Archive for the 'Sculpture' Category
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.
Monday, July 13th, 2009
If the landscape of Governors Island isn’t already enough to transport the visitors who voyage here by ferry from the tip of lower Manhattan, Anthony McCalls’ Between You and I certainly is. Housed within the Medieval-like St. Cornelius Chapel, McCall’s sculptural light projection is without a doubt the most visionary contribution to Creative Times’ Plot 09: This World and Nearer Ones, comprised of 19 site-specific artworks installed throughout the island.
Inside the stone architecture of the church, two slowly morphing volumes of projected light cut through the dark misty air, slicing out shapes on the ground beneath, creating three dimensional pockets of space in the pitch-black void. Between You and I so completely interacts with time, space and viewer, that once one finds himself enclosed within the panes of light, feeling on the verge of being beamed up and away is not far off. The effect is nothing short of spectacular, and affirms the significance of McCall’s reemergence in the early millennium after a two decade disappearance from art.
Plot09 runs throughout the summer and is open for view Fridays – Sundays. McCall also has dual exhibits running alongside Icelandic artist Finnbogi Petursson at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York and i8 in Reykjavik. Both run though July 31.
Read on for our exclusive images of Anthony McCall’s Between You and I at Plot09. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
As you may recall, shortly after unveiling Hirst’s For the Love of God in 2007, White Cube Gallery reported that the $100 million diamond emblazoned skull had in fact sold to a private investment group for the initial asking price. It didn’t take long for details to surface – to date, Hirst, along with his business manager Frank Dunphy and White Cube’s Jay Jopling are the majority owners.
Now, The Art Newspaper reports that Russian billionaire Viktor Pinchuk was recently outed by the Washington Post as a fourth part-owner of the skull. No wonder he is currently hosting a major Hirst retrospective at his own Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev.
Friday, June 5th, 2009
Anish Kapoor – Svayambh, 2007 at Le Musée des Beaux Arts. Image: Exporevue
This coming September, London’s Royal Academy of Arts will host a major exhibition by acclaimed sculptor, Anish Kapoor, representing the first time the main exhibition galleries will be filled by a living contemporary artist. Here, Kapoor will present several new works, alongside signature pieces representing his accomplished career. The exhibition’s focal point will be Svayambh (Sanskrit for self-born), a site specific work comprised of mammoth block of red wax that slowly trudges along on motorized tracks, morphing to the shape of the gallery arches it passed through and staining the walls along the way. An earlier version of the piece debuted at Le Musée des Beaux Arts in 2007. Also on display will be Shooting Into the Corner, a new work that sees an air-powered cannon continually firing red pellets of wax at a wall.
The pieces represent Kapoor’s recent exploration of art that is both transient and self-generating. In an interview for Tate Magazine, the artist noted, “I am interested in sculpture that manipulates the viewer into a specific relation with both space and time. Time, on two levels; one narratively and cinematically as a matter of the passage through the work, and the other as a literal elongation of the moment.”
Anish Kapoor at the Royal Academy of Arts opens September 26 and runs till December 11, 2009.
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.
Thursday, May 28th, 2009
Rightfully well-supported, Yoskay Yamamoto‘s release of his ‘gallery’ edition Koibito drew in an eager league of fans. Dropping at LeBasse Projects, the vinyl rendition, sculpted by Yamamoto himself, is a co-production with Munky King. Limited to 150, the white version of this artist-multiple follows on the heels of a phenomenally successful solo art show at the same gallery. For a young artist to be viably defying the present sad state of the economy is indeed impressive and shows the promise he holds for future conquest. A very small portion of prints, also offered at the event, were set aside for release on Paper Tiger at 12:30PM PST on 05/28/09. Word is that a new original painting by Yoskay will be available at the gallery for its opening during this weekend’s Culver City Art Walk. Photos follow: Read the rest of this entry »
Friday, May 22nd, 2009
We just caught wind of this upcoming figure collaboration between KAWS and Hajimie Sorayama. Based off the signature on the sketch, its clear this conceptual design was illustrated by Sorayama, however KAWS hinted to the project on his Dec. 2 blog post, noting the two had started working on the project a few years ago. The sculpture will be cast in metal and is a hybrid of the KAWS Companion with Sorayama’s Future Mickey Mouse (pictured below), which was also released by Medicom Toys. We can only guess this guy will be called Future Companion, continuing the ongoing progression of the character that KAWS has already developed, from the Original, through the Five Year Later versions. No news yet on a release date, but price is rumored to be around $1,100.
Thanks goes out to TCLY for the tip off.
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
FAILE are at it again. The duo have installed yet another public totem on the streets of Brooklyn, despite the quick theft of the first piece last month. Chances are this one won’t last much longer…and is that a newspaper box knocked over to make room?
Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
David Choe will be on hand signing his new Choegal figure, this Saturday, Jan. 3, at Giant Robot NY. Limited to 1000 pieces, the wooden Choegal is hand painted (in a factory – not by Choe) and features a head with three rotating facial expressions that reminds us of this childhood favorite
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008