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Pink Thing of The Day: Six Pack of Stella Artois Beer Covered in Pink Paint, By Mr. Brainwash

Pink Six Pack
Photo By Gail

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Pink Thing of The Day: Life is Beautiful Neon Sign

Life is Beautiful Neon Sign
Photo By Gail

Life Is Beautiful Pink Neon Sign by Mr. Brainwash photographed at Taglialatella Galleries in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Brainwashed: New Works and Old Favorites By Mr. Brainwash at Taglialatella Galleries

Installation View with Horse
All Photos By Gail

You might recall that last summer we made three or four unsuccessful attempts (before finally lucking out with our timing) to see the massive Mr. Brainwash Life is Beautiful pop-up exhibit, which was located under the High Line at 14th Street for a few months. Seriously, that shit was just never, ever open.

New York Word

Fortunately, this summer’s Mr. Brainwash “Happening” is at a legitimate art gallery with a real address and clearly-posted hours of operation and everything! Yay! In fact, Brainwashed, which opened at Taglialatella Galleries on August 18th, unofficially christened the gallery’s new two-level, 5,000 square foot space at 229 Tenth Avenue, adjacent to its long-time home at 231Tenth Avenue (between 23rd and 24th). The new space is being treated as a pop-up venue until the gallery takes over full occupation of the new building in November.

Smile
Smile!

Cold beverages for the evening were provide by Stella Artois, who has partnered with the gallery for future events, to make sure we can get a buzz on while enjoying the art! Stella!

Stella Artois Print

The Stella Artois brand identity could be seen on various exhibited artworks, and the new collection also features an exclusive, limited-edition Stella Artois print, available only at Taglialatella Galleries.

Beatles 1965
Beatles 1965

Beatles 1966
Beatles 1966

Hey look: Brainwash is still making portraits of (mostly dead) Rock Stars from bits of broken vinyl records. It. Never. Gets. Old.

Bucket Heart
Bucket Heart

Here’s what’s great about a Mr. Brainwash exhibit: Just because we’ve seen it all before doesn’t mean it’s not fun to see it all again! Also: free alcohol!

Maxspray
Maxspray

This piece references the classic ’80s Maxell Tape ad (the UK version of which featured Peter Murphy of Bauhaus – TRIVIA!) and mashes it up with the iconic Brainwash-ala-Warhol Campbell’s Soup Spray Can. So. Many. Influences.

Pink Kate Moss
Pink Kate Moss

It’s interesting to note that this sparkly portrait of Supermodel  Kate Moss veryvery closely resembles the work of Russell Young, who’s also occasionally represented by Taglialatella.

Marilyn
Marilyn

Even though I could easily live without ever, ever again seeing this ubiquitous portrait of Marilyn Monroe appropriated and recycled for the million-billionth time by any artist, I do like the soft pastel colors on this version. He has another with colors that recall the cover of that Police album, the title of which I am too lazy to look-up. You know the one I am talking about, though.

David Bowie
David Bowie as Aladdin Sane

Bowie, yeah, I like it.

More Art Upstairs

There’s More Art Upstairs! Also, Pinkness!

Brainwash Kitchen

Someone needs to give this kitchen a good scrubbing.

Mickey and Lennon

Mickey Mouse made of recycled vintage tin signage. Just behind him, John Lennon gets another vinyl record treatment.

Stella Spray

Brainwashed will run through October 16th, 2016.

Store Front

Batman V Superman from Superheroes to Street Art, at Taglialatella Galleries!

Batman and Superman Kiss
Between The Capes By Rich Simmons. Let The Homo-eroticism Begin! (All Photos By Gail)

A new movie called BATMAN v SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice opens today (March 25th) in theaters nationwide, but all I want to know is, in a battle between these two legendary Superheroes, how does Batman not get this Bat Ass handed to him by the Man of Steel? Because Batman, as super studly as he looks (I’d do it) has no real Super Powers. All of Batman’s tricks are gadgets he keeps in that utility belt thing of his. So, Kryptonite aside (and really, how is there even Kryptonite on the earth, after the entire planet Krypton was been completely obliterated? I ask yez.) there is just no way Superman is not picking up the Batman like he was a feather and chucking him off into outer space. Superman, FTW!

Batman V Superman Signage with Popcorn
Also: Free Popcorn!

Anyway, whatever I’m missing about Kryptonite-infused arrows and whatever, I don’t care, because I really love both of these guys in tights equally. Just last night Geoffrey and I were hanging out at Taglialatella Galleries on 10th Ave checking out all kinds of cool Batman and Superman (plus, other Superheros) artworks for sale, plus free wine! Here are some of our favorite pieces from the show!

Superman

Here’s a huge piece featuring Superman By Mr. Brainwash. Ideal if you need to cover a lot of wall space.

Superman By Andy Warhol
Superman By Andy Warhol

Superman By Mr Brainwash

Another, smaller Superman By Mr Brainwash. Who knew Superman was a fan of Campbell’s Soup?

Superhero Lovers By Rich Simmons
Superhero Lovers By Rich Simmons

Wonder Woman By Mr Brainwash
Wonder Woman By Mr Brainwash

Fight Like a Spider
Fight Like a Spider By Peter Mars

Spiderman made an appearance.

All America Heroes
All America Heroes: Superman & Batman by Peter Mars

In this piece, I think they are getting together to do some laundry.

Seeing Through You Superman
Seeing Through You: Superman By Peter Mars

Unstoppable Batman and Robin
Unstoppable: Batman and Robin By Peter Mars

Robin gets a token shout-out!

Batman and Superman Action Figures

They are still friends!

Batman V Superman is up now at Taglialatella Galleries, Located at 231 Tenth Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Batman V Superman Signage

David Bowie By Mr. Brainwash

Ziggy Collage
Photos By Gail

These two pieces of art featuring the likeness of the late, great David Bowie (it feels so weird to type that) were originally featured in This Post from last summer, but I decided to haul them out again for an encore. Because, clicks.

Bowie Broken Records

These portraits above were created from broken and carefully placed bits of vinyl LPs. See more photos at the link above!

Photos from the Mr. Brainwash Life is Beautiful Exhibit

Brainwash Bowie Mural
All Photos By Gail. Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail.

While not necessarily a household name, Mr. Brainwash is arguably one of the most commercially successful street artists alive, and certainly one whose art panders to the lowest common denominator, Hallmark-Greeting-Card-sensibilities of the general public. What his heavily appropriated artworks lack in originality, Brainwash makes up in Chutzpah and being backed by a team who are geniuses at marketing and selling his brand. Right now — for how long, who the fuck knows — you can explore a warehouse-sized exhibit of Brainwash’s Greatest Hits at a pop-up space on West 14th Street, directly under the High Line Park. Entitled Life is Beautiful, the exhibit is the French-born, LA-based artist’s follow-up to 2010’s all-encompassing exhibit/happening, Icons; which was up for most of that year, it seems. Was it worth the wait? You betcha.

Christina's World

It is easy to criticize Brainwash’s Instagram-Nation-mentality visual puns and platitudes, but it is hard not to fall in love with pieces as hilariously snarky as this depiction of Tiger Woods playing through on Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World that i saw on socialproof.xyz. Talk about taking the piss out of beloved cultural icons.

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell’s classic Americana portraiture also gets a liberal dose of the Brainwash Treatment, hybridizing these well-loved images with modern memes and technological gadgets.

Rockwell Trio

If you are my age or older, you probably grew up with Rockwell’s art in your house. In a way, this generational mash-up gives Brainwash’s  art an ideal cross-over accessibility, making it a fun exhibit to bring your parents to. In fact, I daresay there is something here for everybody.

Darth Painting

Do you like Star Wars? There are Star Wars characters in this exhibit.

Storm Trooper

Mickey Mouse

Look at all this stuff! It’s like Bansky’s attic blew up in your face.

Art Chair

Some of the art is disguised as stuff that you can sit on. Can you sit on this? Try it and find out.

Life is Beautiful Green

Cabinet of Toys

This cabinet stuffed with vintage toys appealed to my collector/hoarder mentality.

Toys Detail

If you look long enough, you’ll probably see something you used to own, before it was purchased for a nickel from the Goodwill, or scavenged from a landfill.

Hendrix

Maybe you remember the celebrity portraits created from meticulously pieced-together broken vinyl LPs that made up about 50% of the Icons exhibit. Well, they’re back for an encore appearance in Life is Beautiful. Some, like this ubiquitous image of Jimi Hendrix, now have psychedelic paint thrown onto the hair, for an updated effect.

Vinyl Record Portraits

Yeah, you remember these guys.

Living Room

Is it artsy recreation of a Midcentury Living Room, or is it a comfy place to rest? Again, why not see what you can get away with?

Brainwash Kitchen

Here, Brainwash offers a few redesign ideas for your kitchen.

Caitlyn Jenner

Renaissance Caitlyn Jenner manages to be both topical and mind blowing simultaneously.

Batman and Robin

And of course the art is nothing if not hyper-self-referential.

Tomato Spray Can

Another rehash from Icons but, like an old friend, always fun to see again.

Life is Beautiful Hirst

I wonder if Damien Hirst gets a cut of this one?

Seinfeld Cast

These stylized portraits of the cast of Seinfeld are probably my favorite pieces in the show.

Cow Parade

This one made me nostalgic for the Cow Parade. If you don’t know what that was, you should Google it.

Mr Brainwash
Thierry Guetta (AKA Mr. Brainwash).

I finally made in it to see the Life is Beautiful exhibit at 2:30 PM on a Friday, after three unsuccessful attempts; meeting a closed and locked door each of the previous times. So, if you feel lucky or have time to kill, why not see if your timing is right and you arrive on a day and time that someone with keys decides to open the door. Hours are not posted on Brainwash’s official website, nor can they be found anywhere on the storefront itself.  So it is really a crap-shoot that can get old fast, depending on your tolerance for being jerked around.

Hashtag

Don’t forget to hashtag the shit out of your photos.

Einstein
Brainwash Exhibit as seen from the Highline.

UPDATE 8/25/15

The exhibit has moved to much smaller space just a few storefronts east of its previous home, and is now a Pop Up “Store” with hours clearly posted on the doors, as seen in the photo below:

Brainwash Hours
Photo by Geoffrey Dicker

Mr. Brainwash Loses Another Copyright Lawsuit

Sid Vicious Brainwash
Dennis Morris’s photograph of Sid Vicious (Left) and Mr Brainwash’s Mural Based on the image

From The Art NewsPaper Dot Com:

The Los Angeles-based street artist Thierry Guetta, better known as Mr Brainwash, has lost a copyright case involving a 1977 photograph of the punk rock musician Sid Vicious shot by the British photographer Dennis Morris. Guetta had claimed that the seven works he created using Morris’s black and white photograph, including one mural and one collage made of broken vinyl records, were sufficiently altered to be protected by the fair use defence, which allows for the use of copyrighted material for commentary, criticism and parody.

The federal judge rejected Guetta’s claim, saying that “most of [the] defendant’s works add certain new elements, but the overall effect of each is not transformative.” The judge also opposed the argument that “appropriation art per se” should be protected by fair use. As we went to press, the terms of the settlement, including unspecified damages, were being determined.

In 2011 Guetta lost a copyright case to Glen Friedman over his use of Friedman’s photograph of the rap group Run DMC, while last year the estate of the photographer Jim Marshall sued Guetta and Google for the unauthorised use of Marshall’s photographs of musicians. This case has not yet been decided and is due to go to trial in July.