The likenesses of all four members of The Beatles — from left to right: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — were created by artist David Hollier on these vintage Royal typewriters.
Paul’s face is made up of the lyrics from the songs “I’ve Just Seen a Face” and “I Saw Her Standing There.”
John’s facial features were formed from the lyrics of the songs “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Please, Please Me.”
On the face of George (my favorite Beatle) you can read the lyrics from two songs he penned, “I Need You” and “You Like Me Too Much.”
Ringo sang lead on the songs “Boys” and “I Wanna Be Your Man,” so it makes sense that Hollier would have used these songs to recreate his unique visage.
I wish I had been able to get a close up shot of some of the lyrics, but the plexiglass vitrine protecting this artwork from curious hands at the Scope Art Fare also created a pretty gnarly glare. This piece is priced at $10,500 for all four typewriters and the pages wrapped around their rollers! David Hollier is represented by New Apostle Gallery located in Brooklyn, New York.
Money Bag Jane By Sean Keith at Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, $800 (All Photos By Gail)
For many New Yorkers, the fist sign of Fall might be the changing of the leaves, or a noticeable dip in temperatures; but for me, it’s the arrival of the Affordable Art Fair, which is the first big art event of the season. Whether you’re shopping for art, looking for inspiration, or just enjoy the social aspect of the fair, the AAFNYC offers something to satisfy every artistic palette. My tastes tend to run to pop and very contemporary art, so I’m going to show you a lot pieces that fit into those categories. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Art Chameleon in Her Natural Habitat
I love how this lady’s dress matches the colors of the art around her!
The Affordable Art Fair takes place across five days — Wednesday evening through Sunday afternoon — but you’ll always find me there during opening night’s Private View evening, when most of the press attend, and when there’s an open bar! This season’s bar was co-sponsored by Schoffenhofer Grapefruit Beer, which is my favorite drink in the entire universe. It. Is. So. Delicious.
This portly little guy is called Niemand, and he is the creation of Slovakian artist Viktor Freso. Niemand is a reoccurring character in Freso’s oeuvre, and I recommend you Google him and check out his previous incarnations for a fun time! Price: $8,500.
PF1 (Painter’s Fate #1) by Martin C. Herbst is an oil painting on mirrored aluminum. Price: $4,400.
Zapatos Personalizados by Veronica ‘Vero’ Nobile are custom-painted ceramic shoe sculptures. This one features a fun likeness of Wonder Woman! Found at ArtBA Gallery of NYC and Buenos Aires. Price: $400.
The late David Bowie continues to be a favorite subject for artistic interpretation. This acrylic on canvas portrait of Bowie by David Hollier features the lyrical text from his song “Heroes.” Very moving! Found at Mayson Gallery of NYC. Price: $8,000.
This decontextualization of a 1963 press photo of The Beatles, by Walter Knabe, features a sparkling finish of diamond dust. At Evan Lurie Gallery of Carmel, Indiana. Price: $8,700.
Do you like Disneyland? I sure do. Artist Jeff Gillette created these post-apocalyptic scenarios featuring foreboding takes on the iconic Disneyland Sign, which I find wildly compelling. Found at Bert Green Fine Art of Chicago. Price: $1,500 each.
I seriously never met a Skull I didn’t like. The Importance of Being Ernest (Crowned) by Ernesto Romano is a digital print on perspex that would go with any decor! At online gallery Degreeart.com. Price: $3,130.
Another colorful work from Degree Art is Guggenheim (Pink) by Michael Wallner, which is a print on brushed aluminum, in an edition of 25 pieces. Gorgeous! Price: $1,190.
Assorted Sweet Art / Candy Heart message art by Dean Zeus, over at TAG Fine Arts of London UK, is priced at just $300 per square! Affordable, indeed!
Debra Franses Bean’s POP Artbag sculptures are cast resin embedded with various colorful toys and other items, creating a one-of-a-kind piece to treasure forever. This ‘bag’ features limited-edition, fashion-themed Coca Cola bottles and cans. Found at TAG Fine Arts, it is a unique piece priced at $10,000.
POP Artbag, Detail
Bean also created Glitterati 3 (Pink Flock), a collection of fashion handbags comprised of vacuum-formed polyurethane with hand-colored, optical high-definition glitter. Breathtaking. Price: $4,800.
And while were on the subject of handbags, check out It’s a Birkin! by Nelson De La Nuez, which is obviously very heavily influenced by the art of Roy Lichtenstein. At Bruce Lurie Gallery selling for $6,500.
Here’s a timely piece, Interstate Now by Scott Froschauer. In an edition of 6 pieces at Artspace Warehouse. Price: $382.
Lip Service by Jeremy Biggers is an oil painting on a custom-cut, shaped wood panel that stands away from the wall like a sculpture. What a great conversation starter this would be! Found at Decorazon Gallery of London. Price: $6,500.
Do you love Money? Then you might feel drawn to A Dollar Is What I Need; a fiberglass and epoxy resin sculpture by Nemo Jantzen. Found at Artered Gallery selling for $5,200.
Street Art influences are evident in Flash’s Car by Teachr, which is spray-paint and acrylic on a metal street sign. Found at LA-based Bruce Lurie Gallery for $3,000.
Also on display in the booth for Bruce Lurie Gallery were many pop art, ‘stacked block’ sculptures by Todd Gray, who is a hot item right now. The Beatles‘ totem pole-like tower seen above has images and lyrics from the Fab Four’s songbook that any fan will recognize. It’s a very cool and fun piece, for sure.
Gray makes smaller, table top pieces as well. The sculptures above and below are priced at $5,000, each. This artist is ‘going places,’ as they say, so his work is a good investment!
Wunda By Todd Gray
I love this one. Refraction by Nat Bowen gets its glossy sheen from Bowen’s use of pigmented resin on acrylic sheet, with gold mirror acrylic edges. At Kahn Gallery for $9,900.
This excited little gal is lots of fun: Le Petite Folle (The Girl) by Xavi Carbonell. Priced at $5,000 from Art Angler, NY.
Gregos is a French street artist best known for the plaster casts of his face that he installs on the streets of cities across the globe! He has now moved into the gallery (Xin Art Galerie, in France, to be exact) where his Faces sell for $650, each!
That’s how you do it!
Everyone loves a little touch of neon: Palm Mirage #1 by Tom Adair, tucked away at Axiom Contemporary, and priced at $9,250.
Pool Party in a Giant Coffee Cup? Sure, why not! Cup IV by Pablo Dona might be a challenge to photograph, but it’s the kind of artwork that you can examine and enjoy for hours. The golfers on the tiny macarons are a nice touch as well!
I understand why they had to put a piece like this inside a vitrine, but I don’t have to like it.
I love this, but I would not want to have to dust it. Found at Evan Lurie Gallery. Price: $5,500.
Its probably because I take so many photos of wild flowers that I was very attracted to Thistle III by Elena Cohen. Priced at $3,000, at Artmix in Brooklyn.
Nina Bentley uses vintage manual typewriters as the basis for her sculptures, of which she also sells photographic prints in limited series’. This one, found at Elisa Contemporary Art, is entitled He Looked Good On Paper. Price unavailable.
Take a closer look at the keys.
America, Lets Play Over The Rainbow by Valerie Carmet takes the concept of the American Flag and replaces the red and white stripes with shelves holding a rainbow assortment of the tiny heads of famous cartoon characters, as seen atop Pez Candy Dispensers! Novel! This one-of-a-kind piece is $6,950 at Azart Gallery.
And . . .That’s All, Folks! The Affordable Art Fair may be over until next year, but you can still visit the websites of these galleries and purchase many of these pieces online, so start shopping! See you in the Spring!
It was at the Five Points Festival that I spotted this amazing painting by artist Paul Fernandez-Carol that mashes up The Beatles with characters from Star Wars in a very clever way. On one hand, we could be looking at The Beatles, dressed in their colorful, highly-recognizable satin band suits from the Sgt. Pepper-album cover — Ringo in Pink, John in Yellow, Paul in Blue and George in Red — who are avoiding being recognized by wearing disguises on their heads. On the other hand, this might be the Star Wars saga characters of a Scout Trooper, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and an Imperial Stormtrooper (who are all distinguishable by the helmets they wear) posing as The Beatles. Who can say? Speaking of posing, I believe that the figures’ poses in this painting were copied from This Photo of the Fab Four taken in 1967 during a promotional photo shoot for the Sgt. Pepper album cover. You can see more art by Fernandez-Carol on his page at Seven Arts Gallery.
To many of us, Sunday morning means listening to the syndicated radio program, Breakfast with the Beatles, so it is appropriate to use this space to debut a new video by Dhani Harrison — the son of my favorite Beatle, George Harrison — whose song “All About Waiting” soundtracks an engaging, animated Sci-Fi mystery.
This fantstic-looking music video depicts a futuristic world, overly developed with machinery and computers, echoing Harrison’s contemplative lyrics “revolution, evolution, patience, revolution, evolution, wasted,” in a setting filled with scenes of both natural and human-influenced disasters impacting the landscape. The protagonist of the video, a DNA scientist, reaches an apparent point of opposition to her colleagues upon the realization that her efforts may be causing more harm than good, and then pursues an ill-fated attempt to bring her discovery to light with her colleagues and team leaders.
You’ll have to watch the video — which was directed and animated by Adam Osgood, with additional illustrations from A. D’Amico and hand-drawn animation by Sarah Schmidt — to find out what happens next!
“All About Waiting” can be found on Harrison’s latest album, In Parallel, which is out now! Enjoy!
It’s been 50 years since The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album widely considered to be among the best rock albums of all time, and aside from a very cool documentary about the making of Sgt Pepper (which was released on Septembers 8th) some cool collectible memorabilia is also making its way to the market. In honor of this exciting anniversary, 3D design company Lovepop have released The Beatles Sgt. Pepper 3D Card! This gorgeous design was created in partnership with The Beatles and is one of three officially licensed designs that include a fabulous 3D rendering of the Yellow Submarine, and the iconic scene of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road.
I suspect you may feel the need to own these. The Beatles‘ cards sell for $15 each or $40 for a pack of all three designs, and can be purchased at This Link!
It was 1967 and photographer David Magnus stepped into the ultimate temple of musical genius and creativity known as Abbey Road Studios in London. There, he joined The Beatles and their invited guests, who would all participate in the first world-wide global satellite broadcast performance of a song John Lennon had written called “All You Need Is Love.” Little did David know at the time that he would be the only photographer there.
The Beatles sang “All You Need Is Love” for a global audience, and Magnus’s beautiful never-before-seen images, now on exhibit (and for sale) at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo, NYC take you on a journey inside what went on in front of the television cameras and behind the scenes on the day of that their global satellite broadcast, which happened fifty years ago. We attended the show’s opening reception at MHG back in June and had a groovy time. Please enjoy our photos from the show!
John Lennon at the Mic
Here’s are a few more details of that day 50 years ago:
On June 25, 1967, performers representing 19 countries from around the world appeared on Our World, the first international television production broadcast by satellite.
Mick Jagger and John Lennon
An estimated 400 million viewers watched the two-and-a-half hour program, which featured talent including Pablo Picasso and Maria Callas and was closed out by a performance of “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles.
Paul McCartney Triptych
Photographer David Magnus was a friend of and regular collaborator with the band, was on hand to take pictures of the historic gig. The majority of these photos have never been seen before by the public.
George Harrison and Wife Pattie Boyd with Brian Epstein
George Harrison at the Mic
All You Need is Love Installation View
Paul and John with Ringo in Foreground
John and Paul with Brian
From the Same Series as Above, But Now Including George on the Far Left
The Beatles Dining in the Studio Commissary
When I look at this photo of Ringo at his drumkit, I just see Barry Wom from The Rutles. Anyone else?
George and John Getting Some Tea
High res images from the All You Need is Love collection can be found at the Morrison Hotel Gallery Website (Click This Link), where you will also find information on how to purchase these fine art prints. The gallery is located at 116 Prince Street, 2nd Floor in SoHo, New York City.
You say you want Pink Things? I got yer Pink Things right here. The Spring edition of the Affordable Art Fair has come and gone from NYC, until it returns in the fall, and we had a ton of fun this year seeing many old friend and lots of exciting new artworks all priced to own! Affordable Art!
With so very many galleries exhibiting at the fair from all over the globe, we like to distill it down by choosing our favorite Pink Artworks and bringing them to your face, which will give you a good idea of the scope of painting, photography, sculpture and multi-media that finds its way into the two levels of the Metropolitan Pavilion when the AAF rolls into town. Though the fair is over for now, you can still purchase many of these pieces, or others by the same artist, from the galleries via their brick and mortar locations, or websites. By the way, in case there’s a need for a better Web Design in your online business, look for salterrasite.com. They offer affordable services with the best quality output. For more information, reach their team at 480-273-2273. No worries; I am going to tell you everything you need to know.
Let’s head on up to the Pink Level, shall we?
The Soraya Cartategui Art Gallery (Spain) showcased many canvas works made with glitter, like this Crown by Camomile Hixon, who also did the Neon Pink Hot Lips, seen below.
They look quite like the Rocky Horror Picture Show lips, don’t cha think? Probably an influence.
Glitter Sandwich By Kimberly Genevieve at Artstar Dot Com
Mmm. . . delicious glitter.
Blue and Pink Hands By Isabel Soto
I am including the Blue Hand here, along with the Pink, because I appreciate its message!
Drip By Mara Minuzzo at Lustre Contemporary Dot Com of Canada
Because it’s almost Ice Cream Weather!
Or how about cooling off with this Swarovski Crystal-encrusted cast of a Strawberry Shortcake Pop By Daniel Jacob at Axiom Contemporary, Santa Monica.
OK, here is some amazing stuff: Serigraph Screen Printed Perspex Layers by Kate Banazi, who is represented by Gas Gallery (London). The visible layers of vibrant color combinations really made us go a little crazy with desire for this art.
The Neon Pink wall sculpture above, made of PVC and aluminum, is called 18 Perspectives by Jose Margulis, and it is available from Ai Bo Gallery located in Purchase, New York.
Untitled (Pink Pizza) By Stefan Gross, at Chiefs and Spirits, Located in the The Hague, Netherlands
This is what happens to a pepperoni pizza when your college roommate abandons it on the rug for three weeks.
This old-school looking oil painting is just a detail from a piece called No 13 Fleur Dans La Vie which I saw in the booth for Genuine Global Company of Seoul, Korea. Sadly, I seem to have missed the artists name.
An iconic portrait of Audrey Hepburn from her role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is appropriated and updated as Rose is Back by Israeli artist Dganit Blechner, found at Linda Blackstone Gallery, which is based in London.
Cornucopia By Jack Frame Cube Gallery, London
Do you like Trees? The Affordable Art Fair has Trees for you.
\ Pink Sloe By Henrik Simonsen at Eyestorm Gallery, London
Hot Oak II By Emma Levine at LCA (London Contemporary Art)
Do you like Nudes? Who doesn’t, right? Check out this unique piece: Martina by Olivier Duhamel, which we found at the booth for La Lanta Gallery in Bangkok. Despite appearances, this fine lady is not an example of 3D Printing, but rather it is hand-assembled Acrylic Slices. Any printing that needs to be done is handled by the Managed Print Services. Here’s another view:
To say that Martina created a substantial buzz in the booth is an understatement!
151 Proof By Pasha Setrova at Arteria Gallery, Bromont, Canada.
Pink Torso by SangSik Hong at Krause Gallery, NYC is made up of pale pink drinking straws cut to different length and hand assembled.
First Lady By Michael Wallner at Will’s Art Warehouse, London.
Morning Smile Fushia by Marie Noelle Royanette at Paris-based Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart.
We’d like to give a special shout out to the friendly folks at Tag Fine Arts in London, who represent pop art sculptor Ryan Callanan, an artist whose work you will have seen on The ‘Gig previous to this post. Callanan’s sculpture, The Illest / Biggie Bust was available in an array of solid colors to suit your décor and taste.
This wall of Pink-hued light boxes were ‘lighting up’ the booth of Arteria Gallery, of Bromont, Canada. Specifically, we are interested in the very long boxon the far left. Let’s take a closer look.
As you can see, the box is made up of film negative strips from The Beatles’Magical Mystery Tour, specifically from the clip for I Am The Walrus. Hugo Cantin is the artist.
This is a photograph from the Dream In Color Pool Installation (2002) by Richard Heeps and we saw it at Bleach Box Photography Gallery, London.
And that’s wrap! Thanks Affordable Art Fair — see you again in the fall!
Via a top-loading VHS cassette player and a 13-inch-screen TV that looks like it’s from the 1970s, Cloud Nothings bring us their fun and informative video for the uber-catchy pop tune, “Internal World.“ Cleverly disguised as an Etiquette and Manners educational film, the band themselves appear in vignettes offering sensible tips on personal hygiene, the correct use of a space heater, how to dress, the power of positive thinking, and the de rigueur dating tips, among other useful scenarios. Thank you! Aurally, it sounds (just like) “Buddy Holly” by Weezer — and you know, that can’t be bad.
“Internal World” can be found on the band’s fifth album, Life Without Sound due out January 27th, 2017 — just a few days away! Cloud Nothings are currently tour now in the US and elsewhere (scroll down for dates), so check them out when they come to your town! RIYL: Foo Fighters, Weezer, The Beatles. Enjoy!
1/26 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
01/27 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
01/28 Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
01/30 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01/31 Boston, MA – Paradise
02/01 New York, NY – Webster Hall
02/03 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
02/04 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
02/06 Grand Rapids, MI – Calvin College
02/07 Detroit, MI – El Club
02/09 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02/10 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
02/11 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
02/12 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
02/15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
02/16 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
02/17 Seattle, WA – Barboza
02/18 Seattle, WA – Barboza
02/20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
02/22 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
03/01 Copenhagen – Loppen
03/02 Malmo, SE – Babel
03/03 Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
03/05 Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
03/06 Hamburg, DE – Knust
03/07 Berlin, DE – Bi Nuu
03/08 Munich, DE – Kranhalle
03/09 Cologne, DE – Luxor
03/11 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
03/12 Brussels, BE – Botanique
03/14 Paris, FR – Petit Bain
03/16 Bristol, UK – Thekla
03/17 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
03/18 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
03/19 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
03/21 London, UK – Koko
03/22 Birmingham, UK – The Hare & Hounds
03/23 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
05/12-14 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
07/30 New York, NY – Panorama Festival
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. BrainwashLife 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.
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.
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!
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.
Hey look: Brainwash is still making portraits of (mostly dead) Rock Stars from bits of broken vinyl records. It. Never. Gets. Old.
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!
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
It’s interesting to note that this sparkly portrait of Supermodel Kate Mossveryvery closely resembles the work of Russell Young, who’s also occasionally represented by Taglialatella.
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 as Aladdin Sane
Bowie, yeah, I like it.
There’s More Art Upstairs! Also, Pinkness!
Someone needs to give this kitchen a good scrubbing.
Mickey Mouse made of recycled vintage tin signage. Just behind him, John Lennon gets another vinyl record treatment.