NEWS///ART & COMERCE///THE TOM SACHS STORE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

December 12, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, News, NYC, Tom Sachs  |  Comments Off

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Skate wheels & gun T-shirts. The Sachs shop is off to a good start...

NYC art legend and Supertouch buddy TOM SACHS has finally opened the doors to his ONLINE STORE just in time for (last-minute) holiday shopping. Featuring an offbeat array of such must-have items as the "Kill All Artists" T-shirt, Sach's epic tome from his 2006 show at the Prada Foundation in Milan, old school "Tom Sachs" skate wheels, antagonistic "Nuke The Swiss" stickers, and white Bic lighters—many of which are produced in-house at the mad scientist artist's downtown lab— the store is a one-stop-gift shop for that discerning art lover on your Kwanzaa list. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///”KILL YOUR IDOLS” BRINGS PUNK TO ART BASEL

December 9, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Dr Romanelli, Miami, News  |  Comments Off

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The Brutal Knights earn their moniker...

Miami’s punk contingent went sleepless last week while the KILL YOUR IDOLS/PUNK IS EVERYTHING installation, sponsored by CONVERSE, “with love,” shook ART BASEL. A poignant tribute to the lasting vitality of underground punk culture, the exhibition was 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 punk flyer imagery from Turcotte’s books formed the foundation of the exhibition’s visuals (and the exhibition’s tear-away wallpaper) and was 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. Nightly entertainment in the form of live music by punk upstarts like THE BRUTAL KNIGHTS, MATT & KIM, NODZZZ, CAUSTIC CHRIST, SEX/VID, and HEX DISPENSERS, to name a few kept the crowd sweaty till morning, while old school Chuck Taylor product tosses kept everyone’s feet on the ground. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///NEWS///MARK RYDEN RELEASES $6K MoCA BENEFIT PRINT

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Charity Case, LA, News  |  Comments Off

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Mark Ryden's "Silence"

Reclusive art star and loyal MoCA supporter MARK RYDEN has just released his most unusual and expensive print to date in an effort to raise funds for the financially struggling LA art institution. Titled "Silence," and echoing the visual style of traditional Eastern landscape painting, the 24" x 18," eleven-color fine serigraph is a perfect reproduction of a new Ryden painting created especially for this exclusive print. Meticulously crafted by the fine print-makers at PRESSURE PRINTING using carefully dyed and aged handmade paper from Bhutan "Silence" is embossed with a beautifully hand-sculpted bee and printer’s chop. The edition of 50 framed pieces is numbered and signed by Mark Ryden and includes a certificate of authenticity. Available for $6,000 per print with all proceeds directly benefiting MoCA, the piece can be obtained only by contacting MoCA support programs manager Michelle Bernardin at 213-633-5318, or mbernardin@moca.org. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///NIKE SPORTSWEAR DOES SOME “ART DAMAGE” AT BASEL WITH THE SADS, NO AGE, AND PANDA BEAR

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Art Freaks, Miami, News, Nike, Openings  |  Comments Off

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"Art damage" might just be an understatement...

NIKE SPORTSWEAR took the hipsters to town at this year's ART BASEL in Miami on Friday nite when their AARON ROSE-curated "Art Damage" party broke open in conjunction with the NADA art fair. Featuring visual displays drawn from the label's "Being True" photography campaign, video portraits of NSW athletes by acclaimed artist ROBERT WILSON, and elements of their recent alliance with the "Beautiful Losers" documentary film, the party shifted into overdrive when the evening's real entertainment kicked in courtesy of musical guests THE SADS, NO AGE, and PANDA BEAR. Needless to say, heads were rocked, sweat was poured, and art was damaged by all. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///ART BASEL 2008: ONE LAST LOOK

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Feature, Miami, News  |  Comments Off

artbasel2nd1.jpg After days of tepid sales, guarded optimism, thinly veiled terror, and defiantly happening parties, ART BASEL 2008 was still a good year for, well, art. Spread over dozens of fairs were epic pieces by Barry McGee, Tomoo Gokita, Friends With You, Chiho Aoshima, Richard Prince, Mark Ryden, Barbara Kruger, Hyungkoo Lee, Josh Keyes, Robert Williams, Colin Christian, Todd James, Ron English, KAWS, Dearraindrop, Tony Oursler, Raymond Pettibon, , Eric White, Usugrow, Chris Mars, Fafi, Dash Snow, Aurel Schmidt, Scott Campbell, Phil Frost, Shepard Fairey, The Clayton Brothers, Takashi Murakami, and Kehinde Wiley, to name but a scant few, and celebrity buyers like Brad Pitt, Pharrell, Sofia Coppola, Jay-Z, and Dennis Hopper were still out shopping—though not necessarily buying—in full effect. Even Paris Hilton made her usual appearance. All in all, it was a good year to look at art, just not necessarily a great one to buy a lot of it. Following is a flashback of some of the cool stuff.

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MIAMI///STREET LIFE///SHEPARD FAIREY & WK INTERACT GO BIG AT ART BASEL

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Graffiti, News, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Guns on the streets in Miami...

Artistic comrades-in-arms and emissaries of Franco-American relations SHEPARD FAIREY & WK INTERACT were literally some of the busiest artists on the streets in Miami last week at ART BASEL. While both were represented by galleries at several fairs, the pair also managed to get extremely busy in the streets, posting up large-scale pieces throughout the Wynwood district with Shepard's installations featuring political imagery from his recent Shooting Gallery SF show, while Frenchman WK illustrated a monochromatic futuristic-cops-and robbers scenario gone wrong. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///POLITIKS///OBAMA DOES ART BASEL

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Miami, News, Obama  |  Comments Off

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Capturing Yan Pei-Ming's Obama for posterity & Shepard Fairey's fine art tribute to the king...

Throughout the seemingly endless sea of imagery, from good to bad, high to low, one of the most consistent themes of this year's ART BASEL was none other than President #44-to-be, BARACK OBAMA, by a slew of artists no doubt hoping to cash in on some of the last vestiges of hope most Americans have left to cling to. Here's a brief recap of some of the visual homages. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///ART BASEL///”KILL YOUR IDOLS” OPENING NITE RECAP

December 6, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, Miami, News  |  Comments Off

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Punk attitude in a new wave wrapper...

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

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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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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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