Halo 3, the first-person shooter developed by Bungie Studios exclusively for the Xbox 360, is my new therapy. The game was realesed On September 25th and the flagship soldier Master Chief, has come back from the battlefield with $170 million dollars in the first 24 hours of Halo 3 deployment in the United States. This would mark the biggest day in US entertainment history, beating out Spider-Man 3 and all Harry Potters (of course, the price of entry for those events were a lot less, but that’s a technicality when it comes to record books).
The game is the third title in the Hallo series and ends the story arc begun in Halo Combat Evolved and continued with Halo 2.
Although there seem to be some compromise; resolution for performance issues, I love it!
Utah Guy, this one is for you, or better – for Kai
“Sketch Book” Book store was established earlier this year in 5 Tchernikhovsky street, Tel Aviv (near the Betzalel Market).
For me, it is more than just another book store! The store features the largest rare design, art and art related books collection in Tel Aviv. Moreover, it offers many other products, from publications and art reproductions, to a selection of industrial design objects.
If you are in Tel Aviv, or if you want to get a special gift - this is a great place to stop by.
Richard Prince new exhibition “Spiritual America” at the Guggenheim NY, is a major retrospective spanning three decades, with an array of about 160 photographs, drawings, paintings and sculptures, most of which incorporate images or objects cribbed from popular culture.
The exhibition highlights Prince’s contributions to the development of contemporary art, bringing together key examples of his photographs, paintings, sculptures, and works on paper in an installation that integrates the various series comprising his oeuvre.
Mr. Prince was born in the Panama Canal Zone in 1949 and has shown in New York since the late 1970s. He is a leading member of the sprawling appropriation generation of the early ’80s that included artists like Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons and that continues to add new recruits, like Wayne Guyton and Kelly Walker.
As you will see from time to time, I will post news/events and other stuff that relates to Indonesia. One of my favorite places on the globe. Thanks to the guys at Psylo, Made, Wayan, Mellisa, Maria, Putu, Arik, Slim and all others that keep me informed.
Last week, Ubud’s main road was busy and happening with the Grand Opening of the Low Art Gallery.
Live Hip Hop, funk and alternative preformed by a young rapper and musicians, catching the attention of passers by and drawing them into the new art space.
Low Art gallery has a “kitsch” retro “70’s” setting…It has walls of woven bamboo and art displayed abundantly all over its 3 spacious rooms…paintings, masks, painted movie posters… on the wall, on the floor…unusual artworks all over the place!
More than ten artists exhibited over one hundred paintings including photo surrealism, tribal vectors, body art, and graffiti, erotic, street, insane and posthumous. Among the artists exhibiting were Wolfgang Widmoser, David Trevelyan, Kendra, Putu Kantor, Michael Action, Dewa Sibang, Wayan Ramai, Darmadi, Kriono, Matt Wyatt, Borneo Joe and D. Matto.
The gallery owner’s special focus is on the “odd and unusual” – among his work you’ll find gambling boards and painted movie posters (a collection of 500, all purchased in Java), the concept being that such items have a very short life span. By collecting them, the owner feels he is preserving a ‘cultural reflection’, one that is for him very important.
“Low Art is interested in exposing the most interesting ideas to the largest number of people possible…plenty of intellectuals are exposed to art but most average people are not…but would like to be…” he explains. And looking through the crowd that opening night, the notion seemed to be succeeding. There was an eclectic mix of artists, expats and local people in attendance, possibly initially drawn by the music but then enjoying the art once they’d entered the gallery. Low doesn’t have a programme of events as such, but is likely to evolve fluidly in terms of what it exhibits.
If you are in Bali, drive to Ubud and check it out.