Archive for December, 2008

NEWS///PRODUCT TOSS///BEACH TOWELS BY RAYMOND PETTIBON AND ED RUSCHA: ART BASEL’S MOST AFFORDABLE SOUVENIERS

December 5, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Miami, News  |  Comments Off

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Beach towel by Raymond Pettibon...

Amidst the stratospherically-priced (though slightly—and only slightly—less so this year) art baubles on display at ART BASEL, perhaps the most affordable and visually rewarding souvenirs of the extravaganza are the artist-designed towels currently making the rounds poolside at the swank RALEIGH HOTEL. Priced at a measly (though not so much so these days) $50 bucks, the massive dryers seen here featuring art by RAYMOND PETTIBON and ED RUSCHA are our first picks among offerings by JEFF KOONS, KEHINDE WILEY, and ELIZABETH PEYTON, and can be ordered online now via WORKS ON WHATEVER...

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Beach towel by Ed Ruscha...

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NYC///OPENINGS///TRAVIS LOUIE’S “STRANGE NEIGHBORS” AT FUSE GALLERY

December 5, 2008  |  art, Erik Foss, News, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Travis Louie's self-portrait as an 18th century weirdo...

Fresh off the opening of his solo show for "Zee Germans" in Berlin last month, New York's resident mad scientist TRAVIS LOUIE unveiled "Strange Neighbors," his latest series of impeccably-rendered furry freaks last week at ERIK FOSS' East Village hotspot gallery, FUSE NYC. Expanding his menagerie of fictional & beastly gentleman, Louie played with scale in this new 16 painting series, all of which measure in at a diminutive 5" x 7." The best part about the show? The prices. At a time when your average downtown resident is contemplating a 2009 filled with meals of government cheese, each of Louie's mini weirdos can be had for only $1,625—while they last, that is. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///ART BASEL: DAY ONE IN PICTURES

December 5, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Art Freaks, Miami, News  |  Comments Off

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Face time with Barry McGee and Tony Oursler at Art Basel 2008...

Despite dire sales predictions, this year's seventh annual installment of the hedonistic visual extravaganza known as ART BASEL is off to a well-paced, if not running, start with eye-popping offerings from artists like BARRY McGEE, TONY OURSLER, SHEPARD FAIREY, SWOON, OS GEMEOS, KARA WALKER, BASQUIAT, KEHINDE WILEY, and FENG ZHENGJIE, to name a few, around every turn. And when you can't possibly look at another painting? Just head out to the beach for the real freakshow that is Miami. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///OPENINGS: THE ART BASEL “KAIJU MONSTER INVASION”

December 5, 2008  |  art, Art Basel, Miami, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Basquiat it ain't, but fun it 'tis... 

Last nite's decidedly low-fi "Kaiju Monster Invasion" opening at ART BASEL provided a much needed respite from the somber art business at hand in the art world's current Ground Zero, aka: Miami. Presented by the SOUTH FLORIDA ART CENTER and curated by local gallery owner HAROLD GOLEN, the show of paintings and sculpture celebrating vintage Japanese movie monster culture by 30+ artists including RON ENGLISH, GLENN BARR, COOP, JIM WOODRING, ISABEL SAMARAS, CHRIS RECCARDI, AMANDA VISELL, and NAOTO HATTORI, among others, served as a de facto place of worship for wayward otaku fan boys & girls lost amid the self-seriousness of the big fair's (slow moving) blue chip offerings. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///WTF?!? FILES///TAKASHI MURAKAMI GETS LOOSE AT ART BASEL

December 4, 2008  |  Art Basel, Miami, Murakami, News  |  Comments Off

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Murakami becomes art...

Despite negative impact of a crippling economy and a potentially massive art sales slump, this year's ART BASEL is off to a good start as evidenced by Japanese Pop icon TAKASHI MURAKAMI's free-spirited cosplay romp at the GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN VIP preview party tonite. Appearing as one of his signature smiling flower balls, (complete with shiny green "stem" tights and flowered VisVims) the Superflat impresario took time to pose with the ladies and spread good cheer before disappearing alone into the night. Hopefully, we won't find any giant soggy flower-men washed up on the beach tomorrow morning...

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"Hey ladies!..."

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"Okay, I'm hiding now, don't find me!!"...

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Great balls of flower...

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LONDON///NEWS///NEW BANKSY TESCO PRINT GOES ON SALE DECEMBER 6th

December 4, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Banksy, London, News  |  Comments Off

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Just in time for Christmas shopping, London's PICTURES ON WALLS has announced a new BANKSY print commemorating his Tesco mural in Shoreditch (now covered in protective plastic) is set to go on sale on December 6th. The signed and numbered silkscreen will be available—alongside a number of other prints we could care less about—via a lottery system whereby would-be buyers can purchase a lottery ticket for £1 GBP (up to 20 per person), with all proceeds going to Sight Savers, an international anti-blindness charity, that will ensure them a CHANCE to snag the actual print when it's released. Unfortunately for international Banksy fans, tickets can only be purchased in person at POW. Winning consumers will be chosen randomly, and the first four names drawn get the print for free. Not a bad deal considering this thing might end up putting your kid through college someday (when people start buying art again)...

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NEWS///MIAMI///SUPERTOUCH PARTIES HARD AT ART BASEL

December 4, 2008  |  Art Basel, Miami, News  |  Comments Off

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Catch up with the Supertouch crew at this year's ART BASEL at our Friday nite throwdown with SHEPARD FAIREY and SPREAD ART MAGAZINE at the beachfront SHORE CLUB. Music by DJs Z-TRIP and DIABETIC, tons of free booze, and more girls than dudes. What more could you ask for?...

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NEWS///MIAMI///ANNOUNCING THE ART BASEL “KILL YOUR IDOLS” INSTALLATION SPACE

December 4, 2008  |  art, Art Basel, Miami, News, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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The Misfits and The Clash: Marketing dissent in the '70s...

In honor of the publication of punk art book "Punk is Dead, Punk is Everything” by “Fucked Up & Photocopied” author BRYAN RAY TURCOTTE, historic punk footwear supplier CONVERSE is presenting the KILL YOUR IDOLS installation at this year’s ART BASEL art fair as a grand nod of nihilistic nostalgia. Featuring nightly punk performances by bands like Hex Dispensers, Caustic Christ, and Sex/Vid, the installation features imagery from “Punk is Dead” alongside a show of imagery by OG punk photographer EILEEN POLK who captured bands like The Clash, The Misfits, The Ramones, Johnny Thunders, Television, and The Dead Boys in their prime, long before Punk was socially acceptable, much less a viable corporate marketing tool. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///VINYL CULTURE///RICHARD SANCHEZ’ “SKATE BAT” TOY DEBUTS AT “KILL YOUR IDOLS” ART BASEL

December 4, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Miami, News, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

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Toys are dead, skating's not!... 

ART BASEL might seem like the most unlikely place for a toy release, but in honor of legendary skatepunk artist RICHARD SANCHEZ and the new art book, “Punk is Dead, Punk is Everything,” the new SKATE BAT toy based on his vintage black & white artwork is being debuted at the “Kill Your Idols” punk installation space in Miami’s design district. Created by Kill Your Idols Toys, the 7” tall figure will be released in this original monochrome colorway in a ridiculously small run of FIVE pieces total starting Thursday, December 4th, while a second colorway will be released in a larger run in Spring 2009 at yet-to-be-announced retailers. The venue is located at 3852 N. Miami Ave in Miami’s Design District so diehard collectors best start lining up now. Like, RIGHT now. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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PARIS///FIRST LOOK: ESPO & MATT GOLAS AT COLETTE FOR WORLD AIDS DAY

December 4, 2008  |  art, First Look, Graffiti, News, Openings, Paris, Street Art, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Espo's artwork wears well...

NYC's STEPHEN POWERS (aka: ESPO) teamed up with artist MATT GOLAS for a collaborative art exhibition "A True Provider is Good to Find" at Parisian hotspot COLETTE that opened this weekend in commemoration of WORLD AIDS DAY on December 1st. Addressing the issue of Paris' large prostitute population, Espo created a run of custom made yellow raincoats as a metaphor for protection, many of which were given to and worn by actual prostitutes, while Golas created a run of handmade magnetic hotel key cards as a metaphor for emotional shelter. In addition to Powers' raincoats, the hightop-faded artist also exhibited a large array of his personal photography and trademark handpainted signage bearing such heartfelt messaging as "Everything is shit except for you love," and "I love you so fucking much it hurts." Both Powers' raincoats and Golas' hotel keys are available now through the gallery's online shop. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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