Posts Tagged ‘London’
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
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
Opening to a packed house of London's hipster elite at the art star-making LAZARIDES GALLERY last Friday nite was TODD JAMES' (aka: REAS) first solo show in the Old Country, the aptly-titled "Blood & Treasure." Featuring over 20 large-scale new works addressing the current state of armed conflict around the world, the show represented some of James' most inspired and visually complex imagery to date, none of which had any difficulty in finding homes with well-heeled collectors before the gallery doors even opened to the public. For more on the show, check out our recent interview with Mr. James. In the meantime, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
British sculptor and scarily dedicated KATE MOSS fan MARC QUINN whose incredible sculptures of the aging supermodel in a variety of yoga poses made even the most art oblivious take note in 2006 has announced that a $2.8 million, 110-pound solid gold statue of his most prominent Moss sculpture will be unveiled at the BRITISH MUSEUM in October. Hailed as the largest gold sculpture built in the world since ancient Egypt, the new work will take center stage at a group show of new artwork by leading modern British Artists including Damien Hirst. Says Quinn of his inspiration for the work, "I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who's the ideal beauty of the moment, but even Kate Moss doesn't live up to the image." Keep an eye on ST for a closer look at the sculpture as the exhibition opening approaches. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
The French & British finally made amends when Supertouch's own art frog WK INTERACT and limey street artist ANTHONY LISTER teamed up for an imaginatively titled joint art show, "WK - Lister," at the progressive ELMS LESTERS PAINTING ROOMS. Opening last week to a throng of rabid fan boys & girls, the sellout show—especially notable for including WK's first color works ever—proved once again, that the art world is now officially recession-proof. HAVE A LOOK: Read More