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In an attempt to raise awareness of the needs of Japanese children who have been traumatised by the devastating impact of the Great Eastern Japan earthquake of 2011, the creatives at Zapuni today released the new animated short film “By Your Side” on the third anniversary of the earthquake. Two years in the making, musician Sade, animator Tsuneo Goda, and filmmakers Dwarf and Gregory Rood came up with this little gem to express a feeling of love and solidarity with the affected children of this natural disaster. Watch now and support at Zapuni.com Read More
MoCA TV kicks off its new punk documentary series with a video chronicling the importance of the most influential of all hardcore bands—both musically and visually, Black Flag, with a special focus on the artist behind the band's groundbreaking imagery, Raymond Pettibon. Watch. Now. Read More
The notoriously media shy Japanese Pop god Takashi Murakami speaks with the evolving Creators Project at the site of his recent (and incredible) "Arhat" show with Supertouch buddies Blum & Poe in LA...
Set to debut on HBO on May 20th after premiering to accolades at last month's Tribeca Film Festival, "Inside Out: The People's Art Project" tracks the evolution of the world’s largest participatory art project by social activist street artist JR. The documentary follows the French artist as he travels the globe to motivate communities to define their most important causes by pasting giant portraits in the street, testing the limits of what they thought possible. Read More
Hot on the heels of the opening of his incredible new show in LA (here), last weekend saw the master of Japanese Pop, Takashi Murakami, premiering his first feature film, "Jellyfish Eyes"—which has been in the making for over a decade now—in his native Japan. Opening in posh Rippongi Hills, the premiere was accompanied by an exhibition of the props, character models, and production art used in the making of the film, which was originally intended to be an all-animated feature, but instead combines live action with CG animation. According to Murakami, "'Jellyfish Eyes' is a series of fantasy films for young adults set in the aftermath ofJapan’s recent natural disasters. Read More
Filmed in 2012, this latest installment of Art21 follows artist Barry McGee through his self-titled retrospective exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). McGee, who became interested in tagging while growing up in San Francisco, describes the excitement of putting up new tags and the rush of getting away with it. Read More
Starting today, director Julian Marshall's dramatic film about the rise of Shepard Fairey, "Obey The Giant" can be viewed in its entirety online for free. Based on the true story of Shepard Fairey’s formative years at the Rhode Island School of Design where he first conceived the Andre The Giant visual meme, and his first act of street art, "Obey The Giant" tells the story of a young skate punk challenging a big-city mayor and the powers-that-be at art school. Read More
Underground art fans have long been devoted collectors of the kitsch paintings of Margaret Keane who became a veritable art star in the 1960s & 70s with her imagery of big-eyed girls and boys that seemingly populated every suburban American living room and den of the era. Read More
Telling a thorough history of where tattooing's been and where it's headed in this country with the help of heavyweight authorities like Ed Hardy, Jack Rudy, Mark Mahoney, Freddy Negrete, and Mister Cartoon, "Tattoo Nation" is the first major documentary on the subject to see a widespread theatrical debut. Beginning this week, the film will begin showing in major theaters throughout the country, illustrating (no pun intended) exactly how massive and mainstream the once outlaw art has become. Read More