Faile Star-Spangled Shadows Print Release
Based on their large canvas shown last Autumn in London, this one is for all of you who do not have a bilboard sized wall to hang your art on.
Two Color Screenprint on Lenox 100 Paper.
Acrylic & Silkscreen Ink on paper.
Dimensions: 58cm x 96cm Priced at $350. Out Today
Thursday, 22 October 2009
The Affordable Art Fair is the place to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and original prints – all priced between £50 and £3,000.
Battersea Park, London:- Thurs 22nd - Sun 26th Oct £12
With 120 carefully selected galleries from across the UK and Europe exhibiting there is contemporary art on show to suit every taste and budget.
The forthcoming Autumn Collection (22 – 25 October) in Battersea Park, London, marks AAF’s 10th anniversary.
When Will Ramsay founded the fair in 1999 his aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone, and to show you don’t need to be an art expert or a millionaire to enjoy and buy art. Ten years on the fair is still a relaxed and fun way to browse a huge variety of art at one time.
AAF is a great place to spot fresh, new talent – look out for the Recent Graduates’ Exhibition at the front of the marquee which features our selection of this year’s fine art graduates.
The Education Programme offers free activities suitable for all ages, including hands-on printmaking workshops, sculpture demonstrations, an open access drawing space and kids activity packs. And for those who prefer to listen The Contemporary Art Society are running a series of talks about collecting art.
Crazy Fools Exhibition @ The Library Bar, Islington
24 & 25 October 2009(Not an Official Banksy Exhibition)
Private View: 12 - 2PM
Gallery Open: 2 - 10PM
A pop-up gallery by Crazy Fools. Exhibited works include an exclusive piece by Banksy, original works from Inkie, and 3D from Massive Attack all housed in a an Islington pub
Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints 1910 – 1960
22 October 2009 – 5 April 2010
British Museum Room 90
The exhibition will be the first in Europe focusing on the great age of Mexican printmaking in the first half of the twentieth century.
Between 1910 and 1920 the country was convulsed by the first socialist revolution, from which emerged a strong left-wing government that laid great stress on art as a vehicle for promoting the values of the revolution. This led to a pioneering programme to cover the walls of public buildings with vast murals, and later to setting up print workshops to produce works for mass distribution and education. All the prints in the exhibition come from the British Museum’s collection which has been acquired thanks to the generosity of the Aldama Foundation, Dave and Reba Williams and The Art Fund.
Some of the finest of these prints were produced by the three great men of Mexican art of the period known as ‘los tres grandes’: Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. The best-known print is Rivera’s Emiliano Zapata and his horse which has achieved iconic status in twentieth century Mexican art. Other prints including Rivera’s portrait of Frida Kahlo, Siqueiros’ Dama Negra, Orozco’s The Masses, demonstrate the extraordinary breadth, imagination, and quality of the works shown. In addition to the Los Tres Grandes, many other artist were involved and rose to prominence, especially after the founding of the Taller del Gráfica Popular (TGP) in Mexico City in 1937. The range of material is fascinating: as well as single-sheet artists’ prints, there are large posters with designs in woodcut or lithography by these same artists, and illustrated books on many different themes. The exhibition will also include earlier works around the turn of the century by the popular printmaker, José Guadalupe Posada, who was adopted by the revolutionaries as the archetypal printmaker who worked for the people, and whose macabre dances of skeletons have always fascinated Europeans.
Printmakers in Mexico often belonged to groups, societies and movements which were underpinned by their commitment to politics. The earliest movement was Stridentism, an avant garde group which was launched 1921 and was similar to the Italian Futurist movement because it rejected the past. The Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP) was formed in 1937 by Luis Arenal, Leopoldo Méndez and Pablo O’Higgins as a graphic arts workshop which was influenced by communism. TGP members had access to printing equipment at the workshop and did not need to have artistic training. The collective produced prints for posters, flyers and portfolios which were printed on cheap paper. Their prints often supported the campaigns of trade and workers unions in Mexico. For example, Pablo O’Higgins and Alberto Beltrán collectively made a poster advertising the first Latin American Petrol Workers conference. The TGP was also particularly committed to the fight against international Fascism. Angel Bracho’s striking red and black poster, Victoria! (1945), which celebrates the allied victory over the Nazi’s in 1945, is a key example of the TGP’s anti-Fascist stance. Other printmakers addressed subjects such as corruption, capitalism and Mexican daily life in their prints.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
MUTATE BRITAIN PRIVATE VIEWING THIS THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER 7PM - 10PM UNDER THE WESTWAY, 3-6 ACKLAM RD, LONDON W10 5YU.
Mutate are having another opening night tomorrow Thursday 22nd. Get your name down and get in. Again!
One Foot in the Grove this Thursday as brand new
pieces from Joe Rush, Wreckage International, Teddy Baden, Gwarmination and many
more are unveiled for the first time.
Since the official opening of Mutate Britain's homecoming two weeks ago, over
7,500 people have passed through the doors already and to meet demand, the
exhibition is keeping its doors open for an extra week, through to the 1st of
As well as the new pieces, guests will also be able to see an exclusive sneak
preview of Mutoid Waste's Glastonbury documentary from Ignite Creative.
To RSVP and ensure your place on Thursday, or for more information and media
requests, email email@example.com
In November 2008 the seed for the Green Day Art Project was planted. The concept was to choose eighteen international artists to informally collaborate with GreenDay. Each artist would receive lyrics to one of the songs from the soon to be released 21st Century Breakdown.Then they would produce a piece of art that was influenced, or inspired by the lyrics of the song. Although the artists had the lyrics, they did not have the music that accompanied the words.The results from that collaboration are presented in this show.
Stolen Space London 23.10.09 - 01.11.09. Preview night Thursday 22nd October.
M-CITY // MARIUSZ WARAS
THE LONDON POLICE
ADAM (5100) FEIBELMAN
C215 // CHRISTIAN GUÉMY
DABS // MYLA
This is the first retrospective to focus exclusively on the paintings of the Los Angeles based artist Ed Ruscha, one of the most influential and pioneering American artists of the past half century. The exhibition reveals the depth and breadth of Ruscha's achievement as a painter and highlights the conceptual underpinnings of his approach to painting. In addition to exploring the impact of print and graphic media on the artist's aesthetic strategies, it also focuses on the incisive portrait of American culture that is presented through his imagery.
Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting
Sunday 10 January 2010 - Sunday 10 January 2010
The Hayward Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
While we're on the subject of Obey, Shepard was in Europe a few weeks back DJing round Europe and he found time to throw some new paste up's around town.
This one was in London along the Thames by Chelsea Bridge.
MORE PICS HERE
Now if you're somewhere near Pittsburgh you should probably hitch a ride in to town and go to the latest Shepard Fairey show.
Supply and Demand at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg
A 20 Year Retrospective Oct 18, 2009 – Jan 31, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA
OPENING RECEPTION: OCT 17th, 2009
Artist Talk with Shepard Fairey, 6 PM – 7 PM
Opening Reception Party, 7 PM – 10 PM featuring DJ Z-TRIP
Join The Warhol to celebrate the opening of three new special exhibitions, Shepard Fairey: Supply & Demand; SuperTrash; and Unnatural Rubber.
Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand is organized by The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and features over 20 years of the artist’s work, including illustrations, screen prints, collages, works of wood, metal, and canvas. SuperTrash features 150 film posters, ranging from ephemera to giant 3-sheets, representing the 1940’s – ‘80’s. Unnatural Rubber, sponsored by the LANXESS Corporation, showcases the work of 15 contemporary international artists to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the invention of synthetic rubber.
'Maharaja' The latest show to come out of the V&A opened this week, with over 250 object spanning from the 18th to the mid 20th Century. Show runs until Jan 2010. Get yourself down for gem busting inspiration.
Thrones, gem-encrusted weapons, a Rolls Royce... there's nothing particularly subtle about the world of the maharajas as explored in this major exhibition at the V&A, which covers the period from the collapse of the Mughal empire in the early eighteenth century to the end of British rule in 1947, when Indian princes acceded their territories into the modern states of India and Pakistan. But, as well as bringing on the bling, the show looks at the changing role and influence of the maharajas - politically and socially, in India and Europe - through their patronage of artists and designers. Paintings, photography, textiles, jewellery, metalwork and furniture are on show, many coming to the West for the first time, giving an indication of princely life and ideals, court culture and alliances.
Monday, 12 October 2009
Not til November but the Hush Innocence show at the Urban Angel, Redchurch street London is one for the diary. Launch Thursday 12th Nov 6-9pm
Opening Hours Thursday to Saturday - 11am to 4.30pm
Hush is an urban artist who worked in Hong Kong for a number of years as a graphic designer/Illustrator before recently returning to the UK.
His popularity is soaring, with a sell out London show, alongside high profile street pieces, sold out print runs and collaborations. With shows coming up in London and LA, Hush draws his influence from a wide variety of modern culture to create his work. His main interests being graphic-novels, animation, graphic-design, graffiti art, urban art and contemporary painting.
He has worked as a graphic designer & illustrator / art director in London, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Hong Kong where he worked for a few of the largest Toy companies in the world.
Hush studied Graphic Design & Illustrator at Newcastle school of Art & Design for 5 years. Since graduating in 1995 his work has been featured in numerous selected exhibitions in London, Los Angels, Hong Kong, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Now and again you might still see Hush on a wall in your city.
Black Rat Press next show is a solo exhibition of works by Lucas Price. ‘Jesus Help Me Find My Proper Place’ previews on Thursday 15 October
Painting under the name Cyclops Lucas is one of London’s most prolific street artists and a founding member of the Burning Candy Collective. Lucas’ gallery works have an raw urgent feel to them, both angry and intimate, as if he has purged his mind in the process of applying paint to canvas. Often heavily layered and incorporating overlapping text and images they have a striking honesty and freshness to them. For this show Lucas has created an installation which promises to confuse the senses and give a unique insight into his view of the world.
Friday, 9 October 2009
Film director, writer and the Silent one Kevin Smith is at the Indigo O2 in Greenwich tomorrow night Oct 10th.
Smith is best-known for writing and directing the feature films Clerk's, Dogma and Zack And Miri Make A Porno.
He is currently directing his latest production called A Couple Of Dicks, which stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan.
Set for release in February 2010 the film is a buddy-cop comedy written by the Cullen Brothers.
Hear Smith tell stories about his unusual life in what promises to be an entertaining show.
Get the chance to ask your man about his career, Jay, smoking blunts in one of his famous question and answer sessions that have gained him cult status amongst fans.
The sixth Comica Festival will take place between 5 to 26 November 2009 down at the ICA. Confirmed guests include Eddie Campbell, Tara Mcpherson, Ben Templesmith and Bryan Talbot.
Loads going on across various locations with Talks, Signings, Films & Exhibitions.
Superstar artists Brian Bolland and Dave Gibbons and comics retailers Phil Clarke and Derek ‘Bram’ Stokes do the timewarp with Mike Lake, co-founder of Forbidden Planet and Titan Distributors, to bring to life the startling story of how American comic book fandom exploded in the 60s.
£6 / £5 Concessions / £4 ICA Members.
'The Icecreamists' opened a Guerrilla Ice Cream installation down in Selfridges, Oxford Street, London last month. Show runs til November 1st so get yourself down and indulge with the Queen of Cream, live Music and don't forget to try the Ice Cream.
• Cryogenic Cocktails made with liquid nitrogen and served at your table, including The Icecreamists signature ice cream cocktail, the ‘God Save the Cream’ - a ‘reverse flambé’ served at a blistering -196 degrees
• An exciting menu of sweet and savoury ice creams including The Gordon’s Glory - a 21st century reimagining of the knickerbockerglory and The Sex Pistol - a natural stimulant ice cream served in a glass accompanied by a shot of absinthe in a pink water pistol.
• The Sundae Lunch, fresh pea sorbet with a hint of mint, beef bouillon and horseradish sorbet with a Yorkshire Pudding crisp and an apple and blackberry crumble gelato.
• The Chocolate Volcano - their exclusive eye-wateringly calorific ‘Diet Destroyer’. This promiscuous little number has led to one-night-stands, life-long romances, affairs and even marriage proposals. So breathtakingly outrageous and immoral it could be banned under the Obscenity Laws. Submit to X-rated molten Belgian chocolate sauce poured onto a mountain of Ecuadorean Dark Chocolate Ice Cream and served with fresh seasonal fruit.
• Artisan ice creams exclusively designed by Italy’s acclaimed gelato master Roberto Lobrano using authentic ingredients from around the world. Gourmet flavours include Tahitian Vanilla, Venezuelan Chocolate, Argentinian Dulce De Leche and North African Spiced Cinnamon.
Thursday, 8 October 2009
No sooner as we are getting in to the spirit and preparing to head down to the opening, than one of LAB's favorite K-Guy. Gives us a sneak preview of his latest piece at Mutate titled 'Coke Moss. Stay tuned to LAB for some interesting K-Guy Co-Lab's.
COKE MOSS - Inspired by his love of picking up discarded trash from
the streets, well, some people collect stamps, I like crushed Coke
cans, Okay. He's again linked two disparate images and I guess He's
cocking a snook at the Americanisation and cultural bombardment in
British society, He's been kind of thinking recently about the fact
that we don't actually make anything in this country anymore and the
only thing we do export is people, celebrity, whatever.
He's also hand screened a small edition of only 35 screen prints,
size 750 x 750mm that will be on sale at the show.
Don't forget the amazing Mutate opens it's doors once again from tomorrow. One foot in the Grove this time housed under the Westway in Ladbroke Grove. This is the all talking, machine walking, spray paint all over the mofo, biggest in town show. This has to be the highlight in the Urban/Street art calendar of 2009.
3-6 Acklam Road, London W10 5YU nearest tube Ladbroke Grove.
Daily from 2pm-late
The 9th October 2009 will see the final Use by or Expiration date of the last batch of Polaroid film manufactured. The exhibition at Atlas will feature a wide selection of Polaroid prints by photographers who have either worked directly with the Polaroid Corporation as part of their research program or who have become famous for the quality of their Polaroid prints either alongside or independent from their traditional camera-based work. It will thus trace the development and use of this unique medium up to the present day.
At the Atlas Gallery 9th October - 28th November. 41 Dorset Steet London W1U 7NF
The exhibition will feature special commissioned works by Contemporary artist Marc Quinn, legendary Pop artist Peter Blake, and iconic Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt. Quinn wrote of this experience: What I like about Polaroids is that they are like a sculpture of a photograph. In other words, when you press the button, the Polaroid comes out of the camera, and image is transformed into an object (May, 2009).
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
If you want one of these bad boys, get yourself on down to Stolen Space Saturday 11th at 11am one per person. Truman Brewery off Brick Lane London.
More Punk Than You Funk Edition of 50, 5 colour screen print on 410gsm Somerset satin paper. 60x60cm Signed and numbered by the artist.
15 international Street and Urban Artists from come together armed with spraycans,
paste ups and stencils to unleash their wild beasts directly onto the gallery walls.
Bortusk Leer - Chanoir - Edina Tokodi - El Bocho - Grems - Jah7 - Kenor - Macay -
Mosko & Associes - Ben Metch - Neozoon - Pez - Roa - Rundontwalk - Snub23
Curated by Daphne Polski and Y-NOT
8th – 19th October 2009
Private View Wednesday 7th October 6:30 – 8:30 pm
For more images and to view works
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Tuesday, 6 October 2009
October's here and there are Art Fairs a plenty.
Art London 8-12th
Free Art Fair 12-18th
Affordable Art Fair 22-25th
Free Art Fair - 12-18th October at the Barbican London
The art fair where all the work is given away at the end will be the biggest best most fun version ever. For once instead of art going to the highest bidder or those who can afford it, someone who really loves an artwork will be able to have it for free!!!
Affordable Art Fair - 22-25th October, Battersea Park London
When Will Ramsay set up the fair in 1999 his aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone and to show you don’t need to be an art expert or a millionaire to enjoy and buy art. Ten years on the fair is still a relaxed and fun way to browse a huge variety of art at one time.
Frieze - 15-18th October, Regents Park London
Frieze Art Fair features more than 150 galleries from around the world, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to see and buy art by the world’s leading artists.
Preview 30 Sep-14 Oct
A rare chance to see behind the scenes and the artist at work. Everyone is welcome to come into the bunker but please be aware that the artist is working and not all areas of the installation may be accessible. Full installation will be revealed 15 October.
Watch the installation being built with the live view camera plus all the latest updates with the Bunker Blog
For his first solo exhibition in the UK, Polish artist Robert Kusmirowski transforms The Curve into a World War Two-era bunker. This highly atmospheric installation – featuring a warren of mysterious rooms and a draisine running along a track that disappears into a dark tunnel – transports viewers to another reality.
Renowned for meticulous simulations of historical settings, Kusmirowski’s installations challenge the notion of the real. A hybrid of the artist’s imagination and personal memories of actual places and those depicted in films and photographs, these works bring together found objects with elements constructed out of wood, cardboard, paint and other materials. Kusmirowski’s installations, structures and objects delve into the personal and collective past, unearthing complicated histories and questioning memory. In his recent project The Collector’s Massif (2009) at Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow, Kusmirowski displayed his vast inventory of objects from previous installations alongside a private collection of toys. At the New Museum in New York, he constructed Unacabine (2008), a replica of the remote cabin in Montana where Polish-American terrorist Theodore Kaczynski conceived his mail bombing campaign against American universities, airlines and other companies. Kusmirowski’s Wagon (2006), exhibited in the 4th Berlin Biennale, was modelled after train carriages used to transport detainees to Auschwitz. Bunker draws on the Barbican Estates’ history and location on a site devastated by bombing during World War II.
Bunker is part of the POLSKA! YEAR in the UK. POLSKA! YEAR comprises over 200 projects presenting the most interesting achievements of Polish culture to the British public. The cultural programme is co-ordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, which is responsible for the promotion of Polish culture abroad. To find out more go to www.polskayear.pl
HomeGrown: The Story of UK Hip Hop is the first major exhibition to chronicle, in depth, the development of the UK Hip Hop scene.
Manchester Urbis Museum From October 15th - April 2010
Looking back over three decades, the exhibition tells the story of how a generation of youth took the spirit of the Bronx block party and fused it with their own uniquely British influences. In doing so it shows how a US subculture featuring art, politics, rhyme, dance and music was adopted, adapted and embraced to create a powerful, complex, cultural force, this side of the
Working with the UK's most influential figures in Hip Hop the exhibition brings together the rare, remarkable and irreplaceable in Hip Hop photography, music, film and fashion from the best private collections.
The brand new Museum of Everything’s first show is called "secret art". Jarvis Cocker and co promise to unveil some of the greatest artistic secrets and secret artists of the contemporary world.
Corner of Regents Park Road & Sharpleshall St, NW1
In tiny crevices and under dusty beds, there lies a secret creativity by the unknowns of society. Unexpected, delicate and profound, this democratic work has inspired the world’s greatest artists.
In Exhibition #1, the museum presents over two hundred drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, selected by leading contemporary artists, curators and cultural figures.
Come see their discoveries revealed for the very first time - at London’s only public space for art by the untrained, unintentional and unseen creators of this, our modern world.
Monday, 5 October 2009
MALLEUS, the artist collective of Urlo, Poia and Lu, the remarkable poster design team from Italy, will be unveiling their new works and limited art prints on Saturday, October 10 at ARTROCK GALLERY in San Francisco
Alan Forbes and Chuck Sperry / Ron Donovan of the Firehouse will exhibit with MALLEUS - each presenting art prints specifically designed for the event.
In addition there will be a live print demonstration, so you will have an opportunity to acquire an exclusive art print made for you right before your very eyes.
The event is a celebration of DARK NOUVEAU, a return to the roots of poster creation.
DARK NOUVEAU evokes equally the fin de siècle style of Toulouse-Lautrec and 1960's San Francisco Psychedelia - and operates here as a manifesto of reinvention and revision - aimed at connecting to the poster movement of the Decadent Period to the Belle Epoque and folding it into the Psychedelic Period to the present modern global silkscreen movement.
DARK NOUVEAU opens at 7pm • Saturday, October 10 at ARTROCK GALLERY • 893 Folsom Street in San Francisco.
Friday, 2 October 2009
On Friday 9th October Chew the Fat! returns to The Arches in London Bridge to celebrate a humungous 12 years in club land and Urban Nerds are proud to join the party and bring there usual eclectic underground mash-up to room 2! They’ve got the beats & bass truly covered and will be getting the party started with the finest grime, dubstep, garage, UK funky and a whole lot more from this little lot…
Rattus Rattus (Urban Nerds)
Klose One (Urban Nerds)
Ordio Kid (Urban Nerds)
Plus in room 1 Chew The Fat! present an ENORMOUS line-up of the best in underground electro, fidget house and party beats…
Speaker Junk (Herve & Trevor Loveys)
Doorly (Reclaim The Dancefloor)
Paul 'Trouble' Arnold
The Living Graham Bond
Room 3 Hosted By Keyboard Masher
Frank Milan & JB
Plus Special Guest Stan Fontan
The Fat! crew are renowned in London for their exciting music policy, a boisterous young crowd and an atmosphere at all their parties that would get even a real pensioner dancing, so this huge Birthday rave-up is set to be ridiculously heavy!
Limited £20 'Birthday 100' Tickets / £10 Advance & Students / £13 On The Door
51 -53 Southwark Street
StreetFest – Saturday 3rd of October 2009 @ Hearne St car park, 7-11 Hearn St, Shoreditch, London, EC2 3LS 2pm – 1am
Building a modern day community of collective creativity StreetFest is a new breed of festival where the onus is on promoting and merging creative talents
StreetFest, is the first live art street festival in UK. StreetFest performers are drawn from a across the artististic spectrum ranging from creative painters, architects, designers, illustrators, skaters and writers who will be expressing themselves during the day through live demos, screenings and shows. This niche festival pulls together design styles and crews from all over the world.
* The art focus of the festival consists of both individual and crews of artists displaying their skills, in real time whilst an audience observes. Some of the artists also compete via timed paint-offs against other art collectives (crews).
* The lifestyle focus of StreetFest sees inline skaters & skateboarders introduce their ‘culture’ through various displays, showcasing their innovative pastimes
* Our cinematic offering includes a selection of captivating films/documentaries/shorts and animations shown throughout the day
* Fashion content at StreetFest ensures that the newest and freshest collections are displayed via a fashion show
* Musical programming at the festival sees ‘cutting edge music from some of the leading promoters, DJ’s and live acts around.
Stalls promoting international food, emerging clothing brands, books, prints, art toys and collectables will also be participating on the day.
So be prepared to enter the quirky and wonderful world that is StreetFest.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
The Shop at Lazarides new show with Scott Campbell's first UK solo exhibition 'Always Almost There' opens tonight
This collection looks at the desire to memorialize through iconography, drawing on Scott's background in tattoo art, the bedrock of his approach. The show includes several series of his work. The first is a series of 100-deep stacks of 1-dollar bills with layers removed to reveal an image within the currency. Also featured in the show is a series of collages which play on the urge to commemorate through symbolism; and the random narrative that is created when they coexist. This show promises to be an insightful quotation of Americana that should not be missed!
The show opens with a private view this Thursday, 1 October from 6.30 to 9.30 at 8 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DG.
Credit Card at the ready for Obey's latest print release on Oct 6th.
Dave and Holly Combs are wonderful people as well as the founders of PEEL Zine. They took the risk of following their artistic passion and have paid the price of losing their home. I created this print with and for them to raise money to help with their huge debt. PEEL has helped to support and grow the street art community and I believe they deserve to have the favor returned. Profits from this print go to help the Combs family. Please help out.
The Sticker Kit Print will so on sale 10/6 at a Random Time, Limit 1. Edition of 450, 18×24, S/N, $45.
The unveiling of exclusive OBEY x PEEL poster by Shephard Fairey for Peel Magazine (authors of MBP’s PEEL: The Art of the Sticker) will take place at the first Mark Batty Publisher (MBP) Urban Arts Fest: a full day dedicated to the thriving urban arts community MBP has advocated since its inception. With skateboard demos, live graffiti writing, installations, music and DJs, open bar dance party at night, and plenty of art and books for sale, there will be something for everyone! The non-profit beneficiary is Art for Progress, which supports rising multi-discipline arts in New York City.
Died Young, Stayed Pretty is a candid look at the underground poster culture in North America. This unique documentary examines the creative spirit that drives these indie graphic artists. They pick through the dregs of America’s schizophrenic culture and piece them back together. What you end up with is a caricature of the black and bloated heart that pulses greed through the US economy. The artists push further into the pulp to grab the attention of passersby, plastering art that’s both vulgar and intensely visceral onto the gnarled surfaces of the urban landscape. The film gives us intimate look at some of the giants of this modern subculture. Outside of their own circle, they’re virtually unknown. But within their ranks they make up an army of bareknuckle brawlers, publicly arguing the aesthetic merits of octopus imagery and hairy 70s porn stars. They’ve created their own visual language for describing the spotty underbelly of western civilization and they're not shy about throwing it in the face of polite society. Along the way, they manage to create posters that are strikingly obscene, unflinchingly blasphemous and often quite beautiful. Yaghoobian shows these artists for what they are: the vivisectionists of America’s morbidly obese consumer culture.
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