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Mick Fanning crowned World Champion 2013, Kelly Slater Wins Billabong Pipe Masters and J.J Florence wins Triple Crown of Surfing

billabong-pipe-masters-trophy-board-phil-roberts-2013-pipeline-championKelly Slater edged out Florence to win the Pipe Masters title, but lost the overall Association of Surfing Professionals World Title to  Australian Mick Fanning, who won his third world championship.

Hawaii surfer John John Florence won the Triple Crown of Surfing with a runner-up finish at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons in what was described as “epic’ conditions at the Banzai Pipeline Saturday.

December 15, 2013 Posted by | sports, Surfing | , , , , | 2 Comments

Two Damien Hirst art works were stolen from a Notting Hill Gallery in London

ImageTwo Damien Hirst works of art worth £33,000 have been stolen from a west London gallery four days after being displayed.

The pieces were taken from the Exhibitionist Gallery in Notting Hill in the early hours of Monday.

The stolen works, called Pyronin Y and Oleoylsarcosine, feature multi-coloured dots.

Police believe the artworks were specifically targeted and want witnesses to come forward.

Anyone got a hint?

December 11, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

British Artists Selected to Design a Set of Posters for 2012 Olympics

Twelve artists including Tracey Emin, Martin Creed and Chris Ofili will design a set of posters for the Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer, as Britain seeks to use the events to showcase its cultural heritage. The nominated artists were chosen from a list of some 100, but organizers would not disclose how they came to their final decision. Asked why Damien Hirst had not made the list, for example, Ruth Mackenzie, director of the Cultural Olympiad, replied: “I think the answer is, we’re not going to go there.”

Emin told reporters at an event at Tate Britain gallery, held exactly a year before the London 2012 Festival event gets underway, that she wanted her poster to be a celebration of life in the city.

“(I want to) show the world that London can really throw a party and that was what it was like with the royal wedding,” she said, referring to the recent marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton that attracted a huge global television audience.

“In times of depression, what came across as really, really cool was the arts. Arts and culture is the soul of the country,” she added. “I’m interested in the party scene, the celebration.”

For Michael Craig-Martin, also selected, artists had the advantage over graphic designers when it came to making posters for an event like the Olympics.

“Artists always bring something different, because you are bringing a personal language to it.”

He said that while art was not competitive like sport, even when a major award like the Turner Prize was announced, he did suffer from envy of other artists’ works, including Martin Creed.

The full list of commissioned artists is:

Fiona Banner • Michael Craig-Martin • Martin Creed • Tracey Emin • Anthea Hamilton • Howard Hodgkin • Gary Hume • Sarah Morris • Chris Ofili • Bridget Riley • Bob and Roberta Smith • Rachel Whiteread

The London 2012 Festival, which is the culmination of the four-year Cultural Olympiad, will run for 12 weeks from June 21-September 9 and include events around the country. Dozens of projects have already been announced, ranging from the countrywide Big Dance and The Reading Challenge to a production of Hector Berlioz’s “The Trojans” and pop star Damon Albarn’s contemporary opera “Dr. Dee.”

Some of the events have been specifically commissioned for the Olympiad climax while others have been held to coincide with the festival.

July 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Roy Lichtenstein’s “Drawing for a Kiss V.” drawing will be auctioned May 11, 2011

The invitation to a 1960s “happening” was intriguing: Pay $10 to enter a lottery for the chance to get a key to a Penn Station locker containing artwork.

For one New Yorker who attended the 1965 event, the key revealed a Roy Lichtenstein drawing that Christie’s auction house estimates will fetch around $1 million at its May 11 auction.

“Kiss V” is a study for one of Lichtenstein’s major paintings of the same name, which is in a private collection and belongs to his dream-girl series created between 1961 and 1965. Measuring 6 inches by 6 inches, the study is a comic book-inspired close-up of a man and woman, executed in graphite and wax crayon.

The artist, who died in 1997, was famous for his cartoon-inspired style that helped launch — along with Andy Warhol, Jasper John and others — the pop art movement.

“Happenings,” spontaneous and fun arts and performance events, sprung up all around the city during the heady days of the 1960s.

The March 1965 one was organized by a group of emerging pop artists. It invited participants to come to the Hotel Chelsea — home to numerous legendary writers and artists — to enter into the $10 lottery for a key to about 20 lockers at the old Penn Station, which was then being torn down.

Thirteen artists participated in the Artists’ Key Club event. Besides Lichtenstein, they included Warhol, Christo and Arman.

“It was a large party for artists and people who were part of a hip downtown group having fun,” said Christie’s postwar and contemporary art expert Brett Gorvy. Later, he said, the group partied at a restaurant on the proceeds from the event.

Participants did not know which key opened which locker. And not everyone was as lucky as the woman who claimed the Lichtenstein drawing.

“One artist put up a group of very pungent cheeses” for his conceptual piece and another “had spices and herbs as his art work,” said Gorvy.

In 1965, the Lichtenstein drawing would probably have been valued at about $50. The current owner, who declined to be identified, decided to sell it because she had it recently appraised and was shocked to find out how much it was worth, Gorvy said.

Gorvy said Lichtenstein’s “Crying Girl,” a drawing of similar size and from the same series, sold at Christie’s in 2007 for $1.7 million. He said he expected “Kiss V” to surpass its pre-sale estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million because of its unique provenance.

Lichtenstein was a “marvelous draftsman, who took the comic image and made it very much his own,” said Gorvy.

The auction record for Lichtenstein is $42.6 million for his “Oh … Alright,” a comic book image of a forlorn woman clutching a telephone. It sold at Christie’s in November. 

Source: The Associated Press.

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Artists, Auction, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Richard Prince Exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in Paris

 Gagosian Gallery presents “Richard Prince: de Kooning” an exhibition of paintings and works on paper. This coincides with “Richard Prince: American Prayer” at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, an exhibition of American literature, ephemera and artworks from Prince’s personal collection.

Prince’s “de Kooning” series is a process of interaction with the canonic imagery of the Abstract Expressionist idol Willem de Kooning. The idea for these edgy Oedipal works came to him when he was leafing through a catalogue of de Kooning’s Women series. He started sketching over the paintings, sometimes drawing a man to de Kooning’s woman. As time went on, he began applying fragments of male and female torsos, genitalia, thighs, and facial features, cut and pasted from catalogues and vintage porn magazines, as well as drawing with graphite and oil crayon, adding outlines, silhouettes and textures to the original figures that further blur the distinction between de Kooning’s imagery and Prince’s own.

From these intensely worked drawings evolved a series of paintings that are, similarly, montages of elements from de Kooning’s original paintings with figures cut from printed matter. The results are blown up onto large canvases via ink-jet printer, then the original material all but painted over. From the resulting abstract grounds, Prince then conjures up crude figures that recall de Kooning’s savage female subjects. The resulting hermaphroditic creatures are hybrids on several levels, merging male with female, painting with photography and print, and the refinement of modernist art with the vulgarities of mass cultural representation. Both homage and desecration, the de Kooning paintings exemplify Prince’s vision of a “Spiritual America,” a historical consciousness fueled by a pervasive desire for rebellion and reinvention.

Mining images from mass media, advertising and entertainment since the late seventies, Prince has redefined the concepts of authorship, ownership, and aura. Applying his understanding of the complex transactions of representation to the making of art, he evolved a unique signature filled with echoes of other signatures yet that is unquestionably his own. An avid collector and perceptive chronicler of American subcultures and vernaculars and their role in the construction of American identity, he has probed the depths of racism, sexism, and psychosis in mainstream humor; and the mythical status of cowboys, bikers, customized cars, and celebrities. His most recent work is an explosive mix of pulp fiction, soft porn, and high art.

Richard Prince was born in 1949 in the Panama Canal Zone. His work has been the subject of major survey exhibitions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1992); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1993); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam(1993); Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2001, traveled to Kunsthalle Zurich and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg); Serpentine Gallery, London (2008). The retrospective “Richard Prince: Spiritual America” opened at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2007 and traveled to The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis in 2008. “Richard Prince: American Prayer”, an exhibition of American literature and ephemera from the artist’s collection, will be on view at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris from March 29 – June 26, 2011.

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, News, photography | , | 1 Comment

One line greeting art

March 29, 2011 Posted by | Artists, Design, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wi-Fi Coming to London Underground by 2012

Nearly half of the London Underground’s 270 stations are being outfitted with Wi-Fi access ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

London Underground commuters got their first taste of subterranean Internet access in October 2010, when a six-month test funded by U.K. broadband service BT brought Wi-Fi hotspots to the Northern and Bakerloo line platforms, as well as the ticket hall at the central London station.

Users of the service will only be able to connect to Wi-Fi on the platforms, and not on the trains themselves.

March 28, 2011 Posted by | News, Technology | , | Leave a comment

Dogboarding

Check out this entertaining video titled “Dogboarding”. The video takes the theme of skateboarding into a new realm…

March 28, 2011 Posted by | Skateboarding, sports, Tel Aviv - Israel, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry

The Upsetter tells the fascinating story of Lee “Scratch” Perry, a visionary musician and artist from poor rural Jamaica who journeyed to the big city in the late 1950s with dreams of making it in the burgeoning record industry. Lee Perry burst on the scene with a brand new sound, inventing a genre of music that would come to be called reggae, while mentoring a young Bob Marley and gaining international recognition as a record producer and solo artist. The Upsetter charts 70 years in the life of Lee “Scratch” Perry in his own words through an exclusive interview given to American filmmakers Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough in Switzerland in 2006. It is equally a documentation of 30 years of Jamaican music and culture as it is a study of one of the most creative and inspiring human beings of all time. Go watch it! Screening dates are available here.

March 28, 2011 Posted by | Film, music, Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Hanwha releases a new USB and HDMI connector for iPad/iPhone4

Hanwha released a new and well-built USB and HDMI converter for iPad and iPhone4. Cool!

March 28, 2011 Posted by | Design, electronics, Film, News, Technology | | 2 Comments

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