Who isn’t at least intrigued by Throbbing Gristle? I mean seriously.(via daily swarm)
Five thousand dollars in this time is five thousand dollars. Mother turns in her graffiti writing son for a reward. (via animalny)
Incredibly simple book cover design utilizing just a sheet of A4 (via crblog)
“Fairey’s assertion that the AP itself violated copyright laws when it used a photo of the artist’s “Hope” poster without getting permission. In other words, he’s arguing that the AP can’t reproduce an image by Fairey that the artist himself appropriated from the AP.” Ughh. This is starting to get ridiculous. Here is my favorite rebuttal to Faireys Huffpost blog about this recent move. (Via LAT)
“The style of classic underground Hip-Hop music production is the best way to describe my work. The art of sampling from obscurity and life, then rearranging the placements in your own style creating something completely original.” Interview with LA Graffiti Draftsman Kofie (via jux)
Jesse Reno, Painting Sharks
M. Gonzalez Shawn Mortensen Rest In Paradise
So this whole hoopla over Shepard Fairey’s AP Case has gotten a bit of fuel from the man himself in a response to his detractors on his website. And the detractors come back with apparently both barrels blazing. Blam. Blam. Blam. Blam. This is shaping up to be a real showdown at AP corral. My take on it is that Fairey refuses to acknowledge the difference between “Art with social commentary” and a marketing campaign. Just because the financial beneficiary of this campaign was a political figure makes no more difference than if it was McDonalds. Actually there is a difference, McDonalds would have paid for the license on the image.
Is it possible to not dig David Ellis’ work? I think not. (via Wooster)
Did you know there are 62 Lego bricks for every man, woman, and child on the planet. (via Guardianuk)
Big Picture: “the Mexican Drug Wall“
Behind the scenes of The Ryan Mcginley operation (via NYGlob)
Don’t sweat the technique
A short trip through the calling cards of 70′s/80′s Chicago gangs (via supervision)
3 artists who demonstrate how the politics of the age affected the development of modern art (via mental floss)
French street artist Space Invader has a new documentary about his “Invasions” of the worlds cities (via visual culture)
“Fairey’s willful pattern and practice is to repeatedly copy the works of other artists and photographers, While plaintiffs have attempted to cloak their actions in the guise of politics and art, there is no doubt that they are profiting handsomely from their misappropriation.” AP finally sues Shep Fairey over the Obama image. To make matters worse he is also getting hit with 29 other vandalism charges in Boston. I bet he wishes he didn’t brag about being more up than any graff writer in Boston. Also in an effort to save face, or protect his neck in this lawsuit business he has dropped his cease and desist case with the steeler baby.
Best style? Most respected? Outtakes from the seminal 1982 graffiti documentary Style Wars (via wyw)
“We all wandered into a country fair, where we could at least find some shade and cold drinks. I remember I took some pictures of Kurosawa walking around, including one that shows him in the midst of a Cajun band, the Louisiana Playboys.” Wim Wenders lazy sunday with Coppola, Lucas, and Kurosawa (via guardian)
It’s all about production at Flavor Paper (via funderburg)
Twins Antonio Frasconi 1947
The value of meaning in art during a recession. (via Myartspace)
Novelist James Morrow discusses why he wrote “Shambling Towards Hiroshima” (via Futurismic)
Vintage footage of graff demon GKae on talkshow Gabrielle. ( via WYW)
There is a storm brewing over Shepard Fairey’s “referencing” of other artists work in his own pieces. Having been accused, with plenty of evidence, of plagiarism for years he is now being sued by the AP for his now (in)famous Obama “Hope” poster. Oh and his show at the ICA is boring. (via C-Mon)
RIP Luxe Interior. Gravest Hits indeed.
American Hallucination Jason Redwood 2008 (interview with Beautiful Decay)
What the world needs now is a Banksy Documentary. Ohh did I mention Shep was on Charlie Rose?
survival programs – Bobby seale for mayor Emory Douglas 1972
(via Art Nouveau Mag)
“As a rule we find pleasure much less pleasurable, pain much more painful than expected.” Has advertising decided what we really need is a swift kick in the balls to buy that margerine. (via CRblog)
Designer and West Coast Graff lord Persue talks about his experiences making moves as a writer and business man. (via senses lost)
Colbert on Larry King talks about change I can believe in (via Mare 139)
A preview of Anthony Listers upcoming show at Fifty24SF (via Arrested Motion)
Like Monks in the honeycomb hideouts. The history of Graff according to Delta. (via WYW)
Street artist Poster Boy gets hemmed up by the fuzz at his own art opening after a media blitz that included videos and interviews on various blogs. If you want fame you’ll get fame, this is the streets and not a game. (via The Art Collectors)
Supertouch tries to polish the reputation of his good buddy Shepard Fairey by ignoring some important facts about the corporatization of street art. The Revolution will not be televised.
I’ve followed the Uganda Skateboard Union over the past couple of years and am always impressed with the ingenuity and devotion these kids have for the sport of skating. It seems that skateboards are the symbol of the USA that may help connect future generations across the globe. (via Club Mumble)
Interview discusses the debt owed to 60′s British TV series The Prisoner by todays fashion set.
Critic A.O Scott discusses the role of the critic in society. (via Hrag Vartanian)
Tamil musician and underground icon M.I.A. is making the most of her opportunities to share with us the fact that there is a genocide going on in her native Sri Lanka. She is doing interviews with print as well as TV outlets like Tavis Smiley (view) letting folks know whats going on. It’s great to see a pop star that cares for more than the newest Louis Vuitton release.
Rime a/k/a Jersey joe was asked to pimp out a trailer in New Jersey. He did and here is the documentation of possibly one of the funnest / weirdest painting sessions ever. kinda like Fellini goes to Edison. (via BunnyKitty)
Hide And Seek Marco Zamora 2008
Jessica Lack explores the brutal realism of Leon Golub (via GaurdianUK )
Richard Prince sued over “appropriating” Rasta images for his recent show (via AFC)
50 years since the Cuban Revolution and all I got to show for it is a lousy Che Tshirt (via Visual Culture)
“When we warned the auction houses about these doubtful pieces, we were told that we were undermining the market”. French Design forgery ring busted in Paris (via TAN)
I’m all about artists getting paid but for chrissakes can somebody please tell Shepard Fairey that cannibalizing revolutionary art work to sell handbags to socialites is exploitive and not subversive (via TWBE)
From Mambo To Hip Hop:
Glen Brown 2008 (via freshnerd)
Hacking outdoor advertising space to create public art space (via Animal)
EL Mac and Retna are a team of dedicated visual agitators. Milan knows this better than most. (via CCTV)
Are European street artists really frustrated animators? Parisian man about town Mr. Andre gets into the act. (via Supertouch)
Nicolai Howalts photographs of young boxers pre and post fight is an interesting study of the spirit of youth. (via Guardian)
Jonathon Jones asks Was Rauschenbergs death the big art event of the year?
There is an ongoing war between NYC’s graffiti writers and the “street artists” they feel are stealing their swagger. In Miami during Art Basel this war heated up to direct confrontation with WK Interact getting knocked out and Shepard Fairey getting dissed in a big way: (via Bombin’)
Wheelie Spray J. Martinez 2008