Miami's punk contingent turned out in droves on Thursday nite for the KILL YOUR IDOLS/PUNK IS EVERYTHING installation opening party in Miami’s design district, sponsored by CONVERSE, “with love.” A poignant tribute to the lasting vitality of underground punk culture, the exhibition is curated by author, artist, and punk historian BRYAN RAY TURCOTTE, whose books “Fucked Up and Photocopied” and the newly-published “Punk is Dead, Punk is Everything” are virtual textbooks of punk art over the years. Classic imagery from Turcotte’s books forms the foundation of the exhibition’s visuals and is augmented by a show of original photographs by lenswoman EILEEN POLK who captured early visions of everyone from the Dead Boys and The Clash, to The Misfits and The Ramones, in her 30+ year career. MATT & KIM and NODZZZ provided the night’s rowdy musical performances and whipped the crowd into a frenzy before giving away 100 pairs of Matt & Kim’s signature Converse 1HUND(RED) art shoes to the sweaty mob that included Supertouch buddies Takashi Murakami, MC Spank Rock, Jose Parla, Kelsey Brooks, and Phil Frost, to name a few. Open nightly with live music until Basel’s close, the schedule of bands is as follows: Friday, December 5: Performances by Reigning Sound, Brutal Knights, Hex Dispensers; Saturday, December 6: Performances by Annihilation Time, Caustic Christ, Sex/Vid; Sunday, December 7: Performances by Times New Viking, and Pink Reason. Don’t sleep. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
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...
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
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
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...
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?...
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
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
Last nite marked the kickoff of AL MORAN's upstart O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY's perfectly-named "It Ain't Fair" art fair at this year's seventh installment of the annual ART BASEL MIAMI convention with a full-on hipster throwdown and musical performances by art rockers A.R.E. WEAPONS and JD SAMSON. Organized by downtown denizen AARON BONDAROFF, aka: "A-Ron The Downtown Don," in association with Deitch Projects, Peres Projects, Nueva Galeria De La Barra, A.S.S. Gallery, A.M.P., Picturebox and TV Books, the anti-fair brings together celebrated curators Tim Barber, Kathy Grayson, Andreas Melas, Dan Nadel, Pablo de la Barra, Nicola Vassell and Terence Koh who have each activated their various teams of artists in a huge multimedia exhibition featuring painting, sculpture, video and performanceS from artists all over the world with a focus on downtown Manhattan. Featuring daily mini-openings from Tuesday, December 2nd—Sunday, December 7th, including an outdoor film series and a nightclub in the adjoining space, the gallery will be the nightly jump-off and landing point throughout the fair. Featured "It Ain't..." artists include Tauba Auerbach, Stefan Bondell, Julia Burlingham, Scott Campbell, Kenneth Cappello, Comeau, Dearraindrop, Mark Delong, Chris Dorland, Jim Drain, Phil Frost, Patrick Griffin, Evan Gruzis, Brandon Herman, Gordon Hull, Todd James, Ben Jones, Kim Krans, Lachance, Adriana Lara, Jason Matthew Lee, Allan Macintyre, Eddie Martinez, Slava Mogutin, Noble, Jason Nocito, Rallou Panagiotou, Ara Peterson, Kembra Pfahler, Brad Phillips, Esther Planas, Michael Schmelling, Aurel Schmidt, Robin Schwartz, Ben Schumacher, Shinique Smith, Agathe Snow, Dash Snow, Francine Spiegel, Kon Trubkovich, Solange Umutoni, and Jaimie Warren, to name a few. Stay tuned to Supertouch for a daily recap of the debauched art activities. Meanwhile, READ ON: Read More
With the seventh annual installment of the reliably trashy and hedonistic art extravaganza known as ART BASEL set to officially kick off tomorrow, the economic crisis at large is bound to be the event's show-stealer, inevitably drawing attention away from the naked late nite revelry and spending orgies of years past. Speaking to German news source SPIEGEL this week, MARC SPIEGLER, one of the fair's two heads predicted, "most galleries will probably not break any records this year." The report went on to detail the grim reality facing the fair's thousands of international dealers this year as art movers try to make numbers in a time of global economic uncertainty. READ ON: Read More