ART & COMMERCE | “GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN”: DAMIEN HIRST’S GILDED MAMMOTH FOR CHARITY

May 20, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Say what you will about Damien Hirst as an artist—and there's always a lot to be said—but his generosity within the art world is legendary and is at the root of his latest sculpture, a prehistoric three-meter high Wooly Mammoth skeleton dipped in gold and encased in a giant gold-plated Read More

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OPENINGS| LUCIEN SMITH’S CAMOUFLAGE PAINTINGS IN “TIGRIS” AT SKARSTEDT GALLERY, NYC

May 20, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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The resurgence of camouflage as a major theme in modern fashion has been a long-developing trend that's only intensified in recent years with the vintage vietnam "tiger camo" pattern being the most revered of the innumerable designs, especially in the world of streetwear. Bringing this trend to the formalized art world is 25-year-old Brooklyn-based artist Lucien Smith whose new show of 11 large scale tiger camo paintings titled Tigris opened Read More

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ART MARKET | RAYMOND PETTIBON HITS THE MILLION DOLLAR MARK AT SOTHEBY’S

May 19, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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As familiar blue chip names like Koons, Warhol, and Basquiat continued their assault on the wallets of the world's most conspicuously consuming oligarchs at massive auctions at the big houses in NYC last week, it was nice to see a piece by OG punk artist Raymond Pettibon surpass the million dollar mark for the first time as part of the Read More

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FIRST LOOOK | INSIDE TODD JAMES’ “SECRET GARDEN” AT GALLERIA PATRICIA ARMOCIDA, MILAN

May 19, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Following his recent New York show in March that saw him working a bit more loosely & experimentally, Todd James' current show, Secret Garden that opened in Milan at Galleria Patricia Armocida last week sees the artist returning his focus to familiar subject matter, exploring the visual themes of naked girls & Somali pirates with renewed vigor. In this round of works, however, Read More

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MUST-SEE | NEW WORK BY GLENN BROWN AT GAGOSIAN GALLERY, NYC

May 15, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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In the midst of a prolonged cycle of deep indulgence of saccharine Pop imagery in the art world (we're guilty as charged ourselves), British painter Glenn Brown provides the antidote with his utterly masterful expressionist works currently on display in an eponymous show that opened last week at Gagosian Gallery in NYC.

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ON EXHIBIT | UP CLOSE WITH JEFF KOONS’ $28 MILLION DOLLAR POPEYE

May 15, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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This has been an epic week of decadent indulgence in the art world with heavy-hitting contemporary art auctions at Sotheby's, Christie's, and Phillips bringing in record prices for blue chip artists after a weeklong feeding frenzy at Frieze NY set the tone for uninhibited spending. Chief among those prime movers is the Prince of Pop, himself, Jeff Koons, whose 2009 masterpiece Popeye, a gorgeous gleaming, Read More

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SOUND + VISION | PHARRELL’S ANIME VIDEO FOR HIS REMIX OF TAKASHI MURAKAMI’S “JELLYFISH EYES” THEME

May 15, 2014  |  Film, Music  |  Comments Off

Longtime collaborators Pharrell & Japanese Pop Art god Takashi Murakami have teamed up once again for Skateboard P's new remix of “Last Night, Good Night,” the theme song for Murakami's recent Jellyfish Eyes animated film with a music video featuring virtual Japanese anime pop star Hatsune Miku. Read More

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OPENINGS | SAM FRIEDMAN’S “EASY” AT LIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE, DETROIT

May 14, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Much is made in the press these days about Detroit's current cultural renaissance, and at the center of that action is Matt Eaton's Library Street Collective gallery where Sam Friedman's gorgeous show of vivid new abstracts debuted last week. Titled Easy, the new body of work continues his current Read More

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ON EXHIBIT | NEW HAJIME SORAYAMA SCULPTURE AT ART BASEL HONG

May 14, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Legendary Japanese fantasy & concept artist Hajime Sorayama debuted a gorgeous new sculpture of his iconic chrome fembot fatale (made famous on his Aerosmith album cover art) with Nanzuka Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong this week. Now she's one step closer to becoming reality. Have a look:  Read More

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MUST-SEE | MARK FLOOD’S “INSIDER ART FAIR” AT ZACH FEUER, NYC

May 14, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Set smack dab in the week when blue chip art pieces by artists like Barnett Newman ($84M), Basquiat ($35M), Andy Warhol ($63M), and Mark Rothko ($66M) brought in outrageous & record-setting sums at auctions in NYC by Christies and Sothebys, artist Mark Flood opened his own tribute to the phenomenon on Tuesday with his Insider Art Fair Read More

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