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Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Thing Quarterly Collaborates with Chris Johanson + James Franco

Chris Johanson (Image via The Thing)

THE THING is gearing up to release the first installment of their new subscription cycle. Each year, the quarterly “periodical” collaborates with four artists to create limited art objects that each incorporates text. Issues 11-14 kick off with Chris Johanson, followed by fashion design team Doo.ri, artist Matthew Higgs, and will wrap up with actor/artist James Franco, who has shifted his recent focus to intellectual and artistic endeavors outside of acting.

To celebrate the launch of issue 11, Chris Johanson will host an event June 17 at SFMOMA, including video and musical performances. The event is free to Thing subscribers, or with museum admission. We’re not sure what Johanson has come up with for his issue yet, but have been promised that “guests can purchase Johanson’s…issue and put it to use while watching video projections of moonrises…”

Get your one year subscriptions here


Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Historic Haring Mural in Need of Rescue

The faded and damaged Haring mural as it looks today. (Image: Andrew De La Rue via Sydney Morning Herald)

The Art Newspaper reports that the last surviving mural Keith Haring painted entirely on his own, and the first project he completed with the assistance of a cherry picker, is in dire need of preservation. Painted in 1984 during Haring’s only visit to Australia, the mural occupies the wall of the former Collingwood Technical College in a Melbourne suburb. Last restored in 1996, the significant work has not been maintained for almost 15 years, and suffers from significant surface lifting and cracking of the paint. Estimates to stabilize the outdoor work are reported at  A$25,000 ($22,000 US), with an additional A$1,000 ($900) for annual upkeep.

Several major Australian arts institutions and local municipalities have banned together to raise support for its restoration. “It is our own government who has lapsed in its duty of care,” said one spokesperson, noting that the building is owned by the Victorian State Government and that the mural sits on its heritage registry.

”Yarra’s mayor Jane Garrett said, “The mural is a part of Yarra and inner-Melbourne’s cultural and physical landscape—and we want to ensure it stays that way,” adding that interested parties were in the process of setting up a working group including representatives from the arts community and other interested parties to “discuss the mural’s future and come to a consensus on the most appropriate way to preserve it.”

The original mural in progress durning Haring’s 1984 visit to Melbourne (Image via The Art Newspaper)

In more productive news, a new series of Keith Haring adhesive wall graphics (pictured below) has been released by Bilk, with several different designs available from $18 – $55.


Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Lawrence Weiner Print Release

20×200 has just released one of their most exciting print editions to date, collaborating with Lawrence Weiner. With the print shop’s egalitarian approach to distributing affordable art at multiple price points and Weiner’s socialist leaning ideals, the two are a perfect match. Prices range from $50 for the 10″x8″ edition of 500, to $5,000 for the 40″x30″ edition of 5. Get it here.

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Friday, April 16th, 2010

Son of Electric Illuminati by Ron English

Available Saturday, April 17, noon (EST).

“Son of Electric Illuminati” Silkscreen on gold paper, 18 x 24” ed. of 100.

Signed and numbered by Ron English

$350, free shipping. For sale exclusively on www.popaganda.com

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Monday, March 1st, 2010

Just Saying.

#3. Toilet Humor Art

If I were to create a list of reasons to love Andrew Jeffrey Wright, I think part of it would look like this. The new 9 x 12 print in an edition of 72 is available for $35 bucks here.

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Matsu Bearbrick Release

Medicom Toy has just released a new limited Bearbrick design by our close and much admired friend, Tomokazu Matsuyama. The two figure set was produced in an edition of 300 and includes both 100% (2.5″) and 400% (10″) sizes. Though the product is exclusive to Japan (available here), savvy collectors will undoubtedly find their way to this limited release.

For our review on Matsu’s current exhibit in San Francisco, read here

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Friday, February 12th, 2010

More Love from ESPO

More in from Steve ‘ESPO’ Powers. Just as he gears up to inaugurate the completion of his ambitious Love Letter to Philadelphia project this weekend, Pictures on Walls announces the release of a new print. Following last year’s Everything Is Shit, Except You Love, the new six color screen print is Powers’ second Valentine’s themed release with POW. At £99, expect the signed and numbered edition to go fast.

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Quickflip :: Hirst Supreme Decks 2.0


Supreme drops the second series of Damien Hirst skateboards in their NY and LA stores tomorrow, Nov. 19. The release includes five separate designs, each incorporating elements from Hirst’s popular Spot Paintings, along with new icons referencing reoccurring themes in his art, such as drugs, death, and religion. Japan sales will take place Nov. 20, followed by online sales on Nov 23.

As with the first Hirst deck release, expect these to disappear instantly, and then reappear quickly on ebay.


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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Stick It Up :: Instant Installations from Bodega

Barry McGee

Bodega is a new company focused on creating a curated selection of large scale, eco-friendly, die-cut adhesive vinyl art. With Barry McGee, Rostarr, Mike Giant, and Cleon Peterson amongst their first contributing artists, they are certainly off to an impressive start. Launched by the people behind Monument Snowboards, who have also built a reputation for impressive art curation, we expect to see exciting things as Bodega develops. A few designs went on sale online this week via Arkitip, and are also being distributed to several specialty shops including The New Museum (NYC) and Colette (Paris). Simply awesome.

Barry McGee


Cleon Peterson

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Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Rebecca Westcott at the National Portrait Gallery

Jim – pigment print, 38″ x 26″

Portraiture Now: Communities opens this Friday, Nov. 6 at The National Portrait Gallery (Washington D.C.) signaling the first time paintings by Rebecca Westcott have been on view since her sudden death at the age of 28 in 2004.  Westcott was a promising young portrait painter emerging from the Philadelphia arts scene. She was amongst the youngest recepients of the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts, winning $50,000 to develop her craft, and had exhibited with Space 1026 (Philadelphia) and New Image Art (Los Angeles).  The new exhibit will feature 16 of her works, alongside fellow portriat artists, Rose Frantzen and Jim Torok.

To celebrate Westcott’s return to public view, Spector Projects have produced four new pigment prints from paintings on view in Portraiture Now. Each are an edition of 68, including the one seen here, featuring her husband and fellow artist, Jim Houser. Available here.

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