Archive for October, 2007
It seems like half of the art world's vaguely interesting headlines begin with the words DAMIEN HIRST these days, and once again NYC is buzzing about the UK's Warhol now that his most iconic work of art has landed at the city's most established institution, the METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART. One of the most easily recognized icons of modern art and the most important work to come out of the YBA ("Young British Artists") school of thought Hirst so aptly led, the legendary work with an equally daunting title, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" is officially in residence on the museum's second floor for an incredible three year stretch.Ã‚Â Dramatically situated next to a bank of windows with natural light constantly streaming through the massive tank, one can only imagine the looks on the faces of the thousands of field tripping schoolchildren who will make the trek to gape at the coolest piece of "conceptual art" they ever saw...
PACE PRINTS celebrated the opening of its second NYC gallery with a daunting show of extraordinary multiples by artist RYAN McGINNESS when his "Varied Editions" show debuted earlier this month. As you can see from our boy ERIK FOSS' (aka: Stuntboy) photos below, the gallery was transformed into a kaleidoscopic wonderland showcasing the artist's work in nearly every media including silk-screened prints on paper, metal sculptures, and skateboard decks, all of which bore the trademark graphic language of McGinness' twisted iconography and logos. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Driving through LA today it was pretty hard to miss West Hollywood's biggest TRANNY, who was out today in broad daylight in her primrose finery for all to admire. After staring a bit too long we must have spooked the old girl as she turned into a crappy American car and peeled out. Slowly, in bumper-to-bumper traffic, that is. Lemme guess, the Read More
It's beyond official: Art is the new bling. When KANYE WEST dropped the TAKASHI MURAKAMI-encased "Graduation" LP last month it was a major breakthrough in the Hip-Hop world (not a genre particularly known for its innovative album packaging), and now it seems his mentor (turned blatant imitator) JAY-Z has strategically placed an image of one of Murakami's recent "Buddha" paintings in the Hype Williams-directed video for his rather uninspiring new song "Blue Magic," which also sees the Jigga man posing in front of what appears to be a Damien Hirst-style spin art skull painting for emphasis. Who knows, if this trend keeps up maybe rappers will start putting money into artist's pockets instead of Jacob's, and might actually have something of value to show for it all once their inevitably short careers come to a premature end. Of course, Kanye is already ahead of the game in that regard too: Murakami even makes his Jesus pieces...
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London has a long established history of cool public art, particularly in the stuffy confines of its ancient subway system where Pop exhibits like Gloucester Station's current display, "Life is a Laugh" by British artist BRIAN GRIFFITHS, happily breaks up the monotony of an urban population's endless commute. The city's official outreach program, PLATFORM FOR ART makes possible exhibits like Griffiths' massive 70 meter long assemblage of outsized and seemingly random objectsÃ¢â‚¬â€the centerpiece of which is a 12 foot tall segmented Panda headÃ¢â‚¬â€that run along one of the station's unused tube platforms in a surreal diorama that's witnessed by over 21,000 commuters per day. Given the undergroundÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s notoriously shoddy performance transportation record, though, we suspect installations like these might be more about Read More
Here at Supertouch, we're devout worshipers of figurative oil painting and two very different shows of work by East and West coast artists ADAM STENNETT and IAN STRAWN really got our attention this month. Showing at one of our favorite NYC haunts, 31 GRAND (now in their LES digs), Stennett's masterful figuratism is a sight to behold, especially in his water-based works where the artist's technical virtuosity is abundantly evident. Meanwhile, out West, Northwest Coaster IAN STRAWN 's eloquently portrayed scenes of everyday Gen X life on display at LA's newly inaugurated CARMICHAEL GALLERY are a breath of fresh air in a scene largely dominated by Read More
It's no secret that today's art world is reaching new heights of decadence with millionaire art stars being made literally overnight in an art climate fueled largely by hype and a seemingly endless flow of monied collectors desperate to bring home a piece of the "next big thing." NEW YORK MAGAZINE's astute commentator JERRY SALTZ takes note of the phenomenon and offers an insightful analysis in the piece below:
HAS MONEY RUNIED ART?
Or is the hype about the hype keeping us from seeing the real picture? The collateral benefits of this loopy, vulgar, and altogether overheated New York art moment.
By Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine
I love art and the art world, but lately, I can see why the Gavin Brown gallery has a new Website called NewYorkIsDead.biz. The siteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s creators say that Ã¢â‚¬Å“nothingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s moribund; energy still abounds. But its timbre is strange.Ã¢â‚¬Â Just how strange can be seen, as never before, when the bullshit machine runs at full steam; students charge $25,000 for paintings; the M.F.A. (as Daniel Pink notes) is the new M.B.A.; and Ã¢â‚¬Å“the system,Ã¢â‚¬Â as David Hammons observed, Ã¢â‚¬Å“is making people offers they canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t refuse when it should be making them offers they canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand.Ã¢â‚¬Â
A large chunk of the art world seems to have drunk the Kool-Aid, too. Megacollectors suppose they can enter art history by spending astronomical amounts. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re P.T. Barnums, showmen and -women who have become part of the show. Art magazines, once left on coffee tables, are fat enough to be coffee tables. Ten years ago this month, Artforum had 124 pages. This month, it has more than that many pages of ads, and 412 pages overall. Damien Hirst, who once brazenly declared that collectors would Ã¢â‚¬Å“buy what you fucking give them,Ã¢â‚¬Â recently, and wearily, told The Guardian, CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING...
Our boy EVERLAST (aka: Mr White) couldn't resist going on a shopping spree at GREG "CRAOLA" SIMKINS' latest solo show, "Im Scar3d", at Hollywood's GALLERY 1988 last Friday, and luckily for us, he took his camera with him. Unsurprisingly, the young master's affordably priced (and phenomenally rendered) oil on canvas fantasy scenes sold out long before the show opened to the public, a fitting tribute to Simkins' formidable painting chops. PEEP THE RECAP: Read More
When the gods of rock fall from their groupie-lined silver clouds, they fall hard. EVERLAST presents a gallery of some of their greatest misses (hey, everybody has a bad nite sometimes):
The gateway city got a taste of art from the coasts when THE BLAB SHOW, featuring art by Drew Friedman, Travis Louie, Gary Baseman, Greg Clarke, Fred Stonehouse, Tom Huck, Ryan Heshka, Esther Pearl Watson, Teresa James, Chris Pyle, Walter Minus, Laura Levine, Richard Beard, Travis Lampe, and Kevin Scalzo, opened at St. Louis' PHILIP SLEIN GALLERY on Friday nite. Published by artist and aficionado MONTE BEAUCHAMP, the annual art magazine "Blab" is a showcase for underground artists and cartoonists, and his regular self-titled exhibits showcase some of the best pieces of the book's original artwork. PEEP THE RECAP: Read More