Yeah, that skybar says Luxembourg, which is exactly where London-based street artist & legendary foot-fetishist INSA has been laying his latest artistic tracks for the past month with his show "Wants and Needs" at EXTRABOLD GALLERY. Says Insa of the new work: "My aim is to create beautiful objects of desire in order to explore the relationship between sex, commodity and art. I want to show how our need for products, material objects and even artworks themselves can be confused with our wants and sexual desire." Showcasing the artist's trademark sexy imagery in a wide array of work ranging from realistic paintings to heavily-decorated canvases and high-heels bearing the artist's sensuous linework, the painter once again proves that his imagery is at home in a gallery as in the streets of London. The whole thing comes crashing down on Saturday, June 14th, so consider this your last look. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Better known as the "Olympics of the art world," the mammoth art convention that is the real ART BASEL, as in Basel Switzerland, not Miami, was in full effect last week in the land of money and chocolate. Luckily, our international man of mystery MISTER G was on the spot to take in the debauchery and bring us a glimpse of some of the exhibition's greatest hits. Also on display at this year's Basel—now in its 38th year—was NIKE's aesthetic celebration of the checkered ball in the form of "ART/OF/FOOTBALL," a user generated content exhibition curated in conjunction with SHOWstudio as part of Basel's DESIGN/MIAMI fair. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
We've already mentioned the "STREET ART" show currently on display at London's TATE MUSEUM featuring incredible new paste-ups by French photographer & street artist JR, and now we've got a right bit of video detailing his exploits wrapping buildings around town with his signature gigantic black & white imagery...
As part of their ongoing celebration of the upcoming 2008 Olympic games NIKE has pulled yet another trick out of the hat by projecting images of some of China's greatest athletes onto the sparse sides of superstar Dutch architect REM KOOLHAAS' new governmental CCTV building in downtown Beijing. Transforming the city's sleepless skyline into a nighttime multimedia event, the projections highlight one of the country's most significant architectural endeavors and their greatest hope for Olympic greatness at a time when the eyes of the world are all focused on the rapidly developing Red giant...
Just when you thought the world had shrunken to its smallest possible proportions and there was no place left on Earth left uncorrupted by the scourge of modern culture the BBC has reported that an as-yet totally uncontacted tribe of indigenous peoples has been documented living in Brasil's dense rainforest. We're officially packing our bags and moving there tomorrow. The sad reality, however, is that these incredible people will probably be photographed drinking Coke, listening to iPods and wearing T-shirts tomorrow. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As we reported earlier on Supertouch, downtown NYC-based street & gallery artist ESPO is currently living & working in Dublin, Ireland on a Fulbright Scholarship where he's been keeping himself very busy steadily turning the city streets into a museum of his artistic handiwork. The past several weeks have been especially prolific with more giant pieces popping up at every turn. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Belgian artist BENJAMIN VERDONCK has taken the usually verboten medium of performance art to new heights of greatness with his new NEST installation titled “The Great Swallow” in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Perched 50 meters above the city square on the side of the 13th floor of the Wenna Tower (aka: “The Pepperbox”), Verdonck’s windy new home is, according the artist, constructed of “the crowns of 23 silver birches, two straw bales, one bucket of spit, three bags of sand, twelve buckets of glue, and nineteen cans of polyurethane foam.” Residing in the perch since its construction a week ago, the artist has seen a lot of debris float down to his numerous fans at street level including feathers, a giant egg, and copious amounts of bird shit. No word yet on how long the installation will remain or what the artist’s final stunt will be, but we’re guessing it could quite easily include a caravan of ambulances. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
One of the most memorable experiences in life has to be climbing the legendary GREAT WALL OF CHINA. Built between the 6th century BC and the 16th century, the 4,000 mile Great Wall was constructed to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties. The area pictured here is closest to Beijing, the former capital city of the Ming Dynasty which was responsible for building the most strong, fortified, and enduring segments of the wall. At its peak, the Ming Wall was guarded by more than one million men and historical records indicate that around two to three million Chinese died as part of the centuries-long project of building the wall. Now, the colossal structure is a modern tourist trap where American, Euro, and native Chinese travelers mingle to gawk at each other and the monumental gigantitude of the twisting path before them. HAVE A LOOK:Read More
On our long prowl in Beijing last week it was impossible to travel nearly a block without encountering some amazing Chinese signage translated into inimitable "Engrish." Here's a peek at the best of 'em. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Yeah, that title sounds scary and it should be. Eating in Beijing can certainly be dicey and the street food is truly a thing to behold. Nearly all manner of strange and seemingly inedible creature is represented in an endless stream of street stalls, all impaled on bamboo sticks ready to be cooked—or not—to your discerning standards. To untrained Western eyes, these stalls look more like a setup for Jackass than a serious culinary operation. Of course, freshness is prized in China so many of the selections are still alive in cages awaiting your selection and subsequent preparation. Of course, we couldn’t resist a quick tour. Needless to say, it was a strict diet of white rice after this outing, though. HAVE A LOOK: Read More