Museum gift shops have offered gift items for years but they used to be confined to a Van Gogh tie or a Picasso scarf. Some of todays most popular contemporary artist offer all sort of gifts and useful items, especially in demand during the holidays. Here are 6 of my favorite sites, including my own. (Did you think I was going to exclude myself? – shows how well you know me.) From top, left to right; Art Production Fund: New Ryan McGinley beach towel, 70 x 90″, $95. Gagosian Shop: Jean-Michele Basquiat Limogés plate, $150. Paul Kasmin Shop: Kenny Scharf “useful item” (i.e., bong) limited edition, various colors, $350. The RePop Shop: Trey Speegle, You Are Here iPhone 4 cover, $35. Other Criteria: Damien Hirst butterfly mug, $26. Grey Area: Craig Damrauer linen tea towel, $40. (Wow Report readers get 20% off on my whole site through 12/18. Use code; Holiday 13)
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Spent a few hours making drawing for #withyou at Benetton and then hit Scope, which is now on the beach next to Untitled, for about an hour an a half. There were great works and some of my friends were exhibiting so, I don’t want to put it down but Scope has never been my taste, just in general. But we ran into friends and chatted while sipping Bacardi. The theme that develops here is the human figure and friends, which is pretty general I know but it’s a connector. We headed to Mark Dean’s new gallery space, Dean Project on Lincoln Road to see Brian Drury’s show (all pre-sold) “Supernaural: Religious, Theological and Spiritual leader series” Incredible technique. Then, it was off to The Colony Theatre to see the premiere of the new documentary on Nan Goldin, “I Remember Your Face.” She never ceases to amaze me. The film is wonderful and I have to admit I burst into tears seeing the shot of Cookie Mueller in her coffin. My pal, artist Beatricia Sagar is in a famous Nan shot, “Bea with a Blue Drink” that they flashed on in the film and I thought to myself, ‘Oh, I wish Bea was here tonight.’ Exiting after the Q & A, who do I run into? Bea! We both wanted to say hi to Nan but she didn’t come into the lobby, but Beatricia went around to the side of the theater to say hi and got a picture. Love those two! Then Michael, Zach, Juan Carlos and I went to Continue reading
Oh, my aching head. If I sound like someone complaining about something being too fabulous, I apologize but I have to let you know, there is nothing quite like Art Basel Miami’s deluge of events and parties. Onslaught is a good word. Like eating too much cake, and being happy while you’re feeling kinda queasy. I spent Sunday and Monday getting ready for my Benetton party #withyou. Can I tell you that those Italians are SO nice! Everyone was very gracious and kind, installing my work and generally just doing their jobs like professionals. Made my part easier – the stress I felt was more self imposed. It all came off well, my friends showed up, the cocktails and food by Art Conductor were great. I did drawing live, as did the guests and I even did a fews drawings directly on the models (who were SO cute but honestly, I have shoes that are older. Babies.) Look at their new collection it’s very chic and affordable, btw, they gave me a great new jacket to wear (shameless product placement – I don’t care. It’s NICE.) At the same time, a few blocks away on the beach, Marina Abramović (above, with Val Kilmer) was doing a benefit for her foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation at Untitled art fair on the beach. Guests got limited-edition prints that will be available for sale at the Untitled Art Fair this week. Proceeds from the print will benefit both organizations. After that was all done my good pal and former Art Basel mate, Michael Pollack and I went to SoHo House for a late dinner. By chance we met Toronto gallerist Georgia Continue reading
I was so excited yesterday when fab.com’s email blast featured Warhol’s Brillo boxes as poufs (below left). My initial excitement was dampened somewhat by the price – $425 a piece. You see, you can’t have just one. You need to have at least five. But then Trey Speegle (designer of The World According to Wonder and amazing artist in his own right) told me about Charles Lutz’s upcoming installation. I’m not sure how I have not come across Charles before, because he has been working within the Warhol box space for some time. Creating black boxes (below right) Louis Vuitton boxes and, most audaciously, in his Warhol denied series creating exact replica boxes that he submitted to the Warhol estate for authentication. For his latest at the world famous NY Armory show he has created hundreds of Brillo boxes and – rumor has it – will be giving them away free each day absolutely FREE! Now that’s truly fab. The show opens tomorrow (and they are in the process of regulating how many to give out per day so the installation with last through Sunday), so run don’t walk to get yours. He also has the same installation in the lobby of the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh and THOSE boxes are for sale for $75, but Charles says if they don’t sell, he’ll give those away as well
HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH THE SECOND, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND, AND OF HER OTHER REALMS AND TERRITORIES, QUEEN, HEAD OF THE COMMONWEALTH, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, ON THE OCCASSION OF HER DIAMOND JUBILEE, TWO THOUSAND AND TWELVE (The Eyes of Brenda Windsor), 2012, 36″ X 48”, archival pigment, acrylic on canvas. Private Collection.
Well, that’s the official spiel for wowlebrity Trey Speegle’s portrait of The Queen. But – as the painting suggests – she also goes by the name of Brenda. Trey was joined at the grand reveal of his work at the London Jonathan Adler store by much beloved wowlebrities Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Kate O’Toole. In years to come the genius of Trey’s work will be fully recognized. I only hope I live to see the retrospective at Tate Britain. In the meantime, I’m loving the window treatment and the goatee.