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Art Radar: 11.12.09


Hellz Bellz - Holiday '09 - Cult Classic

Hellz Bellz - Holiday '09 - Cult Classic


Art Radar - 11.12.09 - Art Box
Art Radar – 11.12.09 – Art Box

A special event where artists, art lovers and those that just like to have fun converge to help out Heal the Bay. This is an art opening meets club night. This unique event falls out of the norm from usual art exhibition openings. ARTBOX features some of the most prolific artists of our time, alongside some very new talent. ARTBOX will be featuring never before seen work from some of LA’s rising stars. Wait until you get a load of them!  ARTBOX is very excited to have the gallery opening in 12,000 square feet of space. It is going to be a great event. Entertainment, artists painting right in front of your eyes, a band, DJ, and 2 cash bars. Featured artists include David Flores, Crash, Mear One, Augustine Kofie, Stella Im Hultberg, Kelly Vivanco, Yosuke Ueno, Michael Pukac and many more!

MC/DJ set by BIZ MARKIE (sponsored by

60+ GREAT artists, GREAT downtown location, fun! The pieces are priced so everyone can buy something.

BOXeight Studios

1446 E. Washington BLVD

Los Angeles, CA 90021


Art Radar - 11.12.09 - Michael Wolf & Barbara Crane - Aperture

Art Radar - 11.12.09 - Michael Wolf & Barbara Crane - Aperture

Michael Wolf: The Transparent City
Chicago, like many of the world’s great urban centers, has recently undergone a surge in new construction, grafting a new layer of architectural experimentation onto those of past eras. Bringing his unique perspective on changing urban environments to a city renowned for its architecture, Michael Wolf chose to photograph Chicago’s central downtown area, focusing specifically on issues of voyeurism and the contemporary urban landscape in flux. His first body of work to address an American city, Michael Wolf: The Transparent City opened at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago (MoCP), in November 2008. The show at Aperture marks the second U.S. venue for the exhibition. The work, which is accompanied by a book of the same title copublished by Aperture and MoCP last fall, was created as part of the Chicago-based U.S. Equities Realty Artist-in-Residence Program, in collaboration with MoCP.

Whereas Wolf’s prior series concentrated on the “architecture of density,” this most recent work invites the viewer to examine the transparency and fluidity of the new American cityscape. Juxtaposing humanizing details within the surrounding geometry of the urban landscape, fragments of everyday life—digitally distorted and hyper-enlarged—are snatched surreptitiously via telephoto lenses. Think Edward Hopper meets Blade Runner. In Michael Wolf: The Transparent City, Wolf’s work resonates with all the formalism of the constructed, architectural work for which he is known, and emphasizes his ongoing engagement with the idea of how modern life unfolds within the framework of the ever-growing contemporary city.

Michael Wolf: The Transparent City

Barbara Crane: Private Views

Opening Reception:

Thursday, November 12, 6:00-8:00pm

Barbara Crane: Private Views
In the early 1980s, photographer Barbara Crane embarked on a photographic project shot during Chicago’s various summer festivals. Armed with a Super Speed Graphic camera and Polaroid film, Crane waded in close to the revelers and focused on capturing the details of clothing and hairstyles, but most importantly, gesture. The images are tightly cropped and terrifically alive, viscerally bringing us into the crush of people eating, drinking, and enjoying the crowd dynamic—an incredible inventory of private gestures performed in public spaces.

The collective effect of the images in Barbara Crane: Private Views is mesmerizing and intensely compelling, creating a palpable sensuality from image to image—an astonishing document, not of a particular event or personality, but of something far less tangible: the public expression of euphoria. Barbara Crane: Private Views is a celebration of the classic 1980s Polaroid snapshot with an experimental flair; Crane’s mixture of natural light and flash combined with her use of Polaroid film highlights the primary colors of ’80s fashion, which still feels hip and contemporary today.

An accompanying book of the same title was published by Aperture in the spring 2009.

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
Between 10th and 11th Avenues
New York, New York



Brooklyn native Jamel Shabazz’s images of 1980’s New York’s culture have made him an iconic contemporary photographer. He has been included in numerous publications, authored three monographs including the classic Back in the Days, and his photographs have been displayed in major cities throughout Europe and North America. In this feature, Ricky Powell films the opening reception of a Shabazz exhibition in New York.  Watch the interview from “Dithers,” available for the first time to the public for free, on Walrus TV.

Jamel Shabazz has been documenting the ‘Urban Life’ for over 30 years. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY he picked up his first camera at the age of 15 and proceeded to record the world around him. Shabazz has drawn inspiration from the great James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Robert Capa, Chester Higgins and Eli Reed.  He’s the author of 3 Monographs Back in the Days, The Last Sunday in June and A Time Before Crack, Jamel is presently working on his fourth book, entitled The 90’s.




Jeremy Fish’s new exhibit “Weathering the Storm” opened at the Laguna Art Museum last weekend.  Juxtapoz Magazine was there to document the event and the art.

From Sunday, November 8th to January 17, 2010, the Laguna Art Museum will feature a new installation by Jeremy Fish entitled, Weathering the Storm.

This will be the first museum exhibition for Jeremy Fish. He will use Laguna Art Museum’s upstairs galleries to create an installation with symbols and characters that he has been developing over the last ten years.

Weathering the Storm is a timely exhibition that is largely about transformation and rebirth through struggle. Deliberately drawing from our own current economic and political events and its impact on us socially and emotionally, Fish’s characters will reveal a narrative of evolution through struggle to obtain a more magnificent and resilient place. In this exhibition, Fish will create paintings with hand carved wood frames, three-dimensional figures for the gallery wall installation, and sculptures.

Fish’s iconography generally consists of a fairy tale world inhabited by beavers, skulls, and birds which he has developed in part as a response to the influence that popular culture, cartooning, and literature like the Brothers Grimm, has had on him. Additionally, Fish created a limited edition print, Stormy Weather, for the Museum. Upper Playground will be releasing an exclusive tee featuring the Stormy Weather artwork shortly.

For additional photos from this event and Fish’s work: view here.




Gregor has been very busy, tonight we open his first solo exhibition at Recoat. we’re showing 35 original drawings plus two screen prints (which you can get at discounted price when you buy the book), and we’re launching his first book, which is a collection of these drawings. Not only that, he has painted us a big mural over the past couple of days. Its a great show, and it opens tonight, 7-10pm. Its sponsored by the Lansdowne and supported by Red Bull so plenty of drinks to get the evening off to a good start. You’ll also get the chance to win a signed copy of the book.

If you can’t make it don’t panic, it runs till the 13th November

323 North Woodside Road
G20 6ND

Good news is that we at M.I.S.S. will be posting the other two shows that are following this one.



Myplasticheart is proud to present “Adrift”, a duo exhibition featuring NYC artists Scott Campbell and Leontine Greenberg. Utilizing watercolor as their primary medium, each artist demonstrates his and her own style and technique that is both unique and complimentary. “Adrift” takes you to a whimsical place of flying contraptions and assorted characters who invite you to come along on their airy adventure. Scott and Leontine will be in attendance at the opening reception to chat and mingle so please come by to say hello and see some amazing art!

Scott Campbell (also known as just Scott C) is a painter and creator of comics. He is the creator of the online comic DOUBLE FINE ACTION COMICS. Scott is also a contributor to anthologies including HICKEE, PROJECT SUPERIOR, and FLIGHT. His watercolor paintings are that of curious little people and creatures enjoying each others company and having adventures. Sometimes they have no adventures at all and just relax. His work has been shown in places like London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montreal, Japan, and Portland. Some of his Illustration work includes the King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters DVD cover and the cover for MC Frontalots record FINAL BOSS. He is also the Art and Concepts director for Double Fine Productions, a video game developer responsible for Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. Scott Campbell currently lives in New York, NY and works from his home.

Leontine Greenberg lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with her husband, daughter and two cats. Her work has been shown at galleries around the country, including ThinkSpace Gallery, Gallery 1988 and C.A.V.E. Gallery in Los Angeles, and MyPlasticHeart in New York. She is inspired by other people’s flickr streams, rooftops, the coming environmental apocalypse, and the children’s book section of the Strand Bookstore

New Works by Scott Campbell and Leontine Greenberg
Opening Reception: Friday Nov 13th 2009 6 – 9pm
Exhibition runs through Dec 13th 2009

210 Forsyth Street NYC 10002


If anyone goes to this we would love to see your photos!



Remember a few  Art Radars ago when I had posted about ABOVE? Well, he is back in action!

Well we got an email with a new video from ABOVE:

“There are two sides to every coin, and we all know two wrongs don’t make a right but somehow when it comes to filming a video in reverse then  reversing it, makes total sense? Confused? Watch the video to get a better idea. If you still don’t understand, I can only suggest to try and watch it in reverse?!”

The reverse side also has a reverse side. -Japanese proverb.

Thank you!

ABOVE’s website



Art Radar: 11.05.09 - Prada

It’s not every day that a contemporary perfume bottle makes earns a spot in one of the world’s top museums.  But the curators of the Musée d’Orsay’s new exhibition, Art Nouveau Revival, have selected Prada Parfums’ Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger as the design representation of the movement’s impact on current fashion culture. The perfume’s design is derived from Prada’s Fall/Winter 2003 collection that served as a deconstruction of a classic Art Nouveau wallpaper print. Prada’s pattern will be exhibited alongside work by artists like Man Ray, Salvador Dalí and Aubrey Beardsley. The show will be on display in Paris through February 4, 2010.



Past posts that you may have missed that you should not let slip under your Art Radar:

Toofly: “Brave Souls Illuminate”.  Now – December 4th in LA.

Women Making History:  The Hotstepper.

The 2009 Winter Group Show at 3rd Ward — Open for submissions.

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