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Monday, February 15th, 2010

Mark Ryden Coming to New York

Paul Kasmin Gallery will unveil a much anticipated show of new paintings by Mark Ryden on April 29, 2010. Pictured above, is Incarnation (#100), one of Ryden’s most recent works. The 6 ft. x 4 ft.  painting was on display at this past December’s Art Basel Miami and sold for a reported $900,000.

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The Art Street Journal’s November Issue


Carmichael Gallery has released the November issue of their monthly newspaper The Art Street Journal containing interviews with Dan Witz, Hush and WK Interact. Free subscriptions are available here.

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Sunday, October 18th, 2009

New Whitney Museum Confirmed

The High Line at night (Image © Jeff Newman/TheArtCollectors)

The New York Times confirms that after three years of negotiation, the Whitney Museum has closed a deal with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to build a second museum near the Ganesvoort St. entrance to the new High Line park, located on a former elevated railway line in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. The museum recently singed a contract to buy the city owned site for $18 million, about one-half its actual value.


Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Interview :: Ryan McLennan

(All Images © Ryan McLennan via Joshua Liner Gallery)

Virginia based artist Ryan McLennan has created a  dense visual parable for our own existence, where animals, much like we humans, shape their surrounding world while engaged in the struggle to survive and coexist.  McLennan opens a solo show of recent works this weekend, at New York’s Joshua Liner Gallery. We had time to ask Ryan a few questions before packing up his new paintings and heading to the city. Make sure to click images for larger views.

TAC: The title of your upcoming show is “The Strain of Inheritance.” Can you talk a bit more about this?

RM: Basically it is the struggle for survival and trying to build upon what little there is to begin with.  Who exactly these animals have inherited their world from is not important, but they have it and what they are doing with it and themselves is the focus.

TAC: How crucial is it for you to create images that contain a political, social, or environmental message? Is this the starting point for you when planning a piece or body of work?

RM: The environmental message built the landscape for my paintings so it remains prevalent, though not always at the top of my thoughts. Political and social issues come through in the narrative, but again not a focus. I think those messages seep in through the subconscious, as I don’t consider myself an overly political person, definitely not a political artist. I am telling a story, creating a world that in many ways reflects our own. The animals in this world deal with issues just as we do. They have social relationships, varying religious beliefs, love and family, opposing political views, crime, work, and so on.


TAC: What can you share about your creative process and the research that goes into your pieces? – Has it changed or evolved at all with the latest work?

RM: When I started making these paintings, I was concerned with factual information and researching the behavior of the animals. This is still important, but lately I have found interest in fantastic and absurd scenarios. Using what I have read in mythology and legend to create landscapes and taking influence from portrait photography to individualize the animals, giving them roles in society. These sources have pushed my work in a different direction. I feel like these paintings have evolved into stills from a fantasy movie.

TAC: There seem to be conflicting messages of both hope and despair, violence and peace in your paintings – as if new life is being sustained by the death and destruction of previous life. What are your thoughts on this?

RM: The life and death cycle is very important in my work as well as in nature.  I recently spent some time in Yellowstone National Park, which is crawling with wildlife.  For all the elk and bison I saw I also came across plenty of skeletons and antlers.  Those remains help in sustaining the ecosystem there.  I use this in my paintings, but I push it a little further.  The environment in my paintings is so barren that anything existing there must be considered for sustenance, shelter, or as something sacred.  I lean a little more to the despair and struggle, which brings us back to the show title, but there is still a feeling of hope…with a little humor, at least funny to me.


TAC: So, you’re packing up and heading to NY for the show – anything you are looking forward to in the city?

RM: I’m really looking forward to seeing my NY friends. My family, Boston, Richmond and Philly friends all coming together.  Simen Johan at Yossi Milo   Gallery and some other shows I want to see around Chelsea. Museums. Bookstores. Restaurants. Just being in NY and not in Richmond.  I try to visit enough to not have to live there.

Ryan McLennan – The Strain of Inheritance
Oct. 17 – Nov. 14
Joshua Liner Gallery
548 W. 28th Street
NY, NY 10001

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Renewed :: MOCA Celebrates 30 Years with Massive Permanent Collection Exhibition

Franz Kline – Buttress, 1956, oil on canvas, 46 ½ x 55 ½ in., collection of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Panza Collection, © 2009 The Franz Kline Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

We’ve got to hand it to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. After surviving near financial disaster and significant restructuring, MOCA is set to celebrate its 30 year anniversary with a new exhibition from its permanent holdings.

Opening November 15, 2009 at both of two of MOCA’s Los Angeles locations, Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the museum’s renowned post-war collection to date, highlighting over 500 works by more than 200 artists, including Diane Arbus, Chris Burden, Willem de Kooning, Alberto Giacometti, Nan Goldin, Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, On Kawara, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Piet Mondrian, Bruce Nauman, Chris Ofilli, Claes Oldenburg, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and Mark Rothko.

The exhibition is a bold and appropriate reassertion of the recently troubled institution’s vital contribution to the field of public arts. Paul Schimmel, MOCA’s Chief Curator noted that the museum “is approaching this exhibition of works from its collection with the same level of ambition and depth that has characterized the museum’s most celebrated thematic exhibitions. MOCA is assembling its major holdings into an unprecedented installation that will occupy 50,000 square feet in two museum buildings. The scope and scale of Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years will enable the community to build relationships with individual works of art and develop a sense of long-term engagement with the collection and the museum.”

To commemorate the event, the museum has launched a clever email campaign. Every week for 30 consecutive weeks members and mailing list subscribers will receive an image of a featured work from the museum’s permanent collection. Sign up here

Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years
Nov. 16, 2009 – May 3, 2010
MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 90012
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, N. Central Ave., L.A. 90013

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Nike AM90 x Dizzee Rascal x Ben Drury Video

Friday 18th September, Nike and Mercury recording artist Dizzee Rascal will release the very special, and strictly limited, Nike Air Max 90 ‘Tongue N’ Cheek’ sneaker.  The shoe has been created in a special partnership between Dizzee, Nike Design and long-time Dizzee collaborator and creative director, Ben Drury and will go on sale exclusively at Nike’s 1948 store in London’s Shoreditch, ahead of the release of Dizzee’s fourth LP, Tongue N’ Cheek (Monday 21st September).

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

KAWS Keeping Busy

Image: Kaws

There’s been quite a bit of KAWS news during the week off. First, we can only hope that what appears to be a fresh take on the classic Chum character in this painting posted on Kaws’ blog, is a sign of things to come (that’s Erik Parker with a great new painting in the pic). The artist will present his next solo exhibit this February in Madrid. While there’s no official word yet, expect Galeria Javier Lopez to play host.

Next up are two new products on the way, including a much anticipated monotone version of the ambitious Four Foot Dissected Companion sculpture. Despite a hefty price tag, if the release of the first color-way earlier this summer is any indication, expect this one to be gone in the blink of an eye. Released this past weekend is a playful toy collaboration with Japanese brand, Undercover, featuring the fashion label’s bear hugging Kaws’ Companion character.

Images: OriginalFake

Lastly, Kaws has lent his hand to the September issue of Interview Magazine’s feature on Michael Jackson.

Image: Kaws


Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Update :: Conor Harrington Mural Liberated

The newly uncovered Conor Harrington mural at the corner of W. 13 and Washington Streets in NYC. (Image: Public Ad Campaign)

Earlier this week we reported that an unsolicited  New York City street mural created by British painter Conor Harrington had been covered with illegal NPA City Outdoor advertising without necessary permits. Last night a Facebook post from Dickchicken alerted us to the mural’s liberation. It looks like The Public Ad Campaign and Chicken took matters into their own hands, removing the billboard frame from the wall. While we are happy to see that Conor’s piece is once again visible, the entire story does raise interesting questions in the debate over the use of public space.


Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Island Hopping with Dalek


After recently completing his largest free-standing piece to date, commissioned for the opening of Hurley’s new Laguna Beach store, Dalek (James Marshall) now finds himself in Hawaii, taking a week to prepare new work for the upcoming show, 2D: The Art of 2Day, at SoHo Mixed Media Bar. Images from both events (courtesy of Hurley and Curatedmag) provide an insightful look into Dalek’s creative and technical process.

2D: The Art of 2Day opens Friday, August 7, during First Friday Art Walk in Honolulu. In conjunction with the event Dalek and event sponsor In4mation have created a limited edition t-shirt and print, with proceeds benefiting The Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, the only museum in Hawaii devoted exclusively to contemporary art.

Next up for Dalek will be a UK exhibit at the influential Elms Lester’s Painting Rooms in London with Amsterdam-based artist, Delta. The show opens August 28 and runs to September 26.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Remi/Rough – Lost Colours and Alibis Book


The new Remi/Rough book is available for pre-order from Agents of Change with hundreds of artworks, including collaborations with other talented artists. The foreword is by New York legend, Mare 139. The book also contains a full catalog of the Lost Colours and Alibis painting exhibition. Read the rest of this entry »

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