Last week was a major one on the annual calendar of the San Francisco contemporary art scene and the event that anchored it all was the FOG Design + Art fair, held at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. Combining the best from all over the world in the categories of visual art and design, the fair featured 53 exhibitors and among them were household names such as Gagosian, Perrotin, Blum & Poe, and David Zwirner. It was also more than a typical fair, as it […]
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As the large crowds swarm into the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, we’re bringing you the 2nd part of our report from Art Basel Hong Kong 2018. Focusing on the Level 1 hall where some of the biggest galleries such as Gagosian, Blum & Poe, Pace, White Cube, Spruth Magers, David Zwirner, Lisson or Perrotin had their presentations, this floor was packed with some stellar works by some of the most important living artists. David Zwirner included a flashy collection of five recent works by Jeff Koons along […]
A couple days ago, during Basel Week Hong Kong, Pace Gallery inaugurated its second gallery in Hong Kong (12/F H Queen’s 80 Queen’s Road Central) with an exhibition by Yoshitomo Nara entitled Ceramic Works and… As the title suggests, the center of the new space was dominated by ceramic head sculptures from the Japanese artist, three dimensional representations of his instantly recognizable anime-inspired portraits. Rounding out the show were drawing and paintings from Nara on the surrounding walls. Discuss Yoshitomo Nara here. Photo credit: @SashaBogojev.
On the 27th of April, the Art Central fair in Hong Kong opened its door to the public, showcasing the works selected by 100 leading international galleries, 75% of which hail from the Asia Pacific. With 30 of these galleries having their debut turn at this fair, the event was bound to present some fresh art by up-and-coming, as well as some well established names. The fact that the majority of presenting galleries are based in Asia and are showing local artists could definitely be noticed […]
On February 9th, Yoshitomo Nara will be opening a show at Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo. Entitled Drawings: 1988-2018 Last 30 Years, the exhibition looks to be a retrospective of the Japanese artist’s drawings as well as the beginning of the gallery’s representation of Nara seeing as they will also be hosting a solo booth of his work at Art Basel Hong Kong in March. Discuss Yoshitomo Nara here.
Showing through this weekend at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art is a retrospective of Yoshitomo Nara’s career spanning 30 years. Entitled For Better Or Worse, the exhibition includes wide range of work including installations, paintings, sculptures, and drawings. As stated by the museum – “‘For better or for worse’ is a wedding vow: a lifetime commitment from one person to another. This exhibition is Nara’s promise to his works—they are his past, his present, and his future. They are his destiny.” Photo credit: Keizo Kioku (via Hypebeast). Discuss Yoshitomo […]
A couple weeks ago, the Virginia MOCA held the opening reception for Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. Celebrating the publication’s decade of excellence bringing coverage of many of the artists you have grown to love here on AM, the group exhibition featured work from artists like AJ Fosik, Audrey Kawasaki, Beth Cavener, Camille Rose Garcia, Gehard Demetz, James Jean, Jeff Soto, Jeremy Geddes, Josh Keyes, Kazuki Takamatsu, Kehinde Wiley, Kris Kuksi, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Ryden, Mars-1, Martin Wittfooth, Nicola Verlato, Olek, Scott […]
Yoshitomo Nara recently returned to the Stephen Friedman Gallery in London for a fourth exhibition of new works. This show features new paintings on canvas, paintings on cotton mounted wood panel and the largest collection of new drawings on paper. Adolescent characters and animals are depicted with nuanced considerations of alienation, anger and curiosity. Juxtaposed with slogans and often salty language, they are at once cheeky, vulnerable and threatening. Nara mentions “This solo exhibition is comprised of ‘paintings’ (on canvas), ‘billboard paintings’ (patched cotton mounted on wood panel) […]
Published in conjunction with his amazing recent showing (covered) at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles, Drawings: 1984-2013 is the latest book in a long line of publications from Yoshitomo Nara. Those that attended that exhibition may remember an intriguing chronological survey of the Japanese artist’s drawings in the upstairs gallery which showed the evolution of his imagery over the years. Fans can now experience some of this themselves in this 240 page volume packed with “reproductions of early works never publicly exhibited and omitted from the […]
A couple weeks ago, we visited Giant Robot 2 in West LA to check out the 20 Years Art X Mags Exhibition. Celebrating twenty years as a brand and supporter of Asian art & pop culture, the show features many of the artists that have been featured by GR over its long history including Yoshitomo Nara, Geoff McFetridge, Yoskay Yamamoto, Ai Yamaguchi, Souther Salazar, Rob Sata, Uglydoll, Edwin Ushiro, Kozyndan, Luke Chueh, Jeff Soto, Masakatsu Sashie, Barry McGee (seen above), and more. The show ends today […]