Monthly Archives: August 2008

  • Shepard Fairey and other artists exhibit images of Barack Obama

    Coinciding with the Democratic National Convention in Denver USA during August 2008 was an exhibition at the Manifest Hope Gallery, within the Andenken Gallery. This exhibition featured works by among others Ron English, Tom Slaughter and a mural created by the renowned artist Shepard Fairey (ak....
    Coinciding with the Democratic National Convention in Denver USA during August 2008 was an exhibition at the Manifest Hope Gallery, within the Andenken Gallery. This exhibition featured works by among others Ron English, Tom Slaughter and a mural created by the renowned artist Shepard Fairey (aka. Obey) featuring Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Shepard Fairey was one of the artists who helped create the exhibition and had this to say about the presidential nominee "Obama has engaged the creative community in a way unseen before." The exhibition covered 10,000sq. ft. and included contributions from the USA’s most acclaimed contemporary artists plus many up and coming street artists. Destroy The image of Barack Obama is appearing in street art murals throughout the USA and even as far as Paris and Beijing.  But this is not the work of advertising executives, instead it’s the creation of grass roots artists who are often seen as anti-establishment and who are used to a more guerrilla-style to get their message across.  Our Brighton gallery has a collection of Shepard Fairey prints currently available. There are very few numbers of any one print, so our advice is to be quick.  To find out more, please call the gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829. artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • A walk around the walls of our London gallery

    Our London based sister gallery, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, has a continuous exhibition programme showcasing emerging and established British and International artists from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. If you would like to know more about what is currently on show along with the work....
    Our London based sister gallery, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, has a continuous exhibition programme showcasing emerging and established British and International artists from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. If you would like to know more about what is currently on show along with the works and artists being exhibited please call 020 7240 7909 (Mon – Sat 11am to 7pm). Featuring in the gallery this month... Our current exhibition is called MIX: Winter and forms the second of the gallery’s biannual group show programme, which showcases the breadth of artists that are associated with the gallery and introduces those who we're big fans of and will be working closer with in the future. The exhibition runs throughout the Christmas and New Year period offering you the chance to enjoy a wide variety of art and artists over the coming couple of months. Expect to see everything from oil on canvas through to neon/light sculpture. If you like the sound of the show and would like to register your interest and be invited to fortcoming events, please email: info@lawrencealkingallery.com Follow Lawrence Alkin Gallery on Twitter for the very latest news and pics and like us on Facebook for regular updates as well as frequent photos of the gallery goings-on and artworks The Top Floor: On The Stairs: The Show Below: The gallery will be holding a Christmas party (date to be announced soon) where you are welcome to come along to the gallery, enjoy a glass of mulled wine, meet the artists and, of course, bag the perfect present.  To visit the exhibition (always recommended) our gallery is located at 42 New Compton Street, London, WC2H 8DA (open Mon – Sat 11am to 7pm). Click here for maps to both our galleries. Return to our London section $test =
  • Exclusive new Hutch prints

    When Brighton based stencil graffiti artist Hutch approached us and asked if he could do something on the outside of our gallery we jumped at the chance.  The result was this pair of boy and girl jugglers which have now been re-created as an exclusive limited edition print of 50 and as a ca....
    When Brighton based stencil graffiti artist Hutch approached us and asked if he could do something on the outside of our gallery we jumped at the chance.  The result was this pair of boy and girl jugglers which have now been re-created as an exclusive limited edition print of 50 and as a canvas limited edition of just 5. The signed limited edition prints are both available from our website and our Brighton and London galleries. For details on the canvas edition please call the Brighton gallery on ++(0)1273 724 829. Destroy If you are a follower of urban art you may have seen Hutch’s work at the now infamous ‘Cans Festival’ where an unused road tunnel in South London was transformed into a cutting edge exhibition space by some of the world’s top graffiti artists. Hutch has been decorating the streets of Brighton with his distinctive stencils and paste-ups for a good few years now. He has considerable knowledge & understanding of the versatility of the stencil, not just for use with spray cans but also as a medium for creating his own limited edition art prints and T-shirts. artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Saturday@Phillips Urban art auction

    The next two Saturday@Phillips sales will feature some of the best examples of urban street art including original works by Banksy, Falile, Belk le Rat, Bast and Beejoir. The two sales will take place in London on September 6 and in NewYork on October 25. Urban street art has fast become a cultura....
    The next two Saturday@Phillips sales will feature some of the best examples of urban street art including original works by Banksy, Falile, Belk le Rat, Bast and Beejoir. The two sales will take place in London on September 6 and in NewYork on October 25. Urban street art has fast become a cultural phenomenon sweeping the UK and Europe with its audacious challenging of authority and cultural norms.  The Saturday@Phillips sales will present two highly curated selections of the best of urban street art available to the market. A selection of original works in a variety of mediums by top urban street artists will include: Bansky, Bast, Beejoir, Blek le Rat, DFace, Faile, Shepard Fairey, Insect, Invader, KAWS, Dave Kinsey,Adam Neate, NickWalker, Barry Mcgee, Micallef, Skullphone, and Swoon. The following artists: Borf, Buff Monster, Dave Kinsey, Judith Supine, Bast and Skullphone will be introduced to the auction market for the first time. Brooklyn collective, Faile, currently on view at the Tate Modern in London’s Street Art show, will be represented by a series done between 2005-2006 of works entitled “Forbidden Love” which incorporate collage and appropriated imagery from comic books and pulp fiction. Four of the “Forbidden Love” paintings will be offered with estimates ranging from £10,000 – 25,000. Destroy Brooklyn-based artist, Bast will be represented by a mixed media work on canvas, Chanel Bottle Day, 2008 estimated between £6,000 – 8,000.Taking its cue from the Pop art concepts of presenting consumer imagery as art, Bast’s rendition of the iconic perfume bottle, boldly painted over and adorned with repeated phallic imagery, has taken on a quasi-ritualistic form and is presented as tribal idol. Beejoir’s Fix, 2008 an acrylic on canvas featuring a headless executive set against a gold-leaf background and hung on a crucifix rendered in US Dollar bills, will be offered with a pre-sale estimate of £12,000-18,000. In addition, several examples from Beejoir’s “Immodium” series from 2007 which humorously plays off Damien Hirst’s Spot paintings, will be offered with estimates ranging from £3,000 – 7,000. Saturday@Phillips will also be presenting two emerging music artists, Cibelle and JoshWeller. Both will be performing live at the Saturday@Phillips opening reception on September 2. An auction of contemporary culture, Saturday@Phillips is a quarterly auction conducted by the cuttingedge contemporary art company, Phillips de Pury & Company. The sale takes place four times a year in NewYork and London at Phillips de Pury & Company’s headquarters.  Sale Viewing: September 1–6, 10am–6pm, Opening Reception: September 2, 6–9pm, Saturday@Phillips Auction: September 6, 12pm, London, Location: Philips de Pury & Company, Howick Place London SW1P 1BB. Image Credits: Lot 230: FAILE, Forbidden Love, 2006, Acrylic, screenprint and varnish on canvas.  133.4 x 105.4 cm. (52 1/2 x 41 1/2 in).  Lot 210: BAST, Chanel Bottle Day, 2008, Acrylic and screenprint on canvas. 167.6 x 135.3 cm. (66 x 53 1/4 in.)   Lots 201: BEEJOIR, Immodium 3, 2007, Spraypaint on canvas. 111.4 x 130.8 cm. (43 7/8 x 51 1/2 in.)   artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • London Gallery 1st Birthday Party

    31st July, 2008 saw the highly anticipated first birthday party at artrepublic’s London space in Soho.  We had an exclusive print release from Italian street artists Sten & Lex, entitled ‘In Aeternum Gloriae’ - following on from the duo’s success at the recent Cans Festival. The....
    31st July, 2008 saw the highly anticipated first birthday party at artrepublic’s London space in Soho.  We had an exclusive print release from Italian street artists Sten & Lex, entitled ‘In Aeternum Gloriae’ - following on from the duo’s success at the recent Cans Festival. The edition and the superb XL version of this print proved to be extremely popular on the night. Destroy Customers spilled out onto the street and when they could get into the gallery they were rewarded with a fantastic selection of previously unseen artworks including 2 Miss Bugs originals which were snapped up in a matter of moments. One of these ‘Mucha Poison Girl’ was sold in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.  C215 sprayed an amazing piece entitled ‘Nina Sitting’ and was executed on a reclaimed, polished piece of yew and was definitely a highlight of the night.  Gallery favourites such as Peter Blake, Blek le Rat, Charming Baker, Faile and Banksy were also on show and true to form artrepublic were championing some fantastic new talent. Three amazing new street signs from the prolific Mighty Monkey were on show along with a piece by up and coming artist The Krah, fresh from his show in Brighton. Not only was the evening a huge success where our regular customers were introduced to some great new artwork; it was a great chance to get everyone together.  We were also pleased to welcome some new faces who we hope to see again soon.  Destroy artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Monet talks with modest art

    Featured in The Argus Newspaper - July 2008 It was a case of "credit crunch - what credit crunch?" at Christie's last week after a mystery buyer paid a whopping £41 million for a painting by Claude Monet.Obviously not everyone has that kind of cash but there is affordable art out there which cou....
    Featured in The Argus Newspaper - July 2008 It was a case of "credit crunch - what credit crunch?" at Christie's last week after a mystery buyer paid a whopping £41 million for a painting by Claude Monet.Obviously not everyone has that kind of cash but there is affordable art out there which could turn out to be a cracking investment.Sam Thomson reports on how savvy collectors can be laughing all the way to the Banksy. Monet, Monet, Monet. Monet makes the world go round. We're in the Monet...The recent sale of the French impressionist's masterpiece Le Bassin Aux Nympheas was not only a boon for newspaper headline writers around the world, it revealed that, even in these troubled economic times, people are still willing to pay silly money for art. But not everyone can be J Irwin Miller, the industrialist from Columbus, Indiana, from whose collection the painting was sold for almost £41 million - almost double the expected price. However, there are opportunities out there for budding investors and some of the returns can be astonishing. Demand for high quality, signed prints from modern artists such as Banksy and Sir Peter Blake can see limited editions soar in value from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand pounds in months. According to Lawrence Alkin, gallery director of artrepublic, in Bond Street, Brighton, Blake prints such as the Sources of Pop Art series are now so rare that one bought new for £795 was worth £2,500 in less than a year. That's a jump of 215%. Try asking your bank for that kind of interest rate. Mr Alkin said: "Smart investors know that hot artists are the new way to invest and they get really involved in buying art prints."Iconic artists like Peter Blake are probably very underpriced for the quality of prints he's producing."One of the secrets of investing in art is getting there first. A few years ago, no one had heard of "guerilla" artist Banksy but now almost everyone can recognise one of his stencilled, satirical works which have appeared on walls up and down the country. Mr Alkin said: "We sold seven of his Kids On Guns prints back in 2004 for £350 each. One of them came up for auction last year and made £103,000." For people looking to invest, the first piece of advice Mr Alkin gives is to "buy what they like" but those unwilling to gamble on their own tastes can ask an expert to point them in the right direction. He said: "We are always selling things that we know will go up in value. We are selling a Peter Blake print of the Sgt Pepper album cover which, if it doesn't go up in value in six months, we will buy back at the full retail price."  $test =
  • From Banksy to Missbugs, artrepublic knows the trends

    Press Release 15th July 2008 BUY BRISTOL, SAY THE GALLERY THAT HELPED LAUNCH AN URBAN ART ICON artrepublic, purveyors of fine urban art limited edition prints with galleries in Brighton and London’s Soho, today said that buying great art means buying Bristol urban art. artrepublic helped launch....
    Press Release 15th July 2008 BUY BRISTOL, SAY THE GALLERY THAT HELPED LAUNCH AN URBAN ART ICON artrepublic, purveyors of fine urban art limited edition prints with galleries in Brighton and London’s Soho, today said that buying great art means buying Bristol urban art. artrepublic helped launch the urban art scene’s most famous Bristolian, Banksy, and now they’re backing MissBugs, Xenz, Cyclops and Sweet Toof, too. Back in 2004 the gallery sold Banksy’s original canvases for less than £250 as part of their Pop show in Brighton. The Kids on Guns canvas sold there featured in last autumn’s Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sale where it went under the hammer for £102,500, making one lucky artrepublic customer a return on his investment of £102,250, or 40,000%. Nick Walker, Xenz and MissBugs are all Bristol born artists who have ! cornered the urban art market this year with sell-out shows. MissBugs walked into artrepublic Brighton less than a year ago, and with the CEO’s savvy thinking and market know how, went on to have his first and only show in Brighton in June 2008. Mention this secretive artist's name and the online forums go wild when there's a rumour of a new piece about to be released. Collectors have even been known to come to blows when queuing for a prized print The Financial Times described the queue to a recent London opening of artist Nick Walker’s new work as “like blackout night in 1977 New York” with a queue that started the day before, complete with burning oil drums and sleeping bags. The scene as most people recognise it today may have all started with Banksy, but this West Country city is where the roots of UK street art began in the 1980’s. artrepublic is continuing its tradition of promoting the freshest artists tumbling from Bristol’s streets and advise that ! investing in a piece from the city that spawned Nick Walker and Banksy is a sure-fire way to enjoy the ‘new language’ of the urban art genre. Alongside new pieces in from all these urban artists at artrepublic, artrepublic at tomtom in Soho will have two new originals from MissBugs given to them by the artist, for their 1st birthday party which is being held on 31st July at the gallery in Soho. As well as originals from C215, Pinky and a secret print release. Please click here or contact soho@artrepublic.com if you would like to be on the guestlist. ENDS Notes to Editors artrepublic established its first gallery in 1992 in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine. Its second gallery ‘artrepublic at tomtom’ is in the geographical heart of London’s Soho. artrepublic features rare, collectable, cutting-edge art prints, limited editions, silkscreens and giclees from contemporary artists such as Banksy, Jamie Reid, James Cauty, Sir Peter Blake and Jamie Hewlett alongside popular artists such as Warhol and Lichtenstein . www.artrepublic.com has an extensive choice of art prints all available with free delivery worldwide. The Brighton gallery also offers a bespoke framing service with a huge choice of mouldings and expert advice on hand and the website offers a large selection of quality frames delivered ! free throughout the UK. For more information about this press release please call Julie Carroll on 07971 955140/Andrew Milledge Marketing Director of artrepublic on 01273 664366. Although artrepublic will attempt to supply images that are likely to not have copyright issues when used in the press, we do strongly advise that chosen images are first checked with the Design and Artists Copyright Society before publication. Contact details are: Tel: 020 7336 8811, email: info@dacs.org.uk or contact artrepublic before going to press. artrepublic Soho 42 New Compton Street London WC2H 8DA Mon – Sat 11.00 - 7.00 tel: 020 7240 7909 email: soho@artrepublic.com artrepublic  13 Bond Street Brighton BN1 1RD Mon – Fri 9.30 - 6.00 Saturday 9.00 - 6.00 Sunday 11.00 - 5.00 Bank Hols 10.30 - 5.30 tel: 01273 724829 email: brighton@artrepublic.com $test =

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