To commemorate his groundbreaking show in Paris, artist TOM SACHS has released a special must-have T-shirt supporting the OBAMA campaign in its final stretch as we approach the election next week. Available only at Parisian retail palace COLETTE, the shirt features a rendering of Sachs' Hello Kitty Eiffel Tower installation with the words "OBAMA 08" on the back. Just the thought of the French walking around Paris with an American (would-be) president's name on their backs makes a tear drop our eyes...
Following his two awe-inspiring solo shows in NYC earlier this year, Supertouch buddy & perhaps today's most visionary artist TOM SACHS brought his troupe of crying HELLO KITTY sculptures first exhibited at Lever House in Manhattan last month to the Paris to be displayed at the base of the fashion capital's most iconic sight, the Eiffel Tower. Exhibited in conjunction with his show of new works at GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC that debuted in the City of Lights on October 23rd—the centerpiece of which was an epic half pipe sculpture composed of two fully-skateable life-sized bronze quarter pipes alongside other bronze castings and wood burned plywood pieces—Sach's menagerie of Sanrio sculptures appear to be constructed of the artist's favorite material, foamcore, but are actually giant bronzes cast and painted to resemble the cheap material that is the hallmark of the New Yorker's oeuvre.Read More
As if being one of the world's foremost music producers, trendsetting fashionistas, streetwear entrepreneurs, ladykillers, and Louis Vuitton designers wasn't enough, the starmaking PHARRELL "SKATEBOARD P" WILLIAMS has now added high-end modern furniture design to his extensive resume with the official debut of his "Perspective" chairs at GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN in Paris this week. A seat supported with the legs of both a man and a woman, the "Perspective" chair was created to resemble a street-level view of a couple in the midst of getting it on, is rendered in slick acrylic, and available in four colors with the choice of leather, incredibly un-PC veal skin, or velour leather for the seating material. Priced well out of reach of Pharrell's loyal legion of young streetwear zombies (the chairs cost a wee bit more than the most expensive pair of Bapes), these pricey walkers are sure to be the furniture of choice for a new wave of rap videos to come. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
LA's resident cartoon Pop artist turned neo-cubist, TIM BISKUP unveiled a new approach to his usual painting style when he debuted a series of paintings displayed on integrated custom built pedestals in a series called "O/S Operating System" at ADDICT GALERIE in Paris late last week. Each of the twelve pieces in the exhibition are self contained units which include an original painting packed into its own shipping crate along with an elaborate pedestal that can be assembled using parts that come inside the crate as well as the crate itself. These "systems," as the artist calls them, constitute a fusion of Biskup's aesthetic style and his conceptual theories. The pieces are intended to represent the interconnection between art itself and the peripheral elements that allow it to exist. As a metaphor, the "systems" ask the question of weather the peripheral elements actually add to or distract from the artwork being presented. Also available at the exhibition—as somewhat of an unintentional souvenir of the artist's older painting style—is a large scale 30-color serigraph of Biskup's "Tree Of Life" painting originally created as the cover of "American Cyclops," a catalog of artwork from an exhibition of the same name that took place at Iguapop Gallery in Barcelona in July of 2006. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Perennial Supertouch favorite, Philly-based sculptor AJ FOSIK has unleashed his trademark menagerie of fractalized wooden animals upon the art frogs of Paris with the debut of his fantastically-titled "Stiff Meat" exhibition at GALLERY L.J. BEAUBOURG this month. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch roving reporter JASON NOLAN's been a busy man in the couture capitol of the world this month and sends back this peek at the state of wall art in the streets of Paris including new work by FAFI alongside spots by SPACE INVADER, SEEN, MR ANDRE, LUDO, BUE, FEFE TALAVERA, and a slew of wheatpaste & stencil miscreants. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Brooklyn neighbors and comrades-in-arms KAWS and MARK DEAN VECA are long overdue for a full-scale artist collaboration on canvas (come one guys, make it happen), but in the meantime, Mr Veca's new guest T-shirt graphic for KAWS' Tokyo-based ORIGINAL FAKE brand featuring his insanely intricate graphic stylings will have to tide us over. OlÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Chum never looked so good. Make that gross...