October 29, 2012 |
The foundation of the late artist Keith Haring has awarded a $1-million grant to the Whitney Museum of American Art to help fund exhibitions at the museum's planned space in downtown New York. The new building, designed by architect Renzo Piano in New York's fashionable meatpacking district, is scheduled to open in 2015. It will feature space for temporary exhibitions and gallery area for the museum's permanent collection. The building will also feature a retail shop, restaurant and cafe.
October 24, 2012 |
Still a relatively new presence in the Los Angeles art scene, Matthew Marks Gallery is already expanding the footprint of its West Hollywood space. The gallery said it is opening a new building -- and a space for visitor parking -- just a few steps away from the one it opened in January. The gallery's newest building, located at 7818 Santa Monica Blvd., is just around the corner from the one at 1062 N. Orange Grove Ave. (The buildings aren't physically connected.) It said the new space is expected to open Nov. 1 for the gallery's exhibition devoted to Jasper Johns.
October 11, 2012 |
It has become an art-world axiom that street art is big business. But how much is a piece of wall graffiti by a big-name talent worth exactly? Bonhams has announced that it will hold an auction in Los Angeles featuring more than 80 works by some of the most prominent names in urban art, including Banksy, Blek le Rat, Shepard Fairey, KAWS, Revok, Speedy Graphito, Space Invader, Saber and more. The auction, set for Oct. 29, is being billed by...
October 10, 2012 |
The late Dee Dee Ramone will receive a posthumous gallery exhibition of his artwork thanks to street artist Shepard Fairey. The punk rock musician's paintings will be on display in a show at Fairey's Subliminal Projects gallery in Echo Park scheduled to run Oct. 26 through Nov. 17. "Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Exhibition" will mark the 10th anniversary of the musician's death. Ramone -- who was a founder of the New York punk band the Ramones -- was found dead in 2002 in his L.A. home, the victim of an apparent drug overdose.
September 8, 2012 |
Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey received a sentence of two years' probation and a $25,000 fine in the criminal contempt case involving his "Hope" poster of Barack Obama. Fairey admitted in 2009 that he destroyed documents and submitted false images in his legal battle with the Associated Press over the use of a 2006 AP photo of Obama as inspiration for the poster. The AP accused the artist of copyright infringement; Fairey maintained that his artwork fell under fair-use laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2012 |
It was billed as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. " The highest bidder in an online charity auction would get his name on a plaque next to a dazzling new Shepard Fairey mural at a Los Angeles hospital, a meeting with the celebrated artist and VIP status at an unveiling ceremony. A year and a half later, Fairey's work adorns the children's wing of L.A. County-USC Medical Center, but the name of the man who won the auction appears only on a lawsuit demanding his money back. It's an unseemly legal dispute pitting one of young Hollywood's favorite charities against an entertainment industry entrepreneur and reality television figure.
July 7, 2012 |
Inside the 12th floor conference room of his Broad Foundation in Westwood sat Eli Broad, the man the art world wanted to hear from after the forced resignation of Paul Schimmel, the longtime chief curator of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art. Broad, who helped found MOCA in 1979 and is now its biggest donor, didn't have an official vote in the museum board's decision to oust Schimmel - his status as a "life trustee" means he's not a voting member....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2012 |
With the chilling pulse of the"Drive"movie soundtrack flooding their van, Calder Greenwood and his cohort sped into the shadows of the bridges overlooking the L.A. River east of downtown Los Angeles. They were on a mission to humanize the harsh industrial landscape of concrete, rusting metal, graffiti and whitewash. Their installation: A life-size papier-mache surfer. Deftly using wires and a concrete block, Greenwood placed the surfer smack in the middle of the waterway.
June 4, 2012 |
Shepard Fairey and Neil Young helped to unveil art dealer Perry Rubenstein's new Los Angeles gallery at a swank party on Saturday. The new art space isn't scheduled to officially open until late June, but Saturday's event was a soft launch attended by the press and a handful of art-world luminaries and celebrities. Fairey was on hand to unveil "Americana," a small exhibition of paintings inspired by songs from Young's new album of the same name. "Americana," by Young and the band Crazy Horse, features re-interpretations of classic American folk songs, including "Oh, Susannah," "Jesus' Chariot" and "Clementine.