Posts Tagged ‘Art Crimes’

NEWS///ART CRIMES///BANKSY NOLA ART STARTS DISAPPEARING

September 9, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, New Orleans, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Banksy's NOLA house rat flees the roost...

Following BANKSY's recent art run through NEW ORLEANS and the city's subsequent drenching from Hurricane Gustav, observant residents have begun removing the English street artist's guerilla art gifts, including the stenciled rat from the side of this Katrina-ravaged home. Other pieces have been reported missing and we await photographic confirmation. Meanwhile, we're renting a sawsall and booking a flight to the South with an eye towards early retirement. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///FILM///”BEAUTIFUL LOSERS” MOVIE PREMIERE AND AFTERPARTY…

August 13, 2008  |  art, Art Freaks, Beautiful Losers, News, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off

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NYC legend Carlo McCormick (top), and (below) the real star of the nite...

The American onslaught of the new "Beautiful Losers" documentary film kicked off with the inaugural screening in NYC last week on Friday, 08.08.08, at the indie-centric IFC CENTER, hosted by director AARON ROSE. The usual cast of art freaks and downtown hipsters turned out in full force to take in the flick before repairing back to the East Village hotspot that is ERIK FOSS' venerable LIT LOUNGE for a late nite of celebratory god-only-knows-what, obligatory scandalous photo ops, and loud sounds by DJ CHRIS JOHANSON. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///LONDON///DAMIEN HIRST’S $160,000 SEX PISTOLS CLOTHING COLLECTION DECLARED FAKE…

August 6, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Art Crimes, London, News  |  Comments Off

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Above: McLaren & Hirst. Below: One of the alleged original fake garments in question...

The world’s highest-paid living artist, DAMIEN HIRST recently shelled out $160,000 of his hard-earned diamond skull money to a private collector for a wardrobe of original punk clothing created by Sex Pistols impresario MALCOLM McLAREN and VIVIENNE WESTWOOD for their legendary 1970s shop SEX & SEDITIONARIES, only to have it all declared fake by McLaren himself. Purchased from longtime McLaren archivist SIMON EASTON as an intended addition to Hirst’s private museum currently under construction, McLaren examined the entire collection at Hirst’s home shortly thereafter only to find the entire lot was comprised of authentic-looking bootlegs. “Seeing these clothes, I said, ‘Wow, they've gone to great lengths to manufacture the labels, and distress the fabrics,’” McLaren explained, “but clearly they were not the fabrics we used 35 years ago, and the stitching was totally different. And there were bags and bags of them. We simply didn't make that many. I mean, we literally made these clothes on my kitchen floor. They were each unique.” While Hirst remains under gag order pending legal action against the collector, Easton maintains that “absolutely everything my clients have purchased is authentic. McLaren actually had very little input in the design of the clothes; he’ll rewrite history on a daily basis. He has less knowledge about these clothes than the people who collect them.” Ever get the feeling you’ve been “cheet-ed”?...

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McLaren & Westwood's "Sex" shoppe as it appeared at 430 King's Road in the '70s...

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STOLEN ART ALERT: BARRY McGEE & CLARE ROJAS AT RVCA SF…

July 8, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Barry McGee, News  |  Comments Off

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The above two pieces of artwork by CLARE ROJAS (left) and BARRY McGEE (right) were recently stolen from the RVCA x CINELLIPressure” art exhibition at RVCA’s San Francisco shop at the corner of Haight & Asbury. Both pieces are from private collections and RVCA asks that anyone with any information about their whereabouts please contact shop staff at 415 701 7822. There will be no questions asked of anyone phoning in with information and if the person in possession of the works wishes to return them, no legal action will be taken against anyone. They just want the art back. Anonymous tips can also be emailed to Supertouch staff at Supertouchart@gmail.com. DO THE RIGHT THING

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IRELAND///STREET LIFE///INSA GOES BIG IN DUBLIN…

April 18, 2008  |  art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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The high-heeled obsessed English street artist known as INSA made his presence known in the land of brown ale...

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