Posts Tagged ‘London’

LONDON///OPENINGS///INSA’S “DIRTY CASH” AT FLAWLESS GALLERY…

July 9, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Graffiti, London, Openings, Street Art, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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“My aim is to create beautiful objects of desire in order to explore the relationship between sex, commodity and art. I want to show how our longing for products, material objects and even artworks themselves can be sexual, almost fetishistic.”

So went the telling manifesto of Supertouch buddy INSA’s exceptionally decadent and aptly-named “Dirty Cash” exhibition that opened on July 3rd at the FLAWLESS GALLERY in London. Presented by luxury cellphone purveyors—and makers of the world’s first million dollar cell—GOLDVISH (think new money Russian gangster wives) in conjunction with London’s ultra high-end diamond & platinum encrusted bling dealers, FLAWLESS & Co, Mr Insa—tongue planted firmly in cheek—took a giant step into the world of the ridiculous as the ultimate extension of his creative M.O. and the wildly escalating street art market with an exhibition of his typically glorious, well-oiled, & Bode-esque naked lady paintings. Known for his steady street work and regular shows at counterculture galleries worldwide, the artist is more the type to be turned away from these diamond retailers than embraced by them, making the show an even better get. Needless to say, the monied & curious turned out in droves, wallets in hands, disturbed, no doubt, to find that none of the artist’s paintings incorporated any real diamonds affixed to the canvases. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON///ART & COMMERCE///U2′s BASQUIAT MASTERPIECE SOLD AT AUCTION…

July 3, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, London, News  |  Comments Off

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Even this Basquiat masterpiece couldn't stand U2's music anymore...

It's an accepted truism that the best pieces by the deceased street art/Pop master JEAN–MICHEL BASQUIAT are all in the hands of knowing private collectors at this point where they're likely to stay for some time to come. That fact alone would normally be enough to make the early '80s masterpiece painting "Untitled (Pecho/Oreja), 1983" auctioned yesterday at Sotheby's for a healthy £5,000,000 ($9,962,699 USD) especially noteworthy—if it weren't coming from the private collection of U2, that is. Originally purchased by the Irish band at a posthumous Basquiat show at Robert Miller Gallery in New York in 1989 (Samo OD'd in 1988) for a mere fraction of its current value, the huge painting hung as a backdrop in their Dublin studio and was present at the recording of their albums beginning with "Achtung Baby" until the band mysteriously decided to part ways with it this month. Believed to be a self-portrait created by the then-22-year-old art star in his basement studio beneath Anina Nosei's gallery, the piece is a truly incredible painting by the late artist and a find of even rarer quality on the open market these days. Of course, it was picked up by an unnamed private European collector who obviously lives somewhere where money is still worth something. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON MASSIVE///VANDALISIMO///BANKSY’S “CANS FESTIVAL” GETS TAGGED…

July 1, 2008  |  art, Art Stunts, Banksy, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Banksy's buffer will be working overtime tonite... 

Walking through the abandoned Eurostar terminal-turned impromptu stencil art museum that is BANKSY's infamous "Cans Festival," it seems that the Bristol bad boy has his share of detractors after all. Just two months after the show's debut (it's scheduled to remain on public display until Fall) it seems the local graffiti droogs have made their feelings regarding England's prince of street art known in the form of ubiquitous tagging throughout the tunnel. Do we smell an old school graffiti war brewing? No chance, that would be way too "street." The Queen will probably have her royal art conservators on the job restoring the place by week's end. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON///CONOR HARRINGTON UNLEASHES HIS "WEEKEND WARRIORS"…

June 25, 2008  |  Street Art  |  Comments Off
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Our favorite modern Irish painter CONOR HARRINGTON debuted an impressive array of new large-scale paintings tonite at London's art star-making LAZARIDES GALLERY (best known as the home of urban art legend Banksy). Titled "Weekend Warriors," Harrington's new series explores the myth of modern masculinity by juxtaposing imagery of the odd escapist phenomenon of historical re-enactment with modern stylistic motifs in an unusual exploration of concept and context. Using oil paint and aerosol on canvas, Harrington's results are nothing short of stunning and the 17 large paintings (and smaller charcoal drawings) in the show easily represent the young artist's most ambitious and accomplished work to date. Unfortunately, the mural Harrington created in the streets of London at the end of 2007 (after a two year hiatus from street work) on Truman Gate in Brick Lane as a teaser to his current show didn't survive intact until the exhibit's debut (see below). HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON///THE “CANS FESTIVAL” MOVIE…

June 22, 2008  |  Banksy, Graffiti, London, Street Art, Video  |  Comments Off

London's Street Art scene exploded in May with BANKSY's official "Cans Festival," a sort of global gathering of stencil art heads unprecedented in scale. Now the organization has released an official time-lapse recap of the event from bare beginning to the inevitable endless queue...

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LONDON CALLING///BILLBOARD LIBERATION///ON THE WALL WITH JAMES CAUTY…

June 17, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Billboard Liberation, Cool Shit, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Katie shills for Jimmie...

In the street art riddled streets of London Lichtenstein-ian AgitPop artist JAMES CAUTY knows to get a little attention you have to pull out the big guns. In other words, Kate Moss. Such was the case when the young artist liberated a few East End billboards in the name of art, er, self-promotion (there is a website listed on there after all). Nicely done. Now that Kate's advert campaigns are on the wane and retirement is looming large on the horizon these bombs may be the only daily doses of her we have in the near future. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON MASSIVE///STREET LIFE///ON THE WALL WITH CONOR HARRINGTON…

June 7, 2008  |  art, Graffiti, Ireland, London, News, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Conor Harrington's general stands tall at attention...

As the epicenter of the exploding street art scene and, in turn, the central focus of the trend-obsessed art world, London is a virtual outdoor gallery of some of the best—and biggest—street art and graffiti pieces in the world. With the massive "Street Art" show currently on display at the TATE MODERN MUSEUM driving the scene to a fever pitch, now was certainly the perfect time for Supertouch buddy and fellow Irishman CONOR HARRINGTON to take over a three-story vertical wall on Hanbury Street in Shoreditch with one of his inimitable vintage military images. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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UK///STREET LIFE///JR WRAPS LONDON…

June 5, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

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We've already mentioned the "STREET ART" show currently on display at London's TATE MUSEUM featuring incredible new paste-ups by French photographer & street artist JR, and now we've got a right bit of video detailing his exploits wrapping buildings around town with his signature gigantic black & white imagery...

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LONDON///STREET ART INVADES THE TATE…

May 29, 2008  |  art, Graffiti, London, News, Next Big Thing, Openings, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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And... FIRE! France's JR takes aim at the Tate Modern's finest...

Unlike a host of unmentionable urban art institutions that turn a blind eye to the burgeoning art movements erupting just outside their museum doors, London's TATE MODERN is paying homage this month to the city's most colorful and volatile movement through their inventively-named “Street Art” exhibition. With an eye for international talent, the museum has invited six artists with roots in graffiti including Brasil’s OS GEMEOS and NUNCA, France’s JR, Italy’s BLU, NYC’s FAILE, and Barcelona’s SIXEART to embellish the building's massive facade and partake in a group exhibition that will remain on display until August 25th. Of course, the most obvious omission in this list is the town’s resident street art kingpin BANKSY, but we suspect the Golden Child is above such institutional fare. And just when it seemed like London would have to build more city walls to support the nonstop barrage of wheatpaste posters and graffiti besieging it, the show has inspired a legion of artists to step up their wallpapering efforts turning the surrounding neighborhoods into an outdoor museum. It seems that Street Art is the British Invasion of the ‘00s (or at the very least, the new black). HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON///STREET LIFE///THE DECAPITATOR STRIKES AGAIN…

May 27, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Film, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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If only the Decapitator could work his magic on the rest of Hollywood... 

Seems like London's resident mad doctor of street art THE DECAPITATOR feels the same way about Sarah Jessica Parker's horse face and the impending Sex & The City movie as the rest of us do...

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Sarah J's never looked better...

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