Unsurprisingly, our man BANKSY didn't show up:
"An apparent press conference by “Exit Through the Gift Shop” director, and mysterious street artist, Banksy was canceled in Berlin today. A subject of the film, which debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival, Banksy remains an incognito artist. He issued a video statement that was shown prior to the press screening of his movie on Sunday at the Berlinale, in lieu of a press conference.
He started by saying, in a recorded message, “Unfortunately I can’t be with you today, so I am speaking from my home in England via satellite link.”
“I guess my ambition was to make a film that would do for graffiti art what ‘Karate Kid’ did for martial arts, a film that would get every school kid in the world picking up a spray can and having a go,” said a silhouetted figure, identified as Banksy, in a digitally altered voice on the short video message. He added, “As it turns out, I think we might have made a film that does for street art what ‘Jaws’ did for water sking.” Click HERE to continue reading at INDIE WIRE...
Stephen Colbert has urged his Nation to download this poster now and plaster Vancouver with it. Just don't call him to bail you outta jail...
Conservative talk phenomenon STEPHEN COLBERT is on his way to the as-yet snowless 2010 OLYMPIC games in Vancouver (home of the "Iceholes") to watch his "Team Colbert" speed skaters careen towards victory, and former show guest and ST buddy SHEPARD FAIREY has been commissioned to commemorate the event:
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Sign Off - See You in Vancouver|
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
Colbert sticks it to the "Iceholes" in the street...
"Liberated" billboard in Jersey City by RON ENGLISH...
Globetrotting Supertouch buddies OS GEMEOS (aka Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo) touched down long enough in Milan, Italy, to debut their show of new work, "In The Arms of an Angel" at GALLERIA PATRICIA ARMOCIDA last week. Comprised of their usual array of stunning aerosol-painted canvases & objects, the show was a poignant example of their beautiful visionary dreamscapes at a time when the world needs dreaming most. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch's own RON ENGLISH is currently running loose in south TEXAS where the sight of a pasture full of nice, innocent cows just grazing away, rekindled his relentless urge to paint everything in sight. The result? A field full of ironically sloganed, camouflauged cows, and a death sentence from Peta, whose bounty hunters are reportedly stalking the Jersey-based painter as we write...
Ron is known to paint cows of all types...
The architectural car crash that is LAS VEGAS’ new CITY CENTER complex, a staggeringly huge 16,797,000 square feet complex on 76 acres on the Las Vegas Strip is literally the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States. The site was formerly occupied by the Boardwalk Hotel and Casino, the Bellagio employee parking lot, and several standalone commercial structures and is bordered by the Monte Carlo Resort, the Bellagio, and The Cosmopolitan Towers. It cost more than $11 billion to construct and of that princely sum, a mere $40 million was set aside to commission new public art. Luckily, the crew that received a paycheck on that commission included such artists as Claes Oldenburg, Frank Stella, Maya Lin, Henry Moore, and Jenny Holzer, to name a few. Notable among those “few,” was Supertouch buddy DOZE GREEN whose appropriately titled “Soddom & Gomorrah” mural greets visitors arriving at the Monte Carlo and Bellagio people mover stations.
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By now everyone's aware of the impending closing of SoHo's legendary DEITCH PROJECTS on June 1st when JEFFREY DEITCH assumes the helm as Director of MOCA in LA. That doesn't mean the gallery will be slacking in the meantime. Currently on display at the massive Wooster Street location until February 16th is KEITH HARING's 70-foot-long mural painted in 1985 for the gym of the South of Market Childcare Center (SOMACC), a non-profit childcare center that serves pre-school children from the SOMA neighborhood in San Francisco. The mural is one of 16 public works painted at hospitals and children’s centers around the world during the artist’s lifetime. Painted in one day, the mural incorporates cartoon characters and animals inspired by the artist’s childhood drawings. When SOMACC lost its lease and moved to a new location in September 2006, the mural was dismantled and is now on view for the first time outside of San Francisco.
ORIGINAL SF MURAL INSTALLATION SHOTS:
ST buddy SHEPARD FAIREY has teamed up with his STUDIO NUMBER ONE (creaters of the "Hope For Haiti" CD cover) designers CLEON PETERSON and CASEY RYDER to create a new poster for HAITI relief based on a photo by TAO RUSPOLI. The $50 signed and numbered edition goes on sale at an unannounced time on Friday, February 5th at Obeygiant.com, with all proceeds from the sales going to ARTISTS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE:
"Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), established in early 2009, is a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis and friends that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world. Over the past year, APJ has directed its efforts to raising enough funds to fully sponsor three schools in Haiti in support of the initiatives of Father Rick Frechette and his team. These schools aren’t just a place to learn but provide for a hot meal, clean water and a chance at the future to children who desperately need it. Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, APJ has focused its efforts on raising much needed dollars for emergency aid in the ravaged country that is only a few hours from our shores."
Andre waxes poetic on the subject of waxing...
Supertouch buddy MR ANDRE is known worldwide for his trademark pink, spaghetti-legged graffiti character. Now Parisian couture and street culture hotspot COLETTE celebrates his fine artwork with a new exhibition, "Drawings." The title, of course, says it all, but the notorious French five-footer mixes things up nonetheless with an array of sculpture and customized objects. Fun art for cheap, what could be better during the dog days of a global recession? HAVE A LOOK: Read More