Posts Tagged ‘First Look’

NYC///FIRST LOOK///YOSHITOMO NARA ROCKS MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY

March 11, 2009  |  art, First Look, Japan, Nara, News, Openings, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Japanese art sensation (he’s bigger than Murakami in his native land) YOSHITOMO NARA brought some much-needed heat to NYC last week with his eponymous new show of paintings, drawings and large-scale constructions at MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY. Forming the centerpiece of the exhibition is a pair of large “Smurf houses” that double as mini art studios that were executed in conjunction with installation artists GRAF, who, together with Nara form the collective YNG (Yoshitomo Nara + Graf). Constructed from reclaimed wood, the forms of the two immense sculptures recall stylized tannenbaums, with their roof shingling evoking exaggerated tree needles. Small cutout windows and hanging lights punctuate the sculptures, providing them with the feel of a house or some surreal abode. The structures are hollow and present interiors replete with drawings and paintings all created in the artist's hand, and with a multitude of stuffed animals from fans selected by the artist. Though Nara has previously exhibited these types of moveable spaces before, the dwellings in this exhibition have a quieted sentiment to them. Each object within feels carefully considered in its placement. The frenzy of personal effects including photographs, CDs and beer cans, all evoking the turmoil and inspiration in the artist studio, has been removed. Instead the stillness of the structures, with their looming spires, presents a protective shell to the interiors. Though possible to peer into the structures and glimpse their holdings, they cannot be entered and the viewer must be content to remain on the exterior. The paintings, rendered on both canvas and wooden billboards, depict lone portraits of dreamy-eyed figures. Pencil and colored pencil drawings on found envelopes and discarded papers similarly parse the psychological landscape of their subjects. A dedicated rock fanatic Nara’s opening included live performances by Japanese bands by OORUTAICHI and M.A.G.O., proving that normally stuffy Gotham art openings can indeed rock and or roll. Nara is yet another artist participating in the "Stages" charity art show to benefit LANCE ARMSTRONG's anti-cancer LIVESTRONG foundation during his run in this year's Tour de France. Keep an eye on ST for more details coming soon. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///OPENINGS: MARS-1′S “NUCLEAR MYSTIC” AT JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY

February 24, 2009  |  art, News, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Mario keeps the ladies entertained with his futuristic visions...

The undisputed master of Sci-Fi abstract psychedelia, San Francisco-based painter MARS-1 (aka: Mario Martinez) continues to amaze with a new series of kaleidoscopic paintings and bronze sculptures in his new "Nuclear Mystic" show that just opened at Chelsea art hotspot JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY. Perhaps the most distinguishing aspect of Martinez' work is the painstaking detail that goes into each painting anchoring his seemingly abstract compositions with a seemingly incongruous dose of meticulous rendering. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///FIRST LOOK: KAWS’ “THE LONG WAY HOME” AT HONOR FRASER GALLERY

February 22, 2009  |  art, Feature, First Look, Graffiti, KAWS, LA, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

kawshf1.jpg KAWS' anxiously anticipated new show “The Long Way Home,” opened its doors to an absolutely massive crowd at HONOR FRASER gallery in LA last nite, with a queue that wrapped entirely around the block (and then some) for the duration of the frenzied two-hour opening. KAWS' incredibly well behaved legion of faithful followers did their best to make the Brooklyn-based artist feel welcome in his first west coast solo exhibition that featured new paintings (the largest of which went to collector and Supertouch buddy Lance Armstrong), sculptures, a 20" solid bronze Chum figure and a new series of "Kurfs" and Spongebob package paintings that were spoken for well before the opening festivities kicked off.

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TOKYO///FIRST LOOK///OPENING NITE AT MARK RYDEN’S “SNOW YAK SHOW” AT TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY

February 11, 2009  |  art, Feature, Mark Ryden, News, Openings, Tim Biskup, Tokyo  |  Comments Off

litttlebearr.jpg Otaku MARK RYDEN fans got a much-needed dose of face time with their art idol in Tokyo last Saturday nite when his hotly anticipated new "Snow Yak Show" debuted at TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY. In attendance were longtime Ryden brothers-in-arms TIM BISKUP and GARY BASEMAN who helped their bearded elder celebrate in true snow yak style replete with fuzzy white headgear and ice cold hearts to boot. The sold out show of new oil paintings and drawings represents a stark aesthetic departure for the artist who leaves behind his trademark meat-laden painting style and ornate frames behind with this collection of minimalist new work.

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BOSTON///BOSTON///FIRST LOOK: SHEPARD FAIREY’S “SUPPLY & DEMAND” SHOW AT THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

February 6, 2009  |  art, Boston, Graffiti, News, Openings, Origins of Style, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Our own SHEPARD FAIREY has been a near constant presence on Supertouch of late, but what can we say, the last year has belonged to him. Capping off an epic string of career milestones beginning with his street level branding of the Obama campaign to being inducted into the Smithsonian and the attendant media blitz that ensued–most famously with his appearances on The Colbert Report and Charlie Rose, Ol' Shep managed to cap it all off last nite with the VIP preview of his career retrospective art show "Supply & Demand" at the INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON. Of course there were even more media microphones and cameras there (that's after doing two days of press before hand), but this time so was his loyal legion of diehard fans, which made it all worthwhile. Just to up the irony factor, local government just unveiled a massive Shepard mural outside the entrance of historic City Hall with the Mayor presiding over the occasion. Looks like art crime pays after all. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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BELGIUM///FIRST LOOK///STEVE POWERS’ (AKA: ESPO) “SEMAPHORES OF THE SOUL” AT ALICE GALLERY

February 2, 2009  |  art, Belgium, First Look, Graffiti, News, Openings, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Espo gets a visit from the Power Rangers...

One thing's for certain about NYC-based artist, street bomber,  & sign painter extraordinaire STEPHEN POWERS (aka: ESPO), his career moves fast with international shows of his trademark enamel on metal quips firing off around the world at a breakneck pace. This month finds the hightop-faded one debuting an extensive set of new works in "Semaphores of the Soul," at Brussels' esteemed ALICE GALLERY where red dots on the space's white walls attested to the enduring strength of Powers' market despite the art world's current economic woes. Local fans flooded the spot where the red hooded power trio known as LES BOURREAUX closed out the night and nearly drew the cops. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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SOUTH CAROLINA///FIRST LOOK: DALEK’S “BROKEN, BEATEN, AND BURIED” AT REDUX CONTEMPORARY

January 29, 2009  |  art, First Look, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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The ladies of South Carolina love cool James...

Supertouch buddy James "DALEK" Marshall continues his artistic trek in search of geometrical expression at Charleston, South Carolina's REDUX CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER, with his defeatist "Broken, Beaten, and Buried" show of new works that opened its doors last Friday. Moving away from the central "Space Monkey" character that has long dominated Dalek's artwork, the former Murakami production line painter has been exploring the realms of kaleidoscopic geometry with abandon of late, and the results are pure mathematical eye candy. Just to throw another curve ball into the mix, Dalek has moved beyond his intricate and complex compositions for this show to create an additional walk-through installation of decidedly minimal and linear abstract work, possibly a sneek peek at a further deconstructed approach to come. If catching a glimpse at this eye-popping new work isn't enough motivation for New Yorkers to drive down to the show, escaping Manhattan's sub-Arctic weather for the mild climes of South Carolina should be reason enough for anyone with a penchant for self-preservation. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///FIRST LOOK: NEW IMAGE ART’S 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW

January 27, 2009  |  art, Hollywood Swingin', LA, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Barry McGee steps up to the plate with Phil Frost...

It really does seem like only yesterday that ripping surfer chick and art connoisseur MARSEA GOLDBERG opened the doors to her NEW IMAGE ART GALLERY. In that time the West Hollywood hotspot has been a home (oftentimes literally) to a vast array of the underground art world's young upstarts and a proven incubator for talent that has nurtured the careers of Ed Templeton, Clare Rojas, Jo Jackson, Judith Supine, Tauba Auerbach, Matt Leines, Jeff Soto, Taylor McKimens, Chris Johanson, Phil Frost, Jordin Isip, The Date Farmers, David Ellis, Barry McGee, Ashley Macomber, Os Gemeos, Neck Face and Thomas Campbell, to name a few, all of whom are among the contributors to "15 Years," the space's impressive celebratory group show that opened on Saturday nite. Of course, LA's hipster elite turned out in full force to help mark the occasion, bolstered no doubt by a special live performance by rippers NO AGE and an endless supply of free booze. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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SF///VAN ARNO CATCHES THE “BOOGIE DISEASE” AT THE SHOOTING GALLERY

January 24, 2009  |  art, Lowbrow, News, Openings, San Francisco  |  Comments Off

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Shooting Gallerist Justin Giarla & Van at the scene of the art crime...

Having mastered the so-called "Lowbrow" aesthetic perfected in the 1980s & '90s by his artistic forebear Robert Williams (who also named the genre), LA-based painter VAN ARNO has expanded upon the traditionally noir West Coast style to modernize the genre with an approach that is both refined and distinct. Like his contemporary brother-in-arms Todd Schorr, Van Arno spent years studying “Lowbrow's” meticulous vernacular, ultimately mastering its "girls, guns, and ghouls" iconography before streamlining it in a style he can call his own. Currently on display at JUSTIN GIARLA's venerable SHOOTING GALLERY in San Francisco is Arno's "The Boogie Disease," featuring a dozen new paintings characterized by the artist's dynamic compositions and dramatic figurative rendering that has become his trademark. Having been demoted by the modern trends of "street art" and more cartoony, illustration-based painting, Arno's genre remains alive in his work, a fact that will doubtlessly secure the artist's position as a legitimate elder statesman of the movement when it’s ultimately rediscovered by a new wave of fresh-faced voyeurs in years to come. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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POLITIKS///FIRST LOOK: “MANIFEST HOPE DC” ART SHOW RINGS IN OBAMA INAUGURATION

January 18, 2009  |  art, Feature, Nike, Openings, Politiks, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

manhopedc1.jpg Just in time to celebrate President-Elect BARACK OBAMA's upcoming inauguration on January 20th, the SHEPARD FAIREY-organized MANIFEST HOPE DC art show (in collaboration with MoveOn.org) has opened its doors to the public in the nation's capitol. An extension of the original "Manifest Hope" show last year at the Democratic National Convention, this year's installment enjoys the distinction of celebrating a hard-won change instead of stating the case for it. Featuring original artwork by a diverse array of artists including Shepard Fairey, Tim Biskup, Tristan Eaton, Ron English, David Choe, Maya Hayuk, Andy Howell, Chris Pastras, HAZE, Travis Millard, House Industries, HVW8, Zoltron, JK5, Justin Hampton, Robbie Conal, and Sam Flores, the inclusive show is intended to reflect the grassroots movement that helped propel Obama to unheard of stratospheric heights. HAVE A LOOK:

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