Monthly Archives: October 2009

  • Recession Busting Free Art Courtesy of Two Inventive Street Artists

    To set the mood for their forthcoming show, two East London artists Tinsel and Twinkle took to the streets of London on October 29th for some traffic wardening with a difference... and how nice of them to give our London gallery it’s first ever parking ticket. If you found a parking fine envel....
    To set the mood for their forthcoming show, two East London artists Tinsel and Twinkle took to the streets of London on October 29th for some traffic wardening with a difference... and how nice of them to give our London gallery it’s first ever parking ticket. If you found a parking fine envelope stuck to your car on the 29th October, don’t throw it away! It might contain a free signed mini- screenprint of artwork from the dynamic duo's 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times' recession- themed collection. Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton have been carving a name for themselves in east London's art scene alongside artrepublic faves Pure Evil and Ben Eine for a time now. But since the recession they've taken their art out of galleries and hit the streets, and on the 29th they were giving away limited-edition screenprints disguised as parking offence penalty charge notices. The duo say “we wanted to do something which would take our work out of the gallery and to a wider audience. We loved the idea of using a bit of trickery, making a bit of a practical joke as a way of getting our artwork out to people who may or may not know who we are and what we do as artists, so we decided to dress up as traffic wardens and hide the artwork in parking ticket bags!” The screenprint in the parking ticket bags is an image of a Woolworth's empty shop front, which has closing down posters in the window, we've changed the posters to read 'It Was The Best of Times It was the Worst of Times' – the famous line from Charles Dickens. “For the two of us the work is a direct response to the recession – not only it's impact on the nation, but how it's been dealt with in the media. Recessions can be very difficult, but they can also be a time for positive change and growth. We thought that producing a free mini-print as a very large edition would help to promote that message. And so the initial bad news of a parking ticket is replaced with a positive response to some free artwork!” If you are interested in Street Art and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works and artists we might have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • Nicolas Ruston Creates an Installation with True Shock Value

    Nicolas Ruston’s latest art installation titled Euphoria, which was inspired by Austrian Josef Fritzl, has without doubt an essence of shock and awe about it. But as the artist points out it’s not about the shock and more about why we see it as shocking. Euphoria is a combination of a surrea....
    Nicolas Ruston’s latest art installation titled Euphoria, which was inspired by Austrian Josef Fritzl, has without doubt an essence of shock and awe about it. But as the artist points out it’s not about the shock and more about why we see it as shocking. Euphoria is a combination of a surreal, vacant pornography film-set and the basement where Fritzl imprisoned his daughter for 24 years. The controversial installation, which has had its own dose of press, formed part of Nicolas Ruston’s recent De$ire exhibition at a West London gallery. Ruston has said he used Fritzl as a case study and he that he wasn't doing it for the shock value. The exhibition was based upon exploring sexual ideologies and in his case, like with much of his art, is viewed through the perspective of the mass media.  In March Fritzl was found guilty of all charges against him, including rape, incest, enslavement and murder, and was sentenced to life in prison. "The sexual part of the Josef Fritzl story was sold as a commodity, which is very much the way the commercial world works," Ruston said. "But the thing I was really engaged by was the fact that the children of Elisabeth had been born into an environment where their only window to the world was through the TV, through the mass media." Ruston said he wanted to "try and imagine what it was like to be in that environment if your only interpretation of the outside world was through the TV" adding "I was trying to create a fantasy world in this very claustrophobic place. The lighting is a baby pink, quite cold. I wanted it to be a bit cold and confusing. I wanted to illustrate the difference between making love and pornography. I think that is a metaphor for the way people relate to the mass media.”  Nic continues upon his successful exhibition with a feature on his art direction project in conjunction with photographer Adrian Burke in the latest Creative Review Photography Annual., October 2009. The chosen images were judged and selected by Mark Elwood (Fallon), Meirion Pritchard (Wallpaper*) and Richard Turley (The Guardian’s G2). If you are interested in Nicolas Ruston and/or Contemporary Art and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works and artists we might have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • Christmas Gift Ideas

    The Gift of Art... Freshly festive ideas for all. To help you quickly track down that perfect present we’re delighted to introduce the artrepublic gift finder which is split into three sections – art for her, art for him and art for kids.  There are discounts off many pieces and you’ll....
    The Gift of Art... Freshly festive ideas for all. To help you quickly track down that perfect present we’re delighted to introduce the artrepublic gift finder which is split into three sections – art for her, art for him and art for kids.  There are discounts off many pieces and you’ll find new ideas featured every week on this page in the run up to Christmas. Add this page to your favourites today and keep checking back for great gift ideas. $test =
  • Jeff Koons Displays Inflatable Bunny in Covent Garden

    To celebrate the opening of Tate Modern’s major autumn exhibition Pop Life: Art in a Material World, a giant 53 foot (16 metre) helium balloon by Jeff Koons has been unveiled in Covent Garden, London…and it just happens to be a stones throw away from our London gallery. It is the first time ....
    To celebrate the opening of Tate Modern’s major autumn exhibition Pop Life: Art in a Material World, a giant 53 foot (16 metre) helium balloon by Jeff Koons has been unveiled in Covent Garden, London…and it just happens to be a stones throw away from our London gallery. It is the first time that Koons’s Rabbit balloon has been shown in the UK and its residency in the Market Building marks a new relationship between Covent Garden and Tate Modern.  Jeff Koons created the large-scale silver balloon for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2007 in New York. He modelled it on his iconic metre-high stainless steel sculpture Rabbit 1986. The silver rabbit was floated down the streets of Broadway through the crowds to celebrate the occasion. Both the original sculpture and a film of the balloon in Macy’s Day Parade are included in Pop Life: Art in a Material World.  Koons, who has become arguably the largest blue chip contemporary artist, started creating sculptures using inflatable toys in the 1970s. Taking a readymade inflatable rabbit Koons had the object cast in stainless steel, playing on the tension between weight, material, and transcendence, whilst also merging high and low culture. Koons's work draws on a variety of sources often taken from consumer or popular culture. Whilst our London gallery does not currently stock the work of Koons, similar works incorporating pop subject matter are available as well as work by well-known Pop and contemporary artists such as Sir Peter Blake and Damien Hirst.  If you are interested in Pop or Contemporary Art and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works and artists we might have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • It's amazing what you find in an eBoy poster

    eBoy are renowned for their incredibly intricate pixel artwork, particularly within their eCities posters.  Sections of each work are created separately, they are then joined together to create the final spectacular piece. Each time you look at an eBoy poster, you see something new.  The....
    eBoy are renowned for their incredibly intricate pixel artwork, particularly within their eCities posters.  Sections of each work are created separately, they are then joined together to create the final spectacular piece. Each time you look at an eBoy poster, you see something new.  The ‘London’ poster for example includes skinny dipping off Tower Bridge, devils playing on the London Eye and a man in a bowler hat from Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks. So far, in addition to London, the ‘eCities’ eBoy have created include New York, Tokyo, L.A., Venice, Berlin and Cologne. View our collection of eBoy posters Read our eBoy biography What have you found in your eBoy poster? If you’re a member of Facebook, you can join in the discussion on our page and add what you’ve found: Add your comments on Facebook $test =
  • The artrepublic Street Art competition - winner announced!

    A big thank you to everyone who entered our Street Art competition, which has now closed. We received well over 250 entries and the quality was phenomenal. Browse through all the entries below: View all entries to our Street Art competition And the winner is... Grant Dejonge Congratulations to G....
    A big thank you to everyone who entered our Street Art competition, which has now closed. We received well over 250 entries and the quality was phenomenal. Browse through all the entries below: View all entries to our Street Art competition And the winner is... Grant Dejonge Congratulations to Grant from all of us at artrepublic. When hearing the news Grant was over the moon to say the least! Here's the winning entry: View a larger version of the winning image This image will shortly be transformed into a huge art installation in Brighton and London and will be available to purchase as a limited edition print with all proceeds going to StreetSmart, the homeless charity. More details to follow, keep checking the artzine highlights at bottom of our homepage for dates and locations. The other fantastic entries that made the shortlist Entry from Jo Peel 'Trampoline' by Mr Purnam 'Sleeper' by STIK Here's full details of the competition Calling all artists! artrepublic has launched a national art competition called ‘Street Art’ in association with ‘StreetSmart’ - the homeless charity. It’s your chance to see your artwork transformed into a huge art installation (the size of a three storey building). The competition is open to everyone.  All you have to do is create an original ‘Street Art’ image that makes a positive contribution to the urban environment and raises awareness of the homeless situation in the UK. The winning artwork would be on this scale… How to enter Email your image (it must be an original piece, created by you) to artwork@artrepublic.com, please enter ‘Street Art Competition’ in the subject line. Or if you are a member of Flickr, images can be uploaded through our ‘Street Art competition with StreetSmart’ group at the link below: Visit our Flickr pages The competition closes on Friday 8th January 2010. What you’ll win… The winning artwork will be displayed as a massive art installation (the size of a three-storey building) for all to see and enjoy. It will appear on buildings in London and Brighton in early 2010.  A panel of professional artists including Pure Evil, Inkie and Ben Eine and Static will select the best image. The winning image will also be sold worldwide as a limited edition print through the artrepublic website, with all proceeds going to StreetSmart. The winner will also receive a meal for two at PINTCHOtapas in London and a night’s stay at Myhotel Bloomsbury. The competition coincides with this year’s campaign by StreetSmart and their restaurant partners to raise money for the homeless during the festive season. “Street art is experienced by everyone and therefore creates a bond between those who live on the streets and those who have a roof over their heads.  This is a unique opportunity for an aspiring or established artist to express themselves, with the winner’s message being exposed to the world”.  Lawrence Alkin, CEO, artrepublic. View our current range of Graffiti art prints. More details about StreetSmart StreetSmart was set up by two ethically-minded London business people, William Sieghart, Chairman of StreetSmart, Founder of Forward Publishing and Mary-Lou Sturridge, Former Director of The Groucho Club, Hotelier. The charity is endorsed by celebrities such as Stephen Fry, who wrote: “Good food, good wine and good company enrich our lives beyond measure. Most of us don’t say Grace these days because we don’t know who to thank for the inestimable pleasures of the table. StreetSmart lets us do a graceful thing. A simple thing. A kind thing.” Visit the StreetSmart website Competition terms and conditions: 1. To qualify to enter the competition you must be resident in the United Kingdom and be 18 years old or over. You must not be an employee of artrepublic, its associated companies or subsidiaries or any advertising agency or web company connected with artrepublic, or any member of any such person's family. artrepublic reserves the right to verify the legibility of applications. 2. In order to qualify for the prize, your entry must be received by the closing date (Friday 8th January 2010) and must be clearly marked ‘Street Art Competition’. Entries not received by the above deadline will be disqualified. 3. By entering the competition, you hereby warrant that all the information submitted by you in your application is true. 4. The prize is not transferable and cannot be substituted for a cash alternative. 5. In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct or the results of any competition, the decision of artrepublic shall be final. 6. artrepublic reserves the right to disqualify any applicant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the applicant has breached any of these terms and conditions. 7. In the event that any applicant is disqualified from the competition, artrepublic in its sole discretion may decide whether a replacement contestant should be selected. In this event, any further applicant will be selected on the same criteria as the original applicant and will be subjected to these terms and conditions. 8. Entry to the competition is electronic only. 9. The winner will be selected from those entries received before the closing date. 10. Only the winning applicant will be contacted by artrepublic. artrepublic’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 11. The winner's name may be published in the artzine section of the artrepublic website after the closing date of the competition. 12. The winner will be requested to make themselves available for promotion or publicity of their art. The winning image will become the exclusive property of artrepublic. 13. No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost or delayed in transmission whether by email or otherwise. artrepublic has no responsibility for damage or loss resulting from misdirected or incomplete entries arising from computable functions, virus, bugs or other causes outside its control. 14. artrepublic reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms of this competition at anytime without prior notice. Any changes will be posted within the rules on the site. 15. The competition and the terms and conditions of this agreement will be governed by English law. By entering this competition, applicants agree to be bound by the above terms and conditions. $test =
  • Ron English Curates Street Art Exhibition in New York

    This month the legendary artist Ron English curates a watershed exhibition for street art in New York aimed at highlighting the evolution of the booming global street art movement. Titled ‘Nimbus Vapor’, English was asked to guest curate the show which feature....
    This month the legendary artist Ron English curates a watershed exhibition for street art in New York aimed at highlighting the evolution of the booming global street art movement. Titled ‘Nimbus Vapor’, English was asked to guest curate the show which features 35 original, one-of-a-kind artworks. The selected pieces were meticulously chosen by Ron English, who says, “these artists…not only changed my perception of how artists could interface with the world, but they changed the world’s perception of art.” Works in the exhibition include classics by true hero’s of the New York street scene Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as exciting new works by Banksy, Faile, Mr Brainwash and Logan Hicks.  Additional artists to exhibit include Obey (Shepard Fairey),  Ron English, Anthony Lister, Bridge Stehli, the London Police, Crash, Kid Zoom, Lady Pink, Futura, Stash, Revolt, Blek Le Rat, Saber, and Daze. Exhibitions such as these, displayed in the heart of one of the most important cites worldwide, serve to substantiate the belief that the street art movement is far from over and has, in a parallel to the contemporary art market, merely suffered slightly amidst the global economic reverse. This, coupled with other exciting exhibitions planned for the end of this year and into 2010, demonstrate now is as good a time as any to purchase art and get involved with street art. If you are interested in Street Art and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works and artists we might have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • Spotlight on Jackson Pollock

    As a new theory that Jackson Pollock hid his name in his 1943 work, Mural is published we take a close look at the life and work of Jackson Pollock one of the best known Abstract Impressionist painters. Henry Adams in his book ‘Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackso....
    As a new theory that Jackson Pollock hid his name in his 1943 work, Mural is published we take a close look at the life and work of Jackson Pollock one of the best known Abstract Impressionist painters. Henry Adams in his book ‘Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock’, to be published in November by Bloomsbury Press has suggested Jackson Pollock hid his name amid the swirls and torrents of a legendary 1943 mural. The theory has met with mixed reactions from other Jackson Pollock experts ranging from no way" to "far-fetched" to "maybe."  It may not be possible to answer the question definitively unless scientists use X-ray scanning or some other method to trace which pigments were put down first, and at the moment there are no plans to do such an analysis. Mural, commissioned by the collector Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City apartment, is already the stuff of legend. In the 2000 movie Pollock having stared perplexedly at a giant empty canvas for months, he executes Mural in a single session the night before it's due to be delivered. This (standard) version of events, was originally advanced by Pollock's wife, the artist Lee Krasner, reinforces the image of Pollock as an anguished, spontaneous genius. However the art critic Francis V. O'Connor has debunked the story, saying Pollock probably executed Mural during the summer of 1943, not in one night in late December. Jackson Pollock's best known paintings only counted for four years of his work. The intensity and scale of Pollock's finest abstract works led him to be regarded as one of the most important American artists of his day, and his paintings remain incredibly popular to this day. He struggled with alcoholism all of his life and  by 1954 his alcoholism and depression had ended his artistic career and he died in a car crash two years later. Image Credit University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim 1959.6 / © 2009 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / ARS, NY, (http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/content/jackson-pollock/pollock.html) $test =
  • Damien Hirst: Back in Business

    This month sees the opening of the much anticipated exhibition Pop Life: Art in a Material World at Tate Modern focusing on artists who have sold themselves as brands.  For British art is there a bigger art brand than Damien Hirst and is he about to reverse the downturn is his art market. ....
    This month sees the opening of the much anticipated exhibition Pop Life: Art in a Material World at Tate Modern focusing on artists who have sold themselves as brands.  For British art is there a bigger art brand than Damien Hirst and is he about to reverse the downturn is his art market. The three month exhibition brings together artists from the 1980s onwards who have outwardly embraced commerce and the mass media to build their own 'brands'. Some of the artists represented include Tracey Emin, Keith Haring, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince and of course Damien Hirst. Damien Hirst, something of an enigma to say the least, and non more so than in recent years with his heavy hand in fuelling of the contemporary art boom in Britain, naturally takes centre stage; it is a London exhibit and he is a paramount contributor to London’s art scene after all. Famously in September last year Hirst took an unprecedented step for an artist and sold an entire show via auction at Sotheby’s Bond Street. An auction now infamous for rumours of Hirst buying up his own work, inflating his prices, alongside several rumours of reneged deals on work bought. It is an auction that on reflection now marks the downturn in contemporary art market prices. It is interesting then that Hirst’s appearance at the Tate’s exhibition should reignite his prices again, with recent auction results looking favourable for his limited editions. Even at our London gallery the interest in both our Hirst butterfly prints and the spot prints has gone up 100 fold over the past few weeks. Hirst, in addition to merely exhibiting his work, is offering an opportunity during this show to actually feature and become a part of his work, providing you are an identical twin. Throughout the exhibition, pairs of twins will sit in front of two of Damien Hirst's iconic Spot Paintings. The Tate and Hirst are asking identical twins to participate for a number of shifts of four hours each during the span of the exhibition. See Hirst’s You Tube video about the opportunity here. It would appear that along with the recovery of everything else that seemed to go wrong in the world, contemporary art is fighting back strong, with prices seeming to rise not only in Hirst’s limited editions, but also that other massive art brand Banksy. If you are interested in Damien Hirst and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works and artists we might have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =

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