Archive for May, 2013

STREET LIFE: JR x MR ANDRE ON THE WALL IN MIAMI

May 16, 2013  |  Streets  |  Comments Off

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Flashback Friday Edition: Completed in December 2012 at Art Basel in Miami's Design district, this street art collab between ultra-Frenchies JR and Mr Andre saw the pair creating some of the most fun graffiti in ages and gave JR a much needed break from his more serious endeavors of saving the world with art. And it's still going strong today... Read More

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CHRISTIE’S MEMORIALIZES BASQUIAT IN CONJUNCTION WITH RECORD SETTING $49M SALE OF “DUST HEADS”

May 16, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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To celebrate the enduring influence of downtown NYC art star Jean-Michel Basquiat and the record-setting auction of his seminal 1982 painting, "Dustheads" last night for $49 million USD as part of their Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale, Christie's set out to uncover untold stories of the famously enigmatic painter in a new video series that kicks off in conversation with his artist friends Toxic, and Al Diaz, Basquiat's SAMO graffiti crew partner. Read More

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STREET LIFE: NEW POLITICAL GRAFFITI BY OS GEMEOS IN SAO PAULO, BRASIL

May 16, 2013  |  Streets  |  Comments Off

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Twin artist brothers Os Gemeos took a break from their globetrotting fine art career to hit up the walls of their hometown of Sao Paulo, Brasil recently with some politically charged graffiti in protest of the city's crackdown on graffiti. Have a look: Read More

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PAUL McCARTHY’S INCREDIBLE NEW SNOW WHITE SCULPTURE GOES PUBLIC IN NYC

May 14, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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To complement his current show of twisted Snow White-themed sculptures at Hauser & Wirth in NYC, Paul McCarthy unveiled a huge new public sculpture of the fairytale princess on the West Side Highway last week titled "Sisters." Always one to outdo himself, somehow McCarthy managed to make this 20-foot tall, 40-foot wide bronze cast even more twisted than the psychedelic lot of melting black walnut sculptures on display on 18th street. Read More

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FIRST LOOK: PAUL McCARTHY “SCULPTURES” AT HAUSER & WIRTH NYC

May 14, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Legendary art world antihero Paul McCarthy managed to put the brakes on manufacturing chocolate butt plugs just long enough to debut a powerhouse body of new work at Hauser & Wirth in NYC last week during the Frieze art fair. At the heart of the exhibition, titled simply, "Paul McCarthy: Sculptures," are an array of mostly massive-scale solid black walnut sculptures of the artist's twisted, tortured vision of the classic Snow White tale with characters melting and morphing into one another as only Paul McCarthy could envision. Read More

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VINTAGE MARK RYDEN TIKI GOD PAINTING GOES ON THE AUCTION BLOCK AT SOTHEBY’S

May 14, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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It's been ages since I first published this then-new painting by my friend Mark Ryden in Juxtapoz Magazine way back in 1996, and tomorrow it will go under the hammer at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Day auction in NYC alongside originals by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, and Ed Ruscha, to name a few. Back then it was almost impossible to imagine names like Mark Ryden ever being mentioned in such company, but tomorrow's sale is testament to just how far the world of so-called "Underground Art" has come in such a short period of time. Read More

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FIRST LOOK: YOSHITOMO NARA AT PACE GALLERY NYC

May 13, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Iconic Japanese Pop artist and hardcore punk rocker Yoshitomo Nara took advantage of Frieze week when he opened his first show at the esteemed Pace Gallery in NYC last Friday. A hardcore disciple of the cult of Margaret Keane and the Japanese world of kawaii (all things impossibly"cute") the real magic of Nara's deceptively simple giant-eyed kids is in the minimalism with which they convey their deeper emotions of anger, annoyance, melancholy, and defiance. Read More

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THE TAKASHI MURAKAMI x HAJIME ASAOKA “DEATH TAKES NO BRIBE” TOURBILLION WATCH

May 13, 2013  |  Style  |  Comments Off

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For the past several years the market has been flooded with a slew of meaningless high-end product collabs that usually trade more on mutual brand currency than shared artistic synergy. And now, in stark contrast, we present an object that might be the antidote: The new Takashi Murakami x Hajime Asaoka Tourbillon watch. Read More

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STREET LIFE: ON THE WALL WITH SPACE INVADER’S STAR WARS BATTLE

May 12, 2013  |  Streets  |  Comments Off

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French street artist (and relative of the reviled "Mr Brainwash") Space Invader continues his neverending bathroom tile street assault with his latest piece: Star Wars' Luke Skywalker battling Darth Vader on the wall in London. The sad thing is, this great hit is easily better than the last three movies combined... Read More

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BEST IN SHOW: FRIEZE ART FAIR 2013

May 12, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Like all art fairs—aka: the new clearinghouses of the art world—you're always lucky if 10% of the work on display is good. You're really lucky if that 10% is great. And so it was at this year's annual art summit known as Frieze Art Fair that 10% just happened to be excellent. From blue chip legends like Paul McCarthy, George Condo, and Jeff Koons to antiheros like Barbara Kruger, Daniel Arsham, and Raymond Pettibon, there was no shortage of incredible work on display throughout the exhibitions expansive acreage (and a lot of junk to boot). Here's a brief look at some of this year's best of the best: Read More

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