As always, our boy on the scene in NYC, STUNTBOY (aka: Erik Foss) has been a very busy boy the past few weeks getting ready to drop OG downtown art legend JACK WALLS‘ first ever solo show, “Ada: A Series of Collages” at his East Village art spot, FUSE GALLERY. Best known as Robert Mapplethorpe’s companion & muse throughout the 1980s until the photographer’s untimely death, Walls now serves as the head of the Mapplethorpe Foundation and created his collages for this show using an image from Mapplethorpe’s storied back catalogue. As usual, the opening crowd was a who’s-who of downtown art stars, rockers, and scumbags just like it should be. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
With a second baby in the cradle and a metabolism fast approaching middle-age, we’re not guessing that you’ll find street art legend SHEPARD FAIREY in the saddle of a road bike anytime soon (unless it’s in his imagination) but with the release of FUJI‘s new OBEY collaborative fixed gear, he might just be able to get his legion of zombie followers to get out and do it for him. Available now as a limited-edition release, we’re sad to report that the bike’s $1,500 pricetag doesn’t buy you a rack to carry your posters and wheatpaste on. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Even if identical twin brothers Otavio and Augusto Pandolfo—otherwise known as the Brasilian art duo OS GEMEOS (“the twins”)—threw a new art show every month, we still wouldn’t get tired of taking in their amazing fantasy slumscapes. This time, the Brothers P have landed in Madrid at PILAR PARRA & ROMERO GALLERY where they launched their new solo show, “Sonhei Que Tinha Sonhado” (“I dreamed that I had dreamed”) a full-scale multimedia installation of makeshift building facades and fantastic soundscapes last week. What’s perhaps even more impressive than the sheer consistency of the brother’s art is their daunting drive which pushes them to create art on nearly anything they can get their hands on at a superhuman rate. Simply put, few people in the art world are operating at this level, take notes, people. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
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 masterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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
…is a GIRL???!!!
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
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…
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 MalmÃƒÂ¶, 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.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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…
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