NEWS///INSIDE JEFF KOONS’ PERSONAL ART COLLECTION

February 26, 2010  |  art, Art & Commerce, News  |  Comments Off

28koons_CA0-articleLarge

With Pop artist JEFF KOONS' first-ever turn as museum curator set to unfold next month at NYC's NEW MUSEUM with the opening of "The Imaginary Museum: Selections From The Dakis Joannou Collection", the NY Times has taken an in-depth look at Koons' own extensive art collection:

THE KOONS COLLECTION
By Randy Kennedy | NY Times Feb 24, 2010
JEFF KOONS, at 55, is one of the world’s most famous living artists. And every night before drifting off to sleep in his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, he is able to survey the salmon-pink walls of his bedroom and commune with a small pantheon of the most famous artists of centuries past.

In one corner hangs an early-16th-century painted bust of a hollow-cheeked, very tender-looking Jesus by Quentin Massys, the first important painter of the Antwerp school. Across the way, perhaps reflecting Mr. Koons’s love of mingling the sacred and the profane, a risqué Fragonard stares back, showing a young woman cradling a pair of puppies at her bared breasts. But for the most part this extremely private collection, piled up salon style on the walls, seems far more classicist than Koonsian, like an eccentric little gallery transplanted from the Met: Manet, Courbet, Poussin and scholars’ delights like Nikolaus Knüpfer and Cornelis van Haarlem. Click HERE to continue reading at NY Times...

28koons3-popup
A Magritte original hanging in Jeff Koons' home

28koons4-popup
A Quinten Massys image of Christ from Jeff Koons' collection

28koons_CA2-popup
A Fragonard from Jeff Koons’s collection

Share via emailShare on TumblrSubmit to reddit

NEWS///$1.075 MILLION BATMAN COMIC BOOK SALE TRUMPS RECENT SUPERMAN RECORD

February 26, 2010  |  art, Art & Commerce, News  |  Comments Off

Detective-Comics-world-most-expensive-comic
This is what $1.075 million worth of 71-year-old pulp looks like...

Serving as clear evidence that the truly rich remain unshaken by any financial catastrophe, regardless of scale, a copy of 1939's DETECTIVE COMICS #27 featuring the first-ever appearance of BATMAN changed hands yesterday for $1.075 million, trumping this week's previous sale of a SUPERMAN comic book for a paltry $1 million. The book's sale by HERITAGE AUCTION GALLERIES in Dallas, Texas, sets a new world record and the book's final price was determined by seven anonymous international bidders who competed for the book on the company's website. At this pace, you can guarantee Amazing Fantasy #15 featuring Spider Man's debut, will be the next record breaker...

tec27ad

Share via emailShare on TumblrSubmit to reddit

AUTO SHOP///JEFF KOONS TO DESIGN NEXT BMW ART CAR, HULKING MONSTROSITY LIKELY

February 11, 2010  |  art, Art & Commerce, Auto Shop, News  |  Comments Off

arts-graphics-2007_1179096a

incredible_hulk_car
Jeff gives his moneymaking Hulk series the "thumbs up", and tests a prototype of his Hulk art car in the warm climes of Florida...

Following in the footsteps of artistic forebears like Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, among others, Pop Art mogul JEFF KOONS has been chosen by German automaker BMW to create their next signature ART CAR. The innovative series was begun in 1975 when French racecar driver and auctioneer Hervé Poulain commissioned American artist and friend Alexander Calder to paint a BMW 3.0 CSL which Poulain himself would race in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race. Unlike some modern car companies who have copied the program for thier Gen Z Hip Hop econoboxes and allow anyone to paint on their vehicles, BMW has carefully curated this very limited series over the years with less than 20 cars total by artists such as Jenny Holzer, Matazo Kayama, Olafur Eliasson, Andy Warhol, Ernust Fuchs, Ken Done, and David Hockney, having been created to date. Koons' car is slated to be unveiled this Fall, and we can only hope it has giant Hulk hands welded to the side of it to clear passers-by out of the way as Jeff speeds through Manhattan on the way to Sotheby's next big Contemporary sale...

hulk-car-20
Early aerodynamic tests indicate that Koons' aesthetic additions indeed boost the car's top speed while reducing drag...

View ALL of BMW's art cars HERE...

Share via emailShare on TumblrSubmit to reddit

NEWS///PRODUCT TOSS///FRIENDS WITH YOU LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE & PRODUCTS

February 10, 2010  |  art, Art & Commerce, Friends With You, News, Product Toss  |  Comments Off

29nquc4d_graphicScreen shot 2010-02-10 at 10.29.47 AM
Screen shot 2010-02-10 at 10.29.26 AM
hzf3yykr_FWY_PlasmaEyes_Print

Supertouch buddies FRIENDS WITH YOU (aka: Sam Borkson and Tury Saondoval) have just launched a new website and with it some must-have new products like FWY iPhone cases, USB drives, art prints, T-shirts, and more. Remember, consumerism is patriotic...
Read More

Share via emailShare on TumblrSubmit to reddit

NEWS///MARC NEWSON’S LOCKHEED LOUNGE CHAIR BUMPS FINE ART SALES DECLINE, SETTING $1.6 MILLION AUCTION RECORD

May 4, 2009  |  art, Art & Commerce, Design, London, News  |  Comments Off

newson_lockheedlounge12_lockheed-lounge02
Madonna relaxes on Newson's "Lockheed" on-camera in 1993. Amazingly, this fact hasn't hurt the chair's value...

Supertouch buddy and upcoming "Stages" art show participant MARC NEWSON created his iconic "Lockheed Lounge" chair in 1988 and in recent years it has become the most famous piece of designer furniture to ever change hands at auction. Last week saw an artist proof of the silver aluminum chaise lounge that previously belonged to the artist's mother (and once made an appearance in Madonna's 1993 "Rain" music video) close out the design auction at PHILLIPS DE PURY & CO in London for a record $1.6 million USD, a new record for a piece of design furniture. The chair broke its own sales record previously established at a 2007 Sotheby's auction when the chair brought in $968,000 USD. Amazingly, the design world has managed to buck the massive sales slump currently facing the art world with resale values remaining virtually undiminished and demand for stellar pieces consistently high. Maybe the fact that it's art you can actually helps justify the splurge in a downturn...

marc-newson-lockheed-lounge-chair-2

Share via emailShare on TumblrSubmit to reddit

WTF?!? FILES///NEWS///HITLER PAINTINGS FETCH $120K AT AUCTION

April 26, 2009  |  art, Art & Commerce, News  |  Comments Off

alg_hitler_painting

first_hitler_self-portrait

In a true sign of the times, the art world’s current downturn has been bucked by a dead artist unlike any other before or after him—namely, ADOLF HITLER. In a move straight from the WTF?!? Files, the murderous dead German dictator has made a significant posthumous move in the art world by managing to earn nearly $12,000 USD last week when 15 of his original watercolors—including the self-portrait from 1910 seen here—were put up for auction at MULLOCK’S:

HITLER'S ART ATTRACTS BIG SALE PRICES
Source: CNN

LONDON, England—A painting by Adolf Hitler sold for almost $15,000 Thursday–more than six times as much as expected.

The watercolor was one of 15 items of Hitler art being sold at auction. Together, the artworks by the Nazi leader fetched almost $120,000.

They had expected to raise just under $50,000, auction house Mullock's of Shropshire estimated.

Many of the pictures were on the market because one of the sellers wanted money to install a new central heating system in his house, a spokesman for the auction house said.

"The watercolors came from a collector who is a regular vendor of ours," said Richard Westwood-Brookes, a historical documents expert at Mullock's. "He'd forgotten about them for years. He found them in his garage."

He refused to disclose the identity of the seller, as a matter of policy.

Thirteen watercolors were expected to fetch $580 to $2,200 apiece, while the lone small oil painting was estimated at up to $30,000, the auctioneer estimates.

All of the watercolors shattered expectations -- 12 of them selling for between $4,400 and $9,000.

The remaining watercolor -- a 1910 painting showing a figure sitting on a stone bridge -- fetched almost $15,000. There has been speculation that the figure was a depiction of Hitler himself.

The oil painting sold at only almost $20,000. A pencil sketch signed "A Hitler 1914" went for almost $4,700, beating the auctioneer's estimate of up to $3,700.

An easel thought to have belonged to Hitler sold for nearly $15,000, having been expected to bring $2,900 to $5,800. An anonymous bidder purchased it by phone.

Hitler dreamed of being an artist as a young man, and although he failed to get into the Vienna Academy of Arts, he supported himself by painting watercolors for several years before World War I, according the Holocaust Encyclopedia of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The auction also includes dozens of items related to Hitler's time as leader of Nazi Germany -- including documents from concentration camps where those deemed "undesirable" by the Nazis were imprisoned, sterilized and murdered. Approximately 6 million Jews were killed in Nazi death camps, alongside millions of political prisoners, homosexuals, Gypsies and others. Click HERE to continue reading…

Share via emailShare on TumblrSubmit to reddit

NEWS///FASHION POLICE///SUPREME x LOU REED

March 2, 2009  |  art, Art & Commerce, Fashion, News, Pop Life, Rock of Ages, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

loursup1.jpg

We've said it many times before on ST: We don't do streetwear collabs here, but this one's bulletproof (and guaranteed to leave a nation of young sneakerhead zombies scratching their heads wondering who LOU REED is). Too bad the old man’s not still in his "Transformer" period...

loursup2.jpg

loursup3.jpg

loursup4.jpg

loursup5.jpg

loursup6.jpg

loursup7.jpg

Share via emailShare on TumblrSubmit to reddit

NEWS///ART & COMMERCE///SUCCESSFUL EUROPEAN AUCTION SALES CALM JITTERY ART MARKET

February 10, 2009  |  art, Art & Commerce, London, News  |  Comments Off

koonspiggy.jpg
Jeff Koons' "Stacked" was the prize pig at Sotheby's evening sale selling for $4,136,939...

Last year saw the art market operating at unprecedented highs with works by blue chip artists being snapped up as commodities in an array of auctions that made the heads of even seasoned dealers spin. Of course, by year's end Damien Hirst had claimed the title of "ultimate master of the game" with his masterfully timed, record setting "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever" Sotheby's auction at the precise moment the entire worldwide financial market threw a rod and seized. Since then auction houses have been in the kind of despair heretofore known only to the American auto industry while the art market in general has slowed considerably in keeping with the beleaguered economy. The International Asian Art Fair scheduled to take place during this year's NYC-based Armory show in NYC was even cancelled due to financial concerns and was quickly followed suit by the Moscow World Fine Art Fair (May) and the Salzburg Fine Art Fair (August) which were killed off entirely for 2009. Needless to say, the February auctions by Sotheby's, Christies, and Phillips de Pury that began in London on February 5th and run through the 13th are off to a promising start with a smaller, more carefully curated collection bringing in nice returns (the Sotheby's evening sale brought in $25,785,250 alone) and brightening expectations for this year's art market considerably in the process:

"Predictions of an art market meltdown were confounded in London this week as six sales of impressionist, modern and contemporary art at Christie's and Sotheby's turned in solid results.

The auction houses managed to restore confidence to a jittery market with successful sales by radically shrinking the size of the catalogue and lowering estimates compared with last year. Some distress selling is, however, beginning to filter through.

Among the week's highlights were a classic impressionist painting by Monet that fetched £11.2m, a Degas sculpture that sold for £13.3m and a carved stack of cartoon-like animals by Jeff Koons that made £2.8m. The day sales, which offer more moderately priced works, also proved successful.

"We feel a lot better than we did a week ago," said James Roundell, a London dealer. "At best, people thought the sales would be patchy. These results send a positive message to the market." Click HERE to continue reading...

Share via emailShare on TumblrSubmit to reddit

NEWS///ART & COMMERCE///CHINESE ART “FACTORY” SYSTEM COLLAPSING?

February 10, 2009  |  art, Art & Commerce, China, News  |  Comments Off

We certainly saw this coming a mile away...

ozhang1.jpg
ozhang2.jpg
Chinese artist O ZHANG covers her bases...

Share via emailShare on TumblrSubmit to reddit

NEWS///SHEPARD FAIREY TURNS THE TABLES AND SUES THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

February 9, 2009  |  art, Art & Commerce, Fair Use, Graffiti, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

obamahopephoto-12.jpg

The drama heats up in SHEPARD FAIREY's fight with the ASSOCIATED PRESS after the agency filed a lawsuit last week claiming rights to the artist's BARACK OBAMA campaign imagery after learning the work was based on an existing AP photo. Today, THE FAIR USE PROJECT at STANFORD LAW SCHOOL’S CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY (who is working Fairey's case pro bono) and San Francisco-based law firm DURIE TANGRI LEMLEY ROBERTS & KENT LLP filed a counter suit against the Associated Press on Fairey's behalf:

"The Fair Use Project at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society and San Francisco-based Durie Tangri Lemley Roberts & Kent LLP filed a lawsuit today against the Associated Press (AP) on behalf of Shepard Fairey and his production company Obey Giant Art, Inc. in connection with the series of iconic works Fairey created to support the candidacy of President Barack Obama.

Last week, the AP accused Fairey of infringing copyrights it says it holds in a photograph that was taken of Barack Obama by photographer Mannie Garcia at the National Press Club in 2006. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeks a declaration from the Court holding that Fairey did not infringe AP’s copyrights in creating the now-famous Obama Hope poster and other related works, as well as an injunction against further assertion of copyrights by the AP against Fairey or anyone else who displays his work.

“There should be no doubt about the legality of Fairey's work,” said Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School, who is leading Fairey’s legal team. “He used the photograph for a purpose entirely different than the original, and transformed it dramatically. The original photograph is a literal depiction of Obama, whereas Fairey's poster creates powerful new meaning and conveys a radically different message that has no analogue in the original photograph. Nor has Fairey done any harm to the value of the original photograph. Quite the opposite; Fairey has made the photograph immeasurably more valuable.” Click HERE to continue reading...

Share via emailShare on TumblrSubmit to reddit