If the new standard of originality in the arts is based on how cleverly you appropriate and reinvent images and ideas from other well known sources, then LA based pop art sculptor known as Desire Obtain Cherish (real name Jonathan Paul) is a genius. We Are Known By The Company We Keep is his new solo show at Unix Gallery, and it is a mind blower.
Wedged between viewing rad new art by both Lynda Benglis and Herb Alpert, we popped into Jim Kempner on 23rd and 10th during last Thursday’s Art Crawl to check out a very fun exhibit. Taking Appropriation Art to a hilarious new level, painter John Grande presents his new series of portraits depicting pop culture icons superimposed with the distinctive design of Damien Hirst’s famous Spot Paintings. That Hirst himself is honored in the show is pure brilliance.
Some of the celebrities featured in the series include Whitney Houston, Truman Capote, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Judy Garland and Andy Warhol. The portraits are borrowed from Richard Avedon and other renowned photographers. He must have had a good time dealing with all of the licensing!
Jim Kempner is the rare gallery that always has a few things going on in addition to their featured exhibit, so drop by next time you are in the neighborhood.
John Grande’s Oh You Pretty Things Will be on Exhibit through February 23rd, 2014 at Jim Kempner Fine Art, Located at 501 West 23rd Street, on the Northwest corner of 23rd Street and Tenth Avenue in the Chelsea Gallery District, NYC.
The New Museum of Contemporary Art on Bowery in NYC is selling this Damien Hirst Spot Painting Skateboard Deck in its gift shop, but I didn’t even bother to look at the sale price. Seen here with Skull Bunny Playboy-inspired logo Designed by Lawrence Weiner with Artwork by Richard Prince. Functional Art!
30 Seconds to Mars, featuring actor Jared Leto on guitar and lead vocals, has unveiled the name and the release date for its fourth studio album. Love Lust Faith + Dreams will hit all the usual outlets on May 21st, 2013. The album features 12 new tracks, including the first single, “Up in the Air”, which is now available at all digital retailers.
Featured on the album’s packaging are two paintings instantly recognizable to art fans as being from English artist Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings series. The cover painting is titled Isonicotinic Acid Ethyl Ester, while a second painting, Monochromatic Sectors from Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Colour Ring, Dark Centre will be printed onto the CD itself.
Here’s the track list for Love Lust Faith + Dreams:
“Up in the Air”
“City of Angels”
“End of All Days”
“Pyres of Varanasi”
“Do or Die”
“Depuis Le Début”
Talk about an unexpected alliance. Luxury fashion accessory retailer, Just One Eye has announced a new project based on a collaboration between renowned contemporary artist Damien Hirst and Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen’s handbag company, The Row. You can’t make this stuff up.
Created in a limited edition of 12 pieces in each of nine designs, and with a portion of each sale to benefit UNICEF, these works blur the line between high art and high fashion. Signed by the artist, each backpack features uniquely individual embellishments, from an assortment of prescription pills (an homage to the Medicine Cabinets series), to Hirst’s signature Spot Paintings. These Backpacks will sell for around $55,000 each (not a misprint) but you have to call for an exact price. Available from 12/12/12, or maybe already sold out, at This Link.