Archive for June, 2007
Detroit's own noir visionary GLENN BARR has gone down under for not one, but two solo shows at the island nation's premier underground art outpost, OUTRÃƒâ€° GALLERY. Split between their Melbourne and Sydney galleries, Barr's solo show "No Means Yes" features an impressive array of apocalyptic new vignettes by Motown's favorite son whose love of his hometown is equally appreciated by the Detroit-obsessed, Stooges-worshipping residents of Oz. Two new prints are available at the shows and can be purchased by non-equator crossing fans at the Read More
While DAMIEN HIRST, the undisputed bad boy of the British art world waits for his latest masterpieceÃ¢â‚¬â€a diamond-encrusted human skullÃ¢â‚¬â€to sell at its current asking price of $98 million, a 2002 work by the artist "Lullaby Spring" has just set the European price record for work by a living artist when it was sold at Sotheby's this week for $19,276,840 USD (Ã‚Â£9.65m). The piece in question is a three meter-wide medicine cabinet filled with thousands of individually painted cast pills that is one of a series of four originally sold at Gagosian Gallery. Currently, Jasper Johns holds the world price record for a living artist at $80,000,000 USD, a record Hirst himself aims to smash any day now when the golden cash register finally rings up the purchase of his nearly $100 million platinum calavera currently on display at London's White Cube Gallery. Stay tuned..
For those Angelinos lucky enough NOT to be going to the Police concert Saturday nite, GOMEZ BUENO's show of new oil paintings "Coming Soon" debuts at Santa Monica's ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY, where the artist's new collaborative film directed by RAYMOND PETTIBON will also be making its debut.
The fist major retrospective of psychedelic godhead RICK GRIFFIN, "Heart and Torch: Rick GriffinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Transcendence" makes its debut at the LAGUNA BEACH ART MUSEUM on Sunday, June 24th. An incredible career-spanning survey of work, the show chronicles Griffin's life in art from his earliest drawings to his last paintings and everything in between. Tons of heart-stopping original art will make you glad you came. Also happening at the museum on Sunday is a panel discussion titled "Psychedelic Moment: The Big Five and Zap Comix in the 1960s," featuring speakers Jacaeber Kastor, Ida Griffin, Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse, Spain Rodriguez, and Robert Williams...
Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA
Mork art from BANKSY has appeared at this weekend's GLASTONBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL, namely this STONEHENGE replica made from stacked port-a-potties . Since being erected, the reveling, mud-caked masses have taken to adding their own graffiti and otherwise trashing the site in true euro-hippie fashion. Expect to see the portable toilets showing up on eBay this Monday...
On the eve of the opening of SHEPARD FAIREY's ambitious installation in Dumbo, Brooklyn (at 81 Front Street), last nite Supertouch's own STUNTBOY (aka: Erik Foss) dropped by the spot with Eric White, DAZE & Jonathan Levine in tow to watch the master putting the final touches on his vision. HAVE A LOOK... Read More
Supertouch's eye in the sky at this year's GLASTONBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL spotted a fresh piece by BANKSY outside the venue where the world's artist-of-the-moment has installed a large sculptural piece in the fair's art embankment. More photos to follow soon...
In a world populated by a seemingly endless supply of soulless vinyl toys, it's nice to see beautifully crafted, handmade wooden figures like these replicas of renowned mid-century designer ALEXANDER GIRARD's 1963 originals. Revered for his work in textile and furniture design, Girard was known to sculpt his own semi-abstract toys out of wood which he kept on display in his home in Santa Fe at a time when the icons of childhood were thought of as nothing more than disposable novelties. "Toys," said the artist, "represent a microcosm of man's world and dreams; they exhibit fantasy, imagination, humor and love." In keeping with Girard's original vision, the VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM has reissued Read More
The hot ticket in the NYC art world this weekend is the debut of SHEPARD FAIREY's phenomenal new solo show, "E Pluribus Venom," opening Saturday nite at JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY in Chelsea. Featuring a host of fresh & politically astute new works, the big piecesÃ¢â‚¬â€the stars of the showÃ¢â‚¬â€ranging in size from 2'x 3' to a whopping 11' x 16' are priced reasonably in the range of $8,000Ã¢â‚¬â€$40,000. We mention this fact specifically because the bubble surrounding the so-called "street art" world has been inflating at such a rapid pace in the last year that it's refreshing to see a veteran of the genre like Shepard pacing himself on the financial front. Remember kids, all good things come to an end, and that $200,000 Banksy stencil you're holding onto can't last forever. It should also be noted that in keeping with his typically egalitarian approach, Shep has included a huge array of less expensive pieces of art (there are over 100 works in the show) with the least expensive prints priced at $125 bucks. Here's a sneek peek at our favorite new works from the show (all are stenciled/screened collage on canvas): Read More
Always a source of awe-inspiring design, the Netherlands continues to spawn phenomenal architects such as Willem Jan Neutelings and Michiel Riedijk of NEUTELINGS-RIEDIJK, the firm responsible for the immaculate design of the recently completed NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR SOUND AND VISION. Located in the Amsterdam suburb of Hilversum, the building's most striking feature is its facade which features glass panels imprinted with fleeting, ghost-like imagery from Dutch television, giving the exterior a mildly blurry, stained-glass effect. Inside, the architectural marvel houses five underground levels of the national archives of Dutch radio and television, while the five aboveground levels contain a media museum, office space, and screening rooms. Catwalks connect disparate areas while textural elements, wide-open spaces, and subtle geometry intersects with sublime results. SEE FOR YOURSELF: Read More
Our boy RON ENGLISH is not one to sit still for long. Just back from a little billboard bombing trip to Montreal, Supertouch's resident Popagandist shares some photos of his own subversive handiwork and some of the city's freshest graffiti walls. READ ON... Read More