Archive for November, 2008

NYC///A STUDIO VISIT WITH TODD JAMES (AKA: REAS)

November 19, 2008  |  art, News, NYC, Studio Visit  |  Comments Off

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Todd James' retirement fund...

Having recently published an in-depth interview with Supertouch buddy TODD JAMES (aka: REAS) we couldn't pass up dropping in to his lofty Tribeca studio for a visit while in NYC last week to sneak a peek at some amazing new animation and the work in-progress for the LAZARIDES GALLERY "Outsiders UK" show in December and his next big solo show at Australia's MONSTER CHILDREN GALLERY on January 15th. Firmly focused on the state of war and peace in the world, Todd's newest paintings are easily his most stunning and detailed yet and his expressive gestural style literally explodes across the massive swaths of paper that will soon be linked to create one massive piece in London. One of the rawest talents working in the underground art world today, Mr. James' unique aesthetic remains his most potent weapon. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///NEW TODD JAMES/REAS PRINT GOES ON THE BLOCK

November 19, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, News  |  Comments Off

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Wildcard artist TODD JAMES, (aka: REAS) will drop his newest art print this Thursday, November 20th at noon (NYC time) exclusively at his newly-launched eponymous website. Titled "New Deal," the insanely high quality 22" x 30" print on coventry rag 335g archival paper is absolutely identical to his original artwork (trust us, we've seen it in person) and will be available for $250.00 in a strict signed and numbered edition of 150. Don't sleep...

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NYC///CATCHING UP WITH NASTY NECK FACE

November 18, 2008  |  art, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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This week we caught up with the underground art world's resident gremlin, NECK FACE, for a look at some fresh studio work as he continues to wage his worldwide war of visual terror unabated. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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ESPANA///OPENINGS: BEAUTIFUL LOSERS IN MADRID

November 18, 2008  |  art, Beautiful Losers, News, Openings, Origins of Style, Spain  |  Comments Off

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Anyone not familiar with the traveling art circus known as the BEAUTIFUL LOSERS exhibition by now is either living under a rock or just doesn't care, so we'll spare you the lengthy explanations here, but the show of seminal American underground artists has energized the creative community in Madrid, Spain after making landfall there this week at the city's LA CASA ENCENDIDA cultural center. Featuring major works by an array of artists including KAWS, Barry McGee, Thomas Campbell, Cynthia Connolly, Evan Hecox, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, Geoff McFetridge, Ryan McGinley, Ryan McGinness, Terry Richardson, Clare E. Rojas, Ed Templeton, Romon Yang, Tobin Yelland, Glen E. Friedman, Ari Marcopoulos, and Raymond Pettibon, the show will also host a courtyard skatepark that will be open to the public from December 21st—30th, and a special screening on December 26th of the new "Beautiful Losers" documentary film directed by AARON ROSE and JOSHUA LEONARD and presented by NIKE SPORTSWEAR. Click HERE for a closer look at the installation.

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FILM///ORIGINS OF STYLE///CHRISTINA CLAUSEN’S “THE UNIVERSE OF KEITH HARING”

November 18, 2008  |  art, Film, News, NYC  |  Comments Off

Nearly 20 years after the death of iconic Pop artist KEITH HARING, filmmaker CHRISTINA CLAUSEN has produced a deeply personal and moving portrait of the man in her new film, "The Universe of Keith Haring" (Arthouse Films). Using archival footage of the artist at work in the streets and galleries of NYC alongside interviews with friends and family including Jeffrey Deitch, Fab 5 Freddy, David LaChapelle, Hans Mayer, Samantha McEwen, Carlo McCormick, Yoko Ono, Kenny Sharf, Tony Shafrazi, Junior Vasquez, and Joan, Allen, Kay, Karen, and Kristen Haring, Clausen traces the evolution of his career beginning in his childhood in conservative Pennsylvania through to the height of his international art world superstardom alongside pioneering contemporaries like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, Futura 2000, Warhol, and yes, Madonna, allowing the viewer what is easily the closest look yet at the personal life of one of the modern art world's most enduring aesthetic pioneers. Click HERE for an updated listing of theaters and showtimes.

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DESIGN///FIRST LOOK: FERRARI ZOBIN CONCEPT

November 18, 2008  |  Cool Shit, Design, Kustom Kulture, News  |  Comments Off

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Close your eyes and imagine it in black-on-black...

Love it or hate it (there’s not much middle ground on this one), Iranian engineer SIAMAK RUHI DEHKORDI’s new FERRARI ZOBIN concept car is a no-holds-barred design statement. A sleek one-seater modeled after the Italian company’s legendary F1 cars, but designed for street use, the car’s “flying wedge” silhouette is distinguished by its most prominent aesthetic feature: a front structure made of a single metal band which props up the headlights and serves as both the front spoiler and the front fenders providing the vehicle a unique “open-wheels” appearance. Design slaves, start saving your pennies now. Word is the red pony bigwigs like it— A lot. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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SIGN OF THE TIMES///LIFE IMITATES ART

November 18, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, News  |  Comments Off

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Following news of last week's disastrous CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION at PHILLIPS DE PURY, we couldn't help but offer a closer look at our favorite piece from the sale, namely KENDELL GEERS' "The Fall" (2005). Sometimes life imitates art, no?...

(Yes, it did sell, for $56K USD, well below the conservative estimate of 60,000-80,000.)

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EDITORIAL: THE STATE OF THE MODERN ART WORLD? SAME AS IT EVER WAS

November 18, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Editorial, News  |  Comments Off

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Hirst's "Beautiful Artemis Thor Neptune Odin Delusional Sapphic Inspirational Hypnosis Painting," defys a greedy flipper's ambitions at auction...

Following the dismal sales results of several high profile contemporary art auctions at venerable resale institutions CHRISTIES, PHILLIPS DE PURY, and SOTHEBY'S this month, England's Warhol, otherwise known as DAMIEN HIRST, has come out in his first interview following his record-shattering $200 million Sotheby's auction in September as saying the art market is over inflated. Citing as an example his spin art painting featuring a quartet of skulls, "Beautiful Artemis Thor Neptune Odin Delusional Sapphic Inspirational Hypnosis Painting," which was poised to fetch at least $3 million USD at last week's Phillips de Pury NYC auction but instead went unsold, the artist said the piece "was over-priced. It was bought from me less than a year ago at half the price." Explaining the state of the current market, he added, "We are looking at more realistic prices. People who bought things are not going to sell them that day. That is what an artist wants, for people to hang the works on their wall. As an artist, you don't stop making art because people are not buying it. I think it's quite good [adjustment in art market prices] because it became unreal ... You start to think you are touched by God. I have always thought that art is worth what the next guy is prepared to pay.” Watching the hyper-inflation that has been the hallmark of the modern art market in recent years, largely driven by these now-floundering big auction sales, it's quite a pleasure indeed to see the unrealistic top of the blue-chip art world lopped off as the world economy staggers to find its legs beneath crippling debt and stagnating development. It's exactly this kind of hyper speculation that killed the economy at large and has brought a legion of younger, less established artists to new and dangerous levels of financial success in the span of a few years—the term "street art" certainly comes to mind—that will surely crash back to ground as they find no takers in the future art market for their work at prices that were unrealistic to begin with. Of course, like all markets, art sales are driven by fear and prices remain at the mercy of the global psychology. Real collectors with real money and a bit of common sense will of course be picking up incredible and previously untouchable art that will doubtlessly come onto the secondary market in droves throughout 2009 as the economy hits rock bottom and day traders realize it's either the Richard Prince or the house and start letting the treasures go one by one. Of course, that's not to say that all art worth less—or, more accurately, not selling—today has "lost" its value. Like the real estate market, art bought at reasonable prices today will no doubt again realize enormous values as the economic crisis lessens in the coming years and we begin the whole vicious cycle anew. The morals of the story? Be smart; only buy what you like; know that if it seems too expensive, it definitely is; never believe the hype; and treat art bought as an "investment" with the same caution you'd buy a stock. In the meantime, one thing's for sure: 2009 is gonna be a great year to be an art collector. Read more about the subject HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE...

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NEWS///POLITIKS///BARACK OBAMA’S FIRST INTERVIEW AS PRESIDENT-ELECT

November 17, 2008  |  News, Obama  |  Comments Off

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"Actually, I told George W that I was moving in this week..."

It's hard to believe it's already been two weeks since BARACK OBAMA sent the sexy Sarah Palin train off the rails, and last nite he gave his first interview as President Elect on OG news institution 60 MINUTES. Download a podcast HERE. Most importantly, hang onto your pennies and keep your fingers crossed...


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SK8THING///PRODUCT TOSS///ROBERT WILLIAMS x SANTA CRUZ SKATEBOARDS “MALICIOUS” SERIES

November 17, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, News, Product Toss, SK8 THING  |  Comments Off

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Legendary skate company SANTA CRUZ SKATEBOARDS has paid grand homage to underground art world godfather ROBERT WILLIAMS with their new "Malicious" series of signature decks for OG pros ERIC DRESSEN, TOM KNOX, JASON JESSEE, and KEITH MEEK that harkens back to a bygone era of gnarly skating at its finest. Culled from some of Williams' most iconic oil paintings of the same era, including "Meat of Love," "Snuff Fink," "Planet skinner," and "Hot Rod Race," the four deck series marks Williams' first major graphic appearance in the skate world since his introduction in the pages of THRASHER 20 years ago. True believers should keep their eyes peeled for a show of new work by the master imagist at NYC's starmaking TONY SHAFRAZI GALLERY in late 2009.

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