Posts Tagged ‘NYC’
In town for the opening of his eponymous solo show at MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY, Japan’s YOSHITOMO NARA just couldn’t help himself in the Subway at Union Station when the graffiti urge overtook him. Unfortunately, New York’s “Finest” don’t exactly see drawings as “art” when they’re on walls instead of paper and the delicate art star spent two days in the slammer. Ouch:
POP ARTIST YOSHITOMO NARA ARRESTED FOR GRAFFITI IN NEW YORK
March 10, Japan Today
Yoshitomo Nara, a contemporary Japanese pop artist known for sculptures and paintings of doe-eyed figures, was arrested in late February for tagging graffiti in the Union Square subway station, a New York Police Department official said Monday.
Nara was arrested at 3:10 a.m. on Feb 27 and charged with criminal mischief, possession of graffiti instruments, making graffiti and resisting arrest, detective Martin Speechley told Kyodo News in a phone interview. An official at a New York art gallery where Nara’s exhibits are currently on display said the artist has already been released.
Nara, 49, who lives and works in Tochigi Prefecture, was in New York for a solo exhibition of his work at the Marianne Boesky Gallery that runs Feb 28 through March 28. The online edition of Art in America magazine said Nara was caught tagging a graffiti portrait of two Japanese friends in the subway station and he was optimistic about his two days in lockup.
It was ‘‘a nice experience in my life,’’ the artist was quoted as saying. He said the environment in which he found himself was like something in the movies. Nara emerged on the art scene during Japan’s pop art movement in the 1990s and has held solo exhibitions worldwide. His works are on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Click HERE to read more…
Japanese art sensation (he’s bigger than Murakami in his native land) YOSHITOMO NARA brought some much-needed heat to NYC last week with his eponymous new show of paintings, drawings and large-scale constructions at MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY. Forming the centerpiece of the exhibition is a pair of large “Smurf houses” that double as mini art studios that were executed in conjunction with installation artists GRAF, who, together with Nara form the collective YNG (Yoshitomo Nara + Graf). Constructed from reclaimed wood, the forms of the two immense sculptures recall stylized tannenbaums, with their roof shingling evoking exaggerated tree needles. Small cutout windows and hanging lights punctuate the sculptures, providing them with the feel of a house or some surreal abode. The structures are hollow and present interiors replete with drawings and paintings all created in the artist's hand, and with a multitude of stuffed animals from fans selected by the artist. Though Nara has previously exhibited these types of moveable spaces before, the dwellings in this exhibition have a quieted sentiment to them. Each object within feels carefully considered in its placement. The frenzy of personal effects including photographs, CDs and beer cans, all evoking the turmoil and inspiration in the artist studio, has been removed. Instead the stillness of the structures, with their looming spires, presents a protective shell to the interiors. Though possible to peer into the structures and glimpse their holdings, they cannot be entered and the viewer must be content to remain on the exterior. The paintings, rendered on both canvas and wooden billboards, depict lone portraits of dreamy-eyed figures. Pencil and colored pencil drawings on found envelopes and discarded papers similarly parse the psychological landscape of their subjects. A dedicated rock fanatic Nara’s opening included live performances by Japanese bands by OORUTAICHI and M.A.G.O., proving that normally stuffy Gotham art openings can indeed rock and or roll. Nara is yet another artist participating in the "Stages" charity art show to benefit LANCE ARMSTRONG's anti-cancer LIVESTRONG foundation during his run in this year's Tour de France. Keep an eye on ST for more details coming soon. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
The undisputed master of Sci-Fi abstract psychedelia, San Francisco-based painter MARS-1 (aka: Mario Martinez) continues to amaze with a new series of kaleidoscopic paintings and bronze sculptures in his new "Nuclear Mystic" show that just opened at Chelsea art hotspot JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY. Perhaps the most distinguishing aspect of Martinez' work is the painstaking detail that goes into each painting anchoring his seemingly abstract compositions with a seemingly incongruous dose of meticulous rendering. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch homies RVCA have teamed up with anti-supermodel ERIN WASSON to create a new line of womenswear that premiered at FASHION WEEK in NYC on February 18th at the Milk Studios Penthouse to critical acclaim. A native of Dallas, Texas, the 27-year-old has become the bad girl of fashion that Kate Moss wishes she actually was with her take-no-prisoners approach to style. The show attracted a crew of hipsters and tastemakers who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with fashionistas to catch sight of Wasson’s to-die-for frame as much as the new gear she and her cadre of drool-worthy models were wearing.Read More
NYC-based painter and mixed media artist MICHAEL BEVILACQUA enjoys the particular distinction of having his art labeled "Beavis and Butthead Pop" by the paper of record, the NY Times in recent years. Deemed such largely for his reference-laden turn-of-the-century works incorporating visual "shout outs" to his heros of modern music & pop culture including The Ramones, Spongebob, Gorillaz, Takashi Murakami, Barry McGee, The Cramps and KAWS, to name a few, the artist's work has taken on a more loose, gestural, and less literal visual quality of late. For his new show of paintigs on paper at GERING & LOPEZ GALLERY, titled "Corrosions of Conformity" (the band logos may have become less prominent in his works but the influences remain dominant), find him moving away from the hard-edged graphic sensibility he's established to embrace a more abstract technique incorporating elements of collage and stenciling. Still reference heavy throughout, Bevilacqua's discussion points have become a bit more oblique (a recent trip to Greece is a tangible theme, however) while remaining close to the artist's Pop Culture proclivities. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch homegirl and allstar DEITCH GALLERY director NICOLA VASSELL is one of the downtown NYC art scene's most important operators. This week finds the NEW YORK TIMES dedicating an almost unprecedented amount of ink to profiling the gorgeous young aesthete, one that might just emerge as one of the city's new powerbrokers when the art world finally rights itself in the coming years (decades?):
A SHAPER OF TALENT FOR A CHANGING ART WORLD
By Felicia R. Lee
February 2, 2009 Source: NYTimes
The wall labels were missing. The inventory needed to be finished. And where was the sign for the shuttle bus to the gallery, a former warehouse west of the Wynwood art district in Miami? Just hours before the opening party for “It Ain’t Fair,” an exhibition of more than 30 emerging artists on the fringe of Art Basel Miami Beach, the glamorous, outsize international art fair held every year in early December, the O.H.W.O.W. gallery (for Our House West of Wynwood) was still strewn with forlorn boxes, the wall stacked with cases of beer that only hinted at the festivities to come.
“No one will ever know,” Nicola Vassell, a director at the Deitch Projects gallery in Manhattan, said of the mess. Her comment was for Kathy Grayson, also a Deitch director and, like Ms. Vassell, one of several curators of “It Ain’t Fair.”
Ms. Vassell, 30, began working as an intern at Deitch in SoHo in 2005, when both optimism and price tags ran high. But by the time “It Ain’t Fair” was poised to open, on Dec. 2, the previous month had easily seen the worst two weeks in the art market in more than a decade. A tumbling stock market and cascading problems on Wall Street had made buyers scarce, as the contemporary art world pondered the impact of broader economic woes. Ms. Vassell, a former model and a Jamaican immigrant, found herself facing the question of how to build a career in a suddenly contracting industry. Click HERE to continue reading…
Simultaneously paying homage to the unforgettable "Black Bart" bootleg tees of the early '90s and the historical moment of President-Elect BARACK OBAMA's impending inauguration, NYC streetwear label MISHKA has produced this must-have celebratory T-shirt in time for proud display on January 20th. Finish it off with a pair of Cross Color overalls (only one strap fastened, of course) a Kanai jean jacket, and a Gumby fade, and you're a made man...
In case you've been living under a rock today, a US AIRWAYS plane crashed into the Hudson River in NYC today after a bird flew into the engine. Luckily, everyone survived after what's been described as a "masterful landing" in the frigid waters. Of course, they managed to pull the surviving "dude" out of the crowd for the commentary:
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
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