Black Book Blog

Elbow Toe has started Black Book Blogger, which looks into the process of artists black books.  Above is the work of Gaetane Michaux.

Shepard Fairey at the ICA

By now, everyone in the blogosphere has mentioned Shepard Fairey’s 20 year retrospective, and it is much deserved. We were extremely lucky in getting invited to the VIP opening this past Tuesday, an opportunity that allowed us to take in most of Shepard Fairey’s career works to date (although on a personal note, there were a bunch that the curator should not have left out, and one or two that had more than suitable replacements for). The beauty of visiting a Museum or Gallery for the first time to see a show is not knowing what to expect, which enables you to be surprised. With that in mind, we have decided to show you only a few shots of the work featured in the ICA. Running until August 16th 2009, you have plenty of time to see this in person.

Ben Jones at Deitch


Ben Jones’ latest show, The New Dark Age, opens at Deitch Projects grand street space tomorrow night (February 5th) from 6 to 9 pm.

More info after the jump

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This made me laugh


The photography of Piper Ferguson.



Following up on the successful and much talked about Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, SWOON will be taking the crew up the Adriatic to Venice, just in time for this summer’s Bienale

The Swimming Cities of Serenissima is a fleet of three intricately hand crafted vessels that will navigate the Adriatic Sea from the Karst region of Slovenia to Venice, Italy in May of 2009. Designed by the visual artist SWOON, the floating sculptures are descendants of the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea (Hudson River, 2008) and the Miss Rockaway Armada (Mississippi River, 2006 and 2007).”

To kick things off, there is a benefit in Bushwick this Saturday, more info after the jump.

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Smart, Beautiful, and an art dealer


The New York Times Profiles Nicola Vassell

Shepard Fairey Tuesday: Process & Result

During their spare time before Friday’s public opening of Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand at Boston’s ICA, Shepard Fairey and crew have been hitting the town pretty hard.  TWBE friend Delphine Ettinger (Ashes 57) has been along for the ride and shares with us some great process and finished shots.  Enjoy.

On Television Tonight


Shepard Fairey gets interviewed by Charlie Rose.

via, tripwire

mmmmmm catch of the day


Surfrider Foundation teamed up with Saatchi & Saatchi to help bring awareness to pollution in the ocean.

Annie from Provisions Learning Project writes:

In their continuing efforts to battle the ever growing mounds of garbage polluting our oceans and coastlines, Surfrider Foundation joined forces with Saatchi & Saatchi LA to sponsor the aptly titled Catch of the Day guerrilla ad campaign. Trash was collected from beaches across the US, then sorted, packaged like seafood, and strategically placed around local farmers’ markets. Directly targeting seafood consumers, this creative campaign draws attention to the gross debris littering our oceans and highlights how this pollution affects the consumer directly through the food they eat. Even if you’re not partial to seafood, its hard to miss the message!

It’s eco-guilt meets the Barbie Liberation Organization!

Picture of the Day and the Weekly Round-up


Revok, Augor, Rime

This week…

There was a Bacon Explosion

We Obeyed The Rollerball Pen

Mario Land Went Crazy, Japanese, and Black & White

We found out that Roberta Murga is one sexy Brazilian

JR beautified a train in Africa

The work of Benedetta Mori Ubaldini

Check out the work of Benedetta Mori Ubaldini, trained in Italy working in London, amazing work with wire and color.

Brad Downey, An Honest Thief


Brad Downey‘s latest show, An Honest Thief, opened last night at Stolen Space Gallery in London.  We are especially partial to this piece (above), V Fresh.  If you’re in London, stop by and have a look, and if you haven’t done so already, buy The Adventures of Darius and Downey.  A great book

Tv Books Exhibition Closing Party


If you find yourself in Los Angeles tonight.

TV Books Exhibition Closing Party
with performances by
Abe Vigoda
The Goat
Mikki & the Mauses

Friday, January 30th, 7-10

1520 North Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Win a Sam Flores Painting


We have always liked the work of Sam Flores and the store that is Upper Playground.  To celebrate Upper Playground’s 10 year anniversary, the artist and store have come together to create a mega giveaway in the form of a 4′ x 6′ painting by Mr. Flores.  All you have to do is give them your email address.  Let’s hope shipping is free.

All of the information is here

death comes in the form of a blog


NY Mag helps to feed the flames.

“Last fall, the How’s My Dealing? blog (which rates gallerists’ treatment of their artists according to anonymous informants) began a gallery “DeathWatch” thread—and dealers are on edge over its retailing of unsubstantiated rumors.”

I checked out the site and it’s pretty interesting. My only criticism is it’s really hard to read and navigate. You can decide for yourself. Check out the NYmag article and check out How’s my Dealing.

Julia murakami anatomy of a fairy tale


Amazing diorama’s created by Julia Murakami. Click here to see more.

Shepard Fairey is Character approved

Ok USA channel, way to get with the times. It is awesome that major corporations are now becoming cool and promoting any type of spraypaint on walls.

Why Shepard Fairey is Character Approved?

“Before you read this, go do a web search for Shepard Fairey. Back? Okay, now you know why he’s Character Approved. The creator of Barack Obama’s iconic HOPE image, and the mind behind the ubiquitous Obey Giant sticker campaign, Fairey has left an indelible mark on the face of America. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at TIME magazine’s 2008 Person of the Year cover. Born in South Carolina and currently residing in Los Angeles, Fairey’s one of a kind style and keen eye for design, combined with his unique approach to spreading art among the masses, make him a true character. You can even find his designs on album covers from Led Zeppelin to the Black Eyed Peas, his own clothing line sold at Nordstrom’s, and gallery walls nationwide, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian. All of that and he’s only 38 years old. Fairey is undoubtedly an art world rockstar.”


Artorialust: MTV The City Edition

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You have already seen this Artorialust back in November. It deserves another look, especially since yesterday we were tipped off that one of the shows covered turned out to be something for the MTV show the City. Makes sense, but I remember it being packed and dark. Oh, the magic of TV. Below is the episode and above is the slideshow.  I definitely like the slideshow more than the show.  But Whitney, if you’re reading, you were great.

ESPO for T-shirt Monthly


Not sure why we had never heard of this before.  A Swiss operation, “T-shirt Monthly is a t-shirt subscription: one t-shirt a month for six months, straight to your mailbox. Exclusive artwork by talented designers, screen-printed with love on American Apparel shirts.”  This month features a pretty great and sarcastic T-Shirt by Espo which reads to me something like ‘Street art is Gay’.  The Subscription costs $200 US for 6 months which breaks down to like $33.33 a shirt, that’s the price you pay for exclusivity.

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