Posts Tagged ‘Art & Commerce’


October 22, 2008  |  art, News, Obama, Politiks  |  Comments Off

Tim Biskup's not voting for McCain...

With just two weeks left until the presidential election, the well-intentioned "Sketch For Change" eBay auction featuring original OBAMA-themed artwork by TIM BISKUP, JAMES JEAN, BOB DOB, AMANDA VISSELL, and GARY BASEMAN, among others, might be a little late in the game, but with 21 pieces of artwork up for grabs (all profits are donated to Obama's campaign), it's a great way to grab an affordable piece of tax-deductible art without the guilt. HAVE A LOOK: (click HERE to bid) Read More

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October 3, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, SK8 THING  |  Comments Off

Boardsliding would only enhance these Christopher Wool originals...

Expanding upon their highbrow forays into the blue chip art realm, cooler-than-you (and seemingly recession-proof) NYC skate brand SUPREME today launched three new collaborative decks bearing original artwork by the legendary monochromatic abstract painter CHRISTOPHER WOOL (decks launch Saturday, October 4th in Japan). Beginning his career in 1984 with a solo show at Manhattan's Cable Gallery, the 53-year-old artist who splits his time between the artistic hotbeds of NYC and Marfa, Texas, undoubtedly left urban skate gremlins scratching their heads with this esoteric release, yet still strangely compelled to buy all three decks to later resell on eBay for great profit, all without stopping to ponder the meaning of said graphics. But, then, such is life in this postmodern world. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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September 16, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Damien Hirst, London, News  |  Comments Off

The auctioneer sweats bullets while Damien ponders his next Aston Martin (with spin art paint job, of course)...

It's been a long nite of watching mostly new money trophy hunters battle for big ticket modern art baubles at the first session of DAMIEN HIRST's much-hyped "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever" auction at SOTHEBY'S in London. Although the sale exceeded its overall $112,000,000 USD estimate to bring in a whopping $126,623,656 USD through the sale of 56 lots, the pieces that drew the biggest prices proved surprising. While the show's centerpiece, the massive 10 ton pickled bull installation, "The Golden Calf," was expected to easily exceed its auction estimate of $14,000,000 USD—$21,000,000 USD, and maybe even set a new sales record, the gavel banged at “only” the $17,960,802 USD mark. Meanwhile, the pickled shark known as "The Kingdom," which was only predicted to pull in between $7,000,000—$11,000,000 USD, wound up selling for a massive $17,242,370 USD. Other "stained glass" butterfly and skull spin art pieces also easily exceeded their not-so-conservative estimates proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that even with the recent banking industry collapse the modern art market is still wearing its recession-proof Kevlar vest with pride ("Can you believe this Lehman shit" was the banter of the eve). If that weren’t enough, 167 more Hirst lots will go on the block tomorrow in two additional day sales for a grand total of 223 pieces in all. If Mr Hirst’s master plan was to indeed prove that the gallery system is to established artists what the record industry is to music, he’s succeeded wildly (his longtime gallerist Larry Gagosian was notably absent from the proceedings, while other starmakers like Tony Shafrazi sat front and center). Whether today’s success can be replicated in the future by both Hirst and other artists with smaller PR staffs and less brightly lit halos remains to be seen. In the meantime, it’s a fun ride till the cart goes off the track. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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September 4, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Design, London, News, Rock of Ages  |  Comments Off


Pop/graphic artist JOHN PASCHE’s original artwork for THE ROLLING STONES' iconic lips & tongue logo—based on Mick Jagger's big mouth—has just been bought by the VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM in London for $92,500 USD. The acquisition funds were secured with the help of The Art Fund charity, which donated 50% of the cost. The 14-inch square color separated, handpainted artwork comes with a color print. Paid just paid £50 for creating the artwork in 1970 while still an art student at the Royal College of Art at Jagger’s request, Pasche’s enduring image has since become one of the most recognized pieces of graphic art in the world and an icon of an era. The logo’s first use was on the inner sleeve of the 1971 Album “Sticky Fingers” featuring cover art by Andy Warhol, a fact that led to the Pop artist being erroneously credited for the image since its inception. The newly acquired piece will be housed in the V&A’s permanent collection, which represents largest assemblage of decorative arts and design in the world. The fact that Pasche used to wander the halls of the museum as an art student is a particularly fitting bit of irony. To read the full story of the logo’s creation, READ ON: Read More

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July 12, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, KAWS, News, Tokyo  |  Comments Off


In their ongoing graphics collaboration for ORIGINAL FAKE, Supertouch homies MARK DEAN VECA and Mr KAWS have again teamed up to bring you this hyperdetailed Veca-penned rendering of XX-eyed mastermind's classic Blitz bomb character. Look for it on T-shirts in Fall 2008. As for the original, you'll have to get an invitation to KAWS' house to see it on his wall...


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July 10, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Crimes, Banksy, Commerce, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, WTF???  |  Comments Off

Will the real "BONSKY" please stand up?...

In an effort to thwart bootlegging and the resale of his illegally placed street installations, national living art treasure, knight of the Queen's court, and minister of tourism BANKSY (Sir Banksy, to the common man), has just established an official certification board to authenticate his artworks prior to resale. Yes, you read that right. Appropriately named "Pest Control," the Banksy-appointed committee has declared that all major resellers of his work must consult them first before any secondary market work can be considered truly authentic. A member of Banksy's camp reports, “The works are made for specific sites, and taking them is tantamount to theft. That is why Banksy has approved this authentication system. He certainly doesn’t want the people who’ve removed them making money out of it.” This move comes after three inauthentic works attributed to Banksy went on sale at Bloomsbury Auctions in London without prior certification. And so turns yet another incredible page in the grand work of performance art that is Banksy's career...

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July 3, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, London, News  |  Comments Off

Even this Basquiat masterpiece couldn't stand U2's music anymore...

It's an accepted truism that the best pieces by the deceased street art/Pop master JEAN–MICHEL BASQUIAT are all in the hands of knowing private collectors at this point where they're likely to stay for some time to come. That fact alone would normally be enough to make the early '80s masterpiece painting "Untitled (Pecho/Oreja), 1983" auctioned yesterday at Sotheby's for a healthy £5,000,000 ($9,962,699 USD) especially noteworthy—if it weren't coming from the private collection of U2, that is. Originally purchased by the Irish band at a posthumous Basquiat show at Robert Miller Gallery in New York in 1989 (Samo OD'd in 1988) for a mere fraction of its current value, the huge painting hung as a backdrop in their Dublin studio and was present at the recording of their albums beginning with "Achtung Baby" until the band mysteriously decided to part ways with it this month. Believed to be a self-portrait created by the then-22-year-old art star in his basement studio beneath Anina Nosei's gallery, the piece is a truly incredible painting by the late artist and a find of even rarer quality on the open market these days. Of course, it was picked up by an unnamed private European collector who obviously lives somewhere where money is still worth something. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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July 1, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Murakami, News  |  Comments Off

The look of luxe and the smell of $$$... 

Just when we thought our blurry vision was recovering from NIGO's years-long neon assault on our once beloved design motif it seems his fashion protégée TAKASHI MURAKAMI has gotten in on the act (and a few years late, at that) with his new cammo design for ultra luxury brand LOUIS VUITTON's line of leather bags and other blue chip accessories. Dubbed "Monogramouflage," the Japanese Pop Art god's newest pattern simultaneously references Andy Warhol's earlier interpretations of the disruptive pattern material and the ubiquity of BAPE's signature streetwear graphics while incorporating LV's timeless monogram pattern. First debuted as a series of framed artworks in his traveling art show "© Murakami," and a limited product range at his Brooklyn Museum installation from June 1st—15th, the full line including luggage, wallets, iPod cases, belts, scarves, handbags, boots, sneakers, and clothing will be made available to the public tomorrow, June 1st, at LV flagship stores and premium outlets worldwide. Never mind the current record oil prices and general global economic freefall, expect queues of dedicated fashionistas and well-heeled hipsters in all timezones come first light. We’ll be sleeping in. After all, Canal Street is forever. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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June 11, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Basel, News, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

Tom Sachs: locked and loaded...

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

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June 6, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Toybox  |  Comments Off

"Hi, How Are You"...

We’ve said it loudly before and we’ll say it again, the toy game is dead, but it’s refreshing to see a nice art figure being made from time to time. This month brings us “Jeremiah the Innocent,” a vinyl incarnation of a drawing by legendary outsider artist/musician and 2006 Whitney Biennial participant DANIEL JOHNSTON. Created by AT ARMS TOYS, the 12” figure representing Kurt Cobain’s favorite DJ image (see below) is available in three colorways: white (edition of 350), green (edition of 250), and orange (edition of 250). All figures are individually numbered, stand 12 inches tall, and are housed in a collectors case. Order yours HERE, and learn more about Daniel Johnston HERE. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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