Posts Tagged ‘London’

LONDON///D*FACE’S “APOPCALYPSE” NOW…

October 6, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on LONDON///D*FACE’S “APOPCALYPSE” NOW…

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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

LONDON///STREET LIFE///JR GOES MASSIVE IN SOHO

October 3, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on LONDON///STREET LIFE///JR GOES MASSIVE IN SOHO

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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

DESIGN///THE INSA x ROUSSEAU BUBBLE CHAIR

September 23, 2008  |  Design  |  Comments Off on DESIGN///THE INSA x ROUSSEAU BUBBLE CHAIR

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Something tells us she looks better in the chair than your hairy, drunken roommate… 

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…

LONDON///STREET LIFE///THE NOT-SO-PORTABLE CIVIL UNREST MANUAL

September 23, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on LONDON///STREET LIFE///THE NOT-SO-PORTABLE CIVIL UNREST MANUAL

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LONDON///KUSTOM KULTURE///SPOTTED: THE INCREDIBLY RARE FERRARI 456 VENICE STATION WAGON

September 16, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on LONDON///KUSTOM KULTURE///SPOTTED: THE INCREDIBLY RARE FERRARI 456 VENICE STATION WAGON

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The Ferrari you can pick the kids up 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

LONDON///UNDER THE HAMMER: DAMIEN HIRST’S “BEAUTIFUL INSIDE MY HEAD FOREVER” AUCTION EXCEEDS ESTIMATE

September 16, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on LONDON///UNDER THE HAMMER: DAMIEN HIRST’S “BEAUTIFUL INSIDE MY HEAD FOREVER” AUCTION EXCEEDS ESTIMATE

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The auctioneer sweats bullets while Damien ponders his next Aston Martin (with spin art paint job, of course)…

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

LONDON CALLING///DAMIEN HIRST ON THE AUCTION BLOCK

September 15, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on LONDON CALLING///DAMIEN HIRST ON THE AUCTION BLOCK

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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…

NEWS///ROCK OF AGES///BURNT JIMI HENDRIX GUITAR AUCTIONS FOR $500K

September 9, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on NEWS///ROCK OF AGES///BURNT JIMI HENDRIX GUITAR AUCTIONS FOR $500K

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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

NEWS///ART + DEISGN///JOHN PASCHE’S ORIGINAL ROLLING STONES LOGO ART ACQUIRED BY V&A MUSEUM

September 4, 2008  |  Design  |  Comments Off on NEWS///ART + DEISGN///JOHN PASCHE’S ORIGINAL ROLLING STONES LOGO ART ACQUIRED BY V&A MUSEUM

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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

LONDON///OPENINGS///TODD JAMES’ “BLOOD & TREASURE” AT LAZARIDES GALLERY

September 3, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on LONDON///OPENINGS///TODD JAMES’ “BLOOD & TREASURE” AT LAZARIDES GALLERY

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Art gangster Steve Lazarides builds street cred with LL Cool J (Ladies Love Cool todd James)…

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