Archive for December, 2007

THE WORLD’S ONLY GOOD XMAS MUSIC…

December 25, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off


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THE REAL SPIRIT OF XMAS…

December 25, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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NYC///STREET LIFE///THE VISUAL LEGACY OF MARVIN FRANKLIN…

December 24, 2007  |  art, NYC, Origins of Style  |  Comments Off

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A SUBWAY WORKER’S LEGACY, IN ART FORM
By Jake Mooney, Source: NYTimes

Writing about Marvin Franklin, the artist whose work is on view at the New York Transit Museum from this week through March, it feels natural to focus on the details of his premature and unsettling death — Mr. Franklin was a 55-year-old subway track worker who was killed by a train in March – and on the profound effect that his passing has had on the friends and family he left behind. (A subsequent review found numerous safety lapses and prompted the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to order a series of reforms.)

What can get lost is Mr. Franklin’s art itself, which, by all accounts, was one of the major loves of his life. Friends describe him working at an awe-inspiring pace, filling up a 120-page sketchbook about every two weeks. “It was his life. It was the blood that went through his veins,” Mr. Franklin’s wife, Tenley Jones-Franklin, said at the museum on Wednesday.

On top of that, colleagues at the Art Students League of New York, where Mr. Franklin studied for the last decade, profess admiration for his ability and work ethic. One, Mark Hagan, whose time at the league overlapped with Mr. Franklin’s, called him “a true folk hero.”

For all that, though, the exhibit at the transit museum is the first show ever dedicated to Mr. Franklin’s art. Part of that, no doubt, is the result of his belief, expressed to several people, that he was not ready for such a recognition. But it is also, some of Mr. Franklin’s friends say, a hint at the politics involved in New York’s art scene, and a sign of the difficulties of an artist following his own muse can face getting noticed. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING...

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More of Franklin's art can be seen HERE...

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WOW FACTOR///SOMETIMES CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY…

December 24, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off
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BETHLEHEM///STREET LIFE///BANKSY RUBBED OUT & BORN AGAIN…

December 23, 2007  |  Banksy, News, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Violators will be towed...

Tis the season to give thanx, or in BANKSY's case, tanks (sorry, we know, we know). After several pieces by the UK's most wanted bomber in and around the Palestinian separation wall got rubbed out, Mr Mysterious posted a few new parking notices around town...

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XMAS SHOPPING///KEHINDE WILEY & JEFF KOONS x TARGET…

December 23, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Just when you were sure every company in the world and their mother had an official collaborative "Artist Series" in place, mega discount retailer TARGET steps up to the plate to prove you right with their new run of limited-edition beach towels featuring original artwork by none other than KEHINDE WILEY and JEFF KOONS. Available only at the company's online shop for a mere $50 each, the textiles are the surest way of establishing your status as an elite member of the art community while otherwise scantily clad and stripped of other signifying possessions such as T-shirts and sneakers. Oh yeah, and that IS the same graphic Koons licensed to Supreme and at least three other companies for their "limited-edition artist series" products this year...

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NETHERLANDS///OS GEMEOS’ FLOWER GARDEN…

December 22, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Identical twin artists Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, aka: OS GEMEOS, have created their largest-ever European exhibit for their incredible new show, “The Flowers in This Garden Were Planted by My Grandparents," that debuted at the MUSEUM HET DOMEIN in the Netherlands in November. Filling the cavernous space with monumental sculptures, interactive audio exhibits, a stage for Brasilian musician Siba Veloso (who performed at the show's opening), and copious amounts of their unmistakable spray-painted fantasy imagery, the boys from Sao Paulo awed the locals with the kind of show-of-force they've become known for in recent years. With a fast-approaching closing date of January 6th, lucky travelers have a few weeks left to catch a glimpse. In the meantime, HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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TOKYO///INSIDE MADSAKI’S ART MAZE…

December 22, 2007  |  Art & Commerce, Fashion  |  Comments Off

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The enigmatic Japanese graphic artist and designer known only as MADSAKI has translated his trademark sharp-edged graphic patterns into a massive two-toned, Richard Serra-esque walk through art sculpture luridly titled "A.D.I.D.A.S" (All Day I Dream About Sunsex), in honor of the corporate patron that sponsored the installation. Constructed inside the concrete bunker-like floorplan of the old Maguro Rice Factory in Tokyo, Madsaki's angular art maze winds around the existing concrete pillars, forming a three-dimensional incarnation of one of his geometric patterns, and providing one of the city's most unusual art shows of 2007. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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HONG KONG///LAST LOOK///TERRY RICHARDSON x MICHAEL LAU…

December 21, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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The ultimate "action" figure...

At a time when the artist collaboration game has run out of steam, leave it to rogue photographer TERRY RICHARDSON to flip the script and breathe new life into the concept as he did so amazingly with artist and toymaker MICHAEL LAU this month at DIESEL's BRAVE GALLERY in Hong Kong. After being invited by the Italian fashion brand to travel to Brasil to photograph the local "wildlife," in spring of this year, Richardson invited Lau to add his spin to the Terry myth when the resulting collection of photographs traveled to Lau's native Hong Kong for their grand unveiling. The result was easily the greatest "interactive" toy ever created when Lau fabricated a Read More

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XMAS SHOPPING///SKULLPHONE’S TREE BLING…

December 19, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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For those desperate last-minute Christmas shoppers still trying to come up with the perfect gift for the freak that has everything comes this blinged-out tree bauble from Supertouch buddy SKULLPHONE. Available in bronze, gold, platinum, and diamond finishes, these blown-glass ornaments are guaranteed to be freshest addition to any self-respecting hipster's tree. Available online for $32 at Skullphone.com or in person in LA at the MoCA and OCMA gift shops...

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