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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Samuel Bayer Transitions @ Siren Studios

Transitions features large-scale still-life photographs and video installation by photographer/director/cinematographer Samuel Bayer. In this latest body of work Bayer uses both video and photography to explore consequences of man-made actions and natural occurrences. Bayer uses the butterfly to argue that complex structures and vexing situations are a dramatic catalyst in building depth, character and ultimately, beauty. Bayer does this by staging magnificent creatures on the outside of a cocoon while inside, a transforming event occurs. The event within is at times violent, painful and tragic. Yet Bayer believes that dramatic transitional experiences are keys to yielding beauty, creativity and achievement beyond belief.

The video installation is based on a documentary film Bayer is currently directing about a young man named David Anguiano. At a very young age David was severely injured. Since that injury David has been through a world of physical and emotional trauma yet, somehow, has managed to maintain an uplifting spirit and has literally found his voice through the arts. David, now 20, has taught himself how to play the guitar and is an accomplished actor. For the past five years David has written and directed plays for hospitalized children. Because of his involvement with The Art of Elysium and their volunteers, David has had the opportunity to direct a variety of actors including Eva Mendes, James Franco, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kristen Dunst and many others in his annual Christmas play. They all call him a genius.

Samuel Bayer
Transitions
Thursday, September 22, 2011
6:00 to 9:00pm
Siren Studios
6063 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood
Benefiting The Art of Elysium
In conjunction with The Art Reserve

 

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

TAC Asks for Your Support

It’s been some time since I’ve gotten around to posting here, but this one’s important. This Thursday, July 28 Joshua Liner Gallery will be hosting a silent auction fundraiser for Assistant Gallery Director, Tim Strazza, who was recently diagnosed with MS. Tim cannot work at the moment and all funds generated will help offset his growing medical bills as well as day to day living expenses. Tim is a wonderful guy, and as a testament some great artists and friends have donated art towards the evening, including pieces by Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Ian Francis, Dave Ellis, Ron English, Dave Kinsey, Marc Dean Veca, Mars-1, Greg Lamarche, Tony Curanaj, Tomokazu Matsuyama and Damon Soule. With works ranging from substantial original paintings and drawings to prints and editions, there’s something for everyone. Bids will start low! Every dollar counts! Hope to see you all there.

A blog has been set up and images of the works available are slowly trickling in. Check it here

The Strazza family has also set up an additional donation site here

Joshua Liner MS Fundraiser
Thursday, July 28, 2012
7-10 pm
Joshua Liner Gallery
548 W. 28th St
NY, NY 10001

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Monday, September 20th, 2010

Art for Tibet Benefit


Pema Reznin – The light of my homeland, 2009, Mixed Media, 35″x40″ Estimate: $25,000.

Online bidding for the Art for Tibet 2 benefit is underway, culminating in a silent auction and closing party Sept. 25 in New York. A few highlights from the 100+ contributing artists include works by Pema Renzin, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Kenji Hirata, Bill McMullen and Shepard Fairey, and actor Richard Gere. All proceeds will benefit Students for a Free Tibet. Bid here now, or attend the closing party during the final hours this Saturday.

Art for Tibet Benefit 2 Art Auction & Party
Sept 25, 5-10pm
Union Gallery Annex
353 BroadwayNYC


Tomokazu Matsuyama – Kirin-Tiger, 2008. Gicleé print, 36.7″ x 26″. Estimate: $600.

Bill McMullen - Songs The Lord Taught Us, version 2,  2010. Poplar,  25″ x 13.5″ x 1.75″. Estimate: $1500

 

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Preview :: Sea No Evil Art Benefit 2010

Details have surfaced for this year’s Sea No Evil art auction, benefitting the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Donating artists include the Clayton Brothers, Audrey Kawasaki, Shepard Fairey, Elizabeth McGrath, Mark Dean Veca, Jeff Soto, Greg Simkins, Richard Coleman, Skullphone, Travis Louie, Amy Sol, Maya Hayuk, Tim Biskup, Glen E. Friedman and Tara McPherson.

Captain Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd and focus of the popular Animal Planet television series, Whale Wars, will be the featured speaker, with DJ sets by the Crystal Method, Shepard Fairey and others.

Click  flyer for full list of participating artists.

Sea No Evil Art Show 2010
July 31, 6pm
Riverside Municipal Auditorium
3485 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 925o1

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Haiti Benefit featuring McGee, Fairey, Parla, Auerbach, Faile + more

Anonymous Gallery opens an exhibition to benefit Haiti on March 7. The show is shaping up to be quite an opportunity to pick up work by some very respected artists, while supporting a worthy cause.

Participating artists: Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Crash, Lee Quinones, Dondi White, Tauba Auerbach, Swoon, Futura, Jose Parla, Todd James, Eric Haze, David Ellis, Doze Green, Faile, Bast, Greg Lamarche, Kostas Seremetis, Rostarr, Chris Mendoza, Yuri Shimojo, Kenji Hirata, Cope2, Indie 184, Erik Foss, Henry Chalfant, Dan Witz, Ricky Powell, Shelter Serra, Eric White, Jamel Shabazz, Michael Holman, Eve Sussman, Joseph Ari Aloi, Kenzo Minami, Daze, Aaron Sharp Goodstone, Taylor McKimens, with more to come.

The gallery is also participating in SCOPE NY, and will feature works by Eric Haze, Greg Lamarche, and Kostas Seremetis, along with operating a mobile pop-up-shop out of an airstream trailer, where they will be selling artist products and editions.

N’Ap Boule – A Benefit for Haiti
Opening Reception – March 7
Anonymous Gallery at Collective Hardware
169 Bowery
NY, NY 10002

Anonymous Shop at The Standard Hotel
13th and Washington Street

 

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Big Week for Fairey Amidst Growing Controversy


Art of Elysium’s 2010 Heaven Gala (Image via Art of Elysium)

It wouldn’t be a week without some sort of news from the Shepard Fairey camp, and this one is jam packed.

Fairey was named Visionary of the Year and lent design and decoration to children’s charity The Art of Elysium’s 2010 Annual Heaven Gala (pictured above). Fairey is participating in their annual benefit auction, and has donated several items to the fundraising event. The most exciting lot is a personal portrait sitting with the artist.  The winning bidder will be entitled to a visit with Fairey for a photo shoot, which the artist will use to create a one of a kind 30″ X 44″ mixed media canvas. The prize is valued at $30-$40,000 for the in person sitting and final artwork (or $20-$30,000 if photos are sent). Other lots include unique 40″ x 60″ canvas depicting his Burmese Monk image, estimated at $20,000, and a rather quirky one of a kind collaged 7 foot lamp, valued at $7,500 (both pictured below).  Both the portrait sitting and Burmese Monk can be bid on live via CharityBuzz until March 4, 12pm EST. If interested in the lamp, download an absentee bid form here

The opening of the third and final stop of his museum retrospective, Supply and Demand, set record attendance numbers at the Cincinatti Contemporary Arts Center this past week. Naturally, while in town, Fairey and crew were also out making their mark on the streets. (Lots more photos of the exhibition preparation, opening celebration, and outdoor campaign at the end of this post.)


(All museum and street images via Obey Clothing)

Next, Fairey’s design firm, Studio Number One, has lent their hand to titling sequences for the new Basquiat feature film, which can be seen in the trailer below.

Finally, the controversy over Fairey’s Obama portrait continues. The artist is now the subject of a federal grand jury criminal probe. Authorities are investigating whether Fairey violated federal laws prohibiting evidence tampering and perjury in connection to his copyright battle with the Associated Press. In October the artist released a public statement admitting, “in an attempt to conceal my mistake I submitted false images and deleted other images.”  As noted by Copyrights and Campaigns, the criminal investigation hinges on whether or not Fairey (along with his wife) violated 18 U.S.C. §§ 1512(c)and 1621. Section 1512 makes it a crime to “alter, destroy, mutilate, or conceal an object with intent to impair the integrity or availability of the object for use in an official proceeding,” while section 1621 declares that any person who “willfully subscribes as true any material matter which he does not believe to be true…is guilty of perjury and shall, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”

Fairey has filed an injunction hoping to postpone the civil suit with AP. The injunction argues

“Plaintiffs submit that there is a compelling case for postponement. Mr. Fairey is now the subject of a criminal investigation…It appears that the AP is, at minimum, encouraging and supporting that criminal investigation. Mr. Fairey’s criminal defense counsel believes that a deposition at this time would prejudice him and impair council’s ability to properly represent Mr. Fairey. Therefor, if a deposition does take place while the criminal investigation is pending, counsel would advise Mr. Fairey to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.”

While we here at TAC have supported Shepard’s fair use claims in creating his Obama portrait (which now sits in the National Portrait Gallery), we will wait for the facts to further develop before weighing in on the separate criminal investigation, and confine our comments to reporting the findings as they emerge.

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Quentin Tarantino’s Basterds Benefit For Haiti

THE LOST ART OF THE FILM “INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS”

BENEFIT ART PROGRAM TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE

SA Studios Global’s Film Marketing Division has teamed up with Quentin Tarantino, Upper Playground and The Weinstein Company to present, THE LOST ART OF INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

On February 18th, 2010 from 6p – 9p the world will get to preview and purchase the “Lost Art of Inglourious Basterds” at The Upper Playground Art Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles.  All proceeds from this program will be donated to The American Red Cross to help the victims of the Haiti Earthquake.

This creative team has assembled the following select group of accomplished artists, David Choe, Sam Flores, Estevan Oriol, Grotesk, Jeremy Fish, Patrick Martinez, Alex Pardee, Dora Drimalas, Munk One, N8 Van Dyke, Rene Alamanza, Morning Breath and Skinner Davis, to create their own poster art based off their interpretation of the Oscar Nominated film, “Inglourious Basterds” artwork.

Each print will be numbered and signed by Quentin Tarantino. Only six (6) of each amount will be made.

The gallery will open will be open to the general public from 6p – 9p on Thursday February 18th, 2010 at Upper Playground Los Angeles located at 125 East 6th Street in Downtown LA. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the limited edition prints for $300.  The prints are giclée archival and are only available for purchase at Upper Playground, Los Angeles.  Phone orders and web orders will not be accepted.  Prints will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.  The purchase of prints will be limited to one per buyer. For a view at all the pieces…
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Kaws X Kiehls Arrives

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(All Images © Jeff Newman/TheArtCollectors)

Check out these new displays featuring KAWS’ designs at Kiehl’s flagship NYC store. As previously reported, the artist and luxury beauty company have teamed up, creating a limited edition moisturizer to benefit Rx Art. While the product is available now in three sizes,  you may want to hold off till next week when KAWS gift boxes and shopping bags will be available in store.

100% of net profits will benefit  RxArt, a New York based nonprofit which invites well known artists to decorate hospitals and children’s medical centers. No word yet whether KAWS will be creating one of these installations, but his youthful imagery and cartoon references would be perfect fit.

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009

The Secret’s Out :: Benefit Offers £40 Works by Richter, Kapoor, Emin + Baldessari

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(All Images via RCA Secret)

London’s Royal College of Art held its annual RCA Secret sale this past weekend. The week long exhibition culminated with the sale of  2700 postcard-sized works of art from the institution’s current roster of postgraduate students, mixed in with a lengthy list of contributors from professional artists and designers. Having a keen eye and the patience to camp out on the staggering cue reaped heavy rewards for some. As with previous year’s events, the artists’ identities were not revealed until after each sale. This year, a few lucky buyers took home £40 works by Gerhard Richter, Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin, John Baldessari and Yoko Ono. Click through for more of the art works revealed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Shepard Fairey for Uganda Children Fundraiser

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Shepard Fairey has designed two prints for L.E.A.D. Uganada, a nonprofit educational leadership initiative for children affected by AIDS, war, and poverty. Available now, Yellow Cans and Blanket each measure 18 x 24 inches, and have been produced as signed, numbered editions of 450, available for $75 each. Buy them here.

via TWBE

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