NYC///ART CRIMES///ESPO UNVEILS “WATERBOARD THRILL RIDE” ON CONEY ISLAND…

August 7, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Art Freaks, Art Stunts, Espo, Feature, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

espoconey3.jpg As we previously reported, New York artist STEVE POWERS (aka: ESPO) has been working on a torture-themed art project for a while now and in conjunction with CREATIVE TIME as part of its national public art initiative "Democracy in America: The National Campaign," he’s just opened the Guantanamo Bay-themed “Waterboard Thrill Ride” on Coney Island in the shadow of the legendary Cyclone roller coaster and Nathan’s hot dog stand in an empty storefront on West 12th Street. When a dollar is fed into a machine standing outside Powers’ mock jail cell installation featuring paintings by the artist inside and out, viewers can climb a short flight of steps to peer through cell bars and view an animatronic torture scene of a hooded jailer pouring water down the throat of an orange jumpsuit wearing Gitmo detainee...

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NEWS///LONDON///DAMIEN HIRST’S $160,000 SEX PISTOLS CLOTHING COLLECTION DECLARED FAKE…

August 6, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Art Crimes, London, News  |  Comments Off

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Above: McLaren & Hirst. Below: One of the alleged original fake garments in question...

The world’s highest-paid living artist, DAMIEN HIRST recently shelled out $160,000 of his hard-earned diamond skull money to a private collector for a wardrobe of original punk clothing created by Sex Pistols impresario MALCOLM McLAREN and VIVIENNE WESTWOOD for their legendary 1970s shop SEX & SEDITIONARIES, only to have it all declared fake by McLaren himself. Purchased from longtime McLaren archivist SIMON EASTON as an intended addition to Hirst’s private museum currently under construction, McLaren examined the entire collection at Hirst’s home shortly thereafter only to find the entire lot was comprised of authentic-looking bootlegs. “Seeing these clothes, I said, ‘Wow, they've gone to great lengths to manufacture the labels, and distress the fabrics,’” McLaren explained, “but clearly they were not the fabrics we used 35 years ago, and the stitching was totally different. And there were bags and bags of them. We simply didn't make that many. I mean, we literally made these clothes on my kitchen floor. They were each unique.” While Hirst remains under gag order pending legal action against the collector, Easton maintains that “absolutely everything my clients have purchased is authentic. McLaren actually had very little input in the design of the clothes; he’ll rewrite history on a daily basis. He has less knowledge about these clothes than the people who collect them.” Ever get the feeling you’ve been “cheet-ed”?...

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McLaren & Westwood's "Sex" shoppe as it appeared at 430 King's Road in the '70s...

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BOSTON///POPAGANDA///RON ENGLISH’S “ABRAHAM OBAMA” CONTROVERSY…

July 15, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Boston, Graffiti, News, Obama, Ron English, Weird Shit, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Looks like being considered a Muslim is the least of Barack's 99 problems now...

It seems that Supertouch's own RON ENGLISH can't catch a break. After gifting the residents of Boston's South End with a 100 foot long rainbow "Abraham Obama" wheatpaste poster mural depicting the image of presidential hopeful BARACK OBAMA melded with the portrait of America's 16th president, the city's residents are crying for its removal. Not on political or even aesthetic grounds—though the installation has polarized viewers on both topics—but for the hundreds of illegal posters that have since popped up on walls around the city. Installed legally to commemorate the opening of Boston's GALLERY XIV political art show "A Politic," it seems our resident Popagandist made plentiful black & white copies of his hybrid portrait available free of charge to the show's attendees who have since taken it upon themselves to plaster the images on nearly every flat vertical surface around town. With the gallery fielding angry calls from the Mayor's office and MSNBC reporting nationally on the event, it seems young Abe's days might be numbered. Enjoy it while you can. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON///NEWS///BANKSY REVELAED?…

July 14, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Former male model turned art star Banksy's face revealed at last... 

Here at Supertouch we're not in the business of unmasking our contingent of anonymous artists, but with BANKSY fervor in full swing, London's DAILY MAIL has published an extensive feature today purporting to unmask the city's most beloved vandal as a as a former public schoolboy from middle-class suburbia. The piece includes the artist's alleged name and photos of the Bristol Bad Boy as a high school teenager, on vacation in Jamaica, and his childhood home along with testimony from former "friends" and family members. Is it really him? We'll never tell, but you can read the full story for yourself HERE...

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LONDON///ART & COMMERCE///BANKSY ESTABLISHES HIS OWN OFFICIAL “CERTIFICATION” BOARD…

July 10, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Crimes, Banksy, Commerce, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Will the real "BONSKY" please stand up?...

In an effort to thwart bootlegging and the resale of his illegally placed street installations, national living art treasure, knight of the Queen's court, and minister of tourism BANKSY (Sir Banksy, to the common man), has just established an official certification board to authenticate his artworks prior to resale. Yes, you read that right. Appropriately named "Pest Control," the Banksy-appointed committee has declared that all major resellers of his work must consult them first before any secondary market work can be considered truly authentic. A member of Banksy's camp reports, “The works are made for specific sites, and taking them is tantamount to theft. That is why Banksy has approved this authentication system. He certainly doesn’t want the people who’ve removed them making money out of it.” This move comes after three inauthentic works attributed to Banksy went on sale at Bloomsbury Auctions in London without prior certification. And so turns yet another incredible page in the grand work of performance art that is Banksy's career...

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STOLEN ART ALERT: BARRY McGEE & CLARE ROJAS AT RVCA SF…

July 8, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Barry McGee, News  |  Comments Off

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The above two pieces of artwork by CLARE ROJAS (left) and BARRY McGEE (right) were recently stolen from the RVCA x CINELLIPressure” art exhibition at RVCA’s San Francisco shop at the corner of Haight & Asbury. Both pieces are from private collections and RVCA asks that anyone with any information about their whereabouts please contact shop staff at 415 701 7822. There will be no questions asked of anyone phoning in with information and if the person in possession of the works wishes to return them, no legal action will be taken against anyone. They just want the art back. Anonymous tips can also be emailed to Supertouch staff at Supertouchart@gmail.com. DO THE RIGHT THING

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SOUTHLAND///STREET LIFE///SKULLPHONE INVADES THE RIVERSIDE MUSUEM…

June 19, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Graffiti, Institutionalized, LA, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Skullphone's art dumpster. Duchamp would be proud...

Like it or not, so-called "Street Art" is the undeniable visual currency of our times (at least until next month's trend hits) and no self-respecting cultural institution would be complete without an obligatory show of the latest vandal-in-waiting. In the case of the extremely progressive RIVERSIDE ART MUSEUM (who hosted a Barry McGee exhibit in April) that art vandal is none other than the Southland's notorious billboard hijacker SKULLPHONE whose iconic skull & vintage cellphone iconography has been leering at hapless LA commuters and Blackberry slaves from all corners of the city for the past several years. Enshrining his street-level postering and stickering efforts in a museum setting by bringing actual objects he's "customized" into the gallery makes this show particularly noteworthy, and the exhibition highlights include actual LA parking meters, dumpsters, gas pumps, and even a public bathroom all adorned with his illegal imagery. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON CALLING///BILLBOARD LIBERATION///ON THE WALL WITH JAMES CAUTY…

June 17, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Billboard Liberation, Cool Shit, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Katie shills for Jimmie...

In the street art riddled streets of London Lichtenstein-ian AgitPop artist JAMES CAUTY knows to get a little attention you have to pull out the big guns. In other words, Kate Moss. Such was the case when the young artist liberated a few East End billboards in the name of art, er, self-promotion (there is a website listed on there after all). Nicely done. Now that Kate's advert campaigns are on the wane and retirement is looming large on the horizon these bombs may be the only daily doses of her we have in the near future. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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UK///STREET LIFE///JR WRAPS LONDON…

June 5, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

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We've already mentioned the "STREET ART" show currently on display at London's TATE MUSEUM featuring incredible new paste-ups by French photographer & street artist JR, and now we've got a right bit of video detailing his exploits wrapping buildings around town with his signature gigantic black & white imagery...

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TOKYO///ART & COMMERCE///CHANEL’S MOBILE ART MUSEUM HITS JAPAN…

June 4, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Art Stunts, Japan, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Karl Lagerfeld's spaceship has finally landed, and P-Funk is the house band...

As big companies struggle to find new ways to connect the dots between their brands and the art world, OG fashion giant CHANEL has boldly gone where few have been able to afford to go before and created their own incredible traveling UFO-like art museum dubbed the "CHANEL CONTEMPORARY ART CONTAINER" which has just touched down in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park near the hipster hub of the Harajuku subway station. And what does this incredible land-based flying object house, you might ask? Why an obligatory self-congratulating collection of original art pieces by 20 international artists including (among others) YOKO ONO, THE BLUE NOSES, DAVID LEVENTHAL, DANIEL BUREN, LEE BUL, NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, PIERRE et GILLES, and STEPHEN SHORE, of course, all paying homage to the couture house's signature product, the Chanel quilted purse. While we can think of fewer items less inspiring to build a traveling art exhibition around, we're more than impressed by architectural futurist ZAHA HADID's incredible modular spaceship-like structure that was commissioned by the company's chief creative director and resident Earthbound alien, KARL LAGERFELD. With stops scheduled in New York, London, Moscow, and Paris through 2010, there's a good chance a great deal of well-heeled aficionados will get their chance to prowl the pod's Kubrick-ian white corridors and possibly even be granted an audience with the mobile museum's resident MC, Hal. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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