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Art Radar: 7.21.11

Takashi Murakami’s current exhibit at the Gagosian in London takes inspiration from painter Kuroda Seiki, who broadly explored nude figures as subjects of art.  With four triptychs, Murakami pays tribute to Seiki’s work, adding his signature Manga style touches, expertly revisiting the portrayal of sex in art.  Instead of depicting sexuality the way artists have done in the past (full body nudes, lovers entwined, sexual scenarios a la Jeff Koons), Murakami focuses on detail.  From closeups of female and male genitalia, grandly executed by a silver vagina and golden phallus—Murakami explores the sexuality of art in it’s most basic form.  What are your thoughts on the sexual content present in artists work these days? Does it stretch the boundaries and/or perceptions of what is possible when sex meets art?  Let’s discuss.

London based artist D*face is taking the art of graffiti to a new level.  Affixing cans of spray paint to the bottom of skateboards, D*face creates a canvas of insane colors and shapes as each skateboarder rides the deep curves of popular bowl ‘ridiculous’.  Read more about D*face’s inspiration and spray paint methodology.

Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe, a documentary film about the life of  artist David Choe was recently released through Upper Playground.  A visual account of Choe’s career between 2000 to 2007, the film has stirred much excitement, winning Best Documentary award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival, and also being featured as the closing film during the MoMa’s “All the Wrong Art: Juxtapoz Magazine on Film” series.  A raw and unique look into the personal world of David Choe, the film is a must see, driving audiences to understand the struggle and sometimes perplex nature of art as it happens. You can also catch the film streaming in it’s entirety here.

The Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton, NY is currently home to Nose Job—a curated exhibit by Carlo McCormick—in which artists pay tribute to a familiar and historical art form where soldiers would paint their work on the noses of military aircrafts.  With an impressive lineup of artists that include Dan Colen, Richard Prince, Retna, Swoon, Tara McPherson, JJ Veronis and Aaron Young, Juan James, Peter Dayton, Viejas Del Mercado, Raymond Pettibon, Jane Dickson, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Kenny Scharf, Lee Quinones, Carlos (MARE 139) Rodriguez, How & Nosm, Ryan McGinnes, Saner, Shelter Serra, and Aiko;  the group show is an example of aesthetic recycling and an artists reinterpretation of flight in a time of constant travel—whether ridden with anxiety or with the thrill of arriving at ones destination.  Nose Job runs July 15 – August 21 at the Eric Firestone Gallery located at 4 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY.

Today, July 21 marks the 40th anniversary of  a very special day within the graffiti movement in New York.  This evening you have a special opportunity to join authors Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon at the Hole Gallery, in the celebration of their new book—The History of American Graffiti.  Forty years ago today, a seventeen year old TAKI 183 was profiled in the New York Times—the article was a look into a culture that had steadily taken over the city streets, subway cars and high-rise facades.  The History of American Graffiti features the work of various artists, and will prove to be a thorough read for graffiti lovers, both new and old.

The book signing is from 7pm-10pm at the Hole Gallery, located at 312 Bowery, New York, NY 10012.

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One Response to “Art Radar: 7.21.11”

  1. C_Rocka C_Rocka says:

    Wow, so much cool stuff/art going on!


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