Archive for August, 2007

LONDON///BANKSY BOMB…

August 30, 2007  |  art, Banksy, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Sir BANKSY on the move in Jack The Ripper's old stomping grounds, Bethnal Green, East London. One of his best in a while. Banksy, that is...

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LONDON///$$$///SOLD!…

August 30, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Would-be punters saving their allowance for a shot at DAMIEN HIRST's so-called "Diamond Skull" (formal title: "For The Love of God," thank you), can call off the chase. The artist's London gallery, WHITE CUBE, announced today that an unnamed "investment group" has purchased the bauble for the original asking price of $100 million, nearly a month after the unsold piece was removed from display. It has now officially become the most expensive piece of modern art ever sold. The gallery also noted that Hirst retained an ownership stake in the piece and that (surprise!) the gallery planned to re-sell the piece at a later date, at which point the skull will probably break its own sales record. Our guess is that it won't be on eBay...

More on Hirst's masterpiece HERE, and HERE...

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JAPAN///THE GENIUS OF KENJI YANOBE…

August 30, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Man -vs.- machine (hint: machine wins)...

Currently on display at the KIRISHIMA OPEN-AIR MUSEUM, in Kagoshima, Japan (located at the southwest tip of the Kyūshū island), is one of the most important works by one of Japan's most visionary modern artists, the "World of Torayan" project by KENJI YANOBE. Standing well over 15 feet tall with moving arms and legs, the baby-faced monster Torayan robot makes its presence known to all by spewing incredible plumes of flame from its mouth and emitting deafening blasts from its massive shoulder-mounted ship's horn, which can be heard for miles. Fabricated almost entirely out of Read More

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NYC///DASH & DAN’S NESTING INSTINCT…

August 29, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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The teenage bedroom from hell...

NYC correspondent Stuntboy (aka: ERIK FOSS) dropped in on the closing party for downtown art stars DAN COLEN and DASH SNOW's full-on art mess "Nest" at DEITCH PROJECTS last week where legendary NY rocker ALAN VEGA of '70s noise punk duo SUICIDE gave a rare performance backed by A.R.E. Weapons. The installation was a non-profit summer free-for-all representing an extreme version of Colen & Snow's shared living space with loads of black graffiti and a floor padded with the debris of several thousand Read More

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LA///THE RETURN OF BASIL WOLVERTON…

August 29, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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One of LA's finest art exhibits of the season opens this Saturday at the GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER in Santa Ana, when "The Original Art of Basil Wolverton" is to be unveiled. Taken from the extensive collection of LA-based aficionado and Wolverton expert GLENN BRAY, the show brings together an assortment of rarely-seen vintage Wolverton originals for the first time ever. A greatly overlooked figure in the world of underground cartooning, Wolverton's style which reached its peak in the early '50s, was stunningly original, pushing the genre to the limits of weirdness, influencing a generation of artists to follow, most notably Read More

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LONDON///BUSHWACKED…

August 29, 2007  |  art, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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British art star and celebrated portrait artist, JONATHAN YEO, has unveiled his latest work at a very unusual locale, namely the LAZARIDES GALLERY, also known as the home of Banksy. Why would an A-list figurative painter in the old master tradition be exhibiting at the city's hottest modern art outlet where technique is often takes a backseat to shock value? It seems that last year Yeo was commissioned by the Bush administration to complete a portrait of our fearless leader, (doubtlessly after Bushie spotted Yeo's acclaimed image of Tony Blair), but told shortly thereafter that the job was nixed. Instead of scrapping the piece, Yeo decided to move ahead with the project, but as a collage of porn snippets instead (sorry, no Condi Rice or Jenna Bush shots in there). Diehard Bushwackers can purchase a limited edition print of the piece at the gallery's website (no price is given, an ominous sign if there ever was one), and there's no word yet if a complementary copy will be sent to Washington. We think the whloe thing woulda been cooler if it was made up of Kim Jong Ill snippets instead...

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Bushie gets an earful of Paris...

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And a mouthful of sin...

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Self-portrait of the artist as a young man. No genitalia included...

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LONDON///JOHN LENNON IN THE CUBE…

August 29, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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London's A-list WHITE CUBE GALLERY may have a daunting task in following up Damien Hirst's now-legendary $100 million Diamond Skull exhibit "Beyond Belief" last month (which failed to sell, we might add), but their recent exhibition by South African artist CANDICE BREITZ is attracting loads of attention on its own. Her 25 channel video portrait of JOHN LENNON's epic "Plastic Ono Band" LP from 1970, features ordinary Lennon fans from all walks of life simultaneously singing along, a capella, to all 11 tracks of the album which includes the songs "Working Class Hero," "God," "Well Well Well," and "I Found Out." The sound may be cacophonous at times but the effect is intriguing and oddly fascinating, kinda like a car crash in an art gallery you can’t help but stare at...

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LA///INDUSTRY///THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF SOUTH PARK…

August 29, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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These guys could buy and sell your ass...

Gangsters of the animation world and commerce in general MATT STONE and TREY PARKER have just taken a step towards owning more of their own creation, SOUTH PARK, and the future of its dissemination in the digital realm by inking a deal to extend the show another three seasons and establish Southparkstudios.com, a new hub owned by both Comedy Central and Stone and Parker that will control the distribution and sale of South Park material online, through mobile platforms, and in video games. Fueled by the network's slow entry into the world of online distribution and a brilliant clause in the creative pair's original contract, the dangerously precedent-setting deal (for Hollywood, that is) grants a massive and heretofore unheard of 50-50 split of ad revenues and guarantees the boys at least $75 million over the next four years. In addition, Stone and Parker have been put in the driver's seat of a new digital animation studio based in Culver City that will bring new creative concepts by the pair to life, including new applications for existing South Park characters (read: spinoffs)...

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Our I.T. guy was beyond stoked to hear the news...

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IN THE NEWS///ST x NEW YORK MAG…

August 29, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

We'll admit that we at Supertouch were more than a little surprised when NEW YORK MAGAZINE big-upped us and WK INTERACT's new "Bring Me Back" anti-war street campaign (even going so far as to call ST "often-prescient"). First Dash Snow & Dan Colen, then the Splasher, now us? Looks like they're on a roll...

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NYC///FUSE GALLERY’S SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES…

August 27, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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One of  NYC's last summer shows turned out to be one of its funnest when FERRIS PLOCK & KELLY TUNSTALL's joint "Subterranea" opened last week at FUSE GALLERY in the East Village. Imagining a fictional underworld populated by characters inhabiting Manhattan's subways, sewers and underground tunnels, the San Francisco-based artists worked collaboratively and independently to create their fantastical visions of creatures far more appealing than Read More

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