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Monday, November 2nd, 2009

KAWS lends a hand to Kiehls charity for RxArt

(Image: Kiehls)

KAWS has teamed up with  nonprofit, RxArt, and luxury beauty products company, Kiehls, lending his designs to a limited skin moisturizer. With prices ranging from $26 -$70, you can feel good about indulging in one of the 3 available sizes. 100% of profits will benefit RxArt’s continuing mission of curating installations in hospital settings across the United States.  Past projects include works by Donald Baechler, Ryan McGinness, Matthew Ritche and Frank Stella.

Ryan McGinness’ RxArt installation for the NYU Child Study Center. (Image: RxArt)

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Saturday, October 31st, 2009

STAGES NY Premiere

JR and Geoff McFetridge (All Images © Jeff Newman/TheArtCollectors)

The Lance Armstrong Foundation and Nike’s STAGES opened yesterday at Deitch Projects temporary gallery space in New York. The traveling exhibition (which premiered in Paris in July) brings together a heavy hitting list of contemporary art’s biggest names including Richard Prince, Cai Guo- Qiang, Ed Ruscha, Kenny Scharf and Andreas Gursky, with the most respected artists who have crossed over from street and graffiti cultures. Ranging from painting and sculpture, to modified bikes, the works on display have been influenced by (some more literally than others), and will raise proceeds for the LIVESTRONG mission of raising awareness and fighting cancer.

Futura, Jules de Balincourt, Dustin Yellin, Eric White, Tom Sachs, Shepard Fairey, Jeffrey Deitch, Lance Armstrong, Nike CEO Mark Parker, Geoff McFetridge, Rosson Crow, Jose Parla. and Dzine in front of Cai Guo Qiang’s gunpowder painting. (All Images © Jeff Newman/TheArtCollectors)

In attendance were Lance Armstrong, Nike CEO Mark Parker, Jeffrey Deitch, as well as many of the contributing artists including Tom Sachs, KAWS, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Jose Parla, Dustin Yellin, Eric White, Rosson Crow, and Geoff McFetridgeStages opens to the public Saturday, Oct. 31 and will be on view until Nov. 21. The exhibition will then travel to Miami during Art Basel, before heading to Los Angeles and its final destination at the Portland Art Museum early next year.

TAC was on hand for the afternoon press preview, followed by a private opening night reception. Read on for our extensive photo recap, click for larger images. Read the rest of this entry »


Monday, September 28th, 2009

New York Art Book Fair to feature Richard Prince and Japanese Pop Exhibits

Brendan Fowler of ANP Quarterly at past NY Art Book Fair. (Image: NY Art Book Fair)

The New York Art Book Fair opens later this week at P.S.1 Arts Center in Long Island City.  After last year’s overly crowded gathering at Phillips de Pury, we hope the change of venue lends to a less hectic visit. The weekend-long event plays host to over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, and independent publishers, as well as a conference and several special events, including signings by photographers Ryan McGinley and Peter Sutherland. This year, Printed Matter curates a special exhibition of the books and posters of artist Richard Prince, from the 70s to today. We are also looking forward to Gallery 360’s project room, where they will present Japanese Pop, Then & Now, with works by Kiyoshi Awazu, Suzy Amakane, Keiji Ito, Erika Kobayashi, Yutaka Kuriyama, Keiichi Tanaami, Tadanori Yokoo, and Aquirax Uno. A preview night benefit takes place this Thursday and includes entrance to a party at Deitch Studios, Long Island City. Tickets(available via Printed Matter) begin at $20 and include limited artist editions by Elmgreen & Dragset, Jutta Koether, Tom Sachs, and Mungo Thomson.

NY Art Book Fair
Oct. 2 – 4
Preview + Benefit Night: Oct. 1
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Twentieth Century Boy :: A new exhibit by Sashie Masakatsu celebrates T.Rex, supports arts school in Sierra Leone.

Masakatsu Sashie – Born to Boogie, oil on canvas. (Image courtesy of the artist)

It’s been nearly 40 years since Marc Bolan and his band released their first album under the T.Rex moniker. Next week, a new one-night exhibition will celebrate the late pioneer of glam-rock’s 62nd birthday, while raising funds to continue his legacy with a new school of arts in Sierra Leone, South Africa.

Taking place Sept. 30th, Twentieth Century Boy will unveil new T.Rex inspired paintings, created by Japanese artist Sashie Masakatsu . As a long-time fan, he has incorporated images of Marc Bolan into his signature culture-dense hovering orbs. A portion of sales will support Light of Love Foundation’s (founded by Bolan’s son Rolan and his mother, Gloria Jones) mission to build the Marc Bolan School of Music and Film in Sierra Leone.

The event is curated by Darren “Dr.” Romanelli and Giant Robot founder, Eric Nakamura, who presented Sashie’s first U.S. exhibit in 2006. Sashie won a Scout Award at the tenth annual edition of Kaikai Kiki/Murakami’s GEISAI fair, and is represented by Mizuma Art Gallery in Tokyo. The gallery quickly sold out all available paintings by the artist during last year’s PULSE Miami Art Fair.

We interviewed Rolan Bolan to find out more about  Light of Love Foundation and the upcoming event. Read on for more. Read the rest of this entry »


Friday, August 21st, 2009

Update :: Art Surfaces from Sea No Evil Benefit

Shepard Fairey – Paul Watson, 2009. (All Images © the artists/Sea No Evil)

Just in are these images from the upcoming See No Evil art auction, benefiting the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, who have spent the past three decades protecting and preserving the world’s ocean life. As we previously reported, the charity event takes place next Saturday, August 29th, in Riverside, California. Amongst the most exciting contributions is a new Shepard Fairey original portrait (pictured above), depicting Captain Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepard and subject of the Whale Wars television series. Other notable contributions include Anthony Lister, Greg Craola Simkins, Dave Kinsey, Glen E. Friedman, Gregory Euclide, Jeff Soto, Logan Hicks, Mario Martinez (Mars-1) and Tim Biskup (see the full list on our previous post).

Glen E. Friedman

For more on Captain Watson and Sea Shepherd, read Raffi Khatchadourian’s 2007 profile in The New Yorker (thanks to Trevor for the tip), which actually portrays the vigilante activist as having utter contempt for the arts:

He regards civilization’s greatest artistic and cultural achievements—from architecture to music and film—as expressions of human vanity, “worthless to the earth.” He sometimes asks people to imagine the outrage that would occur if someone were to destroy, say, the Vatican or the “Mona Lisa,” and he compares that with the indifference that people exhibit toward the mass extinction of plants and animals. “In anthropocentric society, a harsh judgment is given to those that destroy or seek to destroy the creations of humanity,” he has written.

Whether or not this is an accurate portrayal, many prominent individuals within the arts community have rallied around Sea Shepherd. In fact, some of the organization’s biggest financial supporters are well know actors and musicians, including The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mick Jagger, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, William Shatner, Edward Norton, and Uma Thurman to name a few.

Want to get on board but not attending the benefit? Donations can be made directly to Sea Shepherd here.

Logan Hicks
Logan Hicks
Gregory Euclide

Sea No Evil Art Show 2009
Saturday, August 29
Riverside Municipal Auditorium
3485 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501
info: erin@seashepherdartshow.com


Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Shepard Fairey Close Knit Charity Print

(Image: © Obeygiant)

Shepard Fairey will release a limited print edition of his recent Close Knit image at an undisclosed time today. Priced at $50, all proceeds from the signed and numbered edition of 450 will benefit the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The original spray painted stencil and mixed media collage on canvas was auctioned off during the organization’s annual Art For Life charity auction last month.

Catch it here


Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Sea Shepherd Art Benefit to feature Shepard Fairey, Jeff Soto, Greg Simkins, Anthony Lister + more


Anyone who has seen an episode of the enthralling Animal Planet series, Whale Wars, is familiar with Captain Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, who risk life and limb to police the world’s waters and preserve marine life, often directly confronting poachers on the open seas. On August 29, the Sea No Evil Art Show will be held in Riverside, California (near Los Angeles), with all proceeds benefiting the non-profit environmental organization. Watson is scheduled to speak and Shepard Fairey (along with donating art) will act as DJ. See below for the full list of 60+ participating artists.

Those not able to attend but who want to support the Sea Shepherd cause can donate directly to the organization or make a charitable purchase of additionally available artwork here.

Sea No Evil Art Show 2009
Saturday, August 29
Riverside Municipal Auditorium
3485 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501
info: erin@seashepherdartshow.com

Participating Artists: Anthony Lister, Arnold Cornelio, Ashley Macomber, Bwana Spoons, Cathie Bleck, Cali Dewitt, Chivo, Chris Rubino, Chris Ryniak, Greg Craola Simkins, Dave Cooper, Dave Kinsey, Deph, Jose Mercado / Dire, Dustin Ortiz, Dylan Martorell, Fabian Iezzi, Jonathan Garcia, Justin Heathcoat “Faceless”, George Thompson, Glen E. Friedman, Gregory Euclide, Gretchen Ryan, Heather Carlton “Hezaa”, Joshua M. Smith / Hydro74, Iqvinder Singh, Jeff Phillips, Jeff Soto, Jeffrey Pidgeon, Jennifer Becker, Jon Chase, Kevin Christy, Kevin Peterson, Logan Hicks, Lola, Louis Henderson, Madsteez, Marc Hemeon, Mario Martinez (Mars-1), Maxx242, Maya Hayuk, Melinda Read, Michael Muller, Michael Sieben, Mike Stilkey, Munk One, Nathan Fischer, Neko, Oliver Sutter, Peggy Oki, Priscilla Iezzi, Renee Lawter, Renta, Ryan Jacob Smith, Scott Morse, Shaunna Peterson, Shepard Fairey, Six Gun Drums, Steven Daily, Tim Biskup, Travis Millard

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Shepard Fairey for Art for Life Charity Auction


Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s 10th annual Art for Life Charity Auction ends today and along with it, a chance to take home Close Knit (2009) by Shepard Fairey. With a current bid of $28,500 and $5,000 bid increments, this one’s certainly no bargain but will benefit the foundation’s mission of providing disadvantaged urban youth with exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to under-represented artists and artists of color. Those interested can view lots and place bids via charitybuzz.

The highlight of last year’s auction was also donated by Fairey – one out of the only three existing original Obama Hope canvases which generated $108,000, far above its $30,000 estimate.


Friday, July 17th, 2009

Benefit Auction for Tara Subkoff

Image: Tara-Subkoff

Deitch Projects is holding a silent auction to help fund surgery for actress and fashion designer, Tara Subkoff, who is suffering from a benign but potentially fatal brain tumor. The silent auction runs through Saturday, July 18th and bidding will close at 5 PM. Bids can be placed via phone at 212 343-7300 or in person at  Deitch Projects, 76 Grand Street. In addition, a selection of clothing from Subkoff’s former Imitation of Christ label is available for purchase at the gallery.

View available lots here

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Monday, July 6th, 2009

Lance Armstrong Stages Art Benefit

Kaws designed Lance Armstrong Tour de France Bike, 2009. Image: Emmanuel Perrotin

Official information is becoming available about Stages, the traveling art show and sale co-sponsored by Nike to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG). The group of participating blue-chip  and emerging art stars (see below) is near monumental and will undoubtedly entice an A-list of philanthropic spending. The exhibit opens July 17 at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris and runs till August 8 before heading over to NY and LA this fall, with a final destination at the Portland Art Museum in early 2010. To coincide with the occasion Armstrong will ride on bikes designed by Damien Hirst, KAWS and Marc Newson during the 2009 Tour de France.

Ed Ruscha – Vital To The Core, 2009. Image: Gagosian Gallery

Stages (Destination 1)
July 17 – August 8
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
76 rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 16 79 79
Contributing artists: Cai Guo-Qiang Rosson Crow, Jules de Balincourt, Dzine, Shepard Fairey, Andreas Gursky, KAWS, Geoff McFetridge, Yoshitomo Nara, Catherine Opie, Jose Parla, Raymond Petibon, Lari Pittman, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Kenny Scharf, Eric White, Christopher Wool, and Aaron Young.

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