HOLLYWOODLAND///SWOON ROCKS THE BOAT AT NEW IMAGE ART…

February 19, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Swoonifer in the moment...

One of the most amazing aspects of SWOON's artwork is the power it has to completely envelop a space, transforming walls and ceilings into detailed scenes from the master’s vivid urban imagination with solemn linocut characters serving as mute orators of her dark fantasy scenes. Ok, that sounds a hell of a lot like really bad artspeak, or even worse, "creative writing," but Swoon's artwork just hits us like that. In her latest solo show "Drown Your Boats" that opened at MARSEA GOLDBERG's West Hollywood artspot NEW IMAGE ART GALLERY this weekend little Swoonifer, inspired by the dark writings of Angela Carter's "Burning Your Boats," wove a stunning visual narrative throughout the narrow corridor that is this streetwise energy center on Santa Monica Boulevard that will form the core of her highly anticipated large-scale installation at Deitch Projects in NYC this Fall. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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WTF??? FILES///THE WORLD’S BIGGEST TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE FAN…

February 18, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

...is a GIRL???!!!

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PALM SPRINGS///GLENN BARR’S SCHOOL OF ABSTRACT THOUGHT…

February 18, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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"Network" by Glenn Barr...

In the art world there's "Art," and there's "art that goes with the couch." As proud couch owners, we must admit that sometimes we do like it when the art doesn't hurt our brains or clash with the furniture. Detroit's favorite son and connoisseur of all things retro and cool, GLENN BARR, is a man who understands the nuances of a good bit of atomic AbEx and his new smartly-curated group show of lovely amorphisms called "The Abstraction Distraction" at MMODERN GALLERY in Palm Springs turned out first rate easy eye candy by the likes of TIM BISKUP, CHRIS RECCARDI, LYNNE NAYLOR, JEREMIAH KETNER, JOHN BELL, GARY TAXALI, and more this weekend. A background artist from the early days of "Ren & Stimpy," Barr had a heavy hand in revitalizing the decorative abstraction of the 1950 & 60s and much of it is on hand here from fellow R&S alumni Biskup, Naylor, and Reccardi. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///BFG FILES///LED ZZEPPELIN? STAIRWAY TO HOUSTON?…

February 15, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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"We're gettin the band back together..."

It doesn't get much better than a chance to snap Supertouch's own rock god-at-large, BILLY F GIBBONS, "dat ZZ boy," with fellow Les Paul aficionado and Valhalla resident JIMMY PAGE on the prowl in LA. Now if these two would just record a blues record together...

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NEWS///SONIC YOUTH ANNOUNCE TRAVELING ART SHOW…

February 15, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Sonic cover art by (clockwise from upper left): Gerhard Richter, Mike Kelley, Raymond Pettibon, and Richard Prince...

According to NY MAGAZINE's Fiona Byrne , SONIC YOUTH founder THURSTON MOORE has announced plans to create a retrospective museum art show incorporating work from all the band's contributing artists over the years including Mike Kelley, Raymond Pettibon, Chris Wool, Richard Prince, and Gerhard Richter, to name a few. The as-yet unnamed show will travel the world over the course of several years, beginning in the French city of Saint-Nazaire in June of this year with a potential stop at the Whitney Museum in NYC being considered:

"We're putting together this museum show that's utilizing all the artists that we've worked with on different covers and concepts, and that's going to happen for two or three years," said Moore. "It's going to happen in young museums, there's one outside of Paris, there's one in Malmö, Sweden," he added. "It's going to be a lot of artwork by a lot of artists that we've worked with through the years, people like Chris Wool, Dan Graham, Vito Acconci.”

Upping the ante is Moore's claim that Sonic Youth will perform at each opening of the art tour, lest any viewer forget that it's called "rock art" for a reason...

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ART CRIMES///MISSING $8 MIL BASQUIAT MASTERPIECE RECOVERED IN NYC…

February 15, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Basquiat's 1982 masterpiece, "Hannibal"...

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...

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COOL SHIT///THE SCULPTURE OF UGO RONDINONE…

February 15, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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"Smiling faces tell lies..."

We haven’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 “Moonrise” series and we wish we owned one. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///WILD SIDE///THE MONTH IN STUNTBOY…

February 15, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Like mother, like son. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree...

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

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SF///ALBERT REYES & IAN JOHNSON AT WHITE WALLS GALLERY…

February 15, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Art by Albert Reyes... 

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

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FILM///”JOY DIVISION” A NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM BY GRANT GEE…

February 15, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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 1977—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...

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