Archive for August, 2007
Unfortunately, we weren't able to attend the opening of one of our favorite artists, JIM WOODRING, when his intimate solo show featuring original drawings, paintings, and sculptures debuted at Seattle's GAGE ACADEMY OF ART last Friday. Thanx to the good people at Fantagraphics, however, we've got shots from the event. For those not acquainted with Woodring's career, his colorful brand of visionary psychedelia, inspired by frequent frog-centric hallucinations as a child, is truly unique and characterized by the artist's Read More
"Wow, has it really come to this—already?" That was the question on our minds here at ST as the farce that is "Banksy vs Warhol" (a third-party show unsanctioned by either artist's camp) opened at THE HOSPITAL gallery in London last Friday. The collection of privately owned works by the two Pop artists (including a London street piece by Banksy hijacked by a fan with a blowtorch) served to compare and somehow correlate the generationally removed pair as their influence on modern culture reaches near-ubiquity in the public consciousness. Long the leader of smart streetwise rebellion, Banksy—mainly at the hands of his fans and third party dealers and auction houses—is fast approaching the point of complete oversaturation (he hit "fad" status ages ago) and is probably no more than a step away from becoming tourist art (see below). The show's boring, mostly late-period Warhols of the Read More
Supertouch's Grammy-winning art correspondent & all around man-on-the-street in NYC, DANTE ROSS checks in with one of the street art world's fastest-rising stars, the misleadingly-named JUDITH SUPINE, for a closer look at an artist on the verge. READ ON: Read More
Venice, California-based Pop artist GOMEZ BUENO celebrated the opening of his lavish, sold-out, sailing-themed solo show, "A Toda Vela" at Palacete del Embarcadero gallery in historic Santander, Spain, by grafting his images onto boat sails and rocking out in the bay. Reports that Steely Dan was his soundtrack of choice remain unconfirmed. They do art better in Europe, just look at this venue fit for a king...
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Arthouse director extraordinaire MICHEL GONDRY's upcoming film "Be Kind, Rewind," a comedic examination of the state of artistic and media rights is set to drop this December and promises to be his funniest offering to date. In the film, Jerry (Jack Black), is a junkyard worker who attempts to sabotage a power plant he suspects of causing his headaches. Doing so, however, inadvertently causes his brain to become magnetized, leading to the unintentional destruction of all the VHS movies in his friendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (Mos Def) store when he comes in contact with them. In order to keep the storeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one loyal customer, an elderly lady with a tenuous grasp on reality, the pair hilariously re-create a long line of mainstream films including "The Lion King," "Rush Hour," "Ghostbusters," "Back to the Future," "Driving Miss Daisy," and "Robocop," with handheld video cameras, using themselves and their friends as the stars. SNEEK PEEK THE PREVIEW:
We can't get enough of JAMES JEAN's artwork, and with prices of his incredible original paintings fast approaching the stratosphere, his printed "Process Recess" portfolios are the closest most people will ever get to taking his artwork home. His newest edition, Ã¢â‚¬ÂVolume II" is about to hit stands following the beautiful limited edition version that quickly sold out at this year's ComiCon. Head over to Jamesjean.com now to reserve your copy...
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Police in Paris (the ones with the funny car sirens) have recovered three major PICASSSO works worth a combined $70,000,000 USD that were stolen in February from the apartment of Picasso's granddaughter, Diana Widmaier-Picasso, while she was asleep. None of the works were damaged and three people have been arrested at the time of the recovery. The two paintings were family heirlooms depicting Picasso's daughter Maya and his second wife, Jacqueline Roque. It is believed that the pieces were simply too famous to be moved on the black market after being stolen...
Continuing the trend of Banksy-style art/publicity stunts, heroically named Brooklyn-based multimedia art agitator DUKE RILEY got himself in some serious hot water with the feds this week when he paddled his latest creation, a wooden replica of America's first submarine called "The Turtle" up alongside US ship the Queen Mary 2 which had just docked in Red Hook. Fearing a terrorist attack, the Coast Guard were called in and Riley's floatie—which he spent the last five months constructing almost entirely out of Oak—got impounded. Riley, however, got all the press he needed for his forthcoming show this fall at Chelsea's MAGNAN PROJECTS. Check out the NY TIMES' coverage of the fiasco: Read More
In a bold move of sheer personal force, billionaire founders of The Gap, Donald and Doris Fisher have announced their bid to privately fund the design and construction of a new modern art museum in San Francisco that would be located in the city's Presidio area. The new museum would be privately owned by the Fishers and showcase the couple's extensive collection of Read More
Twenty years later and still no one flows like HOLMES...