MIAMI///MARILYN MANSON OPENS GATES OF HELL AT ART BASEL SOLO SHOW

December 8, 2008  |  art, Art Basel, Miami, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Manson debuts new girlfriend, conjures tri-faced Christ in Miami...

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

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NYC///OPENINGS///TRAVIS LOUIE’S “STRANGE NEIGHBORS” AT FUSE GALLERY

December 5, 2008  |  art, Erik Foss, News, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Travis Louie's self-portrait as an 18th century weirdo...

Fresh off the opening of his solo show for "Zee Germans" in Berlin last month, New York's resident mad scientist TRAVIS LOUIE unveiled "Strange Neighbors," his latest series of impeccably-rendered furry freaks last week at ERIK FOSS' East Village hotspot gallery, FUSE NYC. Expanding his menagerie of fictional & beastly gentleman, Louie played with scale in this new 16 painting series, all of which measure in at a diminutive 5" x 7." The best part about the show? The prices. At a time when your average downtown resident is contemplating a 2009 filled with meals of government cheese, each of Louie's mini weirdos can be had for only $1,625—while they last, that is. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///OPENINGS: THE ART BASEL “KAIJU MONSTER INVASION”

December 5, 2008  |  art, Art Basel, Miami, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Basquiat it ain't, but fun it 'tis... 

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

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PARIS///FIRST LOOK: ESPO & MATT GOLAS AT COLETTE FOR WORLD AIDS DAY

December 4, 2008  |  art, First Look, Graffiti, News, Openings, Paris, Street Art, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Espo's artwork wears well...

NYC's STEPHEN POWERS (aka: ESPO) teamed up with artist MATT GOLAS for a collaborative art exhibition "A True Provider is Good to Find" at Parisian hotspot COLETTE that opened this weekend in commemoration of WORLD AIDS DAY on December 1st. Addressing the issue of Paris' large prostitute population, Espo created a run of custom made yellow raincoats as a metaphor for protection, many of which were given to and worn by actual prostitutes, while Golas created a run of handmade magnetic hotel key cards as a metaphor for emotional shelter. In addition to Powers' raincoats, the hightop-faded artist also exhibited a large array of his personal photography and trademark handpainted signage bearing such heartfelt messaging as "Everything is shit except for you love," and "I love you so fucking much it hurts." Both Powers' raincoats and Golas' hotel keys are available now through the gallery's online shop. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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MIAMI///ART BASEL KICKS OFF EARLY AT O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY’S “IT AIN’T FAIR”

December 4, 2008  |  art, Art Basel, Miami, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Miami girls dress right for art openings, while A.R.E. Weapons assault the crowd...

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

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BERLIN///FIRST LOOK: TRAVIS LOUIE’S “INHUMAN ODDITIES” AT MERRY KARNOWSKY GALLERY

November 26, 2008  |  art, Berlin, First Look, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Travis Louie's self-portrait as a gentleman...

Last year venerable LA underground art institution MERRY KARNOWSKY GALLERY took a huge leap in establishing a satellite oputpost in the land of Bauhaus, and since then she's been supplying "Zee Germans" with a steady supply of Pop Surrealism whether they like it or nicht. Last weekend saw the opening of new work by one of our favorite artists, namely TRAVIS LOUIE whose "Inhuman Oddities" exhibition of hyper-realistic sepia toned paintings reasserts his rightful claim as the master of Victorian Oddball Portraiture. So fine are Louie's renderings in fact—right down to the painting surfaces—that in person they resemble real period photographs. Best of all, they're still crazily affordable. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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CHINA///ART & COMMERCE///THE ART OF CHRISTIAN DIOR IN BEIJING

November 24, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Beijing, China, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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"Worker Peasant Businessman Student Soldier," by Zhang Xiaogang

The intersection of the fashion and art worlds has become an increasingly trafficked corridor of late, and the show “Christian Dior and Chinese Artists,” that opened at Beijing's ULLENS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART last week, seeks to satiate China’s seemingly endless appetite for both Western fashion and modern art. Featuring newly commissioned works that express the “essence of Dior” by leading Chinese artists Wang Du, Zhang Huan, Huang Rui, Li Songsong, Zhang Dali, Xu Zhongmin, Liu Jianhua, Zheng Guogu, Lu Hao, Wang Qingsong, Yan Lei, Zhang Xiaogang, Wen Fang, Shi Jingsong, Wang Gongxin, Quentin Shih, Liu Wei, Rong Rong & Inri, Tim Yip, Qiu Zhijie, and Ma Yan Song—displayed alongside epic couture pieces by the brand, the fashion house seeks to further glamorize its stunning aesthetic legacy with an art show of visual hits and misses. Highlights of the show include otherwise socially conscious artist ZHANG DALI’s portrait of Dior designer JOHN GALLIANO using repeating tonal “AK-47” text (although these homages are usually reserved for victims of gun violence); LI SONGSONG's two-story Dior purse constructed of fluorescent tubes; and WANG QINGSONG’s Last Supper photo featuring Dior-clad models and the artist himself in hospital pajamas as Christ. While the incredibly hot Chinese art scene has turned into a massive factory system with top artists churning out works created by an army of assistants (often sold directly through art auctions) at breakneck pace, the marriage of the two commodities seems to mostly work in this collaboration and surely hits the spot for the domestic audience for which it’s intended. God knows in this economy all major brands will have their sights focused firmly on China in the coming years with marketing blitzes that will surely make the branding extravaganzas over the last five years in Western markets seem like a warmup run. HAVE A LOOK:

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NYC///MUST SEE SHOW: KEHINDE WILEY’S “DOWN” AT DIETCH PROJECTS

November 21, 2008  |  art, News, NYC, Openings, Origins of Style  |  Comments Off

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Wiley's "Christian Martyr Tarcisius," and the Auguste Falguiere sculpture upon which it was based...

Postmodern neoclassical painter KEHINDE WILEY wears his vintage European aesthetic influences on his sleeve, and in "Fallen," Wiley's new show of massive-scale (up to 25 feet!) oil paintings at downtown NYC's DEITCH PROJECTS, his inspiration has never been more literal. Based directly on a wide variety of classical European paintings and sculptures by old masters like Diego Velasquez, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Auguste Falguiere, and Stefano Maderno, the "fallen" heroes of Wiley's new series mimic their source poses almost exactly albeit in the ultramodern context of the urban hip-hop vernacular of urban Manhattan. Wiley's own explanation for the series is really quite simple: "Down is an answer to the negative views of young black men in American society. It recognizes an idiom that can be seen from a distance as a negative form transformed into something more fabulous and joyful." To give Supertouch readers a better insight on Wiley's process, the works from his new series have been presented below alongside their classical source material for closer comparison. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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ESPANA///OPENINGS: BEAUTIFUL LOSERS IN MADRID

November 18, 2008  |  art, Beautiful Losers, News, Openings, Origins of Style, Spain  |  Comments Off

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Anyone not familiar with the traveling art circus known as the BEAUTIFUL LOSERS exhibition by now is either living under a rock or just doesn't care, so we'll spare you the lengthy explanations here, but the show of seminal American underground artists has energized the creative community in Madrid, Spain after making landfall there this week at the city's LA CASA ENCENDIDA cultural center. Featuring major works by an array of artists including KAWS, Barry McGee, Thomas Campbell, Cynthia Connolly, Evan Hecox, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, Geoff McFetridge, Ryan McGinley, Ryan McGinness, Terry Richardson, Clare E. Rojas, Ed Templeton, Romon Yang, Tobin Yelland, Glen E. Friedman, Ari Marcopoulos, and Raymond Pettibon, the show will also host a courtyard skatepark that will be open to the public from December 21st—30th, and a special screening on December 26th of the new "Beautiful Losers" documentary film directed by AARON ROSE and JOSHUA LEONARD and presented by NIKE SPORTSWEAR. Click HERE for a closer look at the installation.

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LA///FIRST LOOK: ED TEMPLETON AND MATT LEINES AT ROBERTS & TILTON GALLERY

November 17, 2008  |  art, Beautiful Losers, LA, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Ed & Matt created a visual wonderland for their slack-jawed onlookers...

It was a near mob scene this Saturday nite in LA art enclave of Culver City when ED TEMPLETON and MATT LEINES unveiled their joint show, "Map of the Inner War"/“The Great Gates of Zenith” at ROBERTS & TILTON GALLERY. For “Map of the Inner War,” Ed Templeton literally saturated the main gallery with over 250 new highly personal works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper all documenting his life, and the lives of the people around him. For the inspiringly-named “The Great Gates of Zenith” in the gallery’s project room, Matt Leines has once again visualized a futuristic world populated by his own pantheon of mythological creatures that would look quite at home in the story books of ancient Mesopotamia. A veritable who’s who of the LA underground turned up during the standing room only event, which was one of the absolute high points of this year’s LA art calendar. To read an in-depth interview with Ed, click HERE. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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