NEWS///CYCLE KILLERS///LANCE ARMSTRONG’S NEW KAWS TREK MADONE 6.9 UNVEILED

March 8, 2009  |  art, Cycle Killers, KAWS, LA, Lance Armstrong, News  |  Comments Off

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Pop killer KAWS just put the finishing touches on his new design for Supertouch buddy LANCE ARMSTRONG's new TREK Madone 6.9 road bike set to roll in the upcoming MILAN-SAN REMO race. Unveiled tonite at NIKE's MONTALBAN THEATER by Lance himself, the cycle marks the kickoff of the new "Stages" art bike campaign being waged to help expand the LIVESTRONG foundation's global anti-cancer fight. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///STREET LIFE///SHEPARD FAIREY x LANCE ARMSTRONG MURAL AT NIKE’S MONTALBAN THEATER IN-PROGRESS

March 2, 2009  |  art, Graffiti, LA, Lance Armstrong, Livestrong, News, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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First Obama, now Lance Armstrong. Our boy Shepard Fairey is on a roll...

Huge LANCE ARMSTRONG art news coming your way this weekend. Meanwhile, SHEPARD FAIREY's new art mural depicting the champion cyclist as cancer fighter in the tireless LIVESTRONG army is underway on the side of NIKE's massive MONTALBAN THEATER at the corner of Hollywood & Vine. Keep an eye on ST for updates throughout the week...

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LA///STREET LIFE///JAMES JEAN FOR LANCE ARMSTRONG’S “OPEN ROADS” LIVESTRONG CHALK ART CAMPAIGN

March 2, 2009  |  art, Graffiti, LA, Lance Armstrong, Livestrong, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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James Jean gets "ArtStrong"...

In an effort to raise awareness for his LIVESTRONG foundation's endless fight against the cancer burden worldwide, Supertouch buddy LANCE ARMSTRONG has commissioned a series of "Open Roads" street level chalk art installations that began in LA this weekend with the work of nascent art star JAMES JEAN. Attacking the Venice boardwalk on Saturday, Jean quickly grabbed public attention with his incredible yellow chalk mural that in turn inspired over 600 passers-by to pick up chalk themselves and break loose with their own impromptu yellow "street art." Keep your ears peeled for some huge Lance art news coming later this week on ST. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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HOLLYWOOD///THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THE OSCARS

February 23, 2009  |  LA, News  |  Comments Off

Wolverine should keep his dance routines to himself in the future. Too bad STILLER didn't win a statue for this performance...

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NEWS///STREET LIFE///SHEPARD FAIREY ON CBS SUNDAY MORNING

February 23, 2009  |  art, Graffiti, LA, News, Shepard Fairey, Street Art, Video  |  Comments Off


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Apparently, CBS SUNDAY MORNING is officially in the "Street Art" game now, following up their recent KAWS profile with a new segment this morning on SHEPARD FAIREY. Unfortunately the MILF-tastic Serena Altschul wasn't tapped to helm the piece, but the awesome animated spray paint can intro and robotic suburban housewife narration provide ample entertainment nonetheless. The most amazing revelation of the segment? Aside from the gray hair, Shepard still looks almost identical to his elementary school portrait...

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NEWS///CYCLE KILLERS///LANCE ARMSTRONG ROLLS HEAVY ON THE TOUR OF CALIFORNIA, IS ATTACKED BY COSPLAY FAN

February 23, 2009  |  Cycle Killers, LA, Lance Armstrong, News  |  Comments Off

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Unfortunately, the male cameltoe comes with the territory...

Back in the saddle for the TOUR OF CALIFORNIA that wraps its final stage today in San Diego, Supertouch buddy LANCE ARMSTRONG not only made good time, but beat back a costumed attacker with one arm without missing a pedalstroke. Note to all future cosplay idiots, the disgruntled Israeli sniper squad joins the Lance crew beginning with the Giro in May and have orders to shoot first and ask questions never...

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In what other professional sport does this nonsense happen?...

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Putting syringe man on ice without missing a beat. Livestrong indeed...

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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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LA///NEWS///KAWS IN THE LA TIMES

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

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KAWS pictured with Lance Armstrong's latest acquisition...

TAG, THIS ARTIST IS DEFINITELY IT
KAWS becomes a brand name as his images appear on hip-hoppers' clothes and on gallery walls.

By Chris Lee
February 21, 2009, LATimes

Over the course of a career that has variously infuriated anti-graffiti task force officers and enthralled Japanese street couture collectors—meaning winning props from hip-hop superstars Kanye West and Pharrell Williams—the pop artist KAWS has carved a unique niche for himself. The soft-spoken 34-year-old Jersey City native, born Brian Donnelly, created a new business model that bridges the high-low culture divide in ways that would have made steam come out of Andy Warhol's ears.

By parlaying vandalism into a brand identity as a purveyor of mass-produced collectible toys, KAWS became a bona fide subculture celebrity with a recognizable presence in street fashion.

But now, KAWS is at a career turning point. In spite of his renown in subcultural circles (which galleristas and museum directors have historically snobbed), he is now being mentioned in the same breath as pop art luminaries, such as Takashi Murakami, Keith Haring and Jeff Koons. And while KAWS has proven himself perfectly capable of trafficking his own pop offerings—on skateboard decks, stickers, T-shirts and sneakers—KAWS has infiltrated the rarefied world of institutional art after being held at arm's distance from it for much of his career. Pretty fly for a graf guy.

"When I grew up, I never thought I could enter a gallery," KAWS said over lunch at Chateau Marmont this week. "I looked at them as these pretentious places that did not welcome me." Click HERE to continue reading...

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LA///NEWS///KAWS’ “I CAN’T FEEL MY FACE” GROUP SHOW AT ROYAL T

February 20, 2009  |  art, KAWS, LA, News  |  Comments Off

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KAWS fans already going into synaptic overload at the thought of Mr. Donnelley's opening of new works at HONOR FRASER this Saturday nite can rejoice in the news that Friday nite, February 20th will see an additional event by the XX-eyed imagist featuring new artwork at the Culver City hotspot ROYAL T. You just better hope you RSVP'd in time. Needless to say, keep it locked on ST for coverage tomorrow...

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LA///SNEEK PEEK: KAWS’ “THE LONG WAY HOME” AT HONOR FRASER

February 19, 2009  |  art, KAWS, LA, News, Sneek Peek  |  Comments Off

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Rabid KAWS fanatics are literally counting the hours till the Brooklyn-based Pop phenomenon opens the doors to his new solo show "The Long Way Home," at HONOR FRASER gallery in LA on SATURDAY NITE, FEBRUARY 21st. Featuring an incredible array of new paintings and sculptures, the exhibition is a real stylistic breakthrough for the artist and promises some good surprises for longtime fans who thought they'd seen it all. Pictured here are some tight details of the epic new paintings just to get the drool factor pumping in advance. Full coverage of the show starts on Saturday at 6pm, stay tuned...

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