Archive for October, 2008

NEWS///POLITIKS///TRISTAN EATON’S LAST-MINUTE OBAMA VOTING PUSH

October 25, 2008  |  art, News, Obama, Politiks  |  Comments Off

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Following his commissioned poster designs for the OBAMA Campaign's VOTE FOR CHANGE initiative last month, THUNDERDOG STUDIOS head designer TRISTAN EATON has put his energy into a last minute push for the Democratic contender with a new campaign poster and ballot box character. Designed as a reminder for registered voters to actually show up and cast their ballot for Obama on November 4th, the poster's image of Barack is made up entirely of icons relevant to his personal history and political messaging, while the new ballot box character is a downloadable paper cut out figure that fans can assemble and leave in their cubicle as a daily voting reminder. And, just for fun, Eaton has customized a TRACKSTAR fixed gear bike with his Obama graphics, which will be sold to generate funds for the campaign in its final week. All political posters and materials are available at the dedicated THUNDERVOTE.COM site. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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PHILLY///MUST-SEE SHOW: R. CRUMB AT THE ICA

October 23, 2008  |  art, Philly  |  Comments Off

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Men (including painter Tom Woodruff in red jacket) admire their inevitable destiny from multiple angles...

With the eyes of the world on Philadelphia as the Phillies aim to take the World Series, the must-see cultural event of the moment remains "R. Crumb's Underground," a career retrospective of the city's native son at the progressive INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART . On display through December 7th, the awesome array of vintage work by the ultimate master of underground cartooning and current French resident, ROBERT CRUMB, is impressive in scope and spans the length of his career, from his early San Francisco days in the 1960s, to recent work with his wife, cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb. Extending far beyond comics, this show of over 100 works—including early comics, greeting cards, collaborations, and sketchbooks, as well as drawings and sculptures—is the most substantial portrait of Crumb to date in the United States. Don't sleep. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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TEXAS///LANCE ARMSTRONG x SHEPARD FAIREY IN LIVESTRONG’S RIDE FOR THE ROSES

October 22, 2008  |  art, Charity Case, Lance Armstrong, Livestrong, News, Texas  |  Comments Off

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To commemorate the LIVESTRONG foundation's most important cycling fundraiser, the RIDE FOR THE ROSES—an annual ride in its 12th year whose participants raise a minimum of $10,000 each to benefit the organization's fight against cancer—Supertouch has paired the event's frontman LANCE ARMSTRONG with artist SHEPARD FAIREY to create some imagery worthy of the challenge. An extremely limited-edition poster bearing Shepard's rendition of Lance on a recent training run for the Tour de France 2009 has been screened as a gift for attending riders at the Austin event while seven handmade fine art renditions of the image signed by both Lance and Shepard will be auctioned off on eBay to benefit the charity at the event's conclusion on October 26th. Stay tuned to ST for more details to come…

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POLITIKS///ART & COMMERCE///THE “SKETCH FOR CHANGE” OBAMA ART EBAY AUCTION

October 22, 2008  |  art, News, Obama, Politiks  |  Comments Off

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Tim Biskup's not voting for McCain...

With just two weeks left until the presidential election, the well-intentioned "Sketch For Change" eBay auction featuring original OBAMA-themed artwork by TIM BISKUP, JAMES JEAN, BOB DOB, AMANDA VISSELL, and GARY BASEMAN, among others, might be a little late in the game, but with 21 pieces of artwork up for grabs (all profits are donated to Obama's campaign), it's a great way to grab an affordable piece of tax-deductible art without the guilt. HAVE A LOOK: (click HERE to bid) Read More

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LONDON///TIM BISKUP AT THE LAZARIDES “SHUT DOWN” PARTY

October 22, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Art Stunts, Banksy, London, News, Tim Biskup  |  Comments Off

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After buying a new Banksy piece, Tim Biskup found time to make nice with the ladies...

The art "Extravaganza" event that was originally scheduled to take place at the now infamous LAZARIDES GALLERY in London last week during the throes of the FRIEZE ART FAIR was instead turned into the "Shut Down Show" after the local authorities canned STEVE LAZARIDES' original setup over gambling concerns. Turns out Laz's grand plan to sell 250 tickets at £5,000 GBP each for the event—which guaranteed every participant a 1-in-10 chance of winning an original piece of art from the gallerist's stable of artists including Miranda Donovan and Faile and included a raffle of an original BANKSY oil painting valued at more than £300,000 GBP—looked more like a mini casino operation to the gambling commission than a proper art show. Instead, Lazarides stepped to the plate and converted the original fete into an equally impressive group show of art by ANTHONY MICALLEF, INVADER, PAUL INSECT, and JONATHAN YEO, to name a few, that also included several vintage works by Banksy, including the "corrupted" oil painting that was to serve as the centerpiece of the raffle. While everyone who bought tickets for the original party was given a full refund and a piece of free artwork for their trouble, the new show did include a "Gnome Bowling" game whereby anyone knocking down a set of gnome bowling pins received a piece of free art, a less-than-subtle F.U. to the gambling commission if there ever was one. Of course, our man TIM BISKUP was on the scene to take in the spread, pick up on the ladies, and even DJ'd the afterparty side-by-side with Supertouch homie ACYDE at SoHo HOUSE where show attendees like DENNIS HOPPER tore it up late into the foggy eve. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///INKWELL///SCOTT CAMPBELL & MARC JACOBS x TERRY RICHARDSON

October 20, 2008  |  art, Brooklyn, Inkwell, News, NYC, Scott Campbell  |  Comments Off

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Marc Jacobs' cartoon tatts are tougher than you... 

Supertouch's own SCOTT CAMPBELL is one of the world's foremost tattoo and graphic artists whose shop, SAVED TATTOO, also doubles as a clubhouse for Manhattan's A-list artists, hipsters, and prime movers, and makeshift art gallery for periodic shows featuring work by the city's brightest young art stars. The exclusive inker of fashion genius MARC JACOBS, Scottie C has branded the designer with all of his permanent icons including cartoons like Spongebob, an M&Ms character, a Simpsons version of himself, Eric Cartman from Southpark's stuffed animals, his pet bull terriers, a couch on his hip, the word "Shameless" on his chest, two renditions of the logo for porn mag Oui, and an epic forearm tattoo that reads "Bros Before Hos" that is also shared by Campbell and a small circle of friends. Collaborating recently with photographer friend TERRY RICHARDSON, some of Campbell's A-list clients including Jacobs, and actors LEO FITZPATRICK and LILLY COLE posed for a series of iconic tattoo portraits in TR's trademark style. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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ROADTRIPPING///M.I.A. IN MARFA, TEXAS

October 17, 2008  |  art, Feature, Lance Armstrong, Road Trippin, Texas  |  Comments Off

marfablog17.jpg Roadtripping in Texas with cycling legend LANCE ARMSTRONG a few weeks back ultimately landed us in the remote and unlikely art culture hotspot of MARFA, TEXAS. Known primarily as the land that time forgot and the setting for iconic films "Giant," "No Country For Old Men," and "There Will Be Blood," the sleepy town of 2,000 people is actually one of the nation's best kept creative centers and is home to an amazing array of talent, including the legendary Christopher Wool, and art world émigrés who fled the confines of NYC for the wide open spaces of the West. The migration was started by so-called "minimalist" (though he hated the term) artist DONALD JUDD when he relocated to the area in the early 1970s, and single-handedly instigated the migration of like-minded heads to the former military town centered around the abandoned army barracks he was now using as his own private museum and studio space.

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STREET LIFE///DONNY MILLER’S “GAS SIGNS: TRUTH IN ADVERTISING” CAMPAIGN

October 17, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Donny Miller, Graffiti, News, Politiks, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Donny Miller's come a long way from his days pumping gas to the newly-crowned minister of propaganda for the oil industry. Only in America...

A lot of wind has blown out of the current president and the two battling candidates about the state of the financial world we're all wallowing in. Meanwhile, Supertouch's own DONNY MILLER has been taking it upon himself to address our problem with fossil fuels with his "Gas Stations: Truth in Advertising" campaign. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///OPENING NITE: ROBBIE CONAL’S 25 YEAR RETROSPECITVE AT TRACK 16 GALLERY

October 17, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Art fans and leftie agitators in the LA area need not miss tomorrow nite's (Saturday, October 18) opening of legendary underground/political artist ROBBIE CONAL's stunning 25 year retrospective show, "Unlawful & Un-American" at Santa Monica's TRACK 16 GALLERY in Bergamot Station. Don't sleep. Tune in next week for the full recap here on ST...

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LONDON///MUST SEE SHOW: JR’S “28 MILLIMETERS: WOMEN” AT LAZARIDES GALLERY

October 16, 2008  |  art, Graffiti, London, News, Openings, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Face time with JR in London...

Parisian photographer/street artist/Supertouch buddy JR has been making big waves in the art world this past year with massive public photographic installations worldwide that have literally stopped a legion of admirers in their tracks with their sheer scale and emotional depth. Now, in London, the artist translates that effect on a smaller scale to the gallery with his first ever UK solo show at the starmaking LAZARIDES GALLERY. Titled "28 Millimeters: Women," the show of mounted photographs chronicles his time spent recently in Rio de Janeiro where he photographed the unknown female residents of various favelas in a project that initially led to a massive hillside favela installation that drew worldwide attention. To up the visual ante on this intimate show, the artist has managed to commandeer some massive walls in the streets near the gallery for a huge-scale street installation that must be seen in person to be believed. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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