Hamburger Eyes Big Time Benefit

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From HAMBURGER EYES VIP

if you havent been paying attention, we are having a wicked benefit/fundraiser for the PHOTO EPICENTER on saturday feb 14. our awesome friends have donated the sickest photos and paintings and we are going to sell them for way cheap. it wont be silent auction or raffle or anything weird like that. its first come, first serve. you buy it and go home with it right there. its a win win..

heres the short list: ryan furtado, audrey erickson, dennis mcgrath, stefan simikich, josh lazcano, bill daniel, mark cross, pez, ted pushinsky, matthew bajda, alex martinez, matt furie, anthony blanchard, oskie mendoza, andrew laumann, austin mcmanus, ray potes, david potes, robert francisco, jay howell, toad, barry mcgee, david kaplan, jim goldberg, heather renee russ, gus, michael jang, justin visser, rachel styer, lonnie dean, sean jerd, john harding, lyndsey white, nicole hagen, jeremy conant, aiyana uedeson, jason roberts dobrin, dylan maddux, david uzzardi, dannunaki, jesse pollock, and many more..

Leah Tinari at Mixed Greens

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Sneak a Peek is Leah Tinari’s latest show at Mixed Greens and it offers viewers a glimpse into her personal world through acrylic paints.  The Opening reception is this Saturday, making it a worthwhile way to ease in Valentine’sDay.

1/2 the justice

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We mentioned earlier this week about the All Gone book launch and exhibit, and now we are telling you about the after party. Featuring Xavier De Rosnay of Justice, this Friday the 13th Webster Hall presents a lot of stuff! Check out the flyer after the jump! photo

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Jon Burgerman & Jim Avignon’s Anxiety Room

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Opening tonight at Factory Fresh in Bushwick is Jon Burgerman & Jim Avignon’s
Anxiety Room.

“Jon Burgerman flies across the pond to collaborate with his friend Jim Avignon
and fill the gallery with many drawings and paintings of their beloved characters. It will
be a space to relieve your anxieties, or perhaps further incubate them.”

Shepard Fairey Tuesday: Information Overload?

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While you may feel a bit overwhelmed from all of the coverage on the internet Shepard Fairey has been getting recently, take a look at our chart. These numbers are the results that came up through a blog search on Google between the dates of February 3rd and approximately 8:48pm February 9th, and they prove that there are other people who are being talked about more on the internet.

2,306,482 Barack Obama
670,921 George Bush
48,368 Kanye West
47,632 Miley Cyrus
25,957 Kate Moss
23,853 Bono
13,670 Shepard Fairey
10,339 Andy Warhol
3,978 Sean Combs
2,443 Olivia Munn

The point of all of this? Nothing, I just wanted to make a chart.

17th Century Dutch Graffiti

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Before writers and street artists had cameras, the only way to document and prove their ups was to get it into a painting.  Pieter Saenredam’s 1644 painting, Interior of the Buurkerk at Utrecht.

more at the Guardian

Kaws on CBS Sunday Morning News

Much easier to watch on a Monday at any time, than a Sunday at 9am.

If you’re not into video, there is an article here as well

Interviews from the Past: Shepard Fairey in While You Were Sleeping circa 1998

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I can credit Roger Gastman for first introducing me to Shepard Fairey.  His magazine While You Were Sleeping was ahead of its time in all aspects of culture and taste (or lack thereof).  I dug through my old stacks recently and decided to reproduce this great interview with Shepard Fairey from the 4th issue of WYWS.  Long before Museum Retrospectives and Obama posters, Fairey was paying his dues just like every other artist.

Enjoy.

From: While You Were Sleeping, Issue 4, 1998

Why Andre The Giant?

I saw his picture in the newspaper and saw it as something that I could show my friend how to cut a stencil. I was just amused by it and we decided to make it our inside joke, that it was going to be the new cool skate posse. It makes fun of the popular culture, but it is a popular  culture phenomenon. It makes fun of consumerism but then I encourage people to buy a t-shirt because it funds me making more stickers. It was just a really funny memorable picture. He is an oddity. This was around 1989. We put the stickers around town. I thought it would just be a joke that lasted a few weeks. I made the original sticker with a ball point pen and a photo copy machine. For some reason people kept asking where that sticker came from. They wanted to know if it was a band, a cult or what? I was even in the line at the super market and heard people talking about. That’s when the plan started to unfold. The more you put out there, the more people are going to think it means something important. It was just something funny to do. The local indie paper had a contest that anyone who writes in and says what the Andre the Giant sticker campaign was really about would win tickets to a show. This was going on in Providence, Rhode Island. I had a few friends who were doing it for me in their cities.

I was even in the line at the super market and heard people talking about. That’s when the plan started to unfold. The more you put out there, the more people are going to think it means something important.

You don’t have a sick fascination with giants?

Not at all. It’s just the power of propaganda.

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Obama better hurry up

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Drug Enforcement Administration agents this week raided four medical marijuana shops in California, contrary to President Obama’s campaign promises to stop the raids.

The Perfect Valentines Day Gift

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The Bacon Bra

SWOON’S SWIMMING CITIES OF SERENISSIMA

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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

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The New York Times Profiles Nicola Vassell

The Superbowl Hooker Round-Up

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The Smoking Gun has compiled a great slideshow of mugshots featuring recently cuffed Hookers working Tampa for the Superbowl.  What a distinct line there is between the high-class hooker and that of the working man’s hussy.

Part one

Part two

Picture of the Day and the Weekly Round-up

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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

Brad Downey, An Honest Thief

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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

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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

oh my coke another dollar made on the moss name

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Is this legal? As you know we are a fan of Kate Moss, this seems like a legal issue so if you like, buy them up quick. This Kate Moss inspired unisex t-shirt designed by Elena Gallen entitled, “Oh My Coke” comes complete with a bleeding nose! Via:here

Cleon Peterson’s Celebrity Appeal

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You have to love this headline:

Christina Aguilera To Exhibit Violent Art At Home?

Apparently her husband was in New Image Art the other day to see Cleon’s latest show, The Occupation.  The painting above (sans Christina’s dome) would be a great addition to any collection that could provide the space to display it.

More here and a video after the jump

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Olivia Munn’s Pie Week Petition

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No description necessary, just sign the damn petition.

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