Archive for November, 2007

NYC///SNEEK PEEK///GETTING LOST IN “THE STREETS OF EUROPE”…

November 30, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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As sales of so-called "street art" continue to drive sales in the underground art market with monied London-based collectors seemingly drunk at the wheel, Manhattan gallerist JONATHAN LEVINE has imported an impressive array of artists to the new world for his "The Streets of Europe" group show opening this Saturday nite in Chelsea. Featuring new work by Supertouch blogger D*FACE, legendary stencil art pioneer BLEK LE RAT, BLU, MICROBO, BO 130, and SPACE INVADER, the show is a nice primer for the uninitiated looking to play a bit of catch up on their Street Knowledge and get an early start on burning through that Christmas bonus that never seems to be enough. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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CHINA///THE CLAYTON BROTHERS SEE RED…

November 29, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Two of our favorite artists, ROB & CHRISTIAN CLAYTON, took their fine art freakshow on the road to the aesthetic hotbed of Beijing to debut their new series "Patient" at F2 GALLERY in the Chaoyang district last week. An incredible space adjacent to the city's 798 arts district, F2 proved to be the perfect setting for the California boys to make their first mark in the red empire which they did with a show of phenomenal large-scale work that blew the minds of local collectors who proceeded to snap up the work post haste. PEEP THE TECHNIQUE: Read More

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PARIS///MISS VAN’S HAIR APPARENT…

November 25, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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French art bombshell, MISS VAN brought her trademark style back to Paris this Thanksgiving when she returned from Barcelona to open her show of new work, "Atame" at GALERIE MAGDA DANYSZ. The exhibit was an impressive showcase of the artist's stylistic evolution, a notable feature of which is her incorporation of a prominent new hair motif that included bundles of the real thing pinned to the gallery walls. Needless to say, the new works, from detailed large scale paintings to intricate drawings Read More

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BROOKLYN///SNEEK PEEK///WK INTERACT AT ESPEIS ARCHETYPE…

November 25, 2007  |  art, Road Trippin  |  Comments Off

wk04974.jpgThe frog calibrates his WMDs... Supertouch blogger WK INTERACT checks in with a sneek peek of the installation process of his upcoming show, "The Trail" at Brooklyn's vanguard ESPEIS ARCHETYPE gallery, set to open on Friday, November 30th. This will be the French saboteur’s biggest solo show in New York to date and an incredible array of large-scale paintings, bomb-laden skateboard sculptures, and a customized speed bike are sure to snap necks. Keep an eye on ST for more updates as the show draws near. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///JEFF KOONS DOES THANKSGIVING…

November 25, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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The Energizer Bunny got a serious run for its money this Thanksgiving when JEFF KOONS' new "Rabbit" balloon stormed the streets of Manhattan in Macy's annual turkey day parade. Based on what might be Koons' most well known work—the stainless steel sculpture of the same name from 1986 that marked the debut of his "inflatables" series—the giant metallic dirigible brought a bit of Pop art to the masses on a grand scale. Of course, Damien Hirst's Read More

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ART HISTORY///LADIES OF THE AGES…

November 22, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off
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JAPAN///THE FALL OF KYOTO…

November 22, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Few things are as purely awe-inspiring as Japan's former capitol city KYOTO in the fall. It's the time when the Japanese become tourists in their own countries and flock to the ancient temple-laden city in droves to take in the incredible color change of the ubiquitous maple trees in a ritual that's been in practice for hundreds of years. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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TOKYO///RIEKO SAKURAI’S INNER DEMONS…

November 21, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Tokyo-based painter RIEKO SAKURAI draws obvious inspiration from the likes of Margaret Keane, traditional Japanese Nihonga painting, and the ubiquitous Manga of her native Japan. The resulting oil paintings are an ominous hybrid of unsettling imagery that portrays the dark undercurrent of Japan's sugary Pop Culture and offers a noir meditation on the omnipresent cult of "kawaii" (super-cute) imagery that so deeply pervades the island nation's youth culture. On display now at Tokyo's GALLERY UNSEAL, the new series shown here constitutes one of the best shows of the city's fall gallery season. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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WORLDWIDE///SHEPARD BRINGS SEXY BACK…

November 20, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Ladies Love Old Shep... 

While most artists get into the game to snag some fame and even more girls, it's an amazingly appropriate bit of irony that our boy SHEPARD FAIREY has managed to attract both in spades—well after becoming a married father of two. As evidenced by the flix above, the remnants of his recent blowout exhibition at Stolen Space in London are still driving the ladies up the wall in the East End. LA-based birds will have a chance to rub up against the man in person next Saturday when his new show, "Imperfect Union," opens at Hollywood's MERRY KARNOWSKY GALLERY...

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SF///TIFFANY BOZIC’S WILD KINGDOM…

November 19, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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In a case of art literally imitating life, one of our favorite painters, TIFFANY BOZIC, has been tapped by San Francisco’s CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES to visually interpret the institution’s vast marine invertebrate collection as part of their new “From the Depths” exhibit of deep sea life forms that includes live organisms and fossilized relics. The culmination of an unlikely yearlong collaboration between artist and institution, Bozic’s resulting large-scale paintings are dazzling in their detail and sophisticated composition. Few artists paint with the technical command that Tiffany has so readily on tap, and her eye for color and detail is that of a master. On top of that, we just love the idea of fine art displayed in a natural history museum. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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