Mr. Brainwash + Renoir + the Kardashians + flowery pastel hats + frilly Victorian dresses = “good art,” declares Corey Gamble, boyfriend of Kris Jenner, in the latest episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Confronting Mainstays and Existential Questions at Art Miami and Context
MIAMI — Since Art Basel’s Miami Beach fair set down its roots over a decade ago, Miami Art Week has become a cacophony of satellite fairs and events jam-packing the international art circuit’s calendar for the first week of December.
Crimes of the Art
On this week’s art crime blotter: teens take (and immediately return) a Mr. Brainwash sculpture, Kimye’s pastor appropriates Wynwood street art murals, and a shark photographer goes after the new Steve Jobs biopic.
New York Street Art: Alive & Kicking
2010 has begun with some fascinating street art, including works by Bansky, Shepard Fairey, Kid Acne, Ema, El Sol 25, TrustCorp …
A Review of Designing Obama: The Book
By now, we all know that the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign was a great leap forward for the aesthetics of US election campaign, so it should come as no surprise that the director of the Obama campaign, Scott Thomas, decided to publish a book about the innovative Obama design brand and its impact on American pop and design cultures. The resulting book, titled Designing Obama: A Chronicle of Art & Design from the 2008 Presidential Campaign, is an attractive product that includes a short foreward by Pentagram partner Michael Bierut and an introduction by graphic design guru Steven Heller, who cleverly calls the brand “O Design.”
Hype to Death, Death to Hype: Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
Street art enthusiasts seem to have a thing for destructive fanaticism, but I’m not sure they realize how destructive it can be. They exuberantly consume the latest street artworks like hungry piranhas, hyping the artist and his products until there’s nothing left but an embarrassing skeleton. They get inexplicably ramped up about artists who have produced one provocative wheatpaste or had a single clever idea.