Next Saturday night (September 23), the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles will be presenting Giant Robot Biennale 3, its third show (see 2009) in conjunction with Eric Nakamura (interviewed), the founder of Asian American pop culture purveyor Giant Robot. This year’s exhibition highlights the works of emerging artists Rob Sato, Deth P. Sun, Ako Castuera, Eishi Takaoka, Saelee Oh, Sean Chao, Albert Reyes, and Zach Gage, all with long ties to GR. Also on display will be a selection of vinyl figures designed by Uglydoll creator David Horvath and customized by over […]
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Take a look at these custom “Ghostly Stan” Skelve figures from Travis Louie (interviewed) that he painted for the upcoming Le Carnaval des Spectres group show at Artoyz in Paris opening on September 13th. Centered on the theme of ghosts and spirits, the exhibition will also showcase all new works from Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise Spayd and Teodoru Badiu bust we dare say the level of detail put forth by Travis in these customs will be one of the highlights. Along with hand-painted figures, some new toys may make their debut as well – more […]
Not much info on this latest figure to be released from KAWS. The new limited edition offering entitled Companion: Resting Place features his classic dissected character in a more relaxed sitting position. Look for these to drop soon on Kawsone and at OriginalFake. Discuss KAWS here.
Ron English (featured) recently created a new vinyl sculpture with toy maker Kidrobot for their ultra limited Kidrobot Black line. Entitled American Depress, the 12-inch figure depicts Ron’s version of a bloated Mickey Mouse ensnared in a Amex “Black Card” credit trap. Mr. English attended the launch event for a signing along with a meet and greet with fans at the KR’s New York location. Check out more photos below. Discuss Ron English here.
Earlier this month, we brought you a preview of uber-collector Selim Varol’s show at me Collectors Room Berlin where a portion of his treasured toys and artwork acquired through the years would be on display. The exhibition opened just this past weekend, and for those in the US celebrating Memorial Day, we thought a glimpse of his USA-themed wall would a good starter image for an update on the setup. Make sure you stop by to see for yourself if you are in the area as […]
On June 7th, Kidrobot will be releasing (in-store and online) a new figure from Dutch artist Parra entitled Pierced. The 10-inch vinyl sculpture is inspired by the melodramatic cover art of romance novels and based on imagery from his original silkscreen artwork. The entwined figures which demonstrate the simultaneous pain and pleasure that many experience while in love will set collectors back $150 and will be limited to an edition of 300. Via mashKULTURE.
Opening on May 26 (and running until Sept 16) at me Collectors Room Berlin is an exhibition featuring the collection of Selim Varol, who is known for being a part of the Toy Giants project, Toykio Cafe and Gallery, and Gallery Springmann.Varol. The exhibition revolves around the theme of the collector and his passion for collecting – and, what a collection it is. Along with artwork, Varol has about 15,000 figures in his toy chest. The show will feature around 3,000 works, including pieces by […]
For those Mark Ryden fans out there who missed the first colorways of the YHWH figure (pink, black, white), here is your shot at three other versions of perhaps his vision of god. Or perhaps you are a completist who must have every piece from the set. Whatever the case, tomorrow (March 27th) at 8 am PDT, Porterhouse will be releasing red, gold, and blue iterations (limited to 100 each) that can be purchased individually for $200 or as a set for $500. Images of the […]
As you have seen in our previous coverage (here & here), Joe Ledbetter has been painting a series of mutant bunny sculptures. Sometimes mirroring paintings he has created in the past and sometimes coming up with something new, the 12″ customs are beautiful to behold and certainly something true JLed fans would want in their collections. The pieces are sculpted by Pretty in Plastic – please email [email protected] if you want to be informed of the next release. More images of the most recent pieces […]
You may remember last year when we told you about Aiko’s Lady Butterfly figure. The initial silver version drop on Valentine’s Day last year and subsequent black version release sold out rapidly, but in about an hour, this year’s V-day cherry version will be available here. Just follow the link and fill in the order form no earlier than midnight eastern time to order one of the 10 available pieces ($550). More photos after the jump…