Archive for February, 2008
We need to give it up to Supertouch ally JUSTIN GIARLA and his infamous WHITE WALLS GALLERY in dirty old SF for putting on a fantastic show of new work by brothers from different mothers ALBERT REYES & IAN JOHNSON. Working in hybrid styles that fuse elements of outsider, folk, street, and prison art (with a healthy dose of Teen Angels vibe thrown in for good measure) both artists work in unique yet highly complementary figurative styles to create fantastic, accessible work that's still ridiculously affordable. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
When seminal goth rocker IAN CURTIS committed suicide in 1980, mere weeks before the commercial release of the hit "Love Will Tear Us Apart," he left his JOY DIVISION bandmates in disarray and very little to speak of in terms of a visual record of his life and times. Coming hot on the tail of the recent theatrical account of Curtis' life "Control" by Anton Crobijn, "JOY DIVISION," a new documentary film about the band and its enigmatic singer by director Grant Gee seeks to set their record straight through interviews and what little footage of the group exists, stretching from 1977Ã¢â‚¬â€1980. We caught an advance screening of it this week and rest assured, it's well worth the trip to the theater on February 16 when it hits theaters...
Well, the results from today's Valentine's Day (AUCTION) RED at SOTHEBY'S NYC are in and from the look of things on the auction block, you'd never guess we're in the middle of a full-blown recession. The charity event's buzz piece, a collaborative painting between British bad boys DAMIEN HIRST and BANKSY titled "Keep it Spotless" with is actually a reworking by Banksy of an existing Hirst piece fetched an impressive $1,870,000 USD, far exceeding its estimated price of $250,000—$350,000. The real winner of the evening, however, was Hirst, whose prices skyrocketed through the auction with his most expensive work, the massive stainless steel pill case titled "Where There's a Will There's a Way" going for an astounding $7,150,000 USD. We're guessing the fact that all purchases were tax-deductible went a long way to opening bidder's wallets. Luckily, it's all for a good cause. In total, the auction raised $42m for Aids relief & research...
Bad fashion twins Bono & Hirst tour the exhibit (gotta love Damien's guido diamond skull leather jacket)...
STUNTBOY (aka: Erik Foss) dropped by the Williamsburg studio of one of our favorite people this week to get a sneek peek at TARA McPHERSON's new work for her upcoming show Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lost Constellations." Set to open at JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY on February 23rd in conjunction with Lori Early's new show, "Fade to Gray," this will be Tara's biggest show of work to date and a first-rate showcase for her considerable painting chops. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
If you havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seen it yet, see it NOW. Ã¢â‚¬Å“King of Kong: A Fistful of QuartersÃ¢â‚¬Â on DVD this weekÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Supertouch buddy JASON McALLISTER just wrapped up a quik trip to Barcelona where the city's walls are like a street level museum of MISS VAN's beautiful artwork. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
And a little video love from Supertouch's own DONNY MILLER...
For all the male FAFI fans who might feel a bit strange buying pieces from the Parisian artist's new MAC COSMETICS collaboration, the real-life "Fafi Girls" currently touring MAC stores nationwide are a bulletproof explanation for when your bros ask what you were doing hanging around a makeup store for five hours. Shot this week in NYC at the company's flagship store, this sexy trio makes us wanna pack our bags and move to Fafi land permanently and become a polygamist. And for fans that can't catch the girls in person, MAC has just released a limited run of three Fafi figures every bit as hot as the real thing. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
One of our favorite New York artists, SWOON is currently in LA racing to finish off her solo exhibition, "Drown Your Boats" in time for opening nite this Saturday, February 16th at Marsea Goldberg's NEW IMAGE ART. In the span of two weeks, our girl has transformed the West Hollywood artspot into a floor-to-ceiling environmental installation that must be seen in person to be believed. HAVE A LOOK AT THE WORK IN PROGRESS: Read More
This nice bit of makeshift dayglo irony amidst the scabby ruins of downtown LA was a welcome sight this week...