Street Art is fast becoming an international institution, the likes of which the insular Art World has never seen. As a cultural phenomenon, Street Art has become something more akin to a stadium rap/rock concert than the sparsely attended pictures on walls model which has served as the Art World’s signature profile for some time now.
Delivering a profound statement in a seductive manner is the ultimate goal of artist Beau Stanton. Balancing a love for innovation and an intrigue of decay, Beau poetically expresses steely-eyed vision of the now simultaneously seen from the future and the past. Stanton caught the attention of the art world last season with a solo show in New York’s Chelsea arts district and then spent the summer spreading the love street art style throughout Europe, culminating with a painting on a section of the Berlin Wall.
I was with Shepard Fairey this summer creating art for The London Pleasure Gardens. His trial was still pending, which I am sure was causing him some stress and also creating a distortion lens for his art career. Most talk about Shepard had been about his celebrity or his public foibles eclipsing his artwork.
When I hear about ‘visionary art’ I usually react with a cringe. Most of this genre is the product of under-talented, overdosed navel gazers. Many who are attracted to visionary arts are promised a retinal nirvana, a focused porthole into another dimension, a deeply conceptual experience that is a visual open door. But this artistic sojourn requires such an intense level of skill and endurance that only a blessed few are up for the task. I recently had the good fortune to spend an evening with three artists who have taken that difficult journey to its biblical mountaintop.
My solo show, Crucial Fiction, opens November 1 at Opera Gallery NYC. It’s a collaboration with my former self. I thought it was time to ask my inner child to help me remember what it was that he saw so that I could finally animate his vision. I also curated the Politics and Art November issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.
The Travis Louie cover on Les Claypool’s latest offering Fungi and Foe serves as the perfect lure into a backwoods intellectual playground of the man who graced us with the iconic group Primus. A grovin’ bass player with Captain Beefheart cool and Daniel Johnston soul, Les paints lovingly jagged portraits of something slightly akin to […]
Montana has been the high octane fuel driving the global graffiti revolution for some time now. With the advent of the Alien line they have unleashed World War III weaponry in the battle against the banal.
Logan Hicks is the Johnny Appleseed of art. Hicks and his partners curate the neighborhood-engulfing project they call Primary Flight, enlisting the world’s best artists to pit their skills against the walls of South Beach, Florida, for a mindblowing outdoor art gallery.
I was first drawn to MGMT by the awesome Ausgang album cover for Congratulations, and they did not disappoint. They are like a secret spaceship hidden in your garage waiting to jet you away to world smoothed over with imagination and magic.
Exquisite harmonic tapestries woven together with pop perfect hooks are the staple of The Apples in stereo overture and the latest release Travellers in Space and Time once again crystallizes their unique brilliance for the ages.
Spearheaded by the young art star Beau Stanton, this is hip art collective stages museum quality pop-up art exhibitions featuring art at cash-machine price limits. While last-generation luminaries are getting off-the-easel prices of a million dollars, the Mod Melange offers an affordable entrance-level ticket on the collecting carousel. Get tomorrow’s stars at today’s prices