I’ve been a member of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco since before their move to the old public library in SF. It’s been a membership I’ve enjoyed greatly, and something that I happily share with my daughter. She’s now 11, and getting to be a bit old for this latest book review, “Adventures in Asian Art: An Afternoon at the Museum” by Sue DiCicco. This book is probably best suited for kids ages 3 to […] Continue »
A week before the Mayan apocalypse, I was all a chuckle over how China’s cultural authorities limited the number of historical dramas on TV to 10%. I suppose it’s only from my spoiled American kid’s perspective that censorship of this level is just so ridiculous, it’s laughable. Censorship is clearly no laughing matter in many countries today and in many of the darkest hours of human history. However, it looks like the joke’s on me. […] Continue »
People think Facebook’s recent IPO filing has made California artist David Choe a rich man, but they are grossly mistaken. Choe was already a rich man. And he wasn’t homeless (Choe owns a home but lives out of hotels as he travels a lot). But you can describe him as an avid gambler, ex-con, looter, Howard Stern’s adopted son Kim Jong Stern, touring musician, and anything else that is true. Media has romanticized Choe’s debut […] Continue »
Admit it: you still wish you could pull out a coloring book, and make everyone have green tongues and purple hair again. With the fourteenth volume of the Color Ink Book ($10), you have a grown-up chance to do it all again. Each page features black and white art by different artists (this volume features work by The Chung!!) for you to hue-ify at your whim. And coloring outside the lines? Still allowed.
When it comes to decorating, it’s fairly expected to have a print of Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Monet’s lilies. Why not show off your unique taste with this Miyazaki-inspired print by Martin Hsu, entitled Lily’s Kitty ($25). Each print is signed and numbered, with a limited run of 200 prints. If you don’t have the chance to snap up one of these, there’s plenty of other cool stuff available on his site. Special Offer: […] Continue »
It’s October, which means it’s finally cold enough to pull out our leather boots and put away the shorts. Autumn always seems like a more subdued season, which is why this Grey Leather Strand Wrap Bracelet ($225) seems like the perfect accessory at the moment. The fairly hefty price tag will prevent you from making other impulse purchases for the month, and the mix of grey leather and sterling silver will remind you that your […] Continue »
Big, chunky necklaces aren’t always our thing. So this Small Rain Necklace ($70) by Chorthip Lagnese caters perfectly to our desire for a simple yet eye-catching necklace. Lagnese is a jewelry designer from Thailand, but is currently based in New York. Her entire line of jewelry is beautiful, and is reminiscent of Elsa Peretti’s line at Tiffany’s. Also, buying a piece of her jewelry for yourself will help others–“To give back to the community, Chorthip […] Continue »
We’ve blogged about illustrator Martin Hsu’s fantastic prints and illustrations before, but with the tragedy in Japan this week comes word that Martin is donating 100% of all proceeds to American Red Cross Japan Earthquake Relief. You can help earthquake victims with your purchase of any item at MartinHsu.com from March 13, 2011 to March 20, 2011 or donate directly to American Red Cross.
I’m a big fan of Japanese artist Mari Inukai for her colorful and imaginative characters who are so adorably drawn with a nice bite. Does that even make sense? It does. Trust me. Munky King is offering her AKUMA TENSHI piece ($400) from the gallery’s DIY Pusher Show, which featured custom designed and original pieces based on Thomas Han’s PUSHER toy.
The folks over at Poketo is celebrating the holiday season with their own sale and gift guide, whether you’re looking to buy something for that special girl, boy, artist, photographer or coworker. All domestic orders over $50 receive free shipping and there’s even a gift certificate option available for those who can’t decide what they want! We’re in love with these Upcycled Leather Tote Bags ($160) made from vintage sofas and the Coffeepot Cafe Mug […] Continue »
Flora Chang, the artist behind Happy Doodle Land, is joining the cyber shopping frenzy with her own online sale at her Etsy store! From now until December 5th, you can find her original artwork, buttons, stamps and plushies for 10% off with the coupon code HDLCW2010. Don’t miss out on this week long sale! We love her whimsical paintings and designs, all of which always manage to bring a smile to our faces. Why not […] Continue »
Artist Martin Hsu’s print, The Audacious Rooster ($68.00) is now on sale thanks to Gallery 1988, just in time for the holiday shopping season! Enjoy this limited edition piece that features Martin’s signature style of detailed storytelling with his unique blend of folk tales and fantasy. Each 12″ x 24″ piece is signed and numbered. Only 30 are available so don’t even hesitate if you’re looking for that perfect artistic gift.