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Art Radar: 09.09.10




Japanese superflat artist Takashi Murakami will be making his way to New York City this November as an announcement has been made about his role in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He’ll be designing two floats, each based off his studio mascots, “Kaikai” and “Kiki”, with the heads measuring in at 16 ft wide. No further information is available at the moment but stay tuned as we get closer to November.



Centered on a rare interview that director and friend Tamra Davis shot with Basquait over twenty years ago, this definitive documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist. In the crime-ridden NYC of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” He achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers. In 1985 he and Andy Warhol become close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and he dies of an overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars. With compassion and psychological insight, Tamra Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, an artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody.

Featuring interviews with Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger, Tony Shafrazi, Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Glenn O’Brien, Maripol, Kai Eric, Nicholas Taylor, Fred Hoffmann, Michael Holman, Diego Cortez, Annina Nosei, Suzanne Mallouk, Rene Ricard, Kenny Scharf, among many others. This definitive documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2010.

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Fecal Face Dot Com, the San Francisco based content-rich, multidisciplinary art and culture website, is pleased to announce the opening of its 10 Year Anniversary Show on Friday September 10, 2010 at The Luggage Store Gallery (1007 Market St, San Francisco, CA) with a reception running 6-8pm. Original paintings from 25 mid career artists based out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London. A live music event and party will immediately follow a block away at Mezzanine (44 Jessie St) 9pm-2am.


Displaying paintings, illustrations, photographs and mixed media works, artists whose work will be exhibited include Corey Arnold (Portland), Tiffany Bozic (San Francisco), Kelsey Brookes (San Diego), David Choe (Los Angeles), Richard Colman ( Los Angeles), FAILE (New York), Jeremy Fish (San Francisco), Ian Francis (London), Matt Furie (San Francisco) , Mike Giant (San Francisco), Henry Gunderson (San Francisco), Maya Hayuk (New York), Jim Houser (Philadelphia), Jay Howell (San Francisco), Sylvia Ji (Los Angeles), Mel Kadel (Los Angeles), Anthony Lister (New York), Mars-1 (San Francisco), Travis Millard (Los Angeles), Ferris Plock (San Francisco), Albert Reyes (Los Angeles), Jeff Soto (Los Angeles), Damon Soule (New York), Kelly Tunstall (San Francisco), Aiyana Udesen (San Francisco), Oliver Vernon (San Francisco), and Megan Whitmarsh (Los Angeles)


WHEN:  Friday, September 10, 2010, 6:00-8:00pm –1007 Market Street @ 6th street, San Francisco
WHERE: The Luggage Store Gallery



Posted yesterday on her blog, Fafi’s most recent work:

Thanks to Benoit for setting everything up smoothly, Sabinka and Sunny for helping with the coloring. You can see the wall by yourself at Point éphémère in Paris 10.



Whiskey brand Clan Campbell invited French designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac to customize their bottle. The result is surprisingly tame, given JCDC’s past work. Available late September at Publicis Drugstores in France.



In conjunction with his forthcoming exhibition at the Asia Society, artist Yoshitomo Nara gifted the street of New York City with a pair of 12-foot-high fiberglass dogs, who will remain in place until the beginning of 2011. The sculptures can be found in the Upper East Side – one across from the Asia Society’s entrance, the other in front of the Park Avenue Armory. Visit here for a look at the install process.


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The alternate cover of the latest issue of Vogue Homme Japan. It once again features Lady Gaga, this time more lady like than on the previous Jo Calderone covers. This cover was styled by Nicola Formichetti and shot by Terry Richardson.  Below is GaGa staged as a man:

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graphics by: phaymiss

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