Art Market: Jeff Koons Paddle Ball Game

J. Koons Paddleball

Sometimes you never know what an item may or may not do. About ten years ago I purchased this Koons paddle ball game edition created by Duetsche Guggenheim in 2000. This was not the signed limited edition of 100 unfortunately, it was the unsigned edition of 900. I purchased it for $150 US dollars. I totally packed it away, never displayed it and forgot about it until today when I pulled it out of the trunk of my car. Yes, I’m the guy who stores art in his trunk, actually it’s a great place, no direct sunlight and minimal dust. Anyways, to my surprise, it is now worth two to three grand and on some auction sites up to six. I still personally wouldn’t pay more than $200, but that’s just me. There are plenty of materialistic suckers in the world who have lots of money to toss around. The value of copies are a very interesting thing in the art world. I’m going to keep quietly collecting and hoarding art, just not in the trunk of my car.

David Altmejd: The Flux & The Puddle

 

EPIC!!!!!  David Altmejd, is on his way to being the greatest artist of our time in my opinion.  He just gets more mad every time I see his work, and every time I see his work I am left breathless.  Inspiring to the core, his imagination takes me to places I’ve never been.  I first saw his work at the Whitney Biennial in NYC a number of years ago and have been following him ever since. He just makes me want to push myself.  Just see his work for yourself.  You won’t be sorry I introduced you to this amazingly talented Canadian.  Good god.

See the Portfolio

Rights to Trample On

 

Always making a statement.  I have been following Spain’s Luz Interuptus for a few years now.  This groups light installations come from all different innovative media’s and I love how renegade they are, art in it’s purist form of expression.  Here with “Rights to Trample On”  they definitely take a political stance for women.

In Spain it seems that the social rights acquired during many years of democracy are in danger of extinction. These rights are considered to be basic by the citizens of evolved societies which we desire to be like, are now being diminished and if we are not careful, will eventually disappear through maneuvers of distraction, which do not deceive almost anyone, who does not want to be fooled.

Not happy with taking away the rights of workers, of the citizens, with reducing education and health care to a minimum and taxes at historical highs, now they are trying to make decisions on the fundamental rights of womenreducing the possibilities de abortion to virtually non-existent.

READ MORE

See LI’s amazing portfolio of work

Takashi Murakami and Pico Iyer

Just picked up tickets to see Murakami in conversation. Saw John Waters and Jeff Koons and that was fun to see what they had to say.  Jeff wasn’t much of an open book, but Waters, lordy, he was hilarious.  I could have just listened his stories all night.

Internationally prolific contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who is represented by 11 works in the Broad collections, will be in conversation with author and longtime resident of Japan Pico Iyer.

Thursday, May 29 | 8 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre
842 Broadway, downtown Los Angeles
General admission tickets: $12

Mythical Beast: !Operation Salvation!

Mythical Beast Part 1: Operation Salvation!
Presented by Idol Wild
Music Performed Live by Scott Allen Perry
Original Score by Eric Becker
Filmed and Documented by Eric Curtis
Created and Produced by Artist Micke Tong
Art Performance at Keystone Art Studios, Los Angeles
http://mythicalbeastproject.com

My first live show for MBP since I moved to Los Angeles, Oh yeah, I moved to Los Angeles. So much fun.  Thanks to all who made it out to see the performance.  More to come.

Friends With You: INNER SPACE, THE SECRETS OF THE UNKNOWN

I love FriendsWithYou, this group makes the cutest art.  I wish I was able to catch this show at Basel 2011, FWY are such the minimalist and they make all sorts of products!  From mini sculps, prints and tees.

FriendsWithYou exhibits its latest sculptures, precious objects, and a new edition of prints. The pieces on display are figurative self-reflective treasures, levitating in a space continuum, revealing something other wise inaccessible. These archetypes and symbolic artifacts are frozen in time, and serve to empower, relate, and offer everything that is infinite and true. Inner Space, the Secrets of the Unknown provides a way of observing ourselves and finding out everything we always knew.

Go to FWY

Do Ho Suh: Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Do Ho Suh makes these colorful fabric architectural pieces that are spot on in scale in his new show “Home Within Home” at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea.  Their transparency gives them this almost digital CAD feeling.  I like to describe them as large soft sculptures.  Much like the work of Shih Jindian, I captured his work for myself at last years 2011 Art Basel in Miami, but Suh’s art for this show is much grander in size.

Do Ho Suh: home within home

leeum samsung museum of art, seoul, south korea
open now until june 3rd, 2012

‘home within home’ is a solo representation of do ho suh’s work showcasing the korean artist’s newest sculptural pieces.
the special exhibition gallery of leeum samsung museum of art has been decorated with suh’s thread-and-sheer-fabric-drawn
representations of his nomadic existence living in major urban centers such as seoul, new york and berlin.

See and Read more at Design Boom

SOEX Monster Drawing Rally 2012

I am back drawing at MDR 2012!

Here is video of my last visit with people participating in an auction for my drawing and video of how insane this event is 😉

MDR SOEX

MDR SOEX 2

A Live Drawing Event and Fundraiser

June 8, 2012 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Donation for Admission: $15 & up
Location: Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa
(between Potrero & Hampshire; 17th & 18th)

Southern Exposure’s Monster Drawing Rally is a live drawing event and fundraiser featuring over 120 artists.

Demystifying a process that usually takes place in the privacy of the studio, the Monster Drawing Rally allows spectators to observe artists in the act of creation in the public domain. In keeping with Southern Exposure’s mission to provide an environment accessible to art and artists, the Monster Drawing Rally sets the stage for extraordinary interaction, providing a unique opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after its completion.

The evening will consist of four one-hour shifts that each feature approximately 30 artists drawing simultaneously. As the drawings are completed, they will be hung on the walls and made available for purchase for $60 each. Proceeds from the event provide direct support for Southern Exposure’s programs.

LEARN MORE at SOEX

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS confirmed as of 5/10/12*:
Zina Al-Shukri, Steven Barich, David Benzler, Michelle Blade, Brad Borevitz, Monica Canilao, Brian Caraway, Jon Carling, Nancy Chan, Iris Charabi-Berggren, Gina Contreras, Torreya Cummings, Amanda Curreri, Lauren Davies, Inga Dorosz, Jeff Eisenberg, Christina Empedocles, Diana Fayt, Alison Frost, Amos Goldbaum, Veronica Graham, Katie Gray, Adam Green, Larissa Greer, Lauren Hartman, Nicole Hayden, Dana Hemenway, Terry Hoff, Kelly Lynn Jones, Kara Joslyn, Mike Kimball, Mary Anne Kluth, Ryan LaBonte, Justin Limoges, Carey Lin, Marina Luz, Brett MacFadden, Alexis Mackenzie, Vanessa Marsh, Yuki Maruyama, Mike McConnell, Dennis McNulty, Robert Minervini, Haden Nicholl, Erik Parra, Hilary Pecis, Steuart Pittman, Ferris Plock, Genevieve Quick, Amy Rathbone, Thorina Rose, Brian Singer (Someguy), Kirk Stoller, James Strickland, Amber Stucke, Julie Sutherland, Charlene Tan, Kevin Taylor, Micke Tong, Kelly Tunstall, Ben Venom, Annie Vought, Victoria Wagner , Andrew Witrak, Jenifer Wofford, and Ethan Worden.

*The list of artists will be updated weekly. Check back often for more names!