Posts Tagged ‘Sculpture’
To coincide with this year's Art Basel Switzerland installment which opened yesterday to the public, KAWS has joined forces with More Gallery in the picturesque area of Giswil, Switzerland, to produce a set of giant new wooden Companion sculptures. Kitted out in Pinocchio guise with the attendant lederhosen and pointy nose, the towering figures are a fitting homage to the area's Read More
Hot on the heels of last week's release of Ai Weiwei's heavy metal single and music video protesting his recent imprisonment by the Chinese government, the artist cranked up the heat on the ordeal with the debut of his controversial new show "S.A.C.R.E.D," at the Venice Biennale yesterday. The installation is comprised of a series of dioramas encased in iron boxes depicting various scenes from Weiwei's 81-day-long incarceration in 2011 Read More
Iconic Japanese Pop artist and hardcore punk rocker Yoshitomo Nara took advantage of Frieze week when he opened his first show at the esteemed Pace Gallery in NYC last Friday. A hardcore disciple of the cult of Margaret Keane and the Japanese world of kawaii (all things impossibly"cute") the real magic of Nara's deceptively simple giant-eyed kids is in the minimalism with which they convey their deeper emotions of anger, annoyance, melancholy, and defiance. Read More
Revered NYC-based hellraiser artist Paul McCarthy, who's built a career on creating incredibly difficult "punk" fine art—with highlights including sculptures of chocolate butt plugs and George W Bush sodomizing pigs—has put his indelible stamp on China's new West Kowloon Cultural District Sculpture Park in Hong Kong with a giant pile of human feces. Read More
Now on display at Philadelphia's 30th St metro station is longtime Supertouch buddy KAWS' giant 16-foot-tall "Companion (Passing Through)" sculpture. This latest stop on the figure's world tour finds the character huddled among the commuting masses of Pennsylvania and is made possible by a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and rail kings Amtrak. Read More
Robert Longo earned his art star in the 1980s with his now iconic "Men in Cities" series of black & white charcoal drawings showing suited up businessmen writing in some existential Wall Street-induced agony (Patrick Bateman's "American Psycho" apartment wouldn't have been complete without one). 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
Irreverent California artist Richard Jackson is currently enjoying a full-scale retrospective titled "Aint Painting A Pain," at the Orange County Museum of Art (through May 5th), and to celebrate the event, he's let his giant 24 foot tall fiberglass "Bad Dog!" sculpture loose on the building's exterior to do what bad dogs do. Read More
Checking in on the road home from COACHELLA, here's a quick look at the obligatory flying “Dark Side of the Pig" balloon painted by Supertouch buddies SLICK & DANNY BOY bearing slogans like "Don't Be Led to the Slaughter," "No Blood For Oil," and "Don't Build Walls," that floated through ROGER WATERS' moonlite Floyd set...
UPDATE: $10,000 REWARD FOR LOST PIG:
After being released during Waters' Coachella-closing set Sunday nite, it seems the pig du jour floated off into the horizon, never to be reclaimed. Now, Coachella festival organizer Bill Fold has offered a $10K reward for the graffiti'd oinker's return: "A pig got loose last night," said Fold, "We really like him and want him back.... It's a very emotional time for us." Anyone with information of the piggy's whereabouts or in possession of a convincing bootleg & a need for $10K can contact email@example.com...
Aside from a lot of neo hippie-ish little installations throughout the festival grounds, the massive three-day concert that is COACHELLA offered little in the way of compelling artwork save for MIKE ROSS' monumental "Big Rig Jig." Constructed from two real semi rigs, the sculpture literally dominated the skyline, inadvertently paying homage to the legion of surly truck drivers who hauled in the event's equipment & musicians through 100+ degree temps...