NEWS///OPENING NITE: SHEPARD FAIREY’S “SUPPLY & DEMAND” AT CINCINNATI CAC BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORD

February 21, 2010  |  art, Feature, Graffiti, Midwest, News, Openings, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

Screen shot 20s10-02-21 at 7.54.39 PM Friday was a big nite in the Midwest when SHEPARD FAIREY's Ohio installment of his traveling retrospective "Supply & Demand" opened at the CINCINNATI CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER and shattered the institution's all-time attendance record.

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NYC///ART HYPE///MR BRAINWASH PERFECTS THE ART OF TURD POLISHING WITH THE OPENING OF “ICONS”

February 17, 2010  |  art, Art Crimes, Art History, Art Stunts, Banksy, Feature, Graffiti, News, NYC, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

4363964574_0f10031e70_o What has to be the final nail in the “Street Art” coffin was driven in last weekend by none other than MR. BRAINWASH (aka: “The Christian Audigier of Street Art”) when he opened his massive, self-produced “Icons” show in a rented space (which, ironically, was once a real art gallery, pre-recession) in the heart of Chelsea. As the subject of Brit Street Art king Banksy’s recent docu-parody film, “Exit Through The Gift Shop,” MBW has been the focus of much hype and speculation as his presence finally seeps into the fairly muddy stream of mainstream consciousness. Last week’s Wall Street Journal article articulated this particularly well:

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FASHION///R.I.P./// DESIGNER ALEXANDER McQUEEN COMMITS SUICIDE IN LONDON

February 11, 2010  |  art, Fashion, Feature, News, RIP  |  Comments Off

alexandermc One of the fashion world's foremost visionary designers ALEXANDER McQUEEN was found dead today in his London apartment, an apparent suicide just days after the death of his mother, and the suicide of one of his close friends Isabella Blow, who discovered the young designer and helped forge his early career:

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MOCA’S “COLLECTION: THE FIRST THIRTY YEARS” PROVES THE MUSEUM SHOULD BE AROUND FOR 30 MORE

February 3, 2010  |  art, Feature, LA, MoCA, News  |  Comments Off

ScreeRRn shot 2010-02-03 at 2.55.18 PM Despite MOCA's financial woes of late and near collapse last year amid the chaos of the economic holocaust, the veritable Southland institution seems on to a bright future now, having secured ST buddy JEFFREY DEITCH as its new director (starting June 1) and financial security (for the moment). If ever there was a time to celebrate, it is now. HAVE A LOOK:

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FEATURE///IN THE STUDIO WITH SHEPARD FAIREY AS HE PREPARES FOR DEITCH GALLERY’S CLOSING SHOW

February 2, 2010  |  art, Feature, Graffiti, LA, Shepard Fairey, Street Cred  |  Comments Off

SHEPVRRISIT1 By now it's no secret that JEFFREY DEITCH is closing shop in downtown NYC to head West for the sunnier confines of the MoCA Director's office, starting June 1st. That leaves SHEPARD FAIREY's upcoming portrait show as the farewell exhibition at one of the city's most legendary and influential commercial art institutions in the city's history.

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UKRAINE///FIRST LOOK: DAMIEN HIRST’S “REQUIEM” CAREER RETROSPECTIVE AT THE PINCHUK ART CENTER

April 28, 2009  |  art, Damien Hirst, Feature, News  |  Comments Off

hirstkievsmall Last weekend saw the DAMIEN HIRST's first grand spectacle of 2009 when his daunting career retrospective "Requiem" opened at the PINCHUK ART CENTER in the unlikely city of Kiev, Ukraine. Not exactly known as an epicenter of fine art (unless you count the Ukrainian girls, that is), resident steel billionaire and obsessed Hirst collector VICTOR PINCHUK aims to change that by launching the epic visual spectacle that includes over 100 works (a vast amount of which came from Pinchuk's private collection) by the British artist from 1998 – 2008 in his own privately funded art palace that holds the title as the largest private museum in the former Soviet Union. The fact that this grandiose show of power comes at a time when...

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NEWS///RIP///IN LOVING MEMORY OF PHOTOGRAPHER SHAWN MORTENSEN 1966—2009

April 16, 2009  |  art, Feature, LA, News, RIP  |  Comments Off

shawnmortripppt1 It is truly with a heavy heart that we must break the news that one of Supertouch's dear friends, photographer SHAWN MORTENSEN, passed away last nite. A kinetic force of optimism and seemingly limitless positive energy, Shawn's hearty career as a photojournalist and artist took him around the world several times over, unselfishly spreading his endless supply of good vibes as he went. Particularly renowned for his portraits of musicians, artists, and entertainers, Shawn photographed a stunning array of pop culture demigods in his 20+ year career including...

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BEVERLY HILLS///JOHN WATERS BRINGS “REAR PROJECTION” TO HOLLYWOOD

April 13, 2009  |  Feature, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

jjjwaterssgagg1 As a director of some of the most acclaimed highbrow B-movies of all time, Supertouch amigo JOHN WATERS needs no further introduction. Quietly working the night shift as a fine artist for years now, the Baltimore-bound obsessive's hard work has finally landed him a spot in the most hallowed hall of the modern art world, namely, the GAGOSIAN GALLERY, where the artist's solo "Rear Projection" show opened to a throng of Hollywood players, weirdos, fanboys and girls, and well-wishing lookie-loos on Saturday nite. Comprised largely of C-prints of photos Waters has taken of TV screens bearing his favorite stills from movies of all kinds, the works pulse with the raw humor and dry wit that is Waters' hallmark...

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LA///NEWS///LANCE ARMSTRONG ANNOUNCES THE “STAGES” ART SHOW TO BENEFIT LIVESTRONG

March 9, 2009  |  art, Feature, Lance Armstrong, Livestrong, News, Next Big Thing  |  Comments Off

hopeeeesmalll.jpg To officially launch the LIVESTRONG "Stages" benefit art show (full details below) powered by NIKE that will debut during LANCE ARMSTRONG's run in this year's TOUR DE FRANCE, an epic kickoff celebration was held on Saturday nite at Nike's MONTALBAN THEATER in the heart of Hollywood.

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LA///FIRST LOOK: KAWS’ “THE LONG WAY HOME” AT HONOR FRASER GALLERY

February 22, 2009  |  art, Feature, First Look, Graffiti, KAWS, LA, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

kawshf1.jpg KAWS' anxiously anticipated new show “The Long Way Home,” opened its doors to an absolutely massive crowd at HONOR FRASER gallery in LA last nite, with a queue that wrapped entirely around the block (and then some) for the duration of the frenzied two-hour opening. KAWS' incredibly well behaved legion of faithful followers did their best to make the Brooklyn-based artist feel welcome in his first west coast solo exhibition that featured new paintings (the largest of which went to collector and Supertouch buddy Lance Armstrong), sculptures, a 20" solid bronze Chum figure and a new series of "Kurfs" and Spongebob package paintings that were spoken for well before the opening festivities kicked off.

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