Posts Tagged ‘First Look’

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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LA///FIRST LOOK: RICHARD PRINCE GETS NAKED IN HOLLYWOOD

January 16, 2009  |  art, First Look, Hollywood Swingin', LA, News  |  Comments Off

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The platypus of the auto industry never looked finer...

In his aptly-titled new show "She" opening tomorrow nite at MICHAEL KOHN GALLERY, art star RICHARD PRINCE pays ample tribute to the LA-centric institutions of female nudity and car culture with the facility of someone well acquainted with the finer nuances of both. The centerpiece of the show—a split exhibition with Prince's late artist friend WALLACE BERMAN—is a 1986 El Camino wrapped by Prince in an array of photos from his "Girlfriends" series that makes it the perfect Hollywood cruiser for any nite of the week. Fleshing out the exhibition (literally) are offerings from his ongoing series of "Nurse" collages and large scale C-prints from his "Girlfriends" series alongside a real mailbox plastered in vintage black & white porn images that breathes new life into the stale governmental institution. A VIP reception tonite with Prince in attendance will be the hot ticket of the early LA art calendar, and you can expect ample coverage on tomorrow's ST. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///MUST-SEE SHOW: JAMES JEAN’S EPIC “KINDLING” SHOW AT JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY

January 13, 2009  |  art, Next Big Thing, NYC  |  Comments Off

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King of the town James Jean gets ready for his big takeover in NYC...

It's been a while since a truly visionary young talent made his impact on the art world known in a virtuosic and explosive debut exhibition, but that's exactly what California painter JAMES JEAN has done in his new show "Kindling" at NYC's JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY that opened last weekend. A renowned commercial, graphic, and comic book artist for years, Jean finally committed himself to pursuing a fine art career full-time in 2008, the result of which is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous body of sophisticated visions highly influenced by classical Chinese and Japanese aesthetics the likes of which many established artists could only imagine creating at their peak. Like a young Mark Ryden—an obvious spiritual and aesthetic forebear to Jean—who forever eschewed his lucrative career in commercial art in the early 1990s in pursuit of fine art glory, 30-year-old Jean has all the raw chops, vision, and technical prowess to officially assume the mantle of the bona fide "Next Big Thing." Undoubtedly, intuitive collectors who weren't laid bare by recent economic catastrophes and got their hands on a masterpiece from this show will be retiring on the profits made when these works change hands at astronomical prices in years to come. Keep an eye out for our upcoming interview with Jean in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///OPENINGS///JEFF LADOUCEUR “DOES THE APOCALYPSE”

January 13, 2009  |  art, News, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Following his amazing and massive outdoor installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery (photos below for those who missed it) throughout the summer of 2008, perennial Supertouch favorite JEFF LADOUCEUR has just unveiled a small show of new drawings at NYC gallery ZIEHER SMITH. Provocatively titled “Do The Apocalypse,” the collection finds the artist—whose style falls neatly in between Barry McGee and Marcel Dzama—once again channeling despair into absurdity in a range of delicately rendered pencil on paper works. His tragic figures whither and mope across an unwelcoming tundra with comic resignation. Hobo-esque “Schmos,” men whom curator Jordan Strom notes, “stretch and contort… more by existential accident than heroic design,” are tangled, trampled, and beaten down. Piles of their blue-shirted corpses are carried away on the back of a woolly mammoth. Elsewhere, figures and disembodied heads float through groundless voids of white paper. All boring artspeak aside, it’s a fantastic show of work at incredibly affordable prices ($1,500—$3,500) guaranteed to make you feel good about buying art again. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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