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Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The Hole Opens for Business

After keeping the art geeks guessing, the official word on former Deitch directors Kathy Grayson and Meghan Coleman’s hit the masses today via the Wall Street Journal. On June 26 The Hole will open its doors at 104 Greene St. with the playfully titled, Not Quite Open for Business. With so much excitement over the shape of things to come, we’re eager to see who the pair have selected for their much-anticipated inaugural group show. So far, WSJ reports future exhibits with Mat Brinkman, Kenny Scharf and Dearraindrop, as well as several side projects including a back-room shop and a dating service for artists.

Our sincere congratulations go out to Ms. Grayson and Ms. Coleman as they take the plunge.

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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


Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Big Week for Fairey Amidst Growing Controversy

Art of Elysium’s 2010 Heaven Gala (Image via Art of Elysium)

It wouldn’t be a week without some sort of news from the Shepard Fairey camp, and this one is jam packed.

Fairey was named Visionary of the Year and lent design and decoration to children’s charity The Art of Elysium’s 2010 Annual Heaven Gala (pictured above). Fairey is participating in their annual benefit auction, and has donated several items to the fundraising event. The most exciting lot is a personal portrait sitting with the artist.  The winning bidder will be entitled to a visit with Fairey for a photo shoot, which the artist will use to create a one of a kind 30″ X 44″ mixed media canvas. The prize is valued at $30-$40,000 for the in person sitting and final artwork (or $20-$30,000 if photos are sent). Other lots include unique 40″ x 60″ canvas depicting his Burmese Monk image, estimated at $20,000, and a rather quirky one of a kind collaged 7 foot lamp, valued at $7,500 (both pictured below).  Both the portrait sitting and Burmese Monk can be bid on live via CharityBuzz until March 4, 12pm EST. If interested in the lamp, download an absentee bid form here

The opening of the third and final stop of his museum retrospective, Supply and Demand, set record attendance numbers at the Cincinatti Contemporary Arts Center this past week. Naturally, while in town, Fairey and crew were also out making their mark on the streets. (Lots more photos of the exhibition preparation, opening celebration, and outdoor campaign at the end of this post.)

(All museum and street images via Obey Clothing)

Next, Fairey’s design firm, Studio Number One, has lent their hand to titling sequences for the new Basquiat feature film, which can be seen in the trailer below.

Finally, the controversy over Fairey’s Obama portrait continues. The artist is now the subject of a federal grand jury criminal probe. Authorities are investigating whether Fairey violated federal laws prohibiting evidence tampering and perjury in connection to his copyright battle with the Associated Press. In October the artist released a public statement admitting, “in an attempt to conceal my mistake I submitted false images and deleted other images.”  As noted by Copyrights and Campaigns, the criminal investigation hinges on whether or not Fairey (along with his wife) violated 18 U.S.C. §§ 1512(c)and 1621. Section 1512 makes it a crime to “alter, destroy, mutilate, or conceal an object with intent to impair the integrity or availability of the object for use in an official proceeding,” while section 1621 declares that any person who “willfully subscribes as true any material matter which he does not believe to be true…is guilty of perjury and shall, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”

Fairey has filed an injunction hoping to postpone the civil suit with AP. The injunction argues

“Plaintiffs submit that there is a compelling case for postponement. Mr. Fairey is now the subject of a criminal investigation…It appears that the AP is, at minimum, encouraging and supporting that criminal investigation. Mr. Fairey’s criminal defense counsel believes that a deposition at this time would prejudice him and impair council’s ability to properly represent Mr. Fairey. Therefor, if a deposition does take place while the criminal investigation is pending, counsel would advise Mr. Fairey to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.”

While we here at TAC have supported Shepard’s fair use claims in creating his Obama portrait (which now sits in the National Portrait Gallery), we will wait for the facts to further develop before weighing in on the separate criminal investigation, and confine our comments to reporting the findings as they emerge.

Read on for more pictures from Cincinnati opening night and installation Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, February 25th, 2010

McGee + HuskMitNavn to Exhibit Together

Barry McGee will be exhibiting under his Lydia Fong monker at Alice Gallery (Brussels, Belgium), alongside Danish artist HuskMitNavn (Remember My Name). While both are known for their work in street and fine art settings, The Last Night marks the first collaboration for the artists. The joint exhibition opens March 25.

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Ed Templeton Rising

Internationally recognized for his painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography, skate-icon and artist Ed Templeton has several significant projects in the works.

Most immediately, Templeton opens a new photo exhibit at Roberts + Tilton (Los Angeles) this Friday, Feb. 26. The works on display are culled from the artist’s personal archives, and were shot spontaneously from the inside of cars over a span of 15 years. Speaking of the project, Templeton says, “I never went out driving just to shoot pictures. Each one of these was shot going from point A to point B for some other reason, organically; they represent the in-between. Most of it is from my frequent visits to LA from my home in Huntington Beach, 1 hours’ drive south. But there is also a lot from taxi rides in Paris, Moscow, London, Barcelona, and St Petersburg.”

Next up , Templeton’s photography will be included in the 2010 Photography Biennial at MAMAC (Liege, Belgium), which runs Feb 28 – April 25. Lastly, his first solo museum exhibition, The Cemetery of Reason, opens at S.M.A.K. (Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art) in Ghent, Belgium on April 2, and will include works across multiple disciplines.

Ed Templeton – The Duality of Femininity, 2009 (Courtesy of Roberts + Tilton and Tim Van Laere)


Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Juan Francisco Casas @ Galeria Fernando Pradilla, Madrid


Juan Francisco Casas’ brilliant works on paper, using only a Bic pen as his primary tool, will open in Madrid’s Galeria Fernando Pradilla on January 14. Already in extensive pre-sales, the exhibition is anticipated to be one of 2010’s star-turning events. Prominent global art collectors have been dutifully seizing the opportunity to bring in Casas’ work into their holdings, possibly selling-out the show prior to the official opening.

Galería Fernando Pradilla
C/ Claudio Coello, 20
Madrid 28001
vox: (34) 91 575 48 04
fax: (34) 91 577 69 07


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Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Dan Witz at Carmichael Gallery

Dan Witz’s latest offerings debut tonight with an opening reception at the Carmichael Gallery in Los Angeles. The show runs from Nov. 5 – Dec. 3, 2009. In Dark Doings, Witz will showcase a selection of pieces from his expansive summer street project of the same name. Created both for the street and gallery, the subtle, haunting images of human and animal faces trapped behind dirty glass windows are inspired by a recent visit earlier in the year to the red light district of Amsterdam.

Artwork at the show is comprised of mixed media on digital prints on plastic, presented either framed or mounted to wood doors, the latter serving as both canvas and contextual framework through which the work can be viewed. A selection of photographs depicting the Dark Doings series in situ will also be exhibited at the show, displayed alongside the piece with which they correspond.

Dan Witz – Dark Doings
Nov. 5 – Dec. 3
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
1257 N. La Brea Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90038
323.969.0600 for more information

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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 »


Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Guggenheim Concert Series with Yeasayer


Continuing their ongoing It Came from Brooklyn concert series, the Guggenheim welcomes Brooklyn’s Yeasayer this Friday, Oct. 30. The event will also feature a performance from the band Tanlines and a reading by Rachel Sherman. Tickets here

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Monday, October 5th, 2009

The LA case @ Carmichael Gallery


case, 2009.

Carmichael Gallery is exhibiting The L.A. case with new works on canvas by German artist case. This is case’s first US solo exhibition and the second time he has exhibited at Carmichael Gallery. Opens this Thursday October 8 2009 / 7.00pm – 10.00pm.

case’s new body of work references imagery from elaborate, self-staged photo shoots using spray paint on canvas. Combining exacting technical expertise with an innovative hint of liberation and irony, he investigates the parallels that exist between the conflicting states of convention and controversy, manipulating beauty in a dark, thrilling and provocative manner.

case is widely recognized as one of the best photorealistic spray paint artists in the world. His groundbreaking technique, detailed in the book Ma’Claim: Photorealistic Graffiti, Falk Lehmann and Steffen Petermann, Publikat Verlags und Handels GmbH and Co. KG, Germany, 2006, has set new standards and established a strong international collector base and fan network.

case prepares for LA:

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