Archive for December, 2007
Downtown denizens looking for a nite of art need look no further than TOBIN YELLAND's group photography show, "Homies" opening tonite at FUSE GALLERY and featuring the work of PER BILLGREN, ANGELA BOATWRIGHT, CHERYL DUNN, LEIGH LE DARE, DENNIS MCGRATH, JON MCGRATH, ARI MARCOPOULOS, CARISSA PELLETERI, RAY POTES, MICKEY REYES, VANESSA SALLE, IVORY SERRA, JULIEN STRANGER, and GARY VAN DE GRIEK. The party kicks off Read More
Lower East Side hotspot LIT LOUNGE is a mecca for downtown debauchery in the frigid ice storm that is a NYC winter. ERIK FOSS (aka: Stuntboy) takes us on a tour of recent events... Read More
The blue blood flowed like wine at the GUGGENHEIM last nite when photographer and white-hot downtown art star RYAN McGINLEY was honored at the institution's annual Chloe-sponsored Young Collectors Council Artist's Ball. It was a Page Six affair all-around with a guest A-list of downtown hipsters and shakers in attendanceÃ¢â‚¬â€looking fabulous for fabulosity's sakeÃ¢â‚¬â€all of whom seemed gloriously oblivious to the real purpose of the nite's festivities: honoring McGinley's prodigious body of work and raising funds to acquire works by emerging artists for the museumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s permanent collection. BLONDE REDHEAD provided the background music while the would-be debutantes Read More
After a few lost weeks in the NYC club scene, Supertouch's own STUNTBOY (aka: Erik Foss) resurfaced at this year's ART BASEL to raise some L.E.S. hell in the sub-tropics. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
One of the more offbeat experiences of last week's ART BASEL fiasco was "As Long As It Lasts," a pop-up tattoo parlor in Miami's burgeoning Design District featuring "limited edition" tattoo designs by KAWS, JUERGEN MEYER H., VITO ACCONCI, TORD BOONTJE and ANDREW ALLENSON, 5.5 DESIGNERS, YVES BEHAR, HELLA JONGERIUS, and LAWRENCE WEINER. Organized as an exercise in performance art and literal branding by cultural provocateurs TOBIAS WONG, JOSEE LEPAGE, and ARIC CHEN, the exercise drew a slew of eager "collectors," including KAWS fanatic RONNIE K. PIROVINO, whose 7" tall green Chum tatt can be seen here. The best part? Every tattoo came Read More
In their first go-round at ART BASEL, the heads at NIKE, in association with the NADA art fair and ANP QUARTERLY magazine, hit a hipster homerun last Friday nite with their 1970s retro running-themed "RE-RUN" exhibition and party at the Paris Theater in South Beach. Featuring a maze-like buildout of vintage and amazingly politically incorrect promo materials, graphics, and archival footwear alongside new imagery from artists SCOTT CAMPBELL, TRACY NAKAYAMA, DAN MONICK, ANDREW JEFFREY WRIGHT, KIME BUZZELLI, STEVEN HARRINGTON, KEITH SCHARWATH, JESSE SPEARS, E-ROCK, MIKE PARE, JO RATCLIFF, and ALEXIS ROSS, the gig went off like a well-oiled art machine despite the capacity crowd of mostly L.E.S. hipsters and a queue running round the block for the better part of the nite. Live performances by art rockers GANG GANG DANCE, SOILED MATTRESS AND THE SPRINGS, WHITE WILLIAMS, CAR CLUTCH, and DJ FREE SIMON were on tap to keep the jaded tastemakers on their feet. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
We gotta hand it to Ft. Lauderdale, after a week of blowing our retinas out at the 20+ fairs that now make up ART BASEL, one of the coolest art installations we saw was at the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport on our way outta Dodge (Basel vets know better than to fly in and out of Miami airport). "Vendor with Walkman," an incredibly life-like sculpture of a homeless-looking man and his miscellaneous belongings by local artist DUANE HANSON pretty much sums up the weirdness that is Florida in general. Throw in the fact that this piece was enclosed in its own seemingly hermetically-sealed "glass walled "waiting room" next to the airport security line and the strangeness level just skyrockets. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Yeah, the fastest way on earth to make your name in Hip Hop is to mash up JAY-Z with some classic rock a-la Dangermouse, but Brit DJ DOC ROK's illegal melding of Jay's new "American Gangster" record with LED ZEPPELIN's back catalogue makes for a pretty fresh update. Plus, it's free just click HERE...
One of ART BASEL's aesthetic highlights was our boy ESPO's (aka: Stephen Powers) large-scale storefront installation at DEITCH PROJECTS' annual throwdown in Miami's Design District this past Saturday nite. Featuring the artist's trademark faux signage and a comfy art lounge for road-weary hipsters, the exhibit was one of the must-see walk-throughs of a very art-crowded week. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
This year's ART BASEL exhibits included the first-ever curated mural project, PRIMARY FLIGHT that saw 25 artists dropping (legal) bombs across Miami's Wynwood Art District. Of course, two of our favorites were by LONDON POLICE, and the OG master of street-level dissent, Monsieur BLEK LE RAT...