Archive for December, 2007
LINEAGE GALLERY director JOSH LINER took it upon himself to bring some of the brightest lights in the art underworld to BASEL this year with his FAME COLLECTIVE installation in a stunning five story South Beach mansion. Featuring new work by GLENN BARR, RON ENGLISH, CRASH, JEREMY FISH, MATZU MTP, STASH & FUTURA, GREG “CRAOLA” SIMKINS, SAM FLORES, KENJI HIRATA, KRIS KUKSI, CHRIS MARS, KORALIE, MARS-1, AIKO NAKAGAWA, MARK DEAN VECA, DAVE WHITE, AMY SOL, SHAWN BARBER, and CHRIS MENDOZA to name a few, the show was a tour de force and a virtual who’s who of the young “Juxtapoz art world.” HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Been running hard in Miami this week at ART BASEL with a certain iconic world-class cyclist with an impeccable eye for fine art. Needless to say, there’s better things to do than turn on the computer. Stay tuned for more coverage from the oceanfront circus that is the US art worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s biggest day out as the week goes on. More soonÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Supertouch’s own MARK RYDEN debuted an incredible new large-scale six-figure masterpiece titled “Yoshi” at ART BASEL this year with LA’s MICHAEL KOHN GALLERY. For those collectors too timid to cash in their 401K plans getting closer to a Ryden original just got a little easier with PRESSURE PRINTING‘s new limited edition framed print of Ryden’s “Madonna & Karl.” Click HERE for more details…
NYC got another dose of “Popaganda” when Supertouch’s RON ENGLISH debuted his latest massive show of over 40 new paintings at Manhattan’s OPERA GALLERY last week. Along for the ride was his iconic symbol of a fast food nation gone wrong in all 7′ of his redheaded, deep-fried, clown-shoed glory. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
In celebration of the holiday season, British provocateur-at-large, SIR BANKSY has added his touch to the security wall separating Jerusalem & Palestine as part of this year’s annual pop-up SANTA’S GHETTO art shop which is set to open soon in the holiday motherland of Bethlehem as one of the most poignant shows of the year with incredibly high-quality work to spare. Featuring new works for sale by “street artists” BANKSY, SWOON, RON ENGLIGH, AIKO, BAST, LUCY MAC, KELSEY BROOKS, PAUL INSECT, GEE VAUCHER, ANTHONY MICALLEF, JONATHAN YEO, CONOR HARRINGTON, BLU, ERIC THE DOG, and 3D, among others, the show will benefit local needy children with 100% of profits being distributed to local non-governmental run, non-denominational charities. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch blogger WK INTERACT dropped a bomb on the New York art scene when his incredible show of new work, “The Trail” debuted last weekend at Brooklyn’s hotspot gallery, ESPEIS ARCHETYPE. Featuring dozens of new works, his biggest ever NY exhibit showcased an amazing array of paintings and sculptures including a large-scale multimedia piece incorporating a crashed motorcycle, and a mind-blowing series of explosives-laden skateboards guaranteed to get you stopped by Homeland Security. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As if you ever needed more coaxing to get into the waters of the Caribbean, artist JASON TAYLOR has made the island of Grenada a mecca for snorkeling art lovers with his unique underwater sculpture garden, the first of its kind in the world. Covering an area of several hundred square feet just off the island’s southern coast, the “gallery” features hundreds of carefully placed objects and human forms created by Taylor (with the permission of the government) that coexist with the island’s natural reef systems without interfering with their function or damaging their structures. Since debuting last year the site has proven to be a magnet for divers who have flocked to the site by the thousands. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Last week’s grand opening of the venerated NEW MUSEUM on one of NYC’s most historically disheveled thoroughfares, Bowery, is a window on the future of the Apple’s Lower East Side. HOLLAND COTTER sheds some light on the shape of things to come in this week’s NY TIMES:
AN UPBEAT MOMENT FOR A DOWNTRODDEN AREA
By Holland Cotter
The inaugural festivities of the new New Museum of Contemporary Art kick off today at noon and continue for a celebratory 30 admission-free hours. Just east and south of the museumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bowery site, some two dozen galleries, many of them recent arrivals, are open for business. This is an upbeat moment for a part of town that has seen its share of hard times, and lots of people are cheering. But at least a few have a more skeptical take: Here comes the art, there goes the neighborhood.
Actually, this has been the situation since the East Village art boom of the 1980s, the last time Manhattan had anything like an alternative art universe, a neighborhood where artists and dealers Ã¢â‚¬â€ themselves often artists Ã¢â‚¬â€ lived, worked, showed, shopped and danced at night. But once art made the neighborhood chic, limousines were idling outside the storefront galleries. Real estate soared. Artists moved.
The Lower East Side just south of the East Village Ã¢â‚¬â€ roughly between Houston and Canal Streets east of Bowery Ã¢â‚¬â€ remained a bargain for a while and kept its Latino-Chinese-punk cultural mix. Galleries came and went; a few exhibition spaces Ã¢â‚¬â€ ABC No Rio, Gallery 128, the Asian American Arts Center, the Henry Street Settlement, the Educational Alliance Ã¢â‚¬â€ are still there. But this was never a gallery-intensive scene.
Things are changing fast. In the last few years several new galleries have put down roots. Canada, Cucchifritos, FusionArts, Participant Inc., Reena Spaulings and Rivington Arms led the way, later joined by Miguel Abreu Gallery and the artist-run Orchard; more recently James Fuentes, Fruit and Flower Deli, Smith-Stewart, Sunday, Eleven Rivington and Thierry Goldberg have opened.
In addition, there are some transplants: Janos Gat and Luxe have moved down from the Upper East Side, 31 Grand from Williamsburg and Envoy from Chelsea, with Feature coming in January. And satellite spaces are popping up: Lehman Maupin (Chelsea), Greenberg Van Doren (57th Street), Salon 94 (Upper East Side) and Museum 52 (London) have all opened Lower East Side extensions. Of the new crop, the start-ups are by far the most CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING…
With the majority of young artists and galleries leaving the former art motherland of Manhattan for the cheaper rents of Brooklyn, it’s nice to see that one of our favorite galleries, 31 GRAND, has reversed that trend by resettling in new digs on the city’s lower east side. Always one of Brooklyn’s brightest lights on the gallery scene, 31G is now lighting up one of the Apple’s fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods with eclectic shows like their current group exhibit, “Just a Ghostly Paper Sigh,” featuring new works on paper by an impressive array of upstarts including BARNABY WHITFIELD, AFRUZ AMIGHI, ANNIE AUBE, TAYLOR BALDWIN, REBECCA CHAMBERLAIN, MIKE COCKRILL, MAGALIE GUÃƒâ€°RIN, JASON CLAY LEWIS, JASON COLE MAGER, GINA MAGID, JASMINE PASQUILL, and KIMI WEART. For those who missed the opening a few weeks back, the show remains on display until December 22. HAVE A LOOK: Read More