Some friends came over today and we had a bit of a photoshoot for the upcoming line of Vandalog t-shirts. More about that in the next few days. Here’s a teaser of the shirts. So next week is going to be an exciting one on Vandalog. In the mean time, here’s what I wish I’d spent more time covering (it’s kind of Swoon and Retna heavy this week though):
This, I may actually write about again before the show opens and I’ll certainly be mentioning it after the opening: Street/Studio 2.0 at Irvine Contemporary in DC. It’s a group show in two venues with artists including Swoon, David Ellis, Gaia and José Parlá. The show opens on November 6th.
The next issue of Complex magazine has not one, not two but three big-name artists helping design covers for the magazine. Of course, the whole world seems to be going crazy for this Kaws cover featuring the now incarcerated Lindsay Lohan (and the accompanying photo shoot):
You know what though? We all know Kaws does good design. We all know that this would turn out looking kind of cool. Kaws does design. That’s his job. The covers I am really excited about are with Todd James and José Parlá:
Looks like both of these artists have pulled out all the stops for this job. Todd James’s look suits what little I know about B.o.B. perfectly, and damn that Parlá cover looks awesome. Honestly, I’m probably not going to read the magazine, but I am definitely going to be buying a copy just to have that beautiful image by Parlá.
Here are just some of the artists in the show:
Alex Lebedev, Alice Mazorra, Bluster One, Che Jen, Chris Mendoza, Chuck Webster, David Ellis, Dennis McNett, Doze Green, GION, Guillermo Carrion, James Lynch, Joey Garfield, Jose Parla, Kenji Hirata, Kiku Yamaguchi, KR, MADSAKI, Manny Pangilinan (WELLO), Martin Mazorra, Maya Hayuk, Mikal Hameed, Mike Houston, Mike Ming, Miyuki Pai Hirai, Naomi Kazama, Pema Brush, Romon Kimin Yang (Rostarr), Shie Moreno, Swoon, West One, Yuri Shimojo and more.
Yesterday was the opening of the New York City leg of the Nike/Livestrong Stages exhibition which also had a stop in France. While some of the work was the same, there were some new artists in this show like Os Gêmeos. Arrested Motion was there and took plenty of photos.
The lineup for stages is full of some of the best artists in the world. José and Rosson Crow are two of my favorite artists who aren’t “street artists.”
Photos from Arrested Motion. AM also has a bunch more photos from the show including artwork from Kaws, Futura and JR.
Those following urban art auctions closely have probably heard about the José Parlá original on board that was estimated by Sotheby’s at only $8,000-$12,000 (image can be found here). Nobody I spoke to could understand such a low estimate. The piece is quite big a 48 by 86 inches (about 1.2m x 2.2m), and it’s beautiful. It’s not like Parlá is the sort of Banksy derivative artist whose work is having a tough time selling in this market. I’m pretty sure that if Elms Lesters had another Parlá solo show next month lines would still be out the door.
Well, this evening lot 236 sold for $51,250 including Buyers Premium. I still don’t know how Sotheby’s could have have gotten the estimate so wrong, but I’m glad the rest of the world saw this gem and realized what it is actually worth.