Friday, May 29, 2009

LiKailin Contemporary Fine Art presents “Moving” ~ 18 Contemporary Artists

Cheshire, UK - LiKailin Contemporary Fine Art is delighted to announce the opening of “Moving”, an exhibition of 18 Chinese contemporary painters, sculptors and photographers. Over the last year the world has witnessed an emergence of exceptional contemporary art from China and the rest of Asia, which has been stunning audiences with its skill and voice. “Moving” is a fabulous exhibition of 18 Chinese contemporary artists, comprising painters, sculptors and photographic artists. The title “Moving”, at its most apparent level, refers to the way the artwork moves us emotionally. However, the exhibition is also intended to provide a visual description of, and commentary on, the inexorable moving forward of China as a nation state - and to provoke a reaction that moves or shifts the viewers’ attitudes to China and Chinese culture.

Catherine Raines founded LiKailin so that she could focus on bringing works of Chinese contemporary fine art to collectors in the West - providing a platform for Chinese artists outside of their homeland, often for the first time. She curated the first ever solo exhibition outside China for the famous photographic artist, Tian Taiquan, in 2008 in Birmingham and will stage a major exhibition for Yang Yongliang in the autumn of 2009 in London. Her regular return vists to Asia, together with her close association with headline galleries across the Asia-Pacific, ensure her finger stays right on the pulse of what's new and exciting in this dynamic field.

Catherine has now expanded LiKailin to offer works from other parts of Asia and indeed worldwide, confounding the critics who said that a successful UK-based international art business had to be located and run from the country’s capital city, London. Having traded successfully through a strong web presence at and through exhibitions and art fairs, Catherine opened the doors to LiKailin's first gallery, based in the North West of England, in May 2009. Now arguably THE destination gallery not only for collectors based in the region but also for Londoners and other Europeans, LiKailin promises a visual treat of stunning, challenging and simply beautiful paintings, sculptures and photographic art.

LiKailin is dedicated to showcasing both emerging and established Asian contemporary fine artists, some of whom already have works in such important collections as The British Museum. Since our move to the UK from China in 2008, we have successfully placed artworks into public, private and corporate collections and wowed audiences with the first ever solo exhibition outside China for the acclaimed photographic artist Tian Taiquan. LiKailin has been selected to curate an exhibition of Yang Yongliang’s works to coincide with Asian Art in London week - and this June we will be showing a selection of artists at ArtAsia Basel 09 (8 to 14 June).

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Phone +44 (0)1625 827876 / Address Likailin Gallery, The Village, Prestbury, Cheshire, SK10 4DG, United Kingdom

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Hauser & Wirth to open in New York

NEW YORK. Hauser & Wirth is opening a gallery space in New York in September as part of its long-term strategy to increase US market share. The gallery will expand its Zurich- and London-based operations at a time when shrinking demand for contemporary art has led several galleries to close international branches and others to cut staff.

“Everybody is looking at costs, and so are we,” said gallery owner Iwan Wirth. He added: “The art market has shrunk, but we made a decision one year ago that if there’s one place we want to be, and need to be, for the next 20 years it’s New York.”

The space will be located on the first four floors of the Upper East Side townhouse currently occupied by Zwirner & Wirth gallery. The six-story building, which was purchased by Ursula Hauser in 1997, is the site of the former Martha Jackson Gallery where Allan Kaprow installed his famed work Yard in 1961. The gallery, which represents the artist’s estate, will recreate the installation for its inaugural exhibition. Mr Wirth told The Art Newspaper: “Many of our artists, like Allan Kaprow, Paul McCarthy, Eva Hesse and Roni Horn, have no gallery representation in New York. We have great relationships in America and we want to shorten the distances.” Hauser & Wirth partner Marc Payot will run day-to-day operations at the New York outpost.

Although Mr Wirth will no longer share a space with New York dealer David Zwirner, the pair will continue their collaboration in the secondary market. Meanwhile, Mr Zwirner will also open a new space on 19th Street in Chelsea this September, in a building designed by Shigeru Ban, whose new Centre Pompidou-Metz opens next year.

According to Mr Wirth: “The good thing about the moment is there are lots of opportunities—you get great staff and great works of art with more realistic prices. It’s a buyer’s market.”

Source: The Art Newsletter

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nnenna Okore/"Threading the Past"/06.01

The Museum for African Art Presents
Nnenna Okore: "Threading the Past"
Monday, June 1, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Institute of African American Affairs
New York University
41 East 11th Street, 7th floor (between University Place & Broadway)
Free Admission

Humble Arts & Eponymy Spring Cleaning Art Party and Sale

466 Bergen Street (Park Slope / Map it)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Date: Friday, May 29, 2009
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Rsvp required:

20% off storewide sale

30% - 50% off Humble Arts Foundation Limited Edition Prints


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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

RICHARD KERN: 1980-1999

Richard Kern
1980 - 1999

JUNE 4 – JULY 5, 2009


Image credit: Richard Kern, Lucy with head in toilet, 1997


This video is a breath of fresh from the over-saturated, 80's filled, animation videos that are flooding Youtube and your local video stations. Plus the song is kick ass. I love a woman who knows what she wants when she wants it.


28 May 2008 six to eight pm
212. 255. 0562

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Mid-City Arts is proud to present a live painting event and exhibit opening featuring two of Los Angeles’ most respected graffiti artists: Retna and The Mac. The opening event takes place Sunday June 7th 12pm – 6pm at 33Third. The art exhibit will be on display in the adjoining Mid-City Arts gallery, which recently hosted the first ever gallery exhibit from Chaka, LA’s most infamous graffiti writer.

The new exhibit from Retna and The Mac will featured a large-scale indoor mural installation in addition to smaller pieces. Retna says that the show “will be representative of the remembrance of growing up as a youth.” They will aim to re-enact “the trials & triumphs of pursuing an art form that you have all this passion for, but yet angers all these people. Just kind of showing the 2 different sides to it.” This is a topic near and dear to the artists’ hearts, echoing sentiments shared by many of today’s successful artists who have transitioned from graffiti to legitimate street art. “This is where we came from. We came from being these street kids. We wanted to show that you can keep going,” explains Retna. “It's a beautiful thing to be a part of a culture like this that has spread throughout the world and this would be our way of giving back to an area, a city, a community that was the beginning of my career (Mid-City Area of Los Angeles). Those blocks and corners were where I was given the opportunity to do my art and was shown a lot of support by the community. Communities like these are where we come from and it feels good to give something back to the future generation of kids doing this.”

Since first creating a name for himself in the early 1990s, Retna has become an "eternal broadcaster" of sorts, shining a light to the kinetic urban soul of Los Angeles. His work merges photography with graffiti style and paint, time with color, couture with street culture, the spiritual with the sensual, and fluidity with grit. Retna traverses between the galleries and streets with ease. In addition to being aligned with the Art Work Rebels and Mad Society Kings Art Groups, he is a member of the internationally exclusive art collective, The Seventh Letter, whose influence on contemporary street art encompasses the globe.

The Mac began painting graffiti in the mid 90s and since then he has been commissioned to produce murals around the world, exhibited in museums, and his work has graced the cover of numerous publications. Mac has gained increasing notoriety for his almost photorealistic depictions of both ordinary people and ethereal women, in a style that is uniquely his own. Mac's intricate brushwork styles have also gained attention, while some of his murals have become mini-landmarks. Elements, themes and techniques of classic art are often incorporated into a modern context in Mac's artwork, usually with an emphasis on the human face and figure.

Mid-City Arts was established in September 2009 as an extension of the store 33third – LA’s premier source of street art supplies, streetwear apparel, and related books and magazines. The gallery was established with the purpose of showcasing local, national, and international artwork by up and coming and established artists with a focus on (but not limited to) graffiti / street / urban art. Mid-City Arts offers a show space that interacts with other artists and events that surround the 33third Los Angeles location. The gallery’s artwork is available to view by the active customer base of 33third, which includes graffiti artists and fans of graffiti art. Mid-City Arts is open Monday through Sunday 12-8PM. For more information, visit:

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REAL TALK: 05.26.09

Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.
:::Georges Braque:::

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Fashion and style legend Andre Walker staged his first runway show when he was 15 years old at a club in Brooklyn. Later, he designed at Williwear and masterminded his own Paris-based house at the invitation of Patrick Kelly's partner. And currently he works as a stylist and consultant, leaving his unmistakable fingerprints on the world's most acclaimed collections. Walker's latest solo creation is a new self-published magazine-object called Tiwimuta, an acronym that stands for "this is what it made us think about." The project is a bound exhibition of contributions from his friends -- artists, writers, designers, stylists, photographers, creative soulmates, inspiring strangers discovered on the street -- whose only direction was that they not tell Walker what they were working on.

The kaleidoscopic result includes words and images from Victoria Bartlett, Masha Orlov, Marcelo Krasilcic, Hilton Als, Philippa Horan, Andrea van der Straeten, Jean-Paul Goude and PAPER's own Kim Hastreiter, among many others. Walker explains that Tiwimuta's embossed tin cover, featuring a tower fashioned from a childhood toy building set, is an allegory for the project itself: "I didn't know exactly what I was building, but I knew I was building something." The model in the photograph wears a "Chiffon Meets Hair" accessory (from a 1992 show of Walker's) that epitomizes Walker's brilliance. "I love chiffon and I love hair," he explains, "I wanted the two of them together."

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Sybille Hotz, Körpermuster opening WED 5/27 6-9 p.m. at GREENE CONTEMPORARY

Greene Contemporary is pleased to present new work by Berlin based artist Sybille Hotz in Körpermuster, opening Wednesday May 27 from 6-9 p.m. and continuing through Sunday June 28, 2009. This is Sybille Hotz' first solo exhibition with Greene Contemporary.

Körpermuster is about an intimate moment. Portrayed through the act of traditional wrestling, these fighting girls show a physical closeness to each other while transforming perceived aggression into gentleness. A snapshot of a powerful moment becomes a soft action. The dichotomy between power and submission is blurred in this world as these faceless girls engage in this intimate moment. The figures are textile cutouts made in wool on cotton cloth. The softness of the materials used in the production of these stitched drawings attract the viewer's attention to the fabric of every day life. A realistic sensuality ensues as the viewer tries to determine whether the two grapplers are at odds or embracing.

While the faces remain anonymous, the bodies are fully detailed with patterned clothing. Superficially the result of the latest fashion trend, these patterns actually derive from biological, clinical and medicinal graphics sewn into armless and legless wrestling suits. The schematic illustrations of neurons and the organ of equilibrium or veins are multiplied and repeated, concluding with the interior of the human body being taken out to decorate the outside and make it more desirable.

Sybille Hotz creates images on body, death, pain, failure and the relation of the human being to nature. Working within this textile method of embroidering and sewing Hotz is returning the lost vulnerability of these forms of art making to them. Blending delicacy and sketchiness, the stitched thread replaces the drawing pencil and gives it a special rhythm that dangles over the format of the traditional space. The threads serve as a metaphor for fragility.

Hotz was born in 1968 in Darmstadt, Germany. She received her BFA from the School of Art in Braunschweig, Germany and her MFA from the School of Arts Arnhem in the Netherlands. She was recently included in Pricked: Extreme Embroidery at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and also had a solo exhibition at Widmer & Theodoridis in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

I HEART YOU: THINK SILLY | “In Love With Leica M8.2" with Wing Shya″ with Wing Shya

To read the accompanying article, click HERE.

The Saturday Post: Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture @ Saatchi Gallery

From May 29th till September 13th, a huge exhibition by the gallery, which presents the works of a radical new generation of American abstract painters, whose works surf between fresh cultural expression and postmodernist remix effortlessly, in the face of virtual realities and quicksilver new technologies. The artists grouped together in this publication are daring and inventive, their strategies broad and exhilarating, their exploration of abstract painting at this critical juncture invaluable.

Includes Dan Colen, but also Joe Bradley, Jedediah Caesar, Patrick Hill, Matt Johnson, and many more.

The Saatchi has also published the Abstract America Catalogue, an amazing book in relation with the show.

via: Saatchi

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Louis Vuitton x Hong Kong = A PASSION FOR CREATION

Louis Vuitton will be hosting an exhibition of selected works from the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création, bringing together a small number of significant large-scale works (paintings, photographs, video installations) by European, American and Chinese artists. These reflect an urban and energetic culture, leading to fictional landscapes, somewhere between dream and adventure. Artists included in the exhibition consist of: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paul Chan, Cao-Fei, Yang Fudong, Gilbert & George, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Andreas Gursky, Pierre Huyghe, Jeff Koons, Bertrand Lavier, Christian Marclay, Richard Prince. The show will open on Friday May 22nd, 2009 and will run through August 9th, 2009.

Hong Kong Museum of Art
10 Salisbury Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong

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Thunderheist "little booty girl" LIVE


PREVIEW: WED 27 MAY 2009 16H00 - 19H00

After two years in the making, Zander Blom’s latest solo exhibition and publication travels to Whatiftheworld / Gallery in Cape Town this June. The show documents the travels of an idealist Machiavellian hero, guitar in hand, on a crusade to revitalise the arts of the culture capital of the world. Fueled by equal measures of blind optimism and hedonism, the search for new ideas and exotic flavours takes our hero to a fictional paradise setting where this bizarre satirical action tragedy literally starts to unravel.

The Travels of Bad comprises a 48-page mini-novella with 17 photographic works and a 17-track album soundtrack. The exhibition also includes a selection of sculptures and merchandise.

The Travels of Bad is essentially a satire that looks critically at the influence that exotic cultures and their artefacts have had on the avant-garde system of European visual art from the end of the 19th century onwards. The critique comes in the shape of mini-novella that is illustrated by a series of photographic works and accompanied by a pseudo rock-opera type symphonic drone hrash metal rock album. Click here for more info.

Source: WITW

Real Talk: 05.21.09

Art shouldn't be something that you go quietly into an art gallery and dip your forelock and say 'I have to be very quiet, I'm in here amongst the art.' It's here, art's everywhere. It's how you use your eyes. It's about the enjoyment of visual things. And it's certainly not for any one group of people.
:::Ken Done:::

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Daren Bader "NEW WORK" for the 3-0-3

303 Gallery
525 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011
Telephone: (212) 255-1121
Fax: (212) 255-0024
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 – 6

"The Pictures Generation" Now at THE MET

This is the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on “The Pictures Generation.” Educated in the self-reflexive and critical principles of Minimal and Conceptual art, this tightly knit group of artists brought those lessons to bear on a return to recognizable imagery, exploring how images shape our perceptions of ourselves and the world. Featured are 160 works in all media by thirty artists.

List of artists:

John Baldessari, Ericka Beckman, Dara Birnbaum, Barbara Bloom, Eric Bogosian, Glenn Branca, Troy Brauntuch, James Casebere, Sarah Charlesworth, Rhys Chatham, Charles Clough, Nancy Dwyer, Jack Goldstein, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Thomas Lawson, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Allan McCollum, Paul McMahon, MICA-TV (Carole Ann Klonarides & Michael Owen), Matt Mullican, Richard Prince, David Salle, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Michael Smith, James Welling, and Michael Zwack.

"20 Years" with SIMON HENWOOD

“If Yoda was an artist he’d be Simon Henwood." A typically big statement on Kanye West's part but Henwood's multidisciplinary reach has given him a unique career of maintaining an independent direction whilst working between multiple media platforms. He is celebrating the launch of his new book of artwork, 'HENWOOD', which covers 20 years of his work. It includes paintings, film and video stills, photography, as well as collaborations with many musicians including Kayne West (for whom he directed his Love Lockdown video earning him the aforementioned Yoda status), Kylie Minogue, Roisin Murphy, Imogen Heap, The Badly Drawn Boy and Devendra Banhart.

For the rest of the article click HERE.



Tuesday, May 19, 2009


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ALBUM ART OF THE DAY: Santogold's "Santogold"

Artist: Santigold (formerly known as Santogold)
Album: Santogold
Release Date: April 29, 2008

Some days I wish I could vomit glitter as well....

Art in Motion with NICK CAVE


1989 - MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
1982 - BFA, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.

Gallery Representation
Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street, New York, NY, 10011

Solo Exhibitions / Projects
2007 - “SOUNDSUITS: Hollaback”, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville NC.
2006 - “SOUNDSUITS”, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.
2006- Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY.
2006- Mattress Factory, Pittsburg, PA,
2005 - “Soundsuits”, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA.
2004 - “Soundsuits”, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT.
2003 - Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA.
2002 - Wright Museum, Beloit, MI.
2002- 2001 - Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN.
2002- “AMAIGAMATIONS”, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown PA.
2000 - “ NICK CAVE 2000” Duane Reed Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1999 - “REPARATIONS”, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN.

Personal statement

My work, clothing and fiber-based sculptures, collages, installations, and performances, explore the use of textiles and clothing as conceptual modes of expression and pose fundamental questions about the human condition in the social and political realm. The Chicago Cultural Center Foundation presented Nick Cave: Soundsuits, a retrospective that included video and live presentations of my signature soundsuits in performance works.

I have an upcoming solo show at Jack Shainman, in New York. I am also staging the largest scale production of my work in collaboration with choreographer Ronald K. Brown, at the Yerba Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

I believe that what happens in my studio and living the life as an artist are the single most important things I bring to the classroom. Artists must design their own pathways, work through plateaus in their work and understand that they will find themselves humbled by the very process of art-making.

I encourage my students to build their work with conviction, come face-to-face with the truth of what they are attempting to create, and to be open
to experimentation.

I have been lucky to have been mentored by talented artists who taught me to challenge myself and build a level of confidence and trust in my creative
judgment. In turn, I hope to provide my students with the knowledge that their art making holds the possibility for acting as a vehicle for change on a
larger, global scale.

Partial Bio courtesy of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Emergence of Gay Liberation Explored in Exhibition at The New York Public Library

NEW YORK, NY.- June 28, 2009 will mark the 40th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots that occurred in Greenwich Village, New York. Many cite the riots as the birth of the Gay Rights Movement in the United States. From June 1969 until June 1970, gays and lesbians in New York City radicalized in an unprecedented way founding several activist groups that created a new vision for Gay Liberation. The exhibition 1969: The Year of Gay Liberation charts the emergence and evolution of this new vision from the Stonewall Riots to the first LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) pride march on Christopher Street in June 1970. All of the materials for this exhibition were drawn from the LGBT collection in the Manuscripts and Archives Division of The New York Public Library. The read more, click HERE.



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Monday, May 4, 2009


CLOSES 23 MAY 2009


Sunday, May 3, 2009

REAL TALK: 05.03.09

Art shouldn't be something that you go quietly into an art gallery and dip your forelock and say 'I have to be very quiet, I'm in here amongst the art.' It's here, art's everywhere. It's how you use your eyes. It's about the enjoyment of visual things. And it's certainly not for any one group of people.

:::Ken Done:::