We’re big fans of the ever-so-talented Chloe Early (interviewed) here at AM, and recently were honoured to visit her studio in London. Chloe is currently preparing for her most ambitious solo show to date at London’s StolenSpace gallery, entitled “Clouded Apollo,” which is the name of a species of butterfly. Chloe tells us that the title for the show was inspired by the themes of flight, hovering, suspension, mythology, light and lunar missions – all of which she has been exploring within this body of work. […]

David Hockney’s iPhone paintings

David Hockney, widely considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, has made an even bigger splash this week in the art world as it has been revealed that he has created hundreds of unique paintings using the iPhone application Brushes (many of which, interestingly enough, can be found in homes residing in the virtual world of Second Life). Hockney, of course, is no stranger to the evolution of art alongside technology.  In 1985, Hockney was a proponent of the […]

Preview: Gregory Euclide @ David B. Smith Gallery

If you like the wonderfully textured and sculptural works of artists such as Adam Neate, you’ll need to check out Gregory Euclide’s show (teased) opening tonight at David B. Smith Gallery.  The seamless fusion of 2-D and 3-D elements by Euclide are definitely a breath a fresh air among the artists in the familiar gallery circuit. More preview images after the jump…

Releases: Jeff Soto – “The Three Friends” and “Nature’s Splendor”

Next Monday, Oct. 26th will be a good day for Jeff Soto fans as the Inland Empire artist will be releasing a total of four new giclee prints through his online store, Potato Stamp.  The first three, appropriately entitled “The Three Friends”, come as a set and recreate three of the watercolor pieces he showed RVCA’s “Whammy!” show (covered).  The set will sell for $120 with all three prints measuring in at 10″ X 10,” edition of 100. The second release, “Nature’s Splendor”, is a […]

Openings: “Three Apples” Hello Kitty Show @ Royal T

Hate it or love it, Hello Kitty (HK) is alive and well, thriving in fact. This globally recognized icon kicked off her birthday festivities with last night’s VIP opening of “3 Apples: An Exhibition Celebrating 35 Years of Hello Kitty” at Royal/T Cafe (if you remember, a previous KAWS event was held there) in Culver City. Reveling in a stat that might make most women cringe, “3 Apples,” publicly references this 35-year-old’s weight. Don’t worry, Ms. Kitty, three apples doesn’t really weigh that much. Some […]

Interviews: Eric Nakamura – “Giant Robot Biennale” @ the Japanese American National Museum

The “Giant Robot Biennale – 15 Years” exhibition is set to open tomorrow at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in the heart of Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. We are looking forward to seeing what looks to be a fantastic show with artists such as David Choe, Jeff Soto (interviewed), James Jean (interviewed), Souther Salazar, kozyndan, Rob Sato, Jack Long and many more. Also, we had the opportunity to talk with the man behind it all – Eric Nakamura, one of the founders of […]