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October 9, 2009
GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 2 EXHIBITION SET FOR NATIONAL MUSEUM ON OCT. 24: Artists David Choe, James Jean, Souther Salazar to Create Installations for Show

The Japanese American National Museum will premiere the Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 Years exhibition as part of its continuing Salon Pop series. Developed in collaboration with publisher Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot, the exhibition will run from October 24, 2009 through January 24, 2010 with an opening reception set for October 24, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at ...
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Eric Nakamura's blog
Giant Robot.com, October 27, 2009

I shouldn't have to explain any of this, but there's a strong segment who are very clueless as to how a museum show works, and for good reason, how often does anyone get to do anything at a museum? Not often. So let me try to explain.

I saw a someone addressing JANM not being able to sell the art because it's not for profit. I know there were some of you who were miffed that you couldn't buy the original pieces right out of the case. Sorry! Here's an explanation: imagine if you went to MOCA and saw a price tag on a Picasso, a Renoir, or a Basquiat? Can a museum use their advantage of getting public funds and enjoying the tax benefits of being a non-profit and using their gigantic walls to bring up the value of art in order to sell it and even a higher price? That would be unfair.

Interview: Eric Nakamura-Giant Robot Biennale@Japanese American National Museum
ArrestedMotion.com, October 23, 2009

The "Giant Robot Biennale - 15 Years" exhibition is set to open tomorrow at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in the heart of Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. We are looking forward to seeing what looks to be a fantastic show with artists such as David Choe, Jeff Soto (interviewed), James Jean (interviewed), Souther Salazar, kozyndan, Rob Sato, Jack Long and many more.

Also, we had the opportunity to talk with the man behind it all - Eric Nakamura, one of the founders of Giant Robot. Questions and answers after the jump…