Archive for May, 2013

AI WEIWEI’S “S.A.C.R.E.D.” VENICE BIENNALE INSTALLATION CHRONICLES HIS RECENT IMPRISONMENT

May 30, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Hot on the heels of last week's release of Ai Weiwei's heavy metal single and music video protesting his recent imprisonment by the Chinese government, the artist cranked up the heat on the ordeal with the debut of his controversial new show "S.A.C.R.E.D," at the Venice Biennale yesterday. The installation is comprised of a series of dioramas encased in iron boxes depicting various scenes from Weiwei's 81-day-long incarceration in 2011 Read More

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BEST IN SHOW: ART BASEL HONG KONG RECAP

May 28, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Art Basel is always the place to see and be seen in the art world and that experience expanded to the newest frontier of the global art market when the first annual Art Basel Hong Kong opened there last week. Focused in the single largest growth market for the art world, Basel HK featured a better mix of Western and Eastern artists  than normal fairs with Asian artists like Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, and Yayoi Kusama maintaining a large presence alongside the big money Western artists like Warhol, Basquiat, Ruscha, Prince, and Koons Read More

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STREET LIFE: JR DOMINATES TIMES SQUARE WITH NEW BILLBOARD

May 28, 2013  |  Streets  |  Comments Off

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As the crowning finish to his recent Inside Out NYC project that covered Times Square with images of everyday New Yorkers, French social activist street artist JR took over a prime billboard in the center of Manhattan's neon circus yesterday. The giant black & white eye in the sky sits atop a building already fully wrapped in JR's imagery, making his domination of midtown complete. Read More

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FIRST LOOK: SCOTT CAMPBELL’S “THINGS GET BETTER” AT OHWOW GALLERY

May 28, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Artistic chameleon Scott Campbell wowed an LA crowd with the opening of his new show at OHWOW Gallery in Hollywood last Thursday nite. Optimistically titled "Things Get Better," the focus of the exhibition is a series of 18 beautiful new photorealistic black & white watercolor paintings of homemade tattoo machines that Campbell, perhaps best known until now as a world-class tattoo artist, encountered on previous trips as a visiting tattoo artist in Mexican prisons Read More

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CHINESE DISSIDENT ARTIST AI WEIWEI RELEASES PROTEST HEAVY METAL SONG & MUSIC VIDEO “DUMBASS”

May 23, 2013  |  art, Music  |  Comments Off

China's most prominent modern artist Ai Weiwei—known as much for his formidable conceptual art career as his relentlessly outspoken stance against the Chinese government—has just released a dangerously controversial new song and music video called "Dumbass." The Deftones-ish metal song's Mandarin lyrics explicitly attack the Communist Chinese government's intolerance of artistic freedom and an accompanying music video directed by Read More

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TAKASHI MURAKAMI’S PSYCHEDELIC POP AT ART BASEL HONG KONG

May 21, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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In celebration of the first edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, the exploding power of Chinese art collectors, and Takashi Murakami's total dominance of the Asian Pop Art scene (not to mention America), longtime Murakami collaborator Emmanuel Perrotin staged an exhibition of new work that was pure superfun superflat eye candy. Read More

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STEVE “ESPO” POWERS’ “VISUAL BLUES” AT ALICE GALLERY, BRUSSELS

May 21, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Street artist, philosopher, sign painter, wordsmith: All these terms describe Stephen "Espo" Powers and all are tenents of his multifaceted creative persona amply on display in his beautiful show of new work, "Visual Blues" at Alice Gallery in Brussels. Read More

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STREET LIFE: ON THE WALL WITH MEHDI GHADYANLOO IN TEHRAN, IRAN

May 20, 2013  |  art, Streets  |  Comments Off

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Yes, you read that right. Mehdi Ghadyanloo is Iran's foremost street artist and muralist and this incredible recent (and legal) "floating city" painting of his continues to blow our minds. Great things can happen in crazy places... Read More

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KENNY SCHARF’S NEW GRAFFITI MURAL PROJECT IN MOBILE ALABAMA

May 16, 2013  |  art, Streets  |  Comments Off

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Few people would accuse Mobile Alabama of being a forward-thinking cultural center, but that's nothing a visit from living Pop Art legend and Supertouch buddy Kenny Scharf can't fix. As part of the city's Center For The Living Arts' current "Futures Project" which "examines future possibilities for the Gulf Coast through art," Scharf swept into town in his far-out "JetStones" (Jetsons x Flintstones)-bedazzled 1959 Cadillac with a trunk packed with spray paint to embellish the center with a wraparound graffiti mural featuring his trademark psychedelic characters. Read More

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RYAN McGINLEY’S “RUNNING WATER, WHAT ARE YOU RUNNING FROM?” AT BISCHOFF PROJECTS

May 16, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Downtown NYC art star and one of our favorite people, Ryan McGinley brought his brand of "beautiful realism" to zee Germans this month when his new show of photography opened at Bischoff Projects on April 9th. Provocatively titled, "Running Water, What Are You Running From?" the show featured an array of new water-themed works starring his usual array of skinny, beautiful twenty-something city kids let loose in nature sans clothes and inhibitions. Read More

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