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Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Absolut ESPO + Aoshima

Absolut Vodka has teamed up with Stephen Powers and Chiho Aoshima for a new promotion called The Absolut Art of Sharing. For the campaign each artist has contributed two designs to a series of four unique drink pitchers. From what we can tell, they’ve been released in various sizes for different markets (1Liter in US, 700ml in Europe/New Zealand, 750ml in Mexico), making it a bit hard and confusing to collect them all if you are that obsessive or that much of a drunk. So far, only 3/4 designs have been released in the 1L and 750ml sizes, so your best bet is to go for the 700ml set, which so far have hit a limited number of specialty stores in the UK, France, Belgium, and Greece. If you are that inclined to figure it all out, check the antics on this Absolut collector’s forum, where we ganked most of these pics from. Oh, and there’s always the easy way – ebay.

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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…”

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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.


Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Condo Covers Kanye

(Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty)

After commissioning Takashi Murakami and Kaws for previous releases, Kanye West turns to George Condo for the cover design of his new single, the King Crimson-sampled Power. Of the three, Condo remains largely unknown by West’s younger street blog-savvy audience. Not that that matters much. With a career dating back to the early 80s, the 53 year old Condo is arguably the most established, with his paintings and sculptures residing in the permanent collections of major art institutions,including the Whitney (he participated in both the 1987 and 2010 Biennials), MoMA, and Guggenheim.

A 1995 oil painting by Condo is on view through June 19 at Luhring Augustine (NY), as part of Twenty Five, the gallery’s 25th anniversary group exhibit.

Power (which can be streamed here) is due out on iTunes June 8, with West’s next full length, Good As Job, expected to drop late 2010.

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Friday, November 27th, 2009

Arkitip Celebrates Black Friday


Attention Kmart shoppers, Arkitip is discounting all issues 50%, for one day only. Don’t miss this opportunity to stock up on back issues of this essential publication, including a meticulously curated selection of artist features and limited editions by the likes of Ryan McGinness, KAWS, Thomas Campbell, Shepard Fairey, Jose Parla, Chris Johanson, and more. Sale runs Black Friday, Nov. 27.

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Kaws X Kiehls Arrives

(All Images © Jeff Newman/TheArtCollectors)

Check out these new displays featuring KAWS’ designs at Kiehl’s flagship NYC store. As previously reported, the artist and luxury beauty company have teamed up, creating a limited edition moisturizer to benefit Rx Art. While the product is available now in three sizes,  you may want to hold off till next week when KAWS gift boxes and shopping bags will be available in store.

100% of net profits will benefit  RxArt, a New York based nonprofit which invites well known artists to decorate hospitals and children’s medical centers. No word yet whether KAWS will be creating one of these installations, but his youthful imagery and cartoon references would be perfect fit.

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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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Monday, November 2nd, 2009

KAWS lends a hand to Kiehls charity for RxArt

(Image: Kiehls)

KAWS has teamed up with  nonprofit, RxArt, and luxury beauty products company, Kiehls, lending his designs to a limited skin moisturizer. With prices ranging from $26 -$70, you can feel good about indulging in one of the 3 available sizes. 100% of profits will benefit RxArt’s continuing mission of curating installations in hospital settings across the United States.  Past projects include works by Donald Baechler, Ryan McGinness, Matthew Ritche and Frank Stella.

Ryan McGinness’ RxArt installation for the NYU Child Study Center. (Image: RxArt)

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Friday, October 30th, 2009

Phaidon Pops Up in NYC

Image via Phaidon

On Nov. 2 British art and design publisher, Phaidon, launches a temporary NY store in Soho. Located at 100 Wooster Street, the  pop-up shop will remain open through the holiday season and close Jan. 2.

via Blackbook