British artist Tracey Emin (usually known for more difficult & controversial artworks), lit up New York’s Times Square with her neon messages of love like, “You Touch My Soul,” and “Love Is What You Want” across a huge array of digital billboards. Optimistically titled “I Promise To Love You,” the body of work appeared as part of the Times Square Alliance‘s Midnight Moment art billboard project that co-opts digital billboards normally reserved for corporate advertising for artistic use. Read More
Supertouch buddy MARK RYDEN will open an incredible show of hotly-anticipated new paintings on April 29th titled “The Gaye 90s Old Tyme Art Show,” at the venerable PAUL KASMIN GALLERY. In the meantime, diehards can catch a glimpse of the formerly-bearded wonder as he executes the show’s signature painting, “Incarnation (#100)” in the following time-lapse video:
You KNOW graffiti is beyond overground when the WALL STREET JOURNAL is actually REPORTING on battles:
A GAME OF TAG BREAKS OUT BETWEEN LONDON’S GRAFFITI ELITE
Slight Brings Robbo Out of Retirement; Cobbler Won’t Let Rival Tread on Him
By Gabrielle Steinhauser | Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2010
LONDON—In the predawn hours of Christmas morning, a 40-year-old shoe repairman who goes by the name Robbo squeezed his 6-foot-8-inch frame into a wet suit, tossed some spray cans into a plastic bag, and crossed Regent’s Canal on a red-and-blue air mattress. Read More
CHILE EARTHQUAKE MAY HAVE SHORTENED DAYS ON EARTH
Space.com | March 2, 2010
The massive 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile may have changed the entire Earth’s rotation and shortened the length of days on our planet, a NASA scientist said Monday.
The quake, the seventh strongest earthquake in recorded history, hit Chile Saturday and should have shortened the length of an Earth day by 1.26 milliseconds, according to research scientist Richard Gross at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
“Perhaps more impressive is how much the quake shifted Earth’s axis,” NASA officials said in a Monday update. The computer model used by Gross and his colleagues to determine the effects of the Chile earthquake effect also found that it should have moved Earth’s figure axis by about 3 inches (8 cm or 27 milliarcseconds).
The Earth’s figure axis is not the same as its north-south axis, which it spins around once every day at a speed of about 1,000 mph (1,604 kph). The figure axis is the axis around which the Earth’s mass is balanced. It is offset from the Earth’s north-south axis by about 33 feet (10 meters).
Strong earthquakes have altered Earth’s days and its axis in the past. The 9.1 Sumatran earthquake in 2004, which set off a deadly tsunami, should have shortened Earth’s days by 6.8 microseconds and shifted its axis by about 2.76 inches (7 cm, or 2.32 milliarcseconds). Click HERE to continue reading at Science.com…
BANKSY IN “THE WORLD’S FIRST STREET-ART DISASTER MOVIE”
By Elanor Mills | SUNDAY TIMES, February 28, 2010
He’s the most successful graffitist ever, the elusive outsider who has become our unlikeliest national treasure. Now we are about to glimpse him in ‘the world’s first street-art disaster movie’
Whether it is snogging policemen, a House of Commons full of chimpanzees, Princess Diana on a £10 note, or I Don’t Believe in Global Warming half-submerged in a canal, a Banksy makes you smile, but it also forces you to take a second look, to think a little deeper.
It’s funny how this anonymous graffiti artist evokes such strong affection in people, particularly those who don’t usually reckon that art has much to say to them.
“Banksy, love ’im,” says a mate who wouldn’t be seen dead at Tate Modern. Another friend, who met him at a crusty travellers’ party in Bristol, says: “He’s very quiet, sweet though, very Bristol, scruffy and funny, but you’d never know if you didn’t know, if you know what I mean.”
So why does everyone have a favourite Banksy? Perhaps because he catches us unawares, shows us a clever take on our culture from a topsy-turvy angle on a scruffy bit of wall, or bridge, or hoarding we’ve looked at a million times but never noticed before.
My commute takes me through Shoreditch and Hoxton in east London, and I’ve learnt where to look for them. Recently he has been painting in Camden Town, north London, where he has had a running spat with a fellow graffiti artist called Robbo. On a freezing day I went down to have a peek. Past the lock, along a grotty towpath in the snow, under a most insalubrious bridge, and there on a bit of concrete on the far side of the muddy canal is a stencil of a workman painting a wall. The workman was added by Banksy to the original Robbo tag. Since then, a vengeful Robbo has revisited the work to daub “King Robbo” in giant silver letters over it.
Back towards Regent’s Park there is a charming stencil of a little boy fishing in the canal, which now bears the aggressive slogan “Did you think it was over? Team Robbo”, and the words “street cred” where the fish should be, implying that Banksy has lost his. Click HERE to continue reading at the SUNDAY TIMES…
BANKSY‘s subterranean screenings of his new documentary, “Exit Through The Gift Shop” in a makeshift pop-up theater in an unused subway tube beneath London’s Waterloo Station kicked off this week to queues of rabid fans. Miraculously, the UK bomber managed to keep news of the screenings and his dank setup totally secret until last week’s surprise announcement when screenings (twice daily until March 4th) instantly sold out via online sales. The theater features copious amounts of street art inside and out and functions as much as an impromptu Banksy art show as a movie theater. Ironically—or perhaps, appropriately—enough, patrons were forbidden to bring any spray paint or other graffiti marking tools into the screening. Of course, Mr Banks was a no-show (or was he?), but his melted ice cream truck concession stand proved a hit across the board. Have a look at the setup: Read More
All hooker jokes aside, ST buddy SHEPARD FAIREY is currently auctioning off his services as a portrait artist on CHARITYBUZZ.COM, with all proceeds from the sale going to benefit THE ART OF ELYSIUM, a nonprofit organization that encourages actors and artists to donate their time to children battling serious medical conditions. The winning bidder (currently at $4,250 with almost six days to go) will have their portrait created by the Obama campaign artist sometime between July–August 2010. Reports that Sarah Palin is currently the top bidder remain unconfirmed. An original artwork by Fairey, “Burmese Monk,” is also currently for sale on the site with proceeds benefitting the charity. In January, Shep was celebrated as the year’s “visionary” at the Art of Elysium’s “Heaven” charity gala party. Bid now…
With Pop artist JEFF KOONS‘ first-ever turn as museum curator set to unfold next month at NYC’s NEW MUSEUM with the opening of “The Imaginary Museum: Selections From The Dakis Joannou Collection“, the NY Times has taken an in-depth look at Koons’ own extensive art collection:
THE KOONS COLLECTION
By Randy Kennedy | NY Times Feb 24, 2010
JEFF KOONS, at 55, is one of the world’s most famous living artists. And every night before drifting off to sleep in his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, he is able to survey the salmon-pink walls of his bedroom and commune with a small pantheon of the most famous artists of centuries past.
In one corner hangs an early-16th-century painted bust of a hollow-cheeked, very tender-looking Jesus by Quentin Massys, the first important painter of the Antwerp school. Across the way, perhaps reflecting Mr. Koons’s love of mingling the sacred and the profane, a risqué Fragonard stares back, showing a young woman cradling a pair of puppies at her bared breasts. But for the most part this extremely private collection, piled up salon style on the walls, seems far more classicist than Koonsian, like an eccentric little gallery transplanted from the Met: Manet, Courbet, Poussin and scholars’ delights like Nikolaus Knüpfer and Cornelis van Haarlem. Click HERE to continue reading at NY Times…
A Magritte original hanging in Jeff Koons’ home
A Quinten Massys image of Christ from Jeff Koons’ collection
A Fragonard from Jeff Koons’s collection