Archive for the 'Design' Category
Thursday, September 10th, 2009
Cleon Peterson opens his first show in Brussles at Alice Gallery this Saturday, Sept. 12. For Unconsoled, the Los Angeles based artist continues to portray violent yet playful depictions of an anarchic dystopia, exploring the dangers imminent in a pleasure seeking society consumed by excess and indulgence.
Over the past few years Peterson has gained considerable attention for his paintings, as well as for graphic design work with Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One, where he recently designed shopping bags for upscale clothing retailer, Saks Fifth Avenue.
Cleon Peterson – Unconsoled
Sept. 12 – Oct. 17
Opening Reception: 6pm w/ live performance by trumpetist, Roch
182 Rue Antoine Dansaert
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
There’s been quite a bit of KAWS news during the week off. First, we can only hope that what appears to be a fresh take on the classic Chum character in this painting posted on Kaws’ blog, is a sign of things to come (that’s Erik Parker with a great new painting in the pic). The artist will present his next solo exhibit this February in Madrid. While there’s no official word yet, expect Galeria Javier Lopez to play host.
Next up are two new products on the way, including a much anticipated monotone version of the ambitious Four Foot Dissected Companion sculpture. Despite a hefty price tag, if the release of the first color-way earlier this summer is any indication, expect this one to be gone in the blink of an eye. Released this past weekend is a playful toy collaboration with Japanese brand, Undercover, featuring the fashion label’s bear hugging Kaws’ Companion character.
Lastly, Kaws has lent his hand to the September issue of Interview Magazine’s feature on Michael Jackson.
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
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
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Complex has just published a new interview with KAWS, where the artist speaks of a new Brooklyn studio being designed with Masamichi Katayama, founder of Wonderwall Inc., who are highly regarded for retail design including Uniqlo, Bathing Ape, Marc Jacobs, and Colette stores.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
The Moment is running a week long daily feature recapping the past five years of T Magazine covers. Since 2004, The New York Times Style Magazine has curated an artistically playful group of artists and designers to reinterpret the classic T logo, including Banks Violette, Oscar De La Renta and Steve Powers. So far, two years of covers have been reviewed, with three days and three more to go. Here’s a few of our favorites so far. See them all by Friday here.
Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Contemporanea continues its series of scaled-down Beautiful Losers exhibits across Spain, this time presenting Grafika: A Collection of Prints by the Artists of Beautiful Losers at Cincoechegaray music and book shop in Málaga. The show opens this Wednesday, August 5 and is sponsored by ANP Quarterly/RVCA with additional production support from Narita design studio.
Previous presentations of Grafika took place at Subaquatica, Madrid and Cabeza de Raton, Cáceres. USA Today, an exhibit including original works, was on view earlier this summer at Sala Europa, Badajos.
Grafika: A Collection of Prints by the Artists of Beautiful Losers
August 5 (8pm reception) – August 31
Participating Artists:Thomas Campbell, Henry Chalfant, Larry Clark, Cynthia Connolly, Cheryl Dunn, KAWS, Shepard Fairey, Glen E. Friedman, Evan Hecox, Wes Humpston, Jo Jackson, Todd James, Andy Jenkins, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, Ari Marcopoulos, Geoff McFetridge, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinness, Mike Mills, Raymond Pettibon, Stephen Powers, Terry Richardson, Clare E. Rojas, Rostarr, Ed Templeton and Tobin Yelland.
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Following an in-store release at OriginalFake in Tokyo this past Saturday, KAWS and Hajime Sorayama’s silver No Future Companion went on sale this morning on kawsone.com. The metal figure’s sale was announced by an email that arrived in subscribers’ inboxes around 8:30am EST and as expected, was gone in under an hour. Contrary to collectors’ speculation that spread rumors of 300 pieces, the second color version was produced as an edition of 500 – the same as the earlier black chrome release late last month.
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
The second installment of the Hunters, Run! 7-inch artist series featuring the art of Eric Beltz is out today and available via At Arms Ltd. The numbered edition of 200 is on white vinyl with additional insert and inner-sleeve art. For those without turntables, a free CD is included. In addition, Josh Keyes fans will be happy to hear that a very small quantity of record #1 from the band’s leftover tour stock has also been made available online. For this ongoing project, The Hunters, Run! and Battle Standard Recordings have teamed up with art editions company, At Arms Ltd. to curate a series of limited edition vinyl releases, each featuring artwork from a notable artist. Hunters, Run! plays a release show tonight in Brooklyn and tomorrow at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ and will also have records for sale. Those just interested in the music can purchase via iTunes and other online music retailers.
Friday, June 19th, 2009
Design Miami/Basel has reached an agreement with officials in Seoul that will bring the fair to the South Korean city’s future design museum and convention centre as early as 2012. The news of this expansion comes shortly after the opening of the fair’s Basel exposition last week, which, only in its second year, has relocated to a larger venue. The two year old venture is a partnership between its founder, Miami real estate developer Craig Robins and Art Basel owner Messe Schweiz Group.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
Image: Nigo / Honeyee
The piece avid KAWS collectors have been waiting for has finally arrived. The 4 Foot Dissected Companion has already sold out at OriginalFake in Tokyo, and a very small amount have quietly made their way stateside. No official word on how many were produced, but we speculate no more than 100, perhaps less, as Medicom’s got to keep the product mold intact long enough to produce the other two color-ways. If it pops up anytime soon, expect to see a secondary market price of at least 7k on this one. The one pictured above belongs to Nigo – of course.