Banksy has unveiled a new sculpture, Cardinal Sin, in response to the Church’s ongoing, lasting, constant child abuse cases. It can now be seen at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery. As Banksy noted in a statement, from the BBC, “I’m never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one. I love everything about the Walker Gallery – the Old Masters, the contemporary art, the rude girl in the cafe. And when I found out Mr Walker built it with beer money it became my favourite gallery. The statue? I guess you could call it a Christmas present. At this time of year it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity – the lies, the corruption, the abuse.”
Ooohh, this one looks really good. The Contemporary Jewish Museum in SF has really had some interesting shows over the past few years but we are really excited about checking out the Houdini: Art and Magic show up through January 16, 2012.
Handcuffs, shackles, straitjackets, milk cans, packing trunks – nothing could hold Harry Houdini (1874-1926), the renowned magician and escape artist who became one of the 20th century’s most legendary performers. With a talent for self-promotion and provocation, this immigrant son of a poor Hungarian rabbi rocketed to international fame and grabbed front page headlines with his gripping theatrical presentations and heart-stopping outdoor spectacles – often dangling high above huge crowds or being lowered dramatically into an icy river locked inside a crate.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents the first major exhibition to examine Houdini’s life, legend, and enduring cultural influence. Houdini: Art and Magic includes more than 160 objects including magic apparatus, a recreation of the famous Water Torture Cell, historic photographs, dramatic art nouveau-era posters, theater ephemera, and archival and silent films that allow visitors to fully explore the career and legacy of the celebrated entertainer. The exhibition also features 26 contemporary works of art by Jane Hammond, Vik Muniz, Raymond Pettibon and more that bring to light Houdini’s lasting impact on contemporary art and culture.
Sometimes we think that nostalgia gets a bad wrap, especially in the contemporary art world. Not in terms of who we talk about, or who paints, but in terms of what gets painted, applied to canvas, etc. Sure, there are artists that take Sponge Bob and reappropriate and reimagine, and artists like the great painter Ron English can turn a pop icon upside down, but we are thinking straight painting of memories of youth and young adulthood. Jonas Wood, the Boston-born fine artist, has been exhibiting throughout the world for years now, mixing both conscious and subconscious memories onto canvas. Sports subjects, bedrooms, offices, neighborhoods get Wood’s attention. Sometimes just a colored pattern suffices.
But what is most important to us when we look at Wood’s work is that his sports icons are not always the most-well known, or the most well-remembered players from the late 1980s and early 1990s. He paints the odd man out from history, the Oil Can Boyds, the Muggsy Bogues, the Paul Gibsons, the ones of which you owned the baseball card, threw it in a pile in your junk drawer or in your bicycle spoke. But you have memories of that certain ’90 Donruss card because you bought 10 packs at the local baseball card shop, ran home, opened each pack on your bedroom floor, hoping to get a Griffey, or a Frank Thomas, or Mark McGwire… anything but Paul Gibson. But really, as it turned out so many times, sometimes all you ever get is the Gibson. And that memory is almost more important. —Raymond Brown / The Citrus Report Staff.
UK-artist HUSH is back in the USA with a solo show, TWIN, at New Image Art Gallery this weekend. There is a lot of hype around the show, as HUSH has garnered a larger audience here in the States with each show he has had here (FIFTY24, White Walls, etc).
Here is the New Image press: “Absorbing cultural and visual influences from his extensive travels, Hush found a striking connection to the mark making, tagging and graffiti he had encountered along the way. He observed each ephemeral mark as evidence of another’s action or creative expression, despite its gradual degradation over time. He found the remnants of previous marks left on the ever-changing street surfaces to be progressive where accidental layering often evolved into something beautiful. Hush seeks to capture the beauty that years of decayed tagging can create and magnify the value of these actions through his contemporary paintings. The artist’s canvases mimic city walls once adorned with wheat pasted images, tags and painting that overtime are repeatedly layered upon image after image. The technique for his highly involved mixed-media pieces is an amalgamation of painting, screen printing, spray-painting as well as layering and collaging of graphic novels and old comics. The culmination of the pieces is brought about as the diaphanous layers are strategically torn away to reveal the ultimate vision “letting the canvas and marks take their own path.” The central focus of Hush’s work is images of iconic and pop art renditions of the female form, particularly of the geisha and the anime manga. As the artist manipulates his canvases he finds figurative elements and allows the form to emerge to the surface. It is here that the artist confronts and debates the power, innocence, beauty and cunning of feminine sexuality.”
This awesome coaster set comes from Brooklyn’s Chen Chen, which is being called a “multi-material collaboration with Kai Tsien-Williams, will be available at the Sight Unseen pop-up shop in the Noho Design District.” Since we like to use words like dope, and cool, go here to read more about the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
The Keith Haring Foundation and PROPER ATTIRE® condoms just premiered their second collaboration at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and Opening Ceremony boutiques yesterday. By the way, has anyone ever had an allergic reaction to condoms?
Obviously, this ties in with World AIDS Day, and is very notable and honorable collaborations, so if you ever needed more reason to head to MOCA or Opening Ceremony, here is your chance.
Another good story from Spain, as Mexican artists Dhear, Saner, and Neuzz will be showing at Montana Gallery in Barcelona starting this Thursday, September 16th. Here is the little rundown from the gallery:
“Mexico D.F. New aesthetics of post-graffiti” presents the work of three Mexican artists recognized nationally for their technical and aesthetic performance with the use of aerosol. Their journey of more than 10 years, evolved in the same way as the movement; Dhear, Saner, and Neuzz began in illegality, in the identifying and inclusive act of tagging, in order to experiment with new possibilities and spaces, to go on to receive recognition in prestigious publications and art galleries.
Dhear develops an aesthetic proposal which navigates between the contemplative and fantastic, with a work combining drawing, painting, and graffiti. Saner constructed his work using the components of mascara, which he uses as an allegory for an ambiguous identity. Neuzz transmits his influences from low-brow art, the graphics of Mexican skulls and a particular influx of trash from the contemporary pop culture.
This exposition exhibits a compendium of photographs, sketches, drawings, and paintings which well define each unique journey of the presented artists; a journey of half a life dedicated to creation, whether by the usage of aerosol, marker, paintbrush or pencil… the limits become blurred.
Opening Thursday 16th of September from 7.30 p.m..
The one thing we love about the fashion brand, Band of Outsiders, is that it is no frills. Its just well-made clothes, inspired by New Wave but made for 2010. The shirts are well made, suits are top, the shoes they do for Sperry are interesting, and the ties are simple as can be. Alexander Klein, who writes for Juxtapoz and does a lot of good film work, just directed this short piece with Scott Sternberg for Hypebeast, owner and chief architect of all things Band of Outsiders. Watch, learn, listen.