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January 15, 2008 Posted by | photography, sports, Surfing, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Graffiti At MoCA

Takashi Murakami Graffiti At MoCA

In an effort to expand upon the populist methods of reigning king of Tokyo Pop, TAKASHI MURAKAMI’s psychedelic oeuvre, underground art stars TIM BISKUP, GARY BASEMAN, and SIMONE LEGNO (of Tokidoki) convened at Murakami’s “© Murakami” exhibition at LA’s MoCA on Saturday nite to extrapolate on the master’s influence on their own careers. With the help of moderator and Giant Robot editor ERIC NAKAMURA the boys droned on to a capacity crowd of over 500 diehard fans who packed the conference room to get a closer listen to their art heroes. Afterwards, nearly all took part in a massive painting “jam session” on the institution’s walls while being serenaded by the sounds of DJ Tim Biskup (aka: Alphabeast) and the sights of his traditional Japanese Bhuto dancers.

January 15, 2008 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, grafiti | , , | 1 Comment

Banksy Sells Out On eBay…

Banksy Sells Out On eBay… 

It was bound to happen and now it has. The owner of a building in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood where BANKSY put up one of his recent bombs late last year has sold the mural on eBay for a record $407,000 USD. The catch? The painting is STILL on the wall and the lucky winner must now pay to have it removed and relocated. We can only imagine that this is the wave of the future as incredibly lucky “recipients” of Banksy pieces realize that auctioning the walls of their offices and homes can raise enough cash to pay off the buildings they adorn. No word at press time as to whether an armed guard stands watch over the piece pending its removal…

January 15, 2008 Posted by | Artists, grafiti | | Leave a comment

Art Collector With 800 Andy Warhols

andy warhol

The art collectors Jose Mugrabi and his sons, Alberto and David have a collection of 800 Warhols. The number of works in the Mugrabi collection of Warhols is surpassed only by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

The Mugrabis have bought the Warhols over a period of 20 years, starting back when the mean estimate of an Andy Warhol at auction was $66,000, through to the current estimate of $442,000. In a Wall Street Journal report, the Warhol collector says that he is happy to help “defend” these higher prices..

“Rival dealers say the Mugrabis are doing whatever they can to keep Warhol prices high, including occasionally overpaying.. or overcharging.. for the artworks. They say such moves make it far more difficult for others to collect the artist’s work. Mr. Mugrabi said his efforts to “defend” the artist’s price levels are legal and work in favor of Warhol owners everywhere.” Wall Street Journal

January 15, 2008 Posted by | Artists | | Leave a comment

Factor 001: BERU f1systems Previews High-Tech Carbon Chassis Bicycle

BERU f1systems previews high-tech carbon chassis bicycle 

Performance engineering specialist BERU f1systems has provided a glimpse of its intriguing new project – the Factor 001 bicycle. Best known for its involvement in Formula 1 racing and as a supplier for supercars like the Bugatti Veyron, the company’s latest innovation rolls advanced electronics into a high-tech package that includes carbon chassis, ceramic brakes and bespoke drivetrain. Marked by square, clean lines and its completely metallic finish, the prototype is designed primarily as an advanced training tool, with stored biometric data such as heart and respiration rate available for downloaded for post-training analysis.

The prototype was displayed at the recent BRDC awards luncheon in London where BERU f1systems was sponsoring the Graham Hill Trophy, an award won by Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, who will receive a Factor 001 bicycle in conjunction with the trophy.

Details are scant ahead of the planned launch in early 2008. Stay tuned to learn more as specifics emerge or register at http://www.factor001.com/ to receive updates.

January 15, 2008 Posted by | Design, sports | , , | Leave a comment

Illo Magazine

Illo magazine

Illo is a great new magazine about contemporary illustrators. The interviews are lively and supplemented with lots and lots of color illustrations.

The first issue (thumbnails) features Mitch O’Connell, Mark Schultz, Nathan Jurevicius, and Brian Taylor. The second issue (thumbnails) will feature Michael Cho, James Gurney, Zina Saunders, and Nancy Stahl.

Check it out here.

January 15, 2008 Posted by | Artists, Books and Magazines, Design | | Leave a comment

Ravi Shankar Conducts Workshop in Bali

Ravi Shankar

One of the world’s most recognizable spiritual masters, Ravi Shankar is visiting Bali this month to conduct a transformational workshop on January 21st The Indian guru has dedicated his life to spreading his vision of a violence and stress free society through personal reawakening. Constantly travelling around the globe, Ravi Shankar involves himself in conflict resolution, disaster and trauma relief, poverty alleviation, women’s rights crusading, prisoner rehabilitation and overall education. His branch of “Art of Living” is part of a 140 country wide network dedicated to finding solutions to confliction on individual and group bases.
The workshop will be conducted in two sessions from 10am – 1pm at the Bali Yogashala on Jalan Raya Kerobokan Kelod, No.10, Banjar Taman, Kerobokan Bali and from 5pm – 8pm at Prana Spa, Jalan Kunti, Seminyak. Both sessions will focus on stress reduction, encouraging joy and enthusiasm, improving efficiency and productivity, heightening self esteem, enhancing health and wellbeing, improving interpersonal skills, heightening awareness and perception and enhancing beauty and inner shine.

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Ganesha Gallery Exhibits Three Best Graduates Of The Indonesian Institute of Fine Arts

Ganesha Gallery 

My favourite hotel on Bali – the Four Seasons Resort at Sayan, presents an exhibition of paintings by the three best Graduates of the Indonesian Institute of Fine Arts (ISI); I Wayan Eka Partama, I Wayan Theo Ambiyana and Ni Luh Listya Wayhuni. The significance of ISI is no better seen than in the work of three of the most talented graduates of the class of 2006. ISI has had a profound impact on the local art scene since 2003 as it gives young Balinese artists an opportunity to study contemporary arts.
I Wayan Eka Partama’s series of paintings are visual renderings of real persons in real situations which denote the prismatic exploration of color and form. He has chosen to fracture these images with the style of an elliptical and asymmetric lens. The image ‘First Smile’ is dominated by a joyous young woman, with a piano keyboard, melding forms that reminds us that all created images ultimately consist of primary patterns and structures, such as pixels and rosters.
Very different from Pratama, I Wayan Theo Ambiyana is not interested in humans, but rather in portraits and flowers suspended in surrealistic panorama laid out in his own oblique fashion. The work ‘Sky Flower,’ featuring a glorious purple water lily mysteriously hovering above a cluster of violet hued volcanoes, corresponds to similarities of color and form in seemingly disconnected subjects.
The subtleties and enigmas of Ni Luh Listya Wayhuni’s work are extraordinary. Take her work ‘Dream Landscapes’, which incorporates realistic elements including mushrooms that bear a resemblence to a flock of flying saucers, her works can be compared to De Chirico and Margritte. Wayhuni also has an affinity for ‘spacescapes’ that give the sense of viewing some strange planet in outer space.

FROM January 14th to February 7th 2008.

Thanks Wayan.

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Christie’s London to offer Eight Major Works By Egon Schiele Nn February 2008

Christie’s London to offer Eight Major Works by Egon Schiele in February 2008

An impressive collection of eight major works by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) will be offered in Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale including Art of the Surreal on 4 February 2008. Estimated to fetch in excess of £7.6 million, the collection is being sold to benefit the Neue Galerie in New York.

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