Archive for the 'Music' Category
Friday, June 26th, 2009
1958 – 2009. Dangerous (1991) album art by Mark Ryden.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
Poster for the Exploding Plastic Inevitable Live!, Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground and Nico at The Dom, New York City, April 1 – 30, 1966. Collection of Moe Tucker. 14 x 22 in. Estimate: $7,000 – 9,000.
Christies will conduct its Pop Culture auction, June 23 in New York. The sale consists of a broad cross section of punk, rock, hip hop, film and street art memorabilia from the 1960s forward, which collectively challenge accepted notions of fine art. As noted by Johan Kugelberg in the auction catalog’s introduction, “young artists (and collectors!) increasingly refuse to play the game of hi-brow verses low-brow, having replaced said such with something that we can now coin as uni-brow. Point taken, but we can only hope the phrase doesn’t catch on. Browse the full catalog here
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
Artprice, a global leader in art market information, database collecting, and sales, has just released an intimate 23 minute documentary chronicling the history and inner-workings of the company. We were particularly blown away by the passion exuded from Artprice’s eclectic founder, and his mind boggling corporate lair outside Lyon, France, which operates from inside the Abode of Chaos, a 17th century home transformed into a replicated war zone…pretty wild for someone who is also the founder and chairman of Groupe Serveur, Artprice’s parent company, whose annual revenue tops off around 70 million Euro.
Watch the video here
Monday, April 27th, 2009
Japanese pop icon Keiichi Tanaami and UK artist Pete Fowler (known for his Monsterism creations) have produced a series of exciting collaborative images. Sorry collectors – there are no originals to be had here. Rather, the art was commissioned by pyschedelic Welsh rockers, Super Furry Animals, for their latest album, Dark Days/Light Years, released stateside by Warner Bros. this past week. While the album marks the first time the two have worked together, DD/LY does not represent the first time SFA have worked with either of these notable artists. Fowler lent his designs to six of the band’s previous LPs, and Tannami’s art has graced the cover of their last two albums.
Click images for larger views or download the entire Dark Days/Light Years album art for free here.
Monday, April 20th, 2009
KAWS continues his collaborations with the hip hop community, this time lending design to the latest release by Clipse. The duo’s new single, Kinda Like a Big Deal (featuring Kanye West), as well as the upcoming full length album, entitled Till the Casket Drops, feature KAWS’ art.
Single drops on over at Playcloths at noon EST today.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
ABC Trust (Action for Brazil’s Children) has organized A Forca da Rua (Force of the Streets), an exhibition and charity auction to help raise funds and awareness for Brazil’s impoverished youth. According to the non-profit, an estimated 7 million children live or work on the streets of Brazil, and 60% do not complete primary education. The organization has invited 12 street artists from Brazil and the UK (including D*Face, Inkie, Titi Freak, Calma and Speto) to paint Gibson guitars, which will be exhibited from April 24 – May 12 and auctioned on April 29 at The Printspace in London.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
AT ARMS LTD. will be releasing the second pressing of the Hunters, Run! EP1 7-inch record on their website, sometime before midnight tonight, EST. The edition features cover and insert art by Josh Keyes and is limited to 100 copies on green vinyl. This is the final press and there will be no future editions of this record.
The company states they will only be offering a very small number of the edition online, as the band will be selling the record in the coming week during their Midwest tour and some copies have already gone during a pre-sale to mailing list members who missed out on the first edition.
In related news, preparation is underway for the second record in the Hunters, Run’s! artist collaboration series. The next 7-inch will feature art by Eric Beltz, who recently won the 2009 PULSE Prize at Pulse Art Fair NY and will be exhibiting with Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Berlin later this year.
Thursday, March 26th, 2009
The Combine celebrates it grand opening tonight, at 112 Green Street, NYC. The new space seeks to commemorate the historic and artistic relevance of the address, while providing a new venue for the exhibition of art and multi-media, performance based events.
Work to Do installation in progress. Image: 112 Green Street
From 1970 – 1980, 112 Green Street was the home of the 112 Workshop, a studio and exhibition space that fostered an influential group of artists including Laurie Anderson, Joseph Beuys, Louis Bourgois, Chuck Close, Spalding Gray, Phillip Glass, Richard Serra, William Wegman, Dennis Oppenheim and countless others. The 112 Workshop eventually relocated and reemerged as Chelsea’s White Columns Gallery, while the original underground space became the headquarters for Green Street Recordings, which was at the forefront of the 80s and 90s hip-hop movement, recording Kurtis Blow, Afrika Bambaataa, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and De La Soul to name a few.
Now, 112 Green reopens as The Combine, to host a new generation of artists who carry on the ideals of the address’ influential past. The inaugural exhibit, Work To Do, opens tonight, with a live performance by Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force.
Participating artists include: Endless Love Crew, Moody AA, Cabahzm, Cake, 2Easae, Avone, Chris RWK, Veng RWK, Brando * Nev1 * Sinatra Smart Crew, AVOID pi, infinity, Deeker, Keeley, El Celso, Dain, Pufferella, Skewville, Royce Bannon, AnerA, Abe Lincoln Jr., Ellis Gallagher AKA Ellis G., Matt Siren, Overconsumer, Kosbe, Aiko, Abby Goodman, Hush, Alone art, Bast, Ben Jackson, Bobby Hill, Buildmore, C. Damage, Chris Brennan, Christopher Gordon, Dark Clouds, Deeker, Destroy and Rebuild, Erica Faulke, Keely, Pufferella, OHM, Smells, Stikman, U.L.M.
WORK TO DO
March 26 – April 16
Opening Reception: March 26, 6-10pm
Featuring a live performance by Africa Bambaataa + Soulsonic Force
The Combine at 112 Green St. Studio
112 Green St., NY
Saturday, January 24th, 2009
AT ARMS LTD. has just launched its online store, including a new record featuring artwork from Josh Keyes. Keyes has lent cover art to the latest recording from NY based band, Hunters, Run! The 7″ record is limited to an edition of 200 hand numbered copies, includes an insert featuring a second Keyes image, and a code for a free digital download for those without vinyl (that’s record) friendly stereo systems.
The artist editions company is also offering exclusive signed versions of their Daniel Johnston’s Jeremiah the Innocent figures. The edition includes a card signed by the artist and is extremely limited, with only 25 white, 20 green, and 20 yellow figures available.
Thursday, November 20th, 2008
With three consecutive solo shows, and media attention from The New York Times to CBS, Kaws has certainly been on fire lately. With his latest collaboration, the artist unleashes perhaps his most high-profile commercial projects to-date. Hip-hop superstar, Kanye West’s, new album, 808s and Heartbreak drops Nov. 25th, with Kaws lending “a hand” to the iTunes art, as well as a special Christmas version available in stores on Dec. 16. While this isn’t the first time the artist has been featured on a music release, this one puts Kaws in some pretty strong company – Kanye’s last album, Graduation, featured artwork by Takashi Murakami.