Expect next week’s link-o-rama to be a big one. It’s mid-term week at school. Speaking of school, I’m organizing an artist residency for young artists at my college. If you are between 18 and 24 and could use $350 to do something creative, I hope you’ll consider applying for the Haverford College Undergraduate Artist Residency. Here’s what has been going on this week off Vandalog:
Remember that beautiful Barry McGee piece in Sydney that we mentioned two weeks ago? That wall of tags? Turns out he wasn’t supposed to paint that, so it’s getting removed. He was meant to, and did, paint another wall, but not the wall that he tagged. Officially, this was an honest mistake and an unfortunate case of confusion on McGee’s part, but if you had a cherry picker or a scissor lift and some extra paint, how would you spend your nights?
This week sees the opening of Autumn’s most high profile street art “exhibit” at The Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch. I say exhibit loosely since Urban Contemporary is a ten day show culminating in the 150 works being auctioned off by Dreweatt’s on October 10. As usual, there is a mix of crap and some rare works that haven’t been seen in a while. The two that stood out for me is JR’sAdama, Montfermeil, Portrait d’une generation (2006) and the Charming BakerPanda Boy Remix (2007). Not only is the piece an early Baker, but this is also the first time (I cannot find evidence to say otherwise) one of his works has cropped up in the secondary market. Other artists in the show include D*Face, Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Blek le Rat and Eine.
The show opens September 30th at The Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch.
This week has been a lot of trying to get ahead on my work, because on Saturday evening I’m headed to New York City for the night. I’ll be checking out Flash at the Wooster Street Social Club. Here’s some stuff I missed covering over the last few days:
Bast has a show opening this weekend at Lazarides’ Newcastle location. Most of the work is in a completely (almost unrecognizably) new style.
On July 21, Moniker will be opening a show at Blackhall Studios in Shoreditch entitled Gossip Well Told. Featuring the likes of artists Swoon, Eine, Dabs and Myla, Case and Herakut. There will also be some great street art photos from Cheryl Dunn that I am really looking forward to seeing as well. Below is one of her photos from the Twist/Barry McGee mural on Houston Street in New York City.
Barry McGee’s latest show, simply titled New Work, opened this week at Stuart Shave/Modern Art in London. While not the craziest show Barry McGee has ever done, pretty much everyone I spoke with came away thinking this show is one of the best things they’ve seen recently (except for maybe the Miro show at Tate Modern, apparently that’s going to be a difficult one to top). As usual, McGee straddled the worlds of graffiti and fine art, high-brow and low-brow, concept and aesthetics.
Barry McGee’s first exhibition in London in 6 years opens this Thursday evening at Stuart Shave/Modern Art. Do. Not. Miss. This. Show. The private view is Thursday from 6-8pm, and the show will be open through August 13th. We’ve got no idea what to expect, but it’s McGee, so it’s fair to expect something pretty damn interesting. His Street installation with Steve Powers and Todd James is a definite highlight of Art in the Streets right now at MOCA in LA. See you there. And if you’re not in London, I plan to take plenty of photos so check back later this week for those.
If you’ll notice that there were a good number of posts on Vandalog this week, you’ll notice the opposite thing next week. With family in town visiting and moving in with some friends and starting the couch-hopping segment of my summer in just a few days, things are rather busy. And so is the art world. Here’s what I have been reading this week:
Everyone’s talking about this Shepard Fairey thing, but frankly I don’t really care. Dude was being hassled and got a bit irritated and snapped. We all do it. Oh and didn’t everyone know that he has assistants to put up his street work?
Carmichael Gallery‘s next show is Playing Field, a group show of secondary market works. It opens this Saturday, June 18th and runs through August 9th. The line up hits most of the big names you’d expect to see as well as a few surprises: Banksy, Faile, Shepard Fairey, Sixeart, Os Gêmeos, Mark Jenkins, JR, KAWS, Barry McGee, José Parlá, Judith Supine, Swoon, Titi Freak, Dan Witz.
These sort of shows tend to be either really good or really bad. I’m liking the above piece by Barry McGee, so I’m thinking this should fall on the really good side of things. But LA residents can see for themselves starting on Saturday. The opening is from 6-9pm.
V1 Gallery in Copenhagen has a group show opening next Friday curated by Barry McGee and his long-time assistant/collaborator Josh Lazcano aka Amaze. Let’s Go Bombing Tonight will open on Friday June 10th and runs through July 9th. The show consists of artists who come from or who have worked in San Fransisco. Keep in mind when you read the line up that a number of these artists are known by pseudonyms or are using here. We’ll give you one: Lydia Fong is one of Barry McGee’s pseudonyms.