Archive for September, 2008
Thousands of downtown hipsters are sure to have their smiles turned upside down when news that this year’s annual DEITCH PROJECTS ART PARADE, originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 6th, has been cancelled due to storm warnings related to that bitch known as TROPICAL STORM HANNA, whose aftermath is currently heading for the East Coast. According to Deitch officials, the cancellation was in the interest of public safety and the gallery is already looking into options for rescheduling the parade for a Spring 2009 makeup date. For those who will feel unfulfilled without their annual fix of art freakiness this weekend, our official coverage of last year’s monumentally weird affair can be seen HERE.
Pop/graphic artist JOHN PASCHE’s original artwork for THE ROLLING STONES‘ iconic lips & tongue logo—based on Mick Jagger’s big mouth—has just been bought by the VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM in London for $92,500 USD. The acquisition funds were secured with the help of The Art Fund charity, which donated 50% of the cost. The 14-inch square color separated, handpainted artwork comes with a color print. Paid just paid £50 for creating the artwork in 1970 while still an art student at the Royal College of Art at Jagger’s request, Pasche’s enduring image has since become one of the most recognized pieces of graphic art in the world and an icon of an era. The logo’s first use was on the inner sleeve of the 1971 Album “Sticky Fingers” featuring cover art by Andy Warhol, a fact that led to the Pop artist being erroneously credited for the image since its inception. The newly acquired piece will be housed in the V&A’s permanent collection, which represents largest assemblage of decorative arts and design in the world. The fact that Pasche used to wander the halls of the museum as an art student is a particularly fitting bit of irony. To read the full story of the logo’s creation, READ ON: Read More
A week after the DNC wrapped in snow-white Denver, CO, we bring you a first look at the mugshot from SHEPARD FAIREY‘s arrest on August 25 for “interference with police authority and posting unauthorized posters.” Taking a break from his duties hosting the pro-Obama “Manifest Hope” art show, Shep was busy plastering downtown Denver with his signature Obama posters when cops in full riot gear and guns drawn reportedly shouted “Get on the fucking ground or we’re going to kick you in the fucking head!” Fairey and his crew were then zip-tied, accused of being “anarchists” for wearing all-black outfits, and led to jail where he spent 15 hours eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and giving each other body cavity searches before pleading out to the police interference charge with six months unsupervised probation and a $100 fine. Hopefully, as First Artist under an Obama administration, Fairey and his ilk will have diplomatic street immunity for at least four years. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Yeah, it’s been an unusually busy week in BANKSY news, but following his whirlwind art tour of the pre-hurricane NEW ORLEANS, we’ve gotten the first image of his recent artwork submerged in the post-storm floodwaters currently soaking the already-devastated Lower Ninth Ward. Stay tuned for more looks in the week to come. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As we reported earlier this week, British street artist BANKSY has been on a southern road trip of late, starting in a pre-Gustav New Orleans before moving on to ALABAMA where he paid homage to the great white powers-that-be with his stenciled image of a hung KKK member on an abandoned gas station. Taking matters into their own hands yesterday, irate locals broke out their own spray cans to let the world know what they think of a snotty English street artist pointin’ fingers at their good ole boys. Too bad they didn’t realize that simply cutting out the stencil & selling it on eBay would have been the sweetest revenge. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Opening to a packed house of London’s hipster elite at the art star-making LAZARIDES GALLERY last Friday nite was TODD JAMES‘ (aka: REAS) first solo show in the Old Country, the aptly-titled “Blood & Treasure.” Featuring over 20 large-scale new works addressing the current state of armed conflict around the world, the show represented some of James’ most inspired and visually complex imagery to date, none of which had any difficulty in finding homes with well-heeled collectors before the gallery doors even opened to the public. For more on the show, check out our recent interview with Mr. James. In the meantime, HAVE A LOOK: Read More