Posts Tagged ‘London’
New York's own JOSE PARLA has been in London for the past month, creating a massive new body of work that was revealed last week at ELMS LESTERS PAINTING ROOMS in his first UK solo show, "Adaptation/Translation." The exhibition, which includes many large-scale works, explores the wanderings of urban populations and through his continuing series of text-heavy paintings, seeks to translate these personal experiences through the artist's own graphic visual language. Drawing vast inspiration from city walls in urban centers around the world, Parla builds up his paintings with deep layers of imagery and texture in a manner that closely mimics the natural aging process of these constantly evolving surfaces. The show's centerpiece is a massive 15-foot-tall painting that stands as Parla's most significant stand-alone text-based work to date. To commemorate the opening, the artist has produced a beautiful limited-edition book that is available for purchase through the gallery. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
In what is surely the single event that turned even the most aesthetically impaired men of the world into modern art lovers, renowned British sculptor MARC QUINN unveiled his solid gold KATE MOSS sculpture at the BRITISH MUSEUM this weekend as part of the "Statuephilia" show that also included works by DAMIEN HIRST, RON MUECK, NOBLE & WEBSTER, and ANTONY GORMLEY. Titled "Siren," the piece is made of solid 18K gold and cost nearly $3 million USD to fabricate, with nearly all the cost going to the price of gold. It is the largest solid gold sculpture made since ancient Egypt.Read More
London street bomber and STOLEN SPACE gallery impresario D*FACE unveiled his grand homage to the unholy marriage of "Street" and Pop Art with his instant sellout "Apopcalypse" solo show at the upstart BLACK RAT PRESS GALLERY in London last Saturday. Forget, of course, that a global recession predicated on a string of worldwide bank failures and a near-total American housing market collapse is upon us, this is England, where the Pound is, well, "sound as a pound," and street art is the aesthetic currency of the day. In the land where—as of late last month— Damien Hirst finally has enough green to put a down payment on Buckingham Palace while keeping 10 Downing Street as a crash pad, the robber barons of Canary Wharf and The Square Mile still worship Sir Banksy as a Royal and are keeping the town's once-starving guerilla artist population fat and happy. With copious shout-outs to Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Steve Ditko, and the credit crisis, our man D cleaned up proper with a multifaceted show that ranged from interactive sculpture, to paintings, large-scale collage, a giant Holy Cross made of corporate emblems and a Warhol-style silver balloon room, painted a la Keith Haring. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Timed to coincide with his solo show opening at the LAZARIDES GALLERY's Greek Street location in London this Friday, October 3rd, Parisian photographer/street artist JR has gone huge in the streets of SoHo. Plastering numerous buildings with his massive black & white photographic images, most shot in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro for his recent hillside "28 Millimetres: Women" series, several of the photos include a toll free phone number posted beneath so the public can call in to hear the recorded story of the women depicted. In the mostly boring world of s0-called "street art," JR is a killer, making monster moves worldwide with an eye for social causes and an insightful depth that rightly separates him from his stencil-bound brethren. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Paying homage to the bubble-shaped behinds so beloved by English street artist INSA, this new collaborative edition by UK design house ROUSSEAU adds an innovative twist to the iconic Pop furniture staple. Featuring his iconic spiraling high-heeled graphics, the limited edition Lucite chair was unveiled at last week's DESIGNERSBLOCK LONDON and is set to hit retail this fall. The unexpected added bonus? In this real estate market, it's the perfect time to go shopping for the perfect mod crash pad to put the chair in...
As if the mass of ridiculously expensive DAMIEN HIRST art baubles inside SOTHEBY'S auction house in London weren't enough to satiate our optic nerves, this not-for-sale little piece of eye candy just happened to be parked on the street outside to blow our little mind. The automobile in question is the incredibly rare FERRARI 456 VENICE STATION WAGON, a painfully limited-edition vehicle designed and built by Ferrari styling house PININFARINA for the royal family of the SULTANATE OF BRUNEI. Featuring four doors, a proper backseat, a hatchback, and a 20 cm longer wheelbase, this vehicle is similar in size to a BMW 5 series wagon with all the styling and cylindrical ferocity of a dancing horse. This is art on wheels. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
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
Just rolled into London to catch the upcoming DAMIEN HIRST auctions on Monday and Tuesday, September 15th & 16th at SOTHEBY'S. Titled "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever" sale is revolutionary in both size and precedent, as no other artist has ever offered this much original directly to the buying public via auction before. If all 223 pieces of art ranging from spin art skull paintings to new pickled tank animal pieces sell as briskly as critics are predicting, the British Bad Boy stands to net over £120 million from the sale. Not a bad take for a couple days of gavel banging. Stay tuned to Supertouch in the coming days for the full update...
When JIMI HENDRIX set fire to his sunburst Fender Stratocaster for the first time during a concert at the Finsbury Astoria in London in 1967, it was a momentous occasion in history of rock, and last week the same guitar set a new record when it fetched a massive $493,638 USD at a COOPER OWEN auction. Jimi played the Finsbury Astoria on the opening night of the Walker Brothers tour on March 31, 1967. While playing "Fire", he doused the guitar with lighter fluid and lit it up for the first time ever on stage before an astonished audience. When he then attempted to continue paying the instrument, he wound up in the hospital with minor hand injuries. The stunt was famously repeated after a bit more practice a few months later at the Monterey Pop Festival. After the show the guitar was stored in the office of Jimi’s press officer Tony Garland who ultimately stashed the Strat in the inauspicious hiding spot of his parent’s garage. It was forgotten about by everyone until Garland’s nephew unearthed the crispy relic on a recent cleanup mission. Today the guitar remains one of the only instruments to remain accurately setup for Jimi’s playing style and is the only fully intact burned instrument in existence. READ ON: Read More