An $8 million painting by JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT has been located in an Upper East Side Manhattan warehouse after apparently being smuggled out of Brazil, federal prosecutors said. Prosecutors filed papers Wednesday seeking to seize the 1982 painting, called "Hannibal," in an effort to help Brazilian authorities claim it.
Its last known owner was Edemar Cid Ferreira, the former owner of Banco Santos and one of Brazil's largest art collectors. The bank went bankrupt in September 2005, leaving behind debts of over $1 billion. Ferreira was convicted in Brazil on charges including money laundering and bank fraud. He was ordered to begin serving a 21-year sentence in December 2006, but was released while his appeal winds through the courts.
A Brazilian court ordered the seizure of $20 million to $30 million worth of art, saying Ferreira and his relatives and associates had bought the works with proceeds of illegal schemes, according to U.S. prosecutors. But "Hannibal" was missing. Until now...
We havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been able to get this incredible sculptural series by 44-year-old Swiss conceptual installation artist UGO RONDINONE out of our heads since we caught sight of it at MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY in NYC at the end of last year. Created originally in clay and cast in aluminum, the massive sculptures are part of a run of mask effigies that he calls the Ã¢â‚¬Å“MoonriseÃ¢â‚¬Â series and we wish we owned one. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
A month in the life of STUNTBOY (aka: Erik Foss) is like a year in the life of a normal human, and that's not necessarily a good thing. Between prowling art shows, running his gallery Fuse, and bar Lit, and generally dodging a lot of naked flesh, our boy seems to always have his hands full. Have a look at the past 30 in the life of the toothless wonder: Read More
We need to give it up to Supertouch ally JUSTIN GIARLA and his infamous WHITE WALLS GALLERY in dirty old SF for putting on a fantastic show of new work by brothers from different mothers ALBERT REYES & IAN JOHNSON. Working in hybrid styles that fuse elements of outsider, folk, street, and prison art (with a healthy dose of Teen Angels vibe thrown in for good measure) both artists work in unique yet highly complementary figurative styles to create fantastic, accessible work that's still ridiculously affordable. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
When seminal goth rocker IAN CURTIS committed suicide in 1980, mere weeks before the commercial release of the hit "Love Will Tear Us Apart," he left his JOY DIVISION bandmates in disarray and very little to speak of in terms of a visual record of his life and times. Coming hot on the tail of the recent theatrical account of Curtis' life "Control" by Anton Crobijn, "JOY DIVISION," a new documentary film about the band and its enigmatic singer by director Grant Gee seeks to set their record straight through interviews and what little footage of the group exists, stretching from 1977Ã¢â‚¬â€1980. We caught an advance screening of it this week and rest assured, it's well worth the trip to the theater on February 16 when it hits theaters...
If you havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seen it yet, see it NOW. Ã¢â‚¬Å“King of Kong: A Fistful of QuartersÃ¢â‚¬Â on DVD this weekÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Supertouch buddy JASON McALLISTER just wrapped up a quik trip to Barcelona where the city's walls are like a street level museum of MISS VAN's beautiful artwork. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
And a little video love from Supertouch's own DONNY MILLER...
For all the male FAFI fans who might feel a bit strange buying pieces from the Parisian artist's new MAC COSMETICS collaboration, the real-life "Fafi Girls" currently touring MAC stores nationwide are a bulletproof explanation for when your bros ask what you were doing hanging around a makeup store for five hours. Shot this week in NYC at the company's flagship store, this sexy trio makes us wanna pack our bags and move to Fafi land permanently and become a polygamist. And for fans that can't catch the girls in person, MAC has just released a limited run of three Fafi figures every bit as hot as the real thing. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
One of our favorite New York artists, SWOON is currently in LA racing to finish off her solo exhibition, "Drown Your Boats" in time for opening nite this Saturday, February 16th at Marsea Goldberg's NEW IMAGE ART. In the span of two weeks, our girl has transformed the West Hollywood artspot into a floor-to-ceiling environmental installation that must be seen in person to be believed. HAVE A LOOK AT THE WORK IN PROGRESS: Read More