Posts Tagged ‘NYC’
Downtown painter, musician, DJ, and all-around cool guy on the NYC scene Andrew Kuo has created an absolutely stunning new body of work with his current show, "You Say Tomato," at big-time Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea. Featuring mostly large-scale abstract geometric paintings that are meant to function as emotional infographics (each piece comes with a decoding key at the bottom), Kuo's color-coded chart paintings are representational—depicting a complex, real-time universe of selfexamination and the judgement of others. Read More
Opening last night at the esteemed Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC was Supertouch buddy and Pop Art icon Kenny Scharf's eagerly anticipated show of optimistic new work, "Kolors." Comprised of large-scale funky, colorful abstracts and giant cartoon sculptures, the show was awash with glaring pigment, brightening up a city not yet in bloom and always in need of a giant dose of the positive energy and wonder Scharf brings to everything he touches. Read More
Supertouch NYC hangout The Standard Hotel debuted its latest addition to the front patio exhibition space last week: Kenny Scharf's beautiful new "Squirtz" sculpture. Display of the giant blue outer space noggin is timed to coincide with "Kolors," Scharf's show of new artworks opening tonite at the venerable Paul Kasmin Gallery which should be considered a must-see event for anyone in the city. Don't miss it. Read More
New York photographer and downtown denizen Ryan McGinley is the latest artist to be included in NYC's prestigious Highline Park art billboard project. Featuring McGinley's 2007 "Blue Falling" photo of a silhouetted figure dropping backward toward the ground against a radiant blue background, the giant sign brightens up the park's view in advance of the impending spring blooms and attendant madness the warming weather brings out in the stir crazy natives. Located at West 18th Street & 10th Avenue, McGinley’s billboard will be on view throughout the month of April. Read More
Chicago-based artist Nick Cave has been invading NYC's Grand Central Terminal with a mesmerizing troupe of 30 animated roving art horses in a project called HEARD•NY in conjunction with Creative Time. Twice a day at 11AM & 2PM through March 31st, the sculptural horses—animated by two dancers from New York's venerable Alvin Ailey dance troupe per suit—wander, graze, and dance through the historical station's halls, accompanied by live music to the amazement of the thousands of hurried commuters that pack the transit hub daily. Cave's motivation? "I’m looking at the station as a platform to get people back to that place where we dream. We’re in a world where we’re trying to do what we can to exist and hold on to our jobs.So I’d like to transmit this dream-state feeling, to get us out of our day-to-day routine for a moment." Don't miss it... Read More
Supertouch buddy MARK RYDEN will open an incredible show of hotly-anticipated new paintings on April 29th titled "The Gaye 90s Old Tyme Art Show," at the venerable PAUL KASMIN GALLERY. In the meantime, diehards can catch a glimpse of the formerly-bearded wonder as he executes the show's signature painting, "Incarnation (#100)" in the following time-lapse video:
Menace 2 Society: NYC Police led this 12-year-old girl out of her classroom in handcuffs for doodling on her desktop...
Increasingly, harsh zero tolerance policies towards graffiti and other offenses in US schools are seeing grade school-aged children being treated with harsh adult-style police discipline inside the actual classroom. This problem was exemplified when, incredibly, a 12-year-old NYC girl with a spotless record was physically arrested in her classroom for doodling on her desktop this month:
GIRL'S ARREST FOR DOODLING RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT ZERO TOLERANCE
By Stephanie Chen, CNN February 18, 2010
(CNN) — There was no profanity, no hate. Just the words, "I love my friends Abby and Faith. Lex was here 2/1/10 :)" scrawled on the classroom desk with a green marker.
Alexa Gonzalez, an outgoing 12-year-old who likes to dance and draw, expected a lecture or maybe detention for her doodles earlier this month. Instead, the principal of the Junior High School in Forest Hills, New York, called police, and the seventh-grader was taken across the street to the police precinct.
Alexa's hands were cuffed behind her back, and tears gushed as she was escorted from school in front of teachers and -- the worst audience of all for a preadolescent girl -- her classmates.
"They put the handcuffs on me, and I couldn't believe it," Alexa recalled. "I didn't want them to see me being handcuffed, thinking I'm a bad person." Click HERE to continue reading at CNN...
What has to be the final nail in the “Street Art” coffin was driven in last weekend by none other than MR. BRAINWASH (aka: “The Christian Audigier of Street Art”) when he opened his massive, self-produced “Icons” show in a rented space (which, ironically, was once a real art gallery, pre-recession) in the heart of Chelsea. As the subject of Brit Street Art king Banksy’s recent docu-parody film, “Exit Through The Gift Shop,” MBW has been the focus of much hype and speculation as his presence finally seeps into the fairly muddy stream of mainstream consciousness. Last week’s Wall Street Journal article articulated this particularly well:Read More
Our friends at ART IN AMERICA covered the scene well at the opening of DAMIEN HIRST's "End of an Era" show (so named because supposedly it's the last time his formaldahyde pieces will be shown) at GAGOSIAN's Madison Ave. gallery, but the NEW YORK OBSERVER did a good job summing up the show quite nicely:
IS THIS THE END OF A DAMIEN HIRST ERA?
By Alex Taylor | New York Observer Feb 2, 2010
It’s time we had a talk about Damien Hirst. I know, I know. Mr. Hirst, who was born in 1965 and came to prominence in the London art scene of the late 1980s as the first among equal of the Young British Artists, has for so long been ascending to the kind of fame perversely reserved for artists of maximum visibility and a minimum of formal skills that the mere mention of his name may prompt a fatigued groan even among the most detached museum-goer. That guy? Again? So what’d he do now? Mr. Hirst has been such a big player in art during the last decade and a half—everything from its calculated affronts and controversies to its biennial boom to the explosion in cost-and-scale: in short, the very market mechanism itself. If you are one of those people who don’t particularly like contemporary art or disagreed with the Met’s decision to display Mr. Hirst’s dead shark for three years, you probably think Mr. Hirst has a lot to answer for. This thought was occasioned by Hirst’s current show at the uptown Gagosian Gallery, which runs until March 6. “End of an Era,” its called. And the title feels just about right. Click HERE to continue reading…
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In Honor of MOTHER'S DAY, Supertouch's resident tattoo godfather SCOTT CAMPBELL will be doing "Mom" tattoos for $100 each on a first come first served basis this Sunday, May 10th at THE SMILE (SAVED TATTOO's second location in Manhattan). He will have a set of 5 designs to choose from that he drew up specifically for the occasion, and he will not tattoo these designs again after Sunday. Inking starts at 8am and Scotty will take as many people as he can until 6pm. Don't sleep!
THE SMILE: 26 Bond St, between Lafayette and Bowery, NYC.