Giant Robot Biennale 2 – TONIGHT @ Japanese American National Museum

Jean image GR show

TONIGHT – Sat, Oct. 24th 6-10PM
Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street in Los Angeles
“Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 F*cking Years” featuring major new works from David Choe, Souther Salazar, Rob Sato, James Jean, kozyndan, Jeff Soto, Stella Lai, Theo Ellsworth, Deth P. Sun, Jack Long and Albert Reyes along with a special collaboration from Le Merde, David Horvath and Yukinori Dehara plus indie video games and a photo retrospective of the last 15 years of Giant Robot and in a second hall, a 50+ person group show featuring works from the likes of Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Apak, Bigfoot, Bwana Spoons, Dan-ah Kim, Edwin Ushiro, Hannah Stouffer, Jen Corace, Jon Burgerman, Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai, Marci Washington, Mark Todd, Matt Furie, PCP, Robert Bellm, Scrappers, Thomas Han and many, many more.
(On view through January 24th, 2010)

Check out some amazing shots of the show coming together courtesy of GR co-founder Eric Nakamura here: www.giantrobot.com/biennale

Be sure to be there by 7:30PM tonight for a special presentation from Eric Nakamura. Rumors also flying about that some of the artists will be performing some music at some point during the evening…

Further details and parking information available here:
http://www.janm.org

R. Crumb’s “The Book Of Genesis” opens today at the Hammer…

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The Hammer Museum presents seminal comic artist R. Crumb’s adaptation of the first book of the Old Testament, the Book of Genesis. Crumb has spent the last five years on this incredibly ambitious endeavor. The exhibition features 207 individual, black and white drawings incorporating every word from all fifty chapters, as well as a cover, title page, introduction and back cover. Each drawing contains six to eight comic panels illustrating the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah, and more. Using his signature bawdy style, Crumb’s version of the Book of Genesis puts an entirely new twist on the Bible.

R. Crumb’s exhibition at the Hammer Museum is preceded by solo exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; David Zwirner, New York; and Paul Morris Gallery, New York.

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, with a handwritten introduction by the artist, and edited by Robert Weil, is published by W.W. Norton. The hardcover catalogue is 224 pages and will be released next week.

Great review of ‘The Book Of Genesis’ by R. Crumb here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/books/review/Hajdu-t.html

Pre-order the book here:
http://www.amazon.com/Book-Genesis-Illustrated-R-Crumb/dp/0393061027

Plus be sure to mark your calendars now for this coming Thurs:
On Thurs, October 29th at Royce Hall, R. Crumb will be joined by, longtime friend and art editor for The New Yorker, Françoise Mouly, for a candid discussion about his life and this new project at UCLA. This is a very rare public appearance and one not to be missed. For more information, click here: http://www.uclalive.org/event.asp?Event_ID=676

And be sure to mark your calendars as well for Tue, Nov. 3rd:
Special screening of the movie ‘Crumb’ – shot over a period of six years, director Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb is an illuminating portrait of the controversial comic artist. The film uses uncensored interviews with the artist, his family, colleagues, critics, and ex-lovers, along with footage of his work, to paint a riveting picture of Crumb and the influences that have endowed his creativity. Details via the link below:
http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/detail/program_id/326

“The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb’s Book Of Genesis”
On view through February 7th, 2010

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles (Westwood area)
Hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 11am – 7pm*
Thu 11am – 9pm
Sun 11am – 5pm
$7 admission
http://hammer.ucla.edu/

Thinkspace presents ‘Futurity’ at Aqua Art Miami

Aqua Art_card front (Large)

Thinkspace is pleased to announce we’ll be returning to Miami this December during Art Basel to participate in Aqua Art Miami. We’re honored to be a part of Aqua’s mission of promoting the West Coast and all the innovative artwork that’s created in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Thinkspace will be showing a collection of new works created in a variety of mediums, from oil and acrylic to gouache and mixed media. This special collection of curated works will showcase the breadth of talent we work with and will serve as a perfect example of our boundary pushing aesthetic. Please join us at Aqua Wynwood, Booth #25, from December 3rd – December 6th, 2009 in Miami, FL.

This will mark our second year showing in Miami and our first with Aqua Art Miami. We are looking forward to showcasing new works from Brian M. Viveros, Mr. Jago, Kris Lewis, Ekundayo, Scott Radke, and Yosuke Ueno, all of whom are well known in the new contemporary art movement due to their strong and diverse resumes. We are honored to be working with these artists and look forward to what the future holds for each. We will also be showcasing new work from emerging talent such as Joao Ruas, Brett Amory (art featured on show card above), Sarah Joncas, Allison Sommers, Tran Nguyen, Nathan DeYoung, Tony Philippou, Imminent Disaster, and Seth Armstrong. We are eager for all to further discover their work and are confident that they will turn heads with their fresh and distinctly modern takes on the world around us. The future is indeed bright for these young artists and we’re excited to grow with them over the coming years.

This December our aim is to inject our love and devotion for the new contemporary movement (ie: pop surrealism, lowbrow, outsider art, urban contemporary) into the hearts and minds of all the art lovers from around the world that will be in Miami.

Aqua Wynwood takes place in the heart of Miami’s gallery district within a few blocks of the Rubell Collection and many other satellite fairs taking place during Art Basel week.

Aqua Art Miami (Wynwood)
‘Futurity’ @ Booth #25
42 NE 25th St., Miami, FL 33137 (at N. Miami Ave)

Recommended openings for this weekend…

James Jean - showing this weekend at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown LA as part of Giant Robot's Biennale 2
James Jean - showing this weekend at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown LA as part of Giant Robot's Biennale 2

Fri, Oct. 23rd 7-11PM
Gallery 1988 Los Angeles
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
“SMart: Artwork inspired by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier’s SModcast” featuring works from David MacDowell, Scott Campbell, Lesley Reppeteaux, NC Winters, Misha, Roland Tomayo, Kiersten Essenpreis, Israel Sanchez, Andrew Wilson, Tom Haubrick, Sean Clarity and many more
(Special one-night only event hosted by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier)
www.nineteeneightyeight.com

Sat, Oct. 24th 6-10PM
Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street in Los Angeles
“Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 F*cking Years” featuring major new works from David Choe, Souther Salazar, Rob Sato, James Jean, kozyndan, Jeff Soto, Stella Lai, Theo Ellsworth, Deth P. Sun, Jack Long and Albert Reyes along with a special collaboration from Le Merde, David Horvath and Yukinori Dehara plus indie video games and a photo retrospective of the last 15 years of Giant Robot and in a second hall, a 50+ person group show featuring works from the likes of Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Apak, Bigfoot, Bwana Spoons, Dan-ah Kim, Edwin Ushiro, Hannah Stouffer, Jen Corace, Jon Burgerman, Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai, Marci Washington, Mark Todd, Matt Furie, PCP, Robert Bellm, Scrappers, Thomas Han and many, many more.
(On view through January 24th, 2010)
www.giantrobot.com/biennale
http://www.janm.org 

Sat, Oct. 24th 7-10PM
NONI Boutique
225 North Larchmount Blvd in Los Angeles
“Fall To Pieces” featuring new works from Augustine Kofie
www.keepdrafting.com  

Sat, Oct. 24th 10AM-10PM (check site for details)
Royal/T
8910 Washington Blvd. in Culver City / 310.559.6300
“Three Apples” special event celebrating 35 years of Hello Kitty including a group show featuring Hello Kitty inspired works from over 80 artists including Gary Baseman, Ron English, Amanda Visell, Buff Monster, Camilla d’Errico, Tara McPherson, Kathie Olivas, Aiko, Andrew Brandou, FriendsWithYou, Natalia Fabia, Mark Dean Veca, Luke Chueh, Jeremyville, Travis Louie, Yoskay Yamamoto, Deph, Melissa Haslam, Hush, Nate Frizzell, Colin Christian, Yosuke Ueno and many more plus a special product retrospective, a Hello Kitty ‘apartment’ installation, a pop-up shop with tons of limited edition items for the event, a Hello Kitty themed café menu and be sure to check out the site for a slew of events going on throughout the exhibition including a Halloween part on Sat, Oct. 31st – don’t miss that!
www.sanrio.com/threeapples
(On view through Nov. 15th)

Sat, Oct. 24th 8-11PM
Solid Gallery One
334 N. Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles
“Halloween In Heaven” group show featuring works from Ted Von Heiland, Paul Torres, Axis, Miss Wendy, Michael Baylis, Yushi, Squindo and many more
www.solidgalleryone.com

Beyond Eden draws over 6,000 art lovers to Barnsdall Park…

Title wall of Beyond Eden - thank you again to all that helped to make this amazing event possible
Title wall of Beyond Eden - thank you again to all that helped to make this amazing event possible

Thank you to all that came out to make Beyond Eden such a huge success. We had well over 6,000 art lovers come through the halls of the LA Municipal Art Gallery, located in the middle of beautiful Barnsdall Park, during the weekend of October 9th. 14 of Los Angeles’ most talked about galleries came together to showcase the works of over 100 artists from the thriving new contemporary movement. In addition to the galleries displaying their works, Beyond Eden also featured the ‘Heroes & Villains’ photographic exhibit from Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho, the LA debut of  the film ‘Scribble.08’ on Sunday afternoon, as well as over 20 artists painting live during the Saturday evening festivities. The outside courtyard area was a buzz with activity throughout the gala reception on Sat evening.

All day long on Saturday the crowds kept coming...
All day long on Saturday the crowds kept coming...

It was truly one for the history books and we can’t wait to make next year even bigger and better. Plans are already in motion and after the success of this year’s fair, we know that next year the sky is the limit. So stoked to blow this up.

The crowd swelled well into the late evening...
The crowd swelled well into the late evening...

View opening night photos here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157622623373944/

The scene in the 'Artist's Village' area outside - live DJ, Bigfoot Lodge pouring, 10 foot tall geisha girls, 20 live painters, live video projections... it was going off!
The scene in the 'Artist's Village' area outside - live DJ, Bigfoot Lodge pouring, 10 foot tall geisha girls, 20 live painters, live video projections... it was going off!
Mural installation from Ekundayo
Mural installation from Ekundayo

Mark your calendars now for next year’s fair:
October 8th, 9th, 10th

Watch for updates at www.beyondedenartfair.com