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Street Art Panel @ Fowler (1.13)


In light of both the recent MOCA-Blu faceoff and an episode in which New York street artists tagged a Kenny Scharf mural, this Thursday, UCLA’s Fowler Museum of Cultural History will host “How Does Street Art Humanize Cities?”, a panel exploring the concept of propriety in street art and its effect on the city in which it is placed.

The panel will coincide with the closing week of the museum’s exhibition of Larry Yust’s photographs of metropolitan street art. Moderated by LA Times arts writer Jori Finkel, the panel will feature Fowler curator Patrick Polk, who organized the Yust show; independent curator Aaron Rose, who is helping organize the upcoming MOCA street art survey; and two of Los Angeles’s best-known muralists: Man One and Retna.

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How Does Street Art Humanize Cities?
Thursday, 1.13, 7:00 p.m.
Fowler Museum of Cultural History
North Campus, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Ruscha, Hockney, etc. Design for PAWS/LA


In a charitable divergence from the canvas, internationally famed artists including Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, and Charles Arnoldi have created a series of hand-painted dog bowls to be auctioned at Bonhams & Butterfields. Sales will benefit PAWS/LA, an organization that assists the disabled and senior citizens in keeping and caring for their pets.

The sale is scheduled for November 23 at the Bonhams Los Angeles location, preceded by a preview from November 19 to 21. The bowls, each of which measures 11 inches in diameter and boasts a $2500-$3500 value, will be incorporated in Bonhams’ “Made in California” sale.

Additional featured artists include Ross Bleckner, Robert Longo, and Kenny Scharf.

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Seen: Deitch Projects setup in Miami


Deitch Projects in NY is setting up for a massive Miami Basel party tomorrow night. At the moment artists including Futura, Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Kenny Scharf and Os Gemeos are feverishly finishing massive murals for the upcoming exhibition and display. Got a chance to chat with Aiko as she has been on a world tour having just returned from Shanghai.

Futura was working solo on a giant wall while Fairey’s team worked on wheatpasting an equally large space. The old school Kenny Scharf was also putting the last touches on a mural. If you are in Miami stop by the exhibit in Wynwood.

Opening, Thursday December 3rd, 2009
NW 26th Street & 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL


Fifteen influential artists from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States have been invited to create outdoor murals on the warehouse walls of Miami’s Wynwood Art District. Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties, one of the major property owners in Wynwood, has made available a group of walls and buildings for artists to work on, concentrated in the area between 2nd and 5th Avenues and NW 22nd and 28th Streets. The project also includes an indoor space at 2550 NW 2nd Avenue where paintings by several of the artists and documentary photographs by Martha Cooper will be exhibited.

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Kenny Scharf – Barberadise (9.12)

A New World. Kenny Scharf. Acrylic and enamel on linen. 36 x 52 3/8".

A New World. Kenny Scharf. Acrylic and enamel on linen. 36 x 52 3/8".

Kenny Scharf will open his new solo, Barberadise, this Saturday, September 12th (6-8 PM) @ Honor Fraser in Culver City.  For this new collection of work, Scharf builds on his youthful fascination with the future fueled by bright, poppy cartoon imagery.  The new work is  utopian – both hopeful and reflective of today’s sobering realities. Shifting from cartoon realities to past historical ones, Scharf also has transformed found  newspaper texts from the ‘50 into screened canvas pieces. [Photos: Joshua White]

Honor Fraser
2622 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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UNFRAMED – Charity Show in NY

ACRIA, the Community Research Initiative on AIDS, is hosting an annual fundraisingart show with some spectacular talent. Not only that, but work starts as low as $100.

If you are in NY, their really is no better deal on Art in town – and your money goes to a great cause.

Unframed 2009, hosted by Margaret Russell and Ross Bleckner and presented by ELLE DECOR, will be taking place at the 15 Union Square West luxury development, and is being curated by art world legend Jane Holzer and leading collector Stephen Heighton.

For more than 16 years, Unframed has been considered one of the most exciting and unusual art events in New York City.   Leading artists contribute unique series or editions for sale at mind-blowingly low prices.  There is also an incredible silent auction component.  100% of the proceeds support ACRIA’s HIV & AIDS research and education programs.   Admission is $20 at the door only.

Artists this year include:

Joseph Ayers * Iona Brown * Will Cotton * Crash (John Matos) * Andy Cross * Jon Elliott * Skylar Fein * Jon Flack * Sarah Hardesty * Todd Hebert * Evan Hecox * Terence Koh * Kelly Klein * Andrew Levitas * Robert Loughlin * Burton Machen * Adam McEwen * Christopher Milne * Tomokazu Matsuyama* Santi Moix * Randy Polumbo * Jeff Perrott * Hunter Reynolds * Charlie Roberts * Kenny Scharf * Andrew Schoultz * Jim Shack * Alix Smith * Paul Villinski * Michael Waugh and Aaron Young.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
6-9 PM
15 Union Square West
New York, NY

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Seen: art LA Fair

Had a chance to visit the art LA fair this weekend and catch up with a few gallery friends and meet some interesting galleries and artists that were new to me. Thats the great thing about art…there is a neverending stream of new work to view. You can really never see enough…whether good or bad…once you get the bug you have to keep looking.

Such was the case with artLA. 60 something galleries and hundreds of paintings, sculptures, installations, videos and even a fish tank. Good, bad, interesting and lots in between…

I have to say I have been really loving some of the light and neon installations. Fell in love with Tracy Emin’s neon work a while back, and keep seeing other similar work that I enjoy. I think I need to get me some.

Caught up with Michael Kohn gallery which gave us some insight into Mark Ryden’s upcoming show in Tokyo, and got to see some new work from one of my favorites Tim Hawkinson at ACE gallery.

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