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Basel Week Miami ’09 – Rubell Family Collection – “Beg Borrow and Steal”

Good artists borrow, great artists steal. ~Pablo Picasso Coinciding with Art Basel Miami 2009, the Rubell Family Collection opened their latest exhibition, entitled Beg, Borrow, and Steal.  The exhibition, filling the entire 45,000 sq. ft. museum, consists of 260 works by 74 artists of different generations and examines the role of appropriation throughout modern and contemporary art.  It was born through a series of conversations the Rubells had with artists Kelly Walker and Wade Guyton.  It deals with artistic influence, artists building upon the legacies […]

Andy Warhol’s Eight Elvises Sells for $100 million

One month after Andy Warhol‘s 200 One Dollar Bills sells for $43.8 million at auction, The Economist has reported that his Eight Elvises painting sold privately for $100 million– a number that only Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning and Gustav Klimt has achieved for a single sale.  It is a unique piece and measures 12 feet. With one of the most vibrant markets of any artist, Warhol continues to be as relevant as he’s ever been.  This particular painting merges the most popular […]

Preview: Basel Week Miami ’09 – Team Gallery x Ryan McGinley

After having been featured by Team Gallery at Art Basel Switzerland, the gallery is bringing Ryan McGinley’s newest works to Art Basel Miami.  The photographs being shown at the fair continues his Moonmilk series (remember his show at Alison Jacques Gallery?) and also includes some images from his most recent road trip.  The settings involve locations deep beneath the earth’s surface and now some on or above it.  They integrate the nude body into scenes of nature, almost blending them into one. More images and […]

Video: Baby Tattooville ’09 – Art Jam

The unifying force to each and every Baby Tattooville “Secret Society” gathering is the collaborative art jam painting.  All artists who participate at the event put their brushes to the panel, but unlike the solitude they work with at their respective studios, they are able to feed off each other’s creativity, build upon their peers’ foundations, and revel in the camaraderie.  Unique styles are complemented, morphed, or transformed upon by others. Fortunately for all those who were unable to witness the group painting in person […]

Streets: Bumblebee in Los Angeles

Bumblebee is a Los Angeles-based artist who has been beautifying the streets with public installations containing those black and yellow body-haired flying insects. Bumblebees are so essential to our lives, yet they are disappearing at an alarming rate and their plight may be overlooked. He is using these potentially endangered species to communicate with the community and highlight such forgotten methods, such as the newspaper stand, which is quickly becoming replaced by the instantaneous news on the internet, and the phone booth, which has been […]

Openings: Jeff Koons – “New Paintings” @ Gagosian (LA)

Jeff Koons has created some of the most iconic art pieces of the last quarter century. He is an artist whose name is nearly synonymous with contemporary art and culture. While his brand of Pop Art always contains a controversial omnipresent ambiguity concerning how “intelligent,” “deep”, or “dumb” his work really is (that is ultimately left to the viewer to decide), there is no denying how technically perfect, enjoyable, and awe-inspiring they are in person. The consummate perfectionist, once he has an idea hatched inside […]

Openings: “14 Artists” – New Image Art Gallery

Always one to be on the cutting edge of art, New Image Art Gallery opened their “14 Artists” show last Friday night.  The group show was a result of studio visits and correspondence with, you guessed it, 14 different artists.  It featured works on all different mediums, from Judith Supine’s signature green, purple, and pink collages on canvas to the Date Farmers’ found materials and drawings, to sculpture, such as Dennis McNetts’s “Wolfbat.”  The show included street artists such as Skullphone (who wheatpasted near the […]

Andy Warhol Donation to MoMA Rejected in 1956

Collect art long enough and you will start to reminisce about those pieces you had the opportunity to purchase, but passed on.  Those works are now out of your budget and you think you will never again have the chance at buying from that artist again.  Now, consider how you would feel if someone offered you the same artwork, but instead of having to pay for it, you get it for free…and you turn it down.  Then, start to imagine that said artist turns out […]

Jeff Koons Rabbit in Covent Garden (London)

Apparently, a 53-foot inflatable rabbit found shelter inside London’s Covent Garden for a little while. Courtesy of one of the biggest Pop artists working today, Jeff Koons, the familiar rabbit is part of the Tate Modern’s current exhibition “Pop Life: Art in a Material World.” It is a floating replica of a figure that was produced in stainless steel in 1986.  That sculpture is currently on display at the Tate. More pictures after the jump…

Baby Tattooville ’09: Travis Louie’s “Creature Parade”

Baby Tattooville‘s Secret Society was taken into Travis Louie‘s gorgeously illustrated Victorian and Edwardian world of human oddities and mythical beings with “strange grooming habits” for one weekend. What was even better was that lucky attendees this year were able to take home the experience with a original portrait by the man himself. Yes, not just a print, not just an ordinary multiple, but a unique, hand-drawn piece of art that you may have witnessed with your own eyes created in person. More after the […]