TEXAS///MUSIC///LOST AT THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL

October 2, 2008  |  Austin, Feature, Futura, Lance Armstrong, Music, News  |  Comments Off

aclfestblog57.jpg Just got back from a very long, lost weekend in Austin at LANCE ARMSTRONG's epic (and ridiculously underrated) AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL, where 40,000+ revelers gathered for three days of incredible music, beer, and BBQ. With a lineup featuring over 140 bands including ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS, BECK, FOO FIGHTERS, THE BLACK KEYS, NERD, THE MARS VOLTA, SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS, NEKO CASE, MGMT, HOT CHIP, and CSS, performing on multiple stages, the sun-drenched sonic rendezvous was only enhanced by the unparalleled coolness of the mostly Austinite crowd that still appreciates rock 'n' roll on a level rarely seen outside of Europe.

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NEWS///STREET LIFE///BANKSY PAINTS NEW ORLEANS AS KATRINA MEMORIAL

August 29, 2008  |  Banksy, Feature, Graffiti, New Orleans, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

banksyopener.jpg One wouldn't normally expect to find the world's most Googled street artist lurking among the ruins of the lower ninth ward in NEW ORLEANS, but that's just where renegade stencil artist BANKSY has been holed up for the past week, covering the desiccated city with art to commemorate the anniversary of KATRINA, the hurricane that killed 1800 people when it struck the coastal city in 2005. Said Banksy of the operation, "Three years after Katrina I wanted to make a statement about the state of the clean-up operation,” and attested that the city's levee wall offered "the best painting surface in the state of Louisiana.” In the art world, timing is everything, and as the anonymous bomber wraps up his project, the city once again braces for the onslaught of an oncoming tropical storm. Hopefully, once residents realize what's been painted on their doorstop, a quick sawsall session and a little eBay savvy will net them enough to build a mansion in the French Quarter. HAVE A LOOK:

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FEATURE///TODD JAMES (AKA: REAS): THE SUPERTOUCH INTERVIEW

August 27, 2008  |  art, Feature, Graffiti, London, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

reas-1.jpg On the eve of the opening of "Blood & Treasure,"TODD JAMES' solo exhibition of new war-themed paintings at the starmaking LAZARIDES GALLERY in London this Friday, August 29th, we sat down with the New York-based artist, animator, and new dad for an in-depth discussion on the state of the nation. And a bunch of art stuff too. READ ON:

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BEIJING///SUPERTOUCH AT THE OLYMPICS…

August 13, 2008  |  Feature, Graffiti, News, Olympics, Street Life  |  Comments Off

bjp44.jpg With all the mainstream news outlets presenting the "official" view of the 29th OLYMPIC GAMES in Beijing (including computer-generated fireworks and lip-synching 6-year-old body doubles), Supertouch brings you a street level look at the real haps around town from the back alleys to the 798 Arts District, you won't see anywhere else...

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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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BOOKSMART///INSIDE PETER BESTE’S “TRUE NORWEIGAN BLACK METAL”…

July 17, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Books, Cool Shit, Death Trip, Feature, News, NYC, Photography, WTF???  |  Comments Off

pbeste41.jpg For those scratching their heads at the sight of the following images, in the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called Black Metal has emerged in Norway. It has its roots in a heady blend of splatter movies, heavy metal music, Satanism, Pagan mythology and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990’s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards...

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NYC///SOUND & VISION///MUST-SEE SHOW: DAVID BYRNE’S “PLAYING THE BUILDING” INSTALLATION…

July 17, 2008  |  art, Cool Shit, Feature, News, NYC, Openings, Sound + Vision, Video  |  Comments Off

byrnepiano11.jpg Talking Heads founder DAVID BYRNE has had one of the most varied and original careers in rock, constantly vacillating between the worlds of music and visual art with rare grace. Throwing yet another curveball through the rarified air of NYC's art world, Byrne presents music as art in "Playing the Building," his new CREATIVE TIME-sponsored 9,000-square-foot, interactive, site-specific installation that transforms the interior of the landmark Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan into a massive sound sculpture that all visitors are invited to sit and “play"...

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NYC///OPENINGS///OS GEMEOS’ “TOO FAR TOO CLOSE” AT DEITCH PROJECTS…

July 1, 2008  |  art, Feature, News, NYC, Openings, Os Gemeos  |  Comments Off

osgd-58.jpg The two-headed Brasilian art phenomenon that is OS GEMEOS (Portuguese for "The Twins") brought their fantastic art circus to NYC when their phenomenal show of new work "Too Far Too Close" opened at DEITCH PROJECTS as the art party of the summer on Saturday nite. In it, identical 24-year-old twin brothers GUSTAVO and OTAVIO PANDOLFO have created a sprawling cityscape within superstar downtown art dealer JEFFREY DEITCH's cavernous Wooster Street space. Mirroring their psychedelic storybook street paintings that cover the city walls of their native Sao Paulo...

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NYC///ART & COMMERCE///THE “WATERFALLS OF NEW YORK CITY”…

June 27, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Stunts, Feature, News, NYC, WTF???  |  Comments Off

waterfall1.jpg Normally, New York City residents yearning for a glimpse of a waterfall had to head upstate to Niagara. Now the trip is as close as the New York Harbor. As of this morning, four massive waterfalls created by 41-year-old Danish-Icelandic artist OLAFUR ELIASSON went into commission there, churning 35,000 gallons of East River water per minute over their manmade precipices. Following in the footsteps of...

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THE OC///OPENING NITE: THE DEBUT OF THE LAGUNA MUSEUM’S “JUXTAPOZ SHOW”…

June 23, 2008  |  art, Feature, LA, Lance Armstrong, Openings, Origins of Style, The OC  |  Comments Off

jxt10730.jpg As the editor of JUXTAPOZ ART MAGAZINE from 1996—2006, I had a personal stake in scoping out the LAGUNA MUSEUM's "Juxtapoz" retrospective group show "In the Land of Retinal Delights" last nite. Celebrating the so-called "Juxtapoz Factor" in the modern art world, the exhibition chronicled the magazine's golden age, the years when the underground art world literally exploded into public consciousness and began to permeate the fabric of everyday life in the form of ubiquitous art shows, innovative merchandise, and corporate marketing and advertising campaigns. Assembling a roster of over 150 artists including...

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