TKOart, LLC July 2013 Newsletter
Artist of the Month — Rimi Yang
Rimi Yang

Rimi Yang — Santa Monica based Rimi Yang pulls contrasting cultures in to her paintings. The female figure is dominant throughout her paintings. She looks at fluctuating traditions and trends in history right up to today. Yang gives us enough clues to the period of time the painting comments on through the women’s’ clothing and stature. From the Victorian women who sits with her child as if she is sitting for a traditional portrait surrounding the female subject with a status, to the modern women painted like she is a pixilated photograph, one image among hundreds even thousands taken of her through our digital age.

Among the women of particular periods Yang paints nude figures that are portrayed to be anonymous. We don’t know what period she is from, what her status is within society all we know is she is a woman of identity through the pure form of her body. The nudes and the dressed ladies all hint at Rimi Yang’s attention to how women’s culture and inner self play equal roles in the overall character of these ladies.
Yang is an ethnic Korean who was born and raised in Osaka, Japan.   In addition to her training at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Rimi Yang has studied at Otis College of Art and Design.  During the summers, Yang furthered her studies at the Florence Academy of Art. 
Yang has exhibited extensively in the United States, Denmark, Germany, China, Sweden, Ireland, the UK, and Canada.  If you would like to arrange a studio visit, please Contact Us. Image:  GB Queen, oil on canvas 2010, 72"h x 48"w – detail.  Courtesy:  Rimi Yang.

Art News


Photo of the Month:  It’s A Boy – Cheers from Around the World!

The Royal Baby

While in the Caribbean, a crew of the Royal Navy marked the prince's birth in formation. Courtesy BBC

London - As news of the royal birth broke on TVs, radios and online, people from around the world cheered. The birth of the Prince was marked by a 41-gun salute from members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the ringing of bells at Westminster Abbey.  The public braved the rain to catch a glimpse of the birth notice posted outside Buckingham Palace. The crew of the Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster formed the word “boy” on their flight deck.  Niagara Falls lit up blue in honor of the Royal arrival.  Guardsmen outside the Palace performed a rousing version of Congratulations, to a cheering crowd.  First time since 1894, the monarchy now has three generations of heirs to the throne. More


Should Detroit Sell the DIA's Rare Collection to Pay Debt?

Detroit Institute of Arts

"The Thinker" in front of The Detroit Institute of Arts. Bondholders ponder a sale of the DIA’s treasures. Courtesy Forbes

Detroit - Detroit has about $18 billion in debt and became the largest municipality in U.S. history to file bankruptcy .  Now, the fate of the Detroit Institute of Arts’s  multi-billion dollar exquisite collection is on the line.  The Questions are:  Should the DIA’s collection sit above the city’s other responsibilities, such as paying city employee pensions – currently $3 billion in the red?  Or, should the DIA be forced to sell cultural assets to raise funds and pay the city’s debt?  There is no precedent for a city in bankruptcy being forced to sell off cultural assets.  The debate is heated and legal challenges over the city’s right to sell the art could delay this process for years. More   Opinion article from The New Yorker Here.


DOI’s Instagram Gives A Peek At America's Beauty 

Department of Interior

July 4th American Flag flies proudly over Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Courtesy Huffington Post.

Healy, Alaska - Thanks to an impressively well curated Instagram account, the U.S. Department of the Interior offers tours of America's most stunning vistas, for free.   From the Grand Canyon to Denali National Park, the feed features photos from a smattering of professional photographers and DOI staffers, typically alongside a description of when, where, and how the photo was taken. "We launched our Instagram just basically to show the public all of the amazing lands that we have across the country," Tim Fullerton with the IDD stated.  He added that the feed has been live for just over a year now.  Visit U.S.  Interior Department’s Instagram. More


Masterpieces Feared Burned by Art Thief's Mother

Pablo Picasso's 1971 Harlequin Head

Pablo Picasso's 1971 Harlequin Head
Courtesy The New Yorker

Bucharest - The October 2012 theft from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam is called one of the most dramatic and daring art heists in recent years. The seven masterpieces stolen included one by Pablo Picasso, one by Henri Matisse, and two by Claude Monet and valued at over $100m.  Three Romanian suspects were arrested in January, but the paintings were not found.  In February, Olga Dogaru – the ringleader’s Mother – told police that she had put the evidence of her son’s crime in the stove, and set it aflame.  Recently, Dogaru retracted her story.  However, evidence found in the stove is overwhelming that works from the relevant periods were destroyed in the stove by fire. More


After Three Stormy Years, MOCA's Leader Jeffrey Deitch Resigns

Moca Jeffrey Deitch

Jeffrey Deitch - MOCA's controversial director
Courtesy LA Times

Los Angeles - It is official - After three stormy years, Jeffrey Deitch is stepping down as director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art.   At this time, it is unclear of the exit terms.  Deitch rose to prominence in the NY art world as head of the Deitch Projects.  In early 2010, he arrived at MOCA and immediately turned off some local art world luminaries including Ed Ruscha, who resigned after the museum's chief curator, Paul Schimmel, was pushed out, allegedly by Deitch.  However, Deitch had his fans and was responsible for a youth quake at the museum, including 2011's "Art in the Streets" graffiti art exhibition, which logged in a record number of visitors for the institution. More


Turrell Artwork Found In Malibu Beach Guest House

Turrell Artwork Found In Malibu Beach Guest House

Light installations by artist James Turrell.
Courtesy Wall Street Journal 

Malibu - James Turrell seems to be everywhere this summer. His light-centric works are illuminating the Guggenheim, LACMA and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston -- and if you're really lucky, your summer guest house.  While visiting the Turrell exhibit at LACMA, Malibu resident Tobey Cotsen stated to her friend, “I'VE SEEN THAT BEFORE!”.  She realized the Turrell resembled a space in her guesthouse she had been using for storing toys and furniture -  a knife-edged rectangular recess in the wall, only in green instead of purple and orange.  Ms. Cotsen took a photo of her piece and sent it to Turrell's studio in. On July 10, the studio confirmed by email that the piece was in fact a Turrell. More

TKOart Projects
TKOfx Topiary Peacocks  

Topiary Peacocks
Big Bird Hits the Limelight

These special birds were created to be used in a variety of situations. The pair of 7’ peacocks can be used to frame a wedding or an entrance to a ballroom. Here they are sitting outside, flanking the valet area of a large hotel.

Each tail section contains 468 descending rings, each holding a 4” potted plant. They can be flocked and outfitted for any season and their bodies can rotate to create different poses. We would like to create a 30’ tall version but have yet to find the right home for Big Bird.

Rimi Yang  

Hilltop Estate
Featuring TKO's Artist of the Month, Rimi Yang

Perched atop the perfect hill, this home has it all - Amazing architecture, breathtaking views and beautiful artwork. Having worked with the client for many years, TKOart has helped select many of the original works of art throughout this California home. The collector’s unique artwork accentuates their over-the-top furniture and spectacular design finishes found throughout the home.

Shown is the formal dining room with an oil painting byTKO’s July artist of the month, Rimi Yang. The framing looks simple but is rather complex, 3 separate frames were combined to create this unique floater frame that, if we did it right, sets the art off just enough from the busy wood grain of the wall. TKO also commissioned the hand blown glass chandelier over the table. Shown: Rimi Yang, Saga of Working Women, Oil on Canvas, 36"x60", 2009



TKOfx Custom Fabricated Masks Venetian Las Vegas  

Summer Carnevale
The Venetian Palazzo Las Vegas

It’s time again for Summer Carnevale at the Venetian Las Vegas. On display are over 100 original masks TKOfx created for the 3 month festival. Our team of sculptors, seamstresses, painters, costume designers and production artists spent over two months bringing these beautiful and unique masks to life.

This year, TKO flew in a team to help refresh and reassemble the multitude of masks that dot the Venetian and Palazzo. They were touched up, shuffled, repurposed and installed throughout both properties.

The Venetian Las Vegas presents Carnevale, the timeless inspiration of Italian summer festivals blended with the contemporary elegance of The Venetian and The Palazzo. With over 300 experiences, you can indulge your senses - All of them. CLICK HERE to discover more about Carnevale at the Venetian Las Vegas happen now through September 8, 2013.



Notable Art Fairs and Events
  World Architecture Festival

World Architecture Festival

October 2 - 4,  2013

Marina Bay Sands Resort  
10 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018956

T:  +65 6688 8868
W: http:/


  Aspen Art Fair

Art Aspen 

August 1 – 4, 2013

Aspen Ice Garden
233 W Hyman Ave
Aspen, CO  81611

T:  631.283.5505



California-Pacific Triennial

June 30 – Nov 17, 2013

Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive 
Newport Beach, CA 92660

T:  949.759.1122


  Christie's London Auction

Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction 

October 18, 2013 -  7pm

Christie’s London
8 King Street, St. James's 
London SW1Y 6QT 

 T:  +44 (0)20 7839 9060


  James Turrell LACMA

 James Turrell: A Retrospective

 May 26, 2013-April 6, 2014 

 5905 Wilshire Blvd
 Los Angeles, CA 90036

 T:  323.857.6000


  Skirball Center Summer Concerts

Skirball Sunset Concerts

July 25 – August 29, 2013

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles CA
 T:  310.44.4500
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