Tonight is opening night for Calligraffiti: 1984-2013 at the Leila Heller Gallery. The show is interesting for two reasons:
It examines connections between graffiti and calligraphy at a fancy gallery. Seriously though, this should be really fascinating. There will be work by El Seed, L’ATLAS, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, LA2, ROSTARR, Niels “Shoe” Meulman, Ramellzee and many more artists (including many with no history on the street or with graffiti, but rather with feet firmly rooted in more traditional modern and contemporary art).
It marks the return of Jeffrey Deitch to New York City, basically. He didn’t curate the show, but he did curate a version of the show at the same gallery back in 1984, and the New York Times reports “Mr. Deitch served as Ms. Heller’s sounding board” for this version of the show. Deitch recently resigned as Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles after growing the museum’s endowment from under $10 million to almost $100 million, although it seems as though he is staying on at the museum just a little while longer, through the completion of that goal of reaching a $100 million endowment and the process of finding a new Director.
The team at Arrested Motion have curated their second show, and it is set to open in LA next month. City of Fire opens June 5th at Stephen Webster. The show includes work by Ron English, Kid Zoom, Pedro Matos, Nick Walker, Rostarr, Jeff Soto, Judith Supine, TrustoCorp and others. For more info about the show, email exhibitions [at] arrestedmotion (dot) com.
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.
Bodega looks cool. I might have to get one of the McGee or Rostarr pieces for my room. Prices are pretty good, but the fact that the pieces can’t be reapplied is a bit annoying.
The press release:
We are proud to announce the launch of Bodega™ Wall Vinyl.
Bodega™ is a curated collection of large scale, eco-friendly, temporary indoor art. The concept is to make the art of emerging and established artists alike, affordable and available to the public. Each piece is delivered as a complete package for the consumer and includes a ready-to-apply art piece and tools for installation. Obsessed with process, Bodega creates high quality, layered die-cut vinyl art editions; representing some of the most captivating artists of our generation.
We use eco-friendly inks and vinyl to create layered die-cut, gallery quality vinyl that can be applied to any flat surface. The vinyl is low-tack and can be removed without damaging the wall; however, the art work cannot be reapplied to a surface after removal. Bodega’s intrinsic characteristic is to retain the divide between the original art and our editions, encouraging consumers to continue exploring their living environment by embracing new art in everyday life. Our packaging is made from 70-100% post-consumer recycled paper. Our vinyl, with an indoor life expectancy of at least 5 years, is low-impact on the environment through strategic engineering design to maximize energy efficiency and eliminate harmful emissions through recycling and reuse.
Bodega™ is available online at Arkitip.com and worldwide at select accounts including Colette Paris (www.colette.fr)
Bodega™ will also be available at the Scope Art Fair “Covet Garden” during Art Basel Miami Dec 2-6, 2009. (www.scope-art.com)
Artists in Bodega™ include:
Barry Mcgee, Clare Rojas, Cleon Peterson, Cody Hudson, Darcel, Delta, Harsh Patel, Hisham Bharoocha, Kevin Lyons, Kenzo Minami, Maya Hayuk, Michael Leon, Mike Giant, Rostarr, Steven Harrington, Surface to Air, Wood Wood, and more.
Bodega™ will release a new artist periodically every month and Arkitip.com will release new offerings in conjunction with Bodega™.