Last nite marked the kickoff of AL MORAN's upstart O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY's perfectly-named "It Ain't Fair" art fair at this year's seventh installment of the annual ART BASEL MIAMI convention with a full-on hipster throwdown and musical performances by art rockers A.R.E. WEAPONS and JD SAMSON. Organized by downtown denizen AARON BONDAROFF, aka: "A-Ron The Downtown Don," in association with Deitch Projects, Peres Projects, Nueva Galeria De La Barra, A.S.S. Gallery, A.M.P., Picturebox and TV Books, the anti-fair brings together celebrated curators Tim Barber, Kathy Grayson, Andreas Melas, Dan Nadel, Pablo de la Barra, Nicola Vassell and Terence Koh who have each activated their various teams of artists in a huge multimedia exhibition featuring painting, sculpture, video and performanceS from artists all over the world with a focus on downtown Manhattan. Featuring daily mini-openings from Tuesday, December 2nd—Sunday, December 7th, including an outdoor film series and a nightclub in the adjoining space, the gallery will be the nightly jump-off and landing point throughout the fair. Featured "It Ain't..." artists include Tauba Auerbach, Stefan Bondell, Julia Burlingham, Scott Campbell, Kenneth Cappello, Comeau, Dearraindrop, Mark Delong, Chris Dorland, Jim Drain, Phil Frost, Patrick Griffin, Evan Gruzis, Brandon Herman, Gordon Hull, Todd James, Ben Jones, Kim Krans, Lachance, Adriana Lara, Jason Matthew Lee, Allan Macintyre, Eddie Martinez, Slava Mogutin, Noble, Jason Nocito, Rallou Panagiotou, Ara Peterson, Kembra Pfahler, Brad Phillips, Esther Planas, Michael Schmelling, Aurel Schmidt, Robin Schwartz, Ben Schumacher, Shinique Smith, Agathe Snow, Dash Snow, Francine Spiegel, Kon Trubkovich, Solange Umutoni, and Jaimie Warren, to name a few. Stay tuned to Supertouch for a daily recap of the debauched art activities. Meanwhile, READ ON: Read More
With the seventh annual installment of the reliably trashy and hedonistic art extravaganza known as ART BASEL set to officially kick off tomorrow, the economic crisis at large is bound to be the event's show-stealer, inevitably drawing attention away from the naked late nite revelry and spending orgies of years past. Speaking to German news source SPIEGEL this week, MARC SPIEGLER, one of the fair's two heads predicted, "most galleries will probably not break any records this year." The report went on to detail the grim reality facing the fair's thousands of international dealers this year as art movers try to make numbers in a time of global economic uncertainty. READ ON: Read More
Just in time for this week's kickoff of ART BASEL 2009, Miami resident & baller extraordinaire PHARRELL has just taken delivery of a brand new 7' fiberglass KAWS "Chum" sculpture at his oceanfront pad. The only one of its kind in this color, the sculpture is part of the extremely limited-edition series kickstarted by the Brooklyn-based XX-eyed artist at his NYC show last month at the GERING & LOPEZ GALLERY where a hot pink version of the familiar Michelin Man awed fans. Look for a new colorway to debut at KAWS' upcoming show at LA's HONOR FRASER GALLERY in February '09...
A few weeks back we sat down and talked with the painter known as ROSTARR on the eve of his "Wreckless Abandon" solo show opening at the nascent O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY in Miami—an exhibition that turned out to be one of the few must-see shows of the debauched city's Fall season. Featuring a massive array of new, and oftentimes large-scale, work in the artist's unique "tribal abstract" style, the gig is testament to his considerable vision and unique style and should be considered essential viewing before the doors close on November 8th. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Following the opening of ROSTARR's retrospective "Wreckless Abandon" exhibition at Miami's newly-inaugurated O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY on October 11, Supertouch's own DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI (aka: DRx) caught up with the nomadic artist to get the real story on the last ten years of artwork that constitutes the show and a look at what's on his horizon in 2009.Read More
Miami was ground zero for KAWS' official re-entry to the formal gallery art world this weekend when his first formal solo painting show in several years, "Saturated," was finally unveiled to an adoring public at GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN in Miami. Focusing on two thematic series of artworks based on the cartoon "Smurfs," and "Spongebob" series commissioned by ultra-producer and international tastemaker PHARRELL, the show featured a new extended edition of Spongebob pieces that were quickly snapped up by an array of international collectors. On site for the opening was the XX-eyed artist himself who to greet his public and sign autographs like the art star he is. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch buddy and perennial favorite KAWS marks his formal return to the gallery world after years of building an enviable toy and clothing empire with collaborators MEDICOM TOY and his own brand ORIGINAL FAKE with "Saturated," a new series of mostly large-scale paintings at Miami's GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN. Sponsored by musician/ collector/dedicated patron Pharrell, the show debuts a new series of Spongebob Squarepants-themed images that pay homage to his animation industry roots and seem to be a mirror for the artist's own range of emotional expressions, especially when working on his stress-fueled schedule of never-ending deadlines that occupy the majority of his waking (and non) hours. Leading up to this weekend's opening, the NYTimes has dropped a fresh interview with XX-eyed artist on their THE MOMENT blog. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch's own MARK RYDEN debuted an incredible new large-scale six-figure masterpiece titled "Yoshi" at ART BASEL this year with LA's MICHAEL KOHN GALLERY. For those collectors too timid to cash in their 401K plans getting closer to a Ryden original just got a little easier with PRESSURE PRINTING's new limited edition framed print of Ryden's "Madonna & Karl." Click HERE for more details...