Archive for September, 2008
Supertouch buddy/French street art sensation JR has gone big on the streets of NYC's Lower East Side this week in visual preparation for the debut of English artstar-maker STEVE LAZARIDES' upcoming Beautiful-Losers battling "Outsiders" show opening this Friday, September 26th on the Bowery (more on this soon). Meanwhile, innocent New Yorkers can only stand idly by as the streets of their beloved Gotham are stormed by the French like a reverse Norman invasion, albeit with more wheatpaste and fewer bayonets...
Miami was ground zero for KAWS' official re-entry to the formal gallery art world this weekend when his first formal solo painting show in several years, "Saturated," was finally unveiled to an adoring public at GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN in Miami. Focusing on two thematic series of artworks based on the cartoon "Smurfs," and "Spongebob" series commissioned by ultra-producer and international tastemaker PHARRELL, the show featured a new extended edition of Spongebob pieces that were quickly snapped up by an array of international collectors. On site for the opening was the XX-eyed artist himself who to greet his public and sign autographs like the art star he is. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Here at Supertouch when we put the boys of MASH SF together with superhuman cyclist and returning Tour 2009 contender LANCE ARMSTRONG in his hometown of Austin, Texas, the chemistry was immediate and obvious. Having spent hundreds of hours on a fixed gear bike throughout his years training for competition in order to improve his stroke, Lance has been long acquainted with the business end of a fixed gear cycle, a fact not lost on the hardcore single-gearheads of MASH. The boys managed to film their rides—with MIKE MARTIN and GABE MORFORD behind the lens—with the champ through the city streets of Austin and the short film can now be viewed online at the MASHSF.COM HOMEPAGE. Keep an eye on ST for an upcoming interview with Lance and the boys...
As we reported earlier, immediately following BANKSY's recent pre-Hurricane Ike art trip through NEW ORLEANS the newly-placed guerilla art installations stenciled onto the sides of vacant houses and abandoned buildings throughout the city's Katrina-ravaged Lower 9th Ward began to disappear. Some have fallen prey to obvious treasure hunters (hopefully New Orleans residents who can actually put the money from sold Banksys back into the neighborhood), and others, ironically, have been erased by the so-called "Gray Ghost," an anonymous New Orleans resident known for covering graffiti with gray paint that Banksy parodied in several of the recent installations. Regardless of who’s taken them, it’s only a matter of time till the doors and siding planks bearing the mark of the Bristol bad boy begin to make their way into the seemingly endless array of “street art” auctions of late. Following is a near-complete recap of the streetjacking to date. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch buddy and perennial favorite KAWS marks his formal return to the gallery world after years of building an enviable toy and clothing empire with collaborators MEDICOM TOY and his own brand ORIGINAL FAKE with "Saturated," a new series of mostly large-scale paintings at Miami's GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN. Sponsored by musician/ collector/dedicated patron Pharrell, the show debuts a new series of Spongebob Squarepants-themed images that pay homage to his animation industry roots and seem to be a mirror for the artist's own range of emotional expressions, especially when working on his stress-fueled schedule of never-ending deadlines that occupy the majority of his waking (and non) hours. Leading up to this weekend's opening, the NYTimes has dropped a fresh interview with XX-eyed artist on their THE MOMENT blog. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Chicago's own DZINE took Manhattan by storm when his blinged out tour-de-force solo show, "The Beautiful Struggle" opened to an adoring public at DEITCH PROJECTS' new Long Island City space last week. An installation that could easily double as a 50 cent video, the show features a staggering array of vehicular art, psychedelic Buddhist mandala paintings, and multimedia sculptural installations that include a massive mirror-chrome finished "The Truth" lowrider plaque, and a floating diamond-studded DJ turntable. Most captivating in the show are Dzine's grand homages to West Coast Chicano lowrider culture which come in the form of a fully customized Cadillac Fleetwood with massive airbrushed hood mural; two incredibly tricked out lowrider bikes—one bearing a full soundsystem on its frame; and the most grandiosely altered speedboat ever featuring kandy paint, custom pinstriping and engraving throughout, and a monstrous sound & video system that would put a live concert venue to shame. It'll take a grand feat and unlimited funds for the artist to top this pinnacle exhibition in the future, but somehow we have no doubts that this Puerto Rican art prince will manage to do just that and then some. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Wow, BARACK, really? A photo with TERRY RICHARDSON? For reals? Never mind it was shot in 2007 for Vibe Magazine, isn't it funny how it's making the rounds right now?!? Doesn't he, like, take photos of people with baseball bats up their asses and naked girls in every state of disgustitude known to man? Did your people REALLY not know who he was when you shot this? Don't you have two young daughters and a family-values gameplan that the Republicans will shred you to pieces over if they put 2 + 2 together on this one? Besides, hasn't everyone and their underage cousin been photographed by/with T-Bone at this point? Aren't you already behind in the polls because of a born-again, right wing Alaskan Hockey Mom's pro-family, anti-abortion stance? Isn't the mind of a Middle American voter scary enough without giving them this to figure out? Aren't you already trailing McCain in the polls after an amazingly advantageous six months in the lead? Isn't admitting you listen to Jay-Z on a regular basis dangerous enough in a country where the White House could easily double as a church pulpit? Well, it was fun while it lasted, bro. Hope you frame this 8 x 10 for the family piano. Every time you look at it you'll be reminded of that year you tried to run for president...
ST REPORTING FROM LONDON FOR DAY II OF DAMIEN HIRST'S SOTHEBY'S AUCTION:
Despite the dark pall cast over day two of DAMIEN HIRST's massive "Beautiful Inside My head Forever" auction at SOTHEBY'S by the weekend's Lehman financial crisis and tomorrow's impending AIG disaster, anxious collectors bid big on the remaining 177 art lots like their social reputations depended on it to bring the sale's two-day total to a whopping £111.4 million, or $200.8 million USD. Personal preference seemed to reign supreme throughout today's two uneven sales sessions with lots like Hirst's preserved unicorn piece, "The Dream," selling for $7,284,408 USD, way over its $533,005 USD high estimate, while his pickled zebra piece, "The Incredible Journey," sold for only $3,375,701 USD, finishing just below its low-end $3,553,369 USD million sales estimate. The biggest sellers of the day, however, were the artist's massive array of various butterfly and spin art paintings, perennial favorites in Hirst's aesthetic arsenal that he's vowed to discontinue following this auction. To emphasize that point, the auctioneer even chided the crowd with the motivational come-on, "They're running out, ladies and gentlemen." The highlight of the day's incredibly long, monotonous proceedings came not when Damien Hirst's image appeared magically on the face of the auction pedestal, but when a delirious attendee began bidding "six pounds!, six pounds!" on a £100,000+ auction lot before being dragged away by earpiece-wearing security guards, babbling incoherently. Already a billionaire and the “biggest dollar earner in the history of art,” according to his manager Frank Dunphy, Hirst's most important work of conceptual art seems to be within a hair's breadth of reaching completion. The piece in question, you ask? His bank account. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As if the mass of ridiculously expensive DAMIEN HIRST art baubles inside SOTHEBY'S auction house in London weren't enough to satiate our optic nerves, this not-for-sale little piece of eye candy just happened to be parked on the street outside to blow our little mind. The automobile in question is the incredibly rare FERRARI 456 VENICE STATION WAGON, a painfully limited-edition vehicle designed and built by Ferrari styling house PININFARINA for the royal family of the SULTANATE OF BRUNEI. Featuring four doors, a proper backseat, a hatchback, and a 20 cm longer wheelbase, this vehicle is similar in size to a BMW 5 series wagon with all the styling and cylindrical ferocity of a dancing horse. This is art on wheels. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
It's been a long nite of watching mostly new money trophy hunters battle for big ticket modern art baubles at the first session of DAMIEN HIRST's much-hyped "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever" auction at SOTHEBY'S in London. Although the sale exceeded its overall $112,000,000 USD estimate to bring in a whopping $126,623,656 USD through the sale of 56 lots, the pieces that drew the biggest prices proved surprising. While the show's centerpiece, the massive 10 ton pickled bull installation, "The Golden Calf," was expected to easily exceed its auction estimate of $14,000,000 USD—$21,000,000 USD, and maybe even set a new sales record, the gavel banged at “only” the $17,960,802 USD mark. Meanwhile, the pickled shark known as "The Kingdom," which was only predicted to pull in between $7,000,000—$11,000,000 USD, wound up selling for a massive $17,242,370 USD. Other "stained glass" butterfly and skull spin art pieces also easily exceeded their not-so-conservative estimates proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that even with the recent banking industry collapse the modern art market is still wearing its recession-proof Kevlar vest with pride ("Can you believe this Lehman shit" was the banter of the eve). If that weren’t enough, 167 more Hirst lots will go on the block tomorrow in two additional day sales for a grand total of 223 pieces in all. If Mr Hirst’s master plan was to indeed prove that the gallery system is to established artists what the record industry is to music, he’s succeeded wildly (his longtime gallerist Larry Gagosian was notably absent from the proceedings, while other starmakers like Tony Shafrazi sat front and center). Whether today’s success can be replicated in the future by both Hirst and other artists with smaller PR staffs and less brightly lit halos remains to be seen. In the meantime, it’s a fun ride till the cart goes off the track. HAVE A LOOK: Read More