Archive for September, 2007

NYC///THE REAL BONES BRIGADE…

September 26, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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ANDY WARHOL, "Untitled (Skeletons)," 1976

We'll admit that we're a sucker for anything with a skull in it, so it's no surprise that "I Am As You Will Be: The Skeleton in Art," a group show chronicling the appearance of the human undercarriage in art through the ages caught our attention when it debuted at CHEIM and READ gallery last week. Featuring multimedia work by an impressively diverse list of both modern and historical A-Listers including Salvador Dalí, Damian Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Edvard Munch, Alice Neel, Matthew Barney, Pablo Picasso, and Lady Pink, the exhibition is far more lofty in its presentation than its otherwise alluring title suggests, but presents a fairly well-rounded and genuinely fascinating survey nonetheless. In fact, Dalí's rarely seen 1950 watercolor is worth the trip uptown alone. We couldn't help but notice a curious lack of work by KAWS and Pushead, though (surely an innocent curatorial oversight). PEEP THE HIGHLIGHTS: Read More

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NYC///INSIDE JULIE HEFFERNAN’S DREAMLAND…

September 25, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Supertouch blogger ERIC WHITE checks in from NYC to extol the virtues of painting virtuoso JULIE HEFFERNAN, whose stunning new solo show of large-scale work, "Booty," just opened at PPOW GALLERY.  Working in oils with impeccable old master technique, the Brooklyn-based painter renders impossibly lifelike portraits of women that are both gorgeous and grotesque in their baroque decoration and vivid detail. Few painters in today's art world are producing figurative work of this caliber and the show is an absolute must-see. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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TOKYO///METAL MILITIA///TOSHIHIRO EGAWA KILLS ‘EM ALL…

September 25, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Guttural Engorgement cover art... 

At any given moment, hundreds of kitschy-cute "kawaii" art shows are taking place in Tokyo's sprawling maze of backstreet galleries, but the antidote to all that can be found at the appropriately-named GALERIA DE MUERTE in Ueno, where Japan's reigning gore artist TOSHIHIRO EGAWA's work is currently on display. Having created literally hundreds of album covers for international death metal bands with names like Guttural Engorgement, Vomit Remnants, Internal Suffering, and Purulent Infection, Egawa fabricates his bloody CG terror-scapes for maximum shock value, and rarely falls short of the mark. In fact, the majority of the artist's work is so graphic we're exercising a rare modicum of good judgment by not showing it here. Brave souls have Read More

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BROOKLYN///NEW STUFF///JOHN ELLIOT’S CONTINENTAL DRIFT…

September 24, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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It seems like a new gallery opens every week in Brooklyn, but one of our favorite art spots 31 GRAND continues to dig up interesting young artists, in this case the multimedia artist JOHN ELLIOT, whose show of new work "Continental Drift" caught our attention when it opened earlier this month. The artist has created quite a backstory to accompany his sprawling vision of televisions afloat, but mostly we just like the look of TVs and miscellaneous office products washing away in an Read More

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SEATTLE///ORIGINS OF STYLE///THE SINISTER SIDE OF JIM FLORA…

September 24, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Portrait & self-portrait of the artist as a young man...

Seattle residents got a chance to see a rare assemblage of vintage original artwork by pioneering graphic artist JIM FLORA when "The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora" debuted at the FANTAGRAPHICS flagship store in the city's Georgetown district last Saturday nite. Curated by Flora expert IRWIN CHUSID, whose second retrospective volume dedicated to the late artist debuted recently, the posthumous show surveyed the breadth of the artist's career and his many stylistic forays that characterized his fine art and commercial work for record companies, magazines, and children's books from the 1940's — 1950's. Wildly influential in his Read More

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MELBOURNE///MIKE GIANT IN OZ…

September 24, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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A Giant among men. Portrait by Will Reichelt...

Albuquerque’s own MIKE GIANT made the big jump across the lake to debut his show of new work,"The Modern American Tragedy," at Melbourne's MONSTER CHILDREN gallery last Friday, safely away from George W's critical eye. Filling the room with giant murals and smaller pen and ink pieces, our boy with the steady hand wowed the Aussies with his monochrome visions and left more than a little of himself on the city walls for the Read More

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LONDON///CHARLIE KRAFFT TAKES STOLEN SPACE BY FORCE…

September 24, 2007  |  art, Cool Shit, London, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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"Artists Rifles Uzi"

Lucky Londoners have the rare chance to see an incredible show of new work by one of Supertouch's favorite artists, CHARLES KRAFFT, now on display at East End hotspot STOLEN SPACE. Renowned for his sublime and transgressive work in the delicate medium of porcelain, the Seattle-based artist learned the traditional art of Delftware—a form of blue and white painted pottery originating in the Netherlands in the 16th Century—from a group of modern masters and quickly proceeded to bring his own trademark brand of subversive imagery to the medium with a series he calls “Disasterware." Now his innovative array of machine guns, grenades, and other implements of war, peace, and Pop Culture, serve as astute and insightful icons of fine art in a medium otherwise reserved for tourist trinkets and souvenir fodder. Featuring over Read More

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SAN DIEGO///SNEEK PEEK///NEW WORK FROM KELSEY BROOKES…

September 24, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Supertouch ally KELSEY BROOKES has been cranking away all summer on a new body of work and we liked the first installment so much we just had to drop a preview of the premier batch headed out to London's starmaking LAZARIDES GALLERY. Keep an eye on ST for more new work from Kelsey soon along with a photo essay on his no-holds-barred Moroccan travel escapade currently in the making...

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LA///HYPE 2.0///ANTHONY MICALLEF’S MILLION DOLLAR MAKEOVER…

September 20, 2007  |  art, Art & Commerce, Hype 2.0, LA, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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The "Money Room" at Anthony Micallef's "pop-up gallery" at Hollywood and Highland...

Have you ever heard of artist ANTHONY MICALLEF? If you're like the majority of LA art aficionados, the answer is most likely "no." So how is it possible that this vaguely recognizable (and very talented) British painter has set up a "pop-up gallery" on the corner of Hollywood and Highland and managed to sell out a huge show of paintings and sculptures—pulling in well over a million dollars—all in one nite? The answer: “The Banksy Syndrome." Repped by Banksy's London-based art dealer, STEVE LAZARIDES, it seems that Micallef & Co. has copied the same formula as the London-based street artist in creating a heavy PR blitz by renting their own location, spreading a heavy aura of "secrecy" about the event's debut date and location, inviting a veritable who's-who list of local celebrities and gawkers to an advance VIP preview, and charging through the nose for Read More

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LONDON///STUDIO VISIT///PHIL FROST AT ELMS LESTERS…

September 18, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Holed up for the last month in London's renowned ELMS LESTERS PAINTING ROOMS, Supertouch's own PHIL FROST has knocked out an amazing new body of work, some of which will debut at the gallery's upcoming "Small, Medium, and Large" group show opening Friday, October 5th. Luckily for us, he's checked in with some photos from the session. Keep an eye on ST for more updates from Philly Phil on the road. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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