Throughout the seemingly endless sea of imagery, from good to bad, high to low, one of the most consistent themes of this year's ART BASEL was none other than President #44-to-be, BARACK OBAMA, by a slew of artists no doubt hoping to cash in on some of the last vestiges of hope most Americans have left to cling to. Here's a brief recap of some of the visual homages. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Casting a distinct pall over the already overcast Miami area on Thursday nite was the opening party of rocker/painter MARILYN MANSON's “Trismegistus,” (named for the legendary Greek alchemist) his first ART BASEL solo show, presented by Germany's GALERIE BRIGITTE SCHENK. Housed at the 101 EXHIBIT space in the design district, the show featured over 20 watercolor works by the painter spanning the past eight years of his ever-tumultuous life. Of course, the subject matter of the paintings did not disappoint, reflecting the artist's deeply dark sense of humor, and included a transvestite Charlie Chaplin, Jon Benet Ramsey as Sleeping Beauty, portraits of the Black Dahlia, a bleeding, triple-faced Christ, and a self-portrait as an old, bald absinthe drinker. Painting titles were equally imaginative and included poetic bits like “Green Whore of Love,” “I’ve got my arm around no one,” and “The man who eats his fingers.” The show remains on display through February 2009, giving Tampa's massive Goth population ample time to organize a massive field trip/Greyhound bus convoy to the show. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Miami's punk contingent turned out in droves on Thursday nite for the KILL YOUR IDOLS/PUNK IS EVERYTHING installation opening party in Miami’s design district, sponsored by CONVERSE, “with love.” A poignant tribute to the lasting vitality of underground punk culture, the exhibition is curated by author, artist, and punk historian BRYAN RAY TURCOTTE, whose books “Fucked Up and Photocopied” and the newly-published “Punk is Dead, Punk is Everything” are virtual textbooks of punk art over the years. Classic imagery from Turcotte’s books forms the foundation of the exhibition’s visuals and is augmented by a show of original photographs by lenswoman EILEEN POLK who captured early visions of everyone from the Dead Boys and The Clash, to The Misfits and The Ramones, in her 30+ year career. MATT & KIM and NODZZZ provided the night’s rowdy musical performances and whipped the crowd into a frenzy before giving away 100 pairs of Matt & Kim’s signature Converse 1HUND(RED) art shoes to the sweaty mob that included Supertouch buddies Takashi Murakami, MC Spank Rock, Jose Parla, Kelsey Brooks, and Phil Frost, to name a few. Open nightly with live music until Basel’s close, the schedule of bands is as follows: Friday, December 5: Performances by Reigning Sound, Brutal Knights, Hex Dispensers; Saturday, December 6: Performances by Annihilation Time, Caustic Christ, Sex/Vid; Sunday, December 7: Performances by Times New Viking, and Pink Reason. Don’t sleep. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Amidst the stratospherically-priced (though slightly—and only slightly—less so this year) art baubles on display at ART BASEL, perhaps the most affordable and visually rewarding souvenirs of the extravaganza are the artist-designed towels currently making the rounds poolside at the swank RALEIGH HOTEL. Priced at a measly (though not so much so these days) $50 bucks, the massive dryers seen here featuring art by RAYMOND PETTIBON and ED RUSCHA are our first picks among offerings by JEFF KOONS, KEHINDE WILEY, and ELIZABETH PEYTON, and can be ordered online now via WORKS ON WHATEVER...
Despite dire sales predictions, this year's seventh annual installment of the hedonistic visual extravaganza known as ART BASEL is off to a well-paced, if not running, start with eye-popping offerings from artists like BARRY McGEE, TONY OURSLER, SHEPARD FAIREY, SWOON, OS GEMEOS, KARA WALKER, BASQUIAT, KEHINDE WILEY, and FENG ZHENGJIE, to name a few, around every turn. And when you can't possibly look at another painting? Just head out to the beach for the real freakshow that is Miami. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Last nite's decidedly low-fi "Kaiju Monster Invasion" opening at ART BASEL provided a much needed respite from the somber art business at hand in the art world's current Ground Zero, aka: Miami. Presented by the SOUTH FLORIDA ART CENTER and curated by local gallery owner HAROLD GOLEN, the show of paintings and sculpture celebrating vintage Japanese movie monster culture by 30+ artists including RON ENGLISH, GLENN BARR, COOP, JIM WOODRING, ISABEL SAMARAS, CHRIS RECCARDI, AMANDA VISELL, and NAOTO HATTORI, among others, served as a de facto place of worship for wayward otaku fan boys & girls lost amid the self-seriousness of the big fair's (slow moving) blue chip offerings. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Despite negative impact of a crippling economy and a potentially massive art sales slump, this year's ART BASEL is off to a good start as evidenced by Japanese Pop icon TAKASHI MURAKAMI's free-spirited cosplay romp at the GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN VIP preview party tonite. Appearing as one of his signature smiling flower balls, (complete with shiny green "stem" tights and flowered VisVims) the Superflat impresario took time to pose with the ladies and spread good cheer before disappearing alone into the night. Hopefully, we won't find any giant soggy flower-men washed up on the beach tomorrow morning...
Catch up with the Supertouch crew at this year's ART BASEL at our Friday nite throwdown with SHEPARD FAIREY and SPREAD ART MAGAZINE at the beachfront SHORE CLUB. Music by DJs Z-TRIP and DIABETIC, tons of free booze, and more girls than dudes. What more could you ask for?...
In honor of the publication of punk art book "Punk is Dead, Punk is Everything” by “Fucked Up & Photocopied” author BRYAN RAY TURCOTTE, historic punk footwear supplier CONVERSE is presenting the KILL YOUR IDOLS installation at this year’s ART BASEL art fair as a grand nod of nihilistic nostalgia. Featuring nightly punk performances by bands like Hex Dispensers, Caustic Christ, and Sex/Vid, the installation features imagery from “Punk is Dead” alongside a show of imagery by OG punk photographer EILEEN POLK who captured bands like The Clash, The Misfits, The Ramones, Johnny Thunders, Television, and The Dead Boys in their prime, long before Punk was socially acceptable, much less a viable corporate marketing tool. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
ART BASEL might seem like the most unlikely place for a toy release, but in honor of legendary skatepunk artist RICHARD SANCHEZ and the new art book, “Punk is Dead, Punk is Everything,” the new SKATE BAT toy based on his vintage black & white artwork is being debuted at the “Kill Your Idols” punk installation space in Miami’s design district. Created by Kill Your Idols Toys, the 7” tall figure will be released in this original monochrome colorway in a ridiculously small run of FIVE pieces total starting Thursday, December 4th, while a second colorway will be released in a larger run in Spring 2009 at yet-to-be-announced retailers. The venue is located at 3852 N. Miami Ave in Miami’s Design District so diehard collectors best start lining up now. Like, RIGHT now. HAVE A LOOK: Read More