Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

ART & FASHION // LOUIS VUITTON x STEPHEN SPROUSE x DEITCH PROJECTS

January 14, 2009

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Last week was a hot one for Luis Vuitton, with it’s full on Stephen Sprouse collaboration/makeover unveiling at the SoHo flagship store.  The store went under a full makeover with neon graffiti and neon lights all paying homage to the godfather of skate/graffiti/punk rock fashion fusion.  Dietch Projects will also be running Rock on Mars (funded entirely by LV), a retrospective that turns the entire space into Sprouse’s futuristic Rock and Roll vision.  A limited edition LV x Stephen Sprouse, skateboard and trunk will be sold for 8k as well as some other limited books and shirts.  These items are available now at the SoHo store and will be available worldwide Feb 2nd.  The retrospective at Deitch Projects will run through Feb. 28th.  For all those who just read that blurb and thought that sounded way too buttoned up for this blog, there’s a sidenote below these pictures that I saved all the flavor for.

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Sidenote: Before you drink that jaded streatwear haterade on this post, educate yourself.  I had it out with a sneaker head earlier about how he thought LV was a “bullshit cop-out” with the skateboard/graffiti collaboration and I had to kindly correct him.  Because, when I asked him if he knew who Stephen Sprouse was, his repsonse was …….. yup, still waiting.  Truth is, Spouse was collaborating with Luis Vuitton in 2001 doing the same thing, before this rookie even discovered limited edition anything.  “Well if they wanted to do graffiti shit, that ain’t real graffiti”, this collaboration it’s not about graffiti, it’s about a designer and artist.  Not to mention that Sprouse is hugely responsible for laying the foundation of street culture/art/fashion fusion aka “his culture” in the 80’s downtown NYC scene.  I’m just getting a little tired of this jump to hate, closed minded, street aficiando’s who bought their first dunks 6 months ago and think this culture is all about their dunks they bought 6 months ago.  So ******, go to wikipedia, look him up, formulate a response and come back like you knew who he was all along and then you can tell me it’s still bullshit, I may even agree with you.  You’ll at least be informed in your opinion while you wait for your pre-order kanye x kaws album. Same thing , different packaging.

ART & POLITICS // THE SHEPARD FAIREY UPDATE HOUR

January 13, 2009

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Some of this you may know and some may not, but Shep has been busy for the last couple of months, so we thought we’d bring you up to date on what’s going on.  Maybe each month we’ll have a Shepard Fairey update hour, where we’ll all sit around on a carpet with snacks and speak of wheat pastes and politics.  But for now….away we go.  First off, you saw the Time cover he did right?  Yup, Time Magazine tapped Shepard to design an image of this historic campaign to grace their cover for their Person of the Year issue.

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Second, the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian has acquired the above piece to be a part of their permanent collection.  Can you believe that shit?  The Smithsonian caught some street art as the first image of the new president in their collection.  Shep is going to have to buy a bow tie and one of the jackets with leather elbow pads to fit in with the new crew.

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Nope.  Fuck the elbow pads and bow tie’s and get this man bottle service and fresh kicks.  Why?  Oh, did I forget to mention that GQ magazine also named Shepard Fairey one of the Men of The Year?  Yeah that too.  The picture from the article is above and you can read GQ’s blurb on him here.

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And if that wasn’t enough, the President Elect himself called upon Shepard Fairey to design a poster for Inaguration Day (above).  The poster is for sale online for a cool $100 here.  So that wraps up the official Shepard Fairey update hour.  If it took you an hour to go through this, you’re tired, get some rest.  All I have to say is that when you have Time Magazine, The Smithsonian and the President calling up a street artist for their work…times are certaintly changing and these are definite milestones in underground art.  Whether or not it turns out to be good a thing, we can only wait and see.  But for right now…Thanks Shep, for opening some eyes and making some waves.

MIAMI // ART BASEL // THE MAC & RETNA GET UP TO GET DOWN

December 14, 2008

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The Mac and Retna went big in Miami last weekend for Art Basel.  The two street artists went to work on a large mural featuring script by Retna and The Mac’s undenyable style. IF you haven’t seen these guys collaborate yet, it’s one of the best things to hit walls in a while.  I put in a picture of one of their past projects below.

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Some other stuff they’ve done:

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Told you they were dope.

ART & MUSIC // KAWS x KANYE WEST // CUSTOM COVER ART FOR 808’S AND HEARTBREAK

November 20, 2008

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Art and Design star KAWS kicked custom cover art for the highly anticipated, extremely vocoded, 808’s and Heartbreak the new album from Kanye West aka Yeezy aka The Louis Vuitton Don.  The cover art is available exclusively through iTunes when the album hits on November 25th.  The KAWS album will be available in stores on December 16th as a special edition Christmas Album.  The dunks were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Yeezy soon would be there.  Ho’s Ho’s Ho’s.

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Source: Supertouch

ART // BANKSY // VILLAGE PET STORE IN NYC

October 9, 2008


Breaking news and hot of the presses: Banksy, stencil art superhero and street art star, has been going big in NYC lately with three large murals, one just finished today on Houston and 6th Ave., by hiring sign painters COLOSSAL MEDIA, that depict his infamous rat characters.  But, this week, to no fanfare and red carpets, Banksy secretly opened The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill, on 7th Ave between Bleecker and West 4th Street, open everyday from 10am-Midnight.  This is Banksy’s first New York show and it not only artistically brilliant in the oh so tongue in cheek Bansky style, but it’s really really fun.  The pet store features a lounging Leopard in the front window, laying on a branch with tail moving.  Upon entering the store you see that the cat is actually a fur coat.  There’s fishsticks swimming in a fishbowl, chicken nuggets pecking at food, a monkey in a cage watching other primates ‘get busy’ on the Discovery channel.  There’s so much more as well, but I don’t want to give it all away, because experiencing it first hand is too much fun.  The best part of the store, IT’S FREE and you don’t have to be part of the art elite to go. All are welcome and being among kids and adults who aren’t in on “the secret” behind this place adds to the experience and makes it that much better.  This is Banksy’s first jump into animatronics and there’s no paintings hanging or graffiti murals on walls.  Just pure artistic fun.  Damn, we need more of that.  Here is a statement from the artist about the Pet Store:

“New Yorkers don’t care about art, they care about pets. So I’m exhibiting them instead. I wanted to make art that questioned our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming, but it ended up as chicken nuggets singing. I took all the money I made exploiting an animal in my last show and used it to fund a new show about the exploitation of animals. If its art and you can see it from the street, I guess it could still be considered street art.”

Snapped some pics with a work camera on lunch break:



ART OPENING NYC // MICHAEL THOMPSON @ HASTED HUNT GALLERY

September 20, 2008

Okay, so this opening was last week, but got swamped so bad with the Clark Kent job that I didn’t have time to sit down between then and now.  But, the crew rolled uptown to the Hasted Hunt Gallery in Chelsea to grab some free drinks and check out fashion photographer Michael Thomspon’s new show that opened on Sept. 11th.  This is Michael’s first solo show in the US, with an opening heavily attended by those involved in the fashion world, you know the people always listed in the inside cover of fashion magazines… the liner notes people…yeah, them.  A few celebs even peaked their heads out, like Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Captain Orange Crocs Chef Mario Batalli.  Moving like a little tornado through the crowd was Jed Root (Michaels agent), in full cheek kissing support of his number one.  Jed was so busy making his way to Jack Bauer (Kiefer), to probably help him save the world or something, that a few of us got the Up-Rooted by the man representing the man of the hour.  All in all it seemed that people were much more interested about talking to each other than what was hanging on the walls, which seemed more like an editorial than an art show.  But, I could be completely off, a lot of people are praising it.  You can judge for yourself as the show runs through Oct. 25th at Hasted Hunt, 529 W 20th Street.  To more see pictures of the opening night, the celebs who attended, the man of the hour and our new personal favorite Jed, just follow the jump when you click right HERE: (more…)

ART&POLITICS // SHEPARD FAIREY ARRESTED AT DNC + MAFIFEST HOPE GALLERY PICTURES

September 11, 2008

With the opening of the Manifest Hope Gallery Shepard Fairey in his usual gallery opening antics wheat-pasted the town red, as the pro-Obama art show ran simutaniously in Denver.  Supposidly Shep and his crew doned in all black were arrested for putting up the now famous Hope/Progress Posters and held for 16 hours for posting bills and “interference” .  With a $140 fine to add to the collection and 6 months of unsupervised probation, we predict Mr. Fairey will be back on the street and getting up on every surface in about .0003743726347 seconds.  There’s a video of Shep himself telling the story about his arrest here.  BUT WAIT, there’s more, so much more, to this two part post.  For those of you who haven’t made it to the Manifest Hope Gallery, which is probably most of us, there are A TON of pictures after the jump of the work that is hanging.  All you gotta do is click that link right here: (more…)

ART&FILM // BEAUTIFUL LOSERS

August 19, 2008

I just saw this movie. It left me in a reflective state for a good two hours after I saw it. It’s beautiful and amazing and passionate and…..that’s all I have to say. See it when you can. Here’s the synopsis:

“Beautiful Losers celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural movements of a generation. In the early 1990’s a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the “establishment” art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture. Starring a selection of artists who are considered leaders within this culture, Beautiful Losers focuses on the telling of personal stories…speaking to themes of what happens when the outside becomes “in” as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today’s youth.”

For screenings and other info visit their website.

ART // CHASING WATERFALLS

May 8, 2008

The mafia graveyard also known as the East River will now have more for New Yorkers to gaze at than snitches and trash. Artist Olafur Eliasson is set to install four waterfalls (one under the Brooklyn Bride) that will start gushing as soon as July 2008. The projects $15 million price tag was privately funded through donations to the New York Public Art Fund. The city is expecting to make a little loot (good ol’ tourist dollars) from this project to the tune of $55 million, hoping to repeat the financial success of Christo’s and Jean Claude’s “The Gates” in Central Park back in 2005. These waterfalls will accompany the artists retrospective show named “Take Your Time” being held at MoMA and PS1 during the same time. I really hope these things have filters, because the last thing I want to see is the contents of the East River being shot out of a 60 foot tower.

ART // KEITH HARING MEMORIAL

May 4, 2008

This week in NYC a commemorative mural was painted on Houston and Bowery in remembrance of legendary pop/street artist Keith Haring. This Sunday May 4th, would of been the artists 50th birthday and to honor him, Deitch Projects and the Keith Haring Foundation recreated a mural that was originally painted by Haring in the exact same spot in 1982. Due to photo archives and paint samples that were recovered by scraping away the layers on the wall until the original piece was found, the mural has been reproduced to the exact specifications to which Haring had painted it. The mural will remain on the wall until December 21st and will be officially unveiled this Sunday with a dedication ceremony.

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Source: Supertouch