When news came out about the $25 million sculpture that LACMA commissioned Jeff Koons to do, we were a little underwhelmed by the idea. A life-size replica of a locomotive dangling from a crane sounded impressive enough but what does it all mean? After watching the Koons studio visit video last week, we realized that the train was going to be motorized (check the 1:04 mark) which makes it a little more interesting but we’re not sure if it’s the best use of $25 million.
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Tim Biskup has been teasing his collectors with new images of his 7″ Bronze Pollard on his blog.Â We like the new faceted look which mirrors the evolution of style in his paintings.Â The figure will be produced with an edition of 44 and will be stamped and initialed on the feet. With his previous bronze release, the 2″ Iki, costing about $300, fans had better start saving now for the June release. More images after the jump.
Remember the “Above the Influence” anti-drug ad (seen below) done by artist Souther Salazar a while back. Well, after many amateur parodies done by netizens (some NSFW), popular TV show Family Guy has stepped in with their own version a couple days ago (seen above at the 7:31 mark). An obvious statement, but as the art of our generation gets more mainstream and advertisers realize the power of being in touch with our demographic, we will see more and more references (ie: parody of Shepard […]
When we last talked to James Marshall aka Dalek (interviewed), he was working on the installations for his show at Redux Contemporary.Â Next up is a two-person show with his friend Mike Giant at Paris gallery Magda Danysz where Dalek continues to further explore geometric abstraction of his work.Â Take a look at some images after the jump…
Art tattoos have always been fascinating to us because it requires a truly hardcore art collector or fan to permanently affix an image to their skin. It’s an interesting completion of a circle as we return to one of this art movement’s roots – tattoo art. The movement has evolved so much to include so many different artists, that the term “low brow” is controversial now, but we can agree that the beginnings, by definition, included artists not respected by mainstream collectors and institutions, one […]
One of our favorite artists, Josh Keyes is opening a show next month at David B. Smith Gallery (interviewed)Â entitled “Sprout.”Â Â After selling out his last solo (held at OKOK Gallery – now apparently Ambach & Rice), his rabid fan base is already chomping at the bit to seeÂ hisÂ newest body of work.Â FromÂ the exciting images we haveÂ seen so far,Â they will not beÂ disappointed, asÂ Keyes will be revisiting some old themes as well as exploring some new ideas. Take a look at another piece as well as some […]
We stopped by our friend Gary Basman’s (interviewed) studio this week to chat and take a look on his preparations for his upcoming showÂ “Le Noche de La Fusion” at Corey Helford Gallery.Â We were amazed by all the work and planning that will be going into making this one of the biggest art parties of the year, but more on that later. If you remember, Gary had a show in Israel this past January.Â As per his usual custom, he brought along Toby to […]
The mother of all drawing shows opened last weekend at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco.Â Featuring drawings from over 400 artists, the DRAW show is definitely one of the largest of its kind featuring artists we are all familiar with.Â The exhibition started in 2006 at Fuse Gallery in NY, then to SXSW in 2007, and last year it was held at StolenSpace in London.Â Make sure you stop by for a look if you are in the bay area but if you aren’t, […]
Here is a little teaser image for Mark Brown’s show coming up at the end of this month.Â As a promising emerging artist, we are pleased to see him get his first solo show, entitled “The Lost MacGuffin,” opening April 28th at Gallery 1988 (LA).Â Expect the usual cast of characters thrown together in complex and frenetic combinations with a touch of symbolism. Hear a little about this painting as well as the show in the artist’s own words after the jump…
Walrus TV is continuing to release their excellent series of interviews.Â This time, they have for us an older video with JosÃ© ParlÃ¡ from probably ’06 ahead of his upcoming show in Hong Kong (more coverage to follow). This video clip is taken from a film from Shaun Roberts and Joey Garfield called “The Run Up,” and in it, ParlÃ¡ talks about the influences of his brother, his nickname “Ease,” and his technique of emulating deteriorating wall surfaces in his paintings. He even throws in […]