Archive for April, 2008

LONDON///POP LIFE///GEORGE LUCAS -vs- THE STORMTROOPERS…

April 8, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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THIS is hilarious:

Lawyers for George Lucas' Lucasfilm Ltd. and a British prop designer faced off in London's High Court Tuesday over rights to the molded white Stormtrooper uniforms from the "Star Wars" films. Standing alongside the bewigged, black-robed lawyers in court was the object of their dispute — a 6-foot (1.83 meter) tall, helmeted warrior of the evil Galactic Empire. Lucasfilm attorney Michael Bloch called the menacing figure "one of the most iconic images in modern culture." Lucasfilm claims violation of copyright and trademarks by prop designer Andrew Ainsworth, who sculpted the Stormtrooper helmets for the first "Star Wars" movie in Read More

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LA///BLEK LE RAT OPENS SHEPARD FAIREY’S NEW SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS GALLERY…

April 7, 2008  |  art, LA, Openings, Origins of Style, Shepard Fairey  |  Comments Off

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Shepard Fairey and OG SoCal culture legend CR STECYK III...

French street art provocateur BLEK LE RAT inaugurated modern street art messiah SHEPARD FAIREY's newly relocated (and visually stunning) SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS gallery in Echo Park this weekend with his first American solo show, "Art is not Peace but War." A groundbreaking graffiti writer in the 1980s & 90s, Blek is best known as one of the earliest pioneers of stencil art and his simple monochromatic iconography heavily influenced the street artists from the Bristol scene, most notable of which is the current art star du jour and cash register tickler, Sir Banksy, who adopted not only Blek's stylistic M.O., but his rat mascot as well. Looking at Blek's simple, understated imagery, which remains largely unchanged since his early days on the walls of Paris, it's not hard to see the immediate appeal of the stencil as a graphic tool for street bombing situations and Banksy's adoption of the once rarified method exploded its popularity within a matter of years spawning a legion of young imitators and monied collectors. With pieces selling briskly at prices ranging from $9,000–$40,000 for original spraypaint on canvas works and a queue of young punters, hipsters, and would-be street art stars wrapping around the block for the better part of the opening nite, it's clear that the medium's appeal shows no signs of waning. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///ART & COMMERCE///DAMIEN HIRST x ANDY WARHOL x LEVIS…

April 7, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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In this post-Postmodern world of branding collaborations as high culture, one would be hard pressed to find a more bankable teaming than UK art star DAMIEN HIRST, necrotic Pop Art master ANDY WARHOL, and American denim stalwarts LEVIS, a fact clearly evidenced by the turnout for Saturday nite's collection debut at Santa Monica's FRED SEGAL. The brand brought new life to their Warhol license by double collabing with modern Pop master Hirst, whose diamond skull and color dot motifs dominated the largely monochrome collection, often mingling with and overlaying Warhol's vintage graphics on an array of T-shirts, denim (including the unfortunate pair of rhinestone-studded men's jeans), and accessories. The high (or was it low?) point of the collection was Hirst's custom-made spin art jeans available for a reported $80K per pair that sent the faithful into palpable envy frenzy. The admittedly beautiful hardcover catalog accompanying the event was worth the haul out to the beach and is available at the installation for a limited time. HAVE A LOOK:

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WTF?! FILES///OLD SKATERS NEVER DIE…

April 7, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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They just get really, really old. Animal Chin???...

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HOLLYWOOD///INSIDE THE “MISS HOOKER 2008″ BEAUTY PAGEANT…

April 7, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Hookers gone wild...

Dedicated to keeping Hollywood's trashy legacy intact for a whole new generation of Angelinos, painter/exhibitionist NATALIA FABIA staged the debut of her "MISS HOOKER" pageant last week at West Hollywood's DRAGONFLY on April Fool's Day as a decidedly fitting tribute to the excesses of left coast culture. Of course, Fabia uses the term "Hookers" loosely as the pageant was not actually a contest for the working girls of Hollywood Blvd, but rather a celebration of Natalia's loose group of sultry and empowered danger girl muses & femme fatale friends—many of whom have provided the subject matter of Fabia's ongoing series of "hooker" paintings—with a bit of a Suicide Girls-esque twist on the institution of American pageantry. Hosted by comedian Skyler Stone, and featuring a musical performance of the show's theme song, "There She is, Miss Hooker," by Torrance Jackson, the show tantalized revelers with an ocean of tattooed female flesh and entertained with enough tongue-in-cheek "talent" displays to constitute a circus sideshow. Luckily, our girl JULIE KLIMA was busy with the camera. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYLA///BEING TRUE COAST TO COAST…

April 6, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Tobin Yelland's rough-hewn homage to individuality...

In homage of the uniquely egalitarian spirit of their crossover basketball shoe the Dunk and its original "Be True" ethos, Nike has unveiled the celebratory photo exhibition, “Being True – 22 years of American Youth," curated by mavens AARON ROSE & EMMA REEVES. Opening on March 27th at Brooklyn's JOURNAL GALLERY, and on April 3rd at Hollywood's 144 LAB space, the bi-coastal showcase featured an impressive array of fine art & lifestyle photography and, in the words of the show's curators, "brought together 22 photographers who’ve used their cameras to capture a moment in time when a subject, completely devoid of pretense, expressed him or herself honestly and truly." With contributions from such esteemed lensman & women as Terry Richardson, Jamel Shabazz, Cheryl Dunn, Tim Barber, Angela Boatwright, Kenneth Capello, Poppy de Villeneuve, Naomi Harris, Alex Hoerner, Drew Jarrett, Alain Levitt , Jeaneen Lund, Ari Marcopoulos, Dan Murphey, Jason Nocito, Patrick O’Dell, Mike Piscitelli, Ray Potes, David Ransone, David Perez Shadi, Brent Stewart, and Tobin Yellend, the openings drew a predictably impressive who's-who of hipsters and art stars, separated only by radically different springtime climates. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NY///OPENING NITE WITH TAKASHI MURAKAMI AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM…

April 4, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Kanye storms the stage and hangs tough with design gangsters Murakami and Marc Jacobs... 

Following the long run of Japanese Pop Art power player TAKASHI MURAKAMI's retrospective "© Murakami," show in Los Angeles, the massive retrospective picked up and relocated to the BROOKLYN MUSEUM where the exhibit's star-studded opening charity gala was held last nite. Supertouch buddy, director DAVID LAM was on hand to take in the spectacle firsthand, including the highlight of the evening, a performance by Supertouch ally KANYE WEST to an adoring crowd, including fashionista Marc Jacobs who queued up for a closer look at Kanye's performance like a rabid teenager. Adding a bit of tongue-in-cheek irony to this stop was the inclusion of a mini-exhibition of fake Murakami Louis Vuitton merchandise to playfully contrast the onsite LV boutique (which, once again, kicked none of its profits back to the museum) selling very real and very expensive merchandise to the housewives of New York City. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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ITALY///JOSE PARLA’S MEMORY DOCUMENTS AT PALAZZO DUCALE…

April 3, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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José Parla reads the writing on the wall...

Supertouch buddy & painter JOSÉ PARLA's been hiding out in Genova, Italy for the past several weeks where "Memory Documents" his new show of new paintings & painted Italian ceramics opened last Saturday at GALLERIA IL TRIFOGLIO NERO. Featuring a stunning array of new large-scale paintings featuring his signature calligraphic style— many featuring built-up layers of peeling paint and wheatpasted ephemera to mimic decaying city walls—the show was a tour de force showcase of the burgeoning young artist's formidable skills and emerging place in the highbrow art world after a long and steady rise from his days as a graffiti artist in the streets of Miami. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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WTF?! FILES///HUMANS ARE STUPID ANIMALS…

April 3, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off
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NYC///STUDIO VISIT: LANCE ARMSTRONG x TOM SACHS…

April 2, 2008  |  Feature, Lance Armstrong  |  Comments Off

lancesachs226.jpg Rolling out to NYC last week for the Armory art show it was an impossibility not to take world champion cyclist & hardcore art collector LANCE ARMSTRONG on a studio visit with visionary conceptual artist and cycling fanatic TOM SACHS.

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