Posts Tagged ‘NYC’


April 6, 2009  |  art, Death Trip, News, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off


Controversial Algerian artist ADEL ABDESSEMED whose works depicting animals in often violent and fatal situations has brought his incomparable vision to American shores with his first NYC solo gallery show “Rio” at DAVID ZWIRNER. Opening last weekend to a crowd that included the awestruck alongside the aghast, the show’s crowing installation was a massive sculpture of twisted and intertwined plane wreckage that transformed the original vehicles into what closely resembled a trio of wrestling earthworms that inevitably brought to mind the crash landing of a passenger plane in the Hudson River this winter. The most divisive works, of course, could be found in the exhibition’s screening room where short films of animal fighting and abuse were screened in loops as an illustration of cultural violence not intended for the faint of heart. In fact, this is exactly the type of work Republicans usually trot out in front of Congress when lobbying against Federally subsidized arts programs. Explaining the show’s title, the artist said, “The show is called Rio, meaning river. I observe the world with the same fascination that my daughter, Rio, contemplates the big animals in the zoo that are thirsty and hungry.” Having roused the ire of Italian audiences with his “The Wings of God,” exhibition in Turin, Italy and the outright condemnation of pseudo-hippies in the Bay Area with his “Don’t Trust Me” show at the SF Art Institute (which was canceled before the scheduled end date), both of which featured similarly violent animal films, Abdessemed is boldly taking the fight for artistic expression to the front lines of the art world with the help of a gallery unintimidated by the current pervasive climate of fear and loathing. An impressive array of other conceptual works including “Music Box,” with a mechanism made from an oil drum, and “Prostitute,” a set of leather bound copies of the Bible, Torah, and Koran, each meticulously handwritten, page by page, by actual prostitutes rounds out the provocative show which, in these knee-knocking times, should be considered essential viewing for all. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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April 6, 2009  |  art, Graffiti, News, NYC, Openings, Street Life  |  Comments Off


This weekend in NYC saw the return of one of the city's most elusive artists to the formal gallery scene when Supertouch's own PHIL FROST premiered his new solo show "Paperweight" at JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY. Creating over 65 works on paper—the majority of which clocked in at a comfy and affordable 22" x 30"—the show was an explosion of color (and white out) from the so-called "street artist", who, despite gaining notoriety for first plying his trade on city walls, has strived to elude the misnomer in his professional career. A show of this kind has never before been mounted for Phil, whose imagery usually begins on canvases before spilling over onto all matter of physical ephemera, from baseball bats and footballs, to old mattresses, glass bottles, BMX bikes, and even suitcases, and proved to be an amazing spectacle in its well contained uniformity. Of course, Frost's fanbase was out in numbers to greet their art hero and art collector and onetime funnyman MIKE MEYERS even patiently waited his turn in line for a photo with Philly Phil followed by chants of "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy," obviously not in reference to his performance in "The Love Guru." HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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April 5, 2009  |  Damien Hirst, News, Pop Life, Product Toss, SK8 THING  |  Comments Off


Legendary LA streetwear brand SUPREME's collaborative DAMIEN HIRST skateboard deck set has now come and gone and all that's left is this crappy video. Enjoy...

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April 2, 2009  |  art, Miami, News, NYC  |  Comments Off


With the most inspirational name in the art world, AL MORAN's vanguard O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY is bringing serious heat to the Miami art scene. Celebrating the lengthy interconnectedness of the tropical city with sister metropolis NYC, their current exhibition, "Better History" takes a look at Manhattan’s storied art legacy, presenting the next generation of youngbloods alongside some legendary veterans in a wide array of media. Guest curated by New York’s NICK POE and the SEVEN ELEVEN GALLERY, the show’s exhaustive roster is a knockout, and includes Tim Barber, Sebastian Bear-McClard, Sebastian Black, Max Bode, Scott Campbell, Eneas Capalbo, Sarah Charlesworth, Francesco Clemente, Billy Copley, Patricia Cronin, Lance De Los Reyes, India Donaldson, Lena Dunham, Judith Hudson, Fab 5 Freddy, Francesco Galetto, India Donaldson, Alex Kalman, Maira Kalman, Tibor Kalman, Mel Kendrick, Victor Kerlow, Barney Kulock, Eva Lewitt, Judith Linhares, Troy Lumpkin, Alex Massouras, Michael McClard, Thomas McDonnell, Harry McNally, Casey Neistat, Van Neistat, Deniz Ozuygur, Peter Passuntino, Grear Patterson, Paolo Pelosini, Nick Poe, Nico Ponce De Leon Dios, Paula Poons, Steve Powers, Alex Rickard, Alexis Rockman, Theo Rosenblum, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Kenny Scharf, Laurie Simmons, Gordon Stevenson, Billly Sullivan, Jon Waite and Robert Waltzer. On view through April 11, the show should be considered required viewing for sunbathing art lovers in need of a downtown fix. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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March 20, 2009  |  art, News, NYC, Openings, Pop Art, Psychedelia  |  Comments Off

Ground Control to Major Tom: your face seems to be melting...

In these dark days the kaleidoscopic psychedelia of the ERIK PARKER’s amorphous portraiture provides a much-needed dose of visual overstimulation. Working with an incredible sense of whimsy and dynamism, the German-born painter is truly free as he creates these incredibly bizarre semi-representational renderings of what seem to be melting characters from some bizarre futuristic space opera gone wrong. Bold in both color and composition, the works on display at his “Crisis Creation” show at PAUL KASMIN GALLERY in NYC are truly a reflection of the artist’s reeling imagination and disregard for convention. In the words of the NY TIMES' art scribe KEN JOHNSON:

"Working under the influence of acid rock posters, underground comics, Mad magazine, Ed (Big Daddy) Roth, Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Peter Saul, Mr. Parker has created a series of zany, neon-bright, imaginary portraits: goggle-eyed heads that are disintegrating into spaghetti-like strands and countless little blobs. Viewing them is like seeing into a mirror through the eyes of a furiously hallucinating drug fiend."

Consider it a must-see show. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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March 12, 2009  |  Armory, art, News, NYC  |  Comments Off


Shockingly, the 7-foot-wide black-and-white watercolor of Ponzi mastermind BERNIE MADOFF by Chinese artist YAN PEI-MING on display at the booth of heavyweight dealer DAVID ZWIRNER failed to find a buyer at its $100,000 asking price. Instead the piece actually seemed to repel viewers from his booth as if it possessed some kind of aesthetic negative polarity. Bloomberg news went so far as to actually refer to it as “creepy” in print. If the 70-year-old Madoff pleads guilty to 11 felony counts in court this Thursday as planned, it’s likely the judge will immediately revoke his $10 million bail and immediately enact a 150 year prison sentence, and this painting might be the last we ever see of ol’ BM again…


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March 12, 2009  |  Armory, art, First Look, News, NYC  |  Comments Off

"Don't Think About Doom," and "The End" make for a masterpiece of mixed messaging...

Another artist undeterred by the recent downturn in the art market at this year's annual ARMORY art fair was Supertouch homegirl CAMILLE ROSE GARCIA, whose solo "Ambien Somnambulants" show of new paintings and drawings was a major crowd pleaser at JONATHAN LEVINE's eponymous booth at SCOPE. While her goth girl aesthetic tendencies can sometimes be perceived as a downer, this year, her spooky cobwebs and Snow White-gone-wrong dreamscapes seemed impossibly cheery. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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March 11, 2009  |  art, Art Crimes, Graffiti, Nara, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off


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:

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…

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March 11, 2009  |  art, First Look, Japan, Nara, News, Openings, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off


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

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February 24, 2009  |  art, News, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off

Mario keeps the ladies entertained with his futuristic visions...

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

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