This Thursday, March 6th will see the launch of Shawn Mortensen’s NYC exhibition, featuring SUMO photo prints, paintings, collages, drawings, & multi-media works from the past 20 years, a retrospective of one of the most influential artists and photographers of our modern era.
The opening night will see for the first time ever Limited Edition digital PHOTO PRINTS (size 5ft x 3ft) featuring iconic artists portraits (Tupac, Biggie, Snoop, James Brown, Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys & others) from Shawn’s new Harry Abrams book OUT OF MIND, available for sale!
Also offered are a few just discovered SILKSCREEN PRINTS of TUPAC from his 2004 collaboration with SHEPARD FAIREY . Originally available in 2 versions; RED or BLUE colorways. Shawn found a few SETS with matching Edition #’s. These scarce prints SOLD OUT in 2004. The Prints Edition are #’d 300 each. Prints are SIGNED & NUMBERED by Shepard Fairey & Shawn Mortensen.
And of course copies of OUT OF MIND will be on sale.
Shawn will also be releasing his self-published artist’s book/zine: ERRORISM & WAR . This hand-made project is available in an Edition of 13. This book documents his historic artistic influences & catalogues the variety of multi-media artwork created since 2001.
In 2001 the Swiss Embassy in London commissioned Banksy to create a series of 10 pieces on their car park walls. Until now the work has been kept to those with access to the carpark, but the Guradian has revealed the work for all to see. Check out the video showcasing the work here.
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair announced that its third New York edition would be held at Pier 40 on the West Side Highway at West Houston Street from March 27-30, 2008, concurrently with The Armory Show. The Fair will feature a highly selective presentation of contemporary works by more than 80 international galleries and an expanded set of programs.
Following its enormous success in Miami, which drew a record 16,000 visitors, PULSE New York promises to offer a unique experience. The significantly larger new venue at Pier 40 allows for more spacious and innovative booth displays as well as wider aisles to view the art, visually enhancing the experience for collectors and visitors.
An exhibition of works by the artist Zhang Huan, right, was canceled by Shanghai’s local government just before it was to open this week at the Shanghai Art Museum. The Shanghai Cultural Bureau, which oversees the museum, declined to comment on Friday, as did museum officials and Mr. Zhang.
But people in Shanghai closely involved with the exhibition said government officials seemed to be troubled by some of his installation works, including two sculptures, “Giant 1” and “Giant 2,” 16-foot-tall deformed creatures with human faces and body parts made from cowhide. The same people said that museum officials were still negotiating with the government and that they hoped that it would allow the show to open within a month.
China regularly censors or closes art shows, particularly if they depict work that is overtly political or has sexual or violent themes. But in recent years the government has allowed many formerly banned artists to exhibit. Mr. Zhang was once known as a performance artist, whose provocative shows caused him to be blacklisted in China.
The first major MoMA exhibition devoted to this pivotal transformation, Color Chart will feature some 90 works of art-including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, digital art, videos, and films-by 44 artists, primarily ranging in date from the 1950s to the present. Several site-specific installations and commissions for the exhibition will be installed in the sixth-floor galleries and the Museum’s lobby. The exhibition, which is organized by Ann Temkin, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, is on view from March 2 through May 12, 2008, in The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Gallery, sixth floor, and other locations in the Museum.
You can’t blame these guys for trying to milk the Eee PC, and Asus is doing just that with its new smorgasboard of Eee PC accessories. Most interesting is the Ai Guru U1 VoIP phone. It plugs in with USB, and in addition to letting you make calls to all your broke-ass friends, you can also use it to browse and listen to music stored on the Eee PC. Next up is the Eee AP, which acts as a 802.11g wireless access point and little else — think AirPort Express minus the sexy. The USB “3.5G HSDPA Card” is just as straightforward, with GSM900 / 1800 / 1900 and WCDMA2100 / 1900 / 850, and download speeds up to 3.6Mbps. The slim DVD-RW drive and the totally generic headsets aren’t spicing things up either, which you can probably tell is par for the course here.
Aziza is a new web magazine from the Holy Land, that will show creative minds from the middle east. As they say: “it is an open space for creators from all media. Azizas aim is to find new aesthetics, art forms and designs emerging in the middle east”.
Good luck guys!