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Monthly Archives: September 2011

  • Record Prices for Banksy Amidst a Hugely Successful Night for Urban Art

    Last week saw Bonham’s, Bond St, London, hold their bi-annual Urban Art Sale. Needless to say it was conducted to a packed auction room and despite all the gloomy media predictions about an impending economic downturn, all lots demonstrated that the art market continues to show excell....
    Last week saw Bonham’s, Bond St, London, hold their bi-annual Urban Art Sale. Needless to say it was conducted to a packed auction room and despite all the gloomy media predictions about an impending economic downturn, all lots demonstrated that the art market continues to show excellent growth with record prices achieved for many artists. In particular, it was Banksy works that set a new precedent for 2011, and not just for original works. His signed editions too saw huge results compared to their estimates with the highlight being a signed standard edition ‘CND Soldiers’ selling for over £13,000.  Leonora Oldfield, from Bonhams, said "Banksy was the star of the sale. All of his works sold, fetching above their estimates, showing that the appetite for Banksy continues."  The sale in total realised £534,700 with a very strong 95% sold by value. The September Urban Show eclipsed Bonhams’ previous show in January this year demonstrating again that contemporary & urban artworks are bucking a current trend and it’s not all doom and gloom out there. For more details on urban and/or contemporary art please call our London gallery on +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com View our urban artworks here View our available Banksy works here $test =
  • Sparking new Prefab77 paste ups appear in Dublin

    Prefab77 have just installed 7 large figures on a boarded up shop-fronts in Dublin, as part of the Dublin Contemporary 2011 Road Works. They used reflective vinyl in these pieces which creates a really impressive effect when your car headlights / mobile phone flash etc hits it as you can ....
    Prefab77 have just installed 7 large figures on a boarded up shop-fronts in Dublin, as part of the Dublin Contemporary 2011 Road Works. They used reflective vinyl in these pieces which creates a really impressive effect when your car headlights / mobile phone flash etc hits it as you can see in the flicker photo slide show below. Prefab77 were invited by ANewSpace who in collaboration with the Dublin Contemporary 2011 have commission a host of Irish and international artists to cover 22 urban sites, as part of the festival under the title Road Works. View all Prefab77 prints View all the pohots on Flicker $test =
  • Fox brings a camera crew to artrepublic Brighton

    We were really excited when Fox brought a camera crew into the Brighton gallery last week. They were filming the artist as part of a day in the life style documentary following various creative people to get a feel for their daily lives.   The crew filmed as he showed Lindsay....
    We were really excited when Fox brought a camera crew into the Brighton gallery last week. They were filming the artist as part of a day in the life style documentary following various creative people to get a feel for their daily lives.   The crew filmed as he showed Lindsay his new prints and she was interviewed responding to his new work which is available on the artrepublic website. Fox founded  Salute design collective working with a range of different clients and well as on projects of his own. The documentary will be aired in October on Channel 4 so watch this space for more details. View all Fox prints $test =
  • New Dolk limited edition prints coming soon

    Norwegian graffiti artist Dolk has had his debut solo exhibition in Oslo this month, featuring a collection of ten new stencil works on canvas. To coincide with this he has realised two new silkscreen limited editions entitled Mushroom Girl and Balaclava. We will be getting both prints....
    Norwegian graffiti artist Dolk has had his debut solo exhibition in Oslo this month, featuring a collection of ten new stencil works on canvas. To coincide with this he has realised two new silkscreen limited editions entitled Mushroom Girl and Balaclava. We will be getting both prints (one of which has already sold out with the publisher) in very soon so watch this space for more details… Read more about Dolks solo show Be the first to hear about our latest prints. Receive exclusive offers and the latest art exhibition news, register your email today. $test =
  • Screen Prince's vision of Kurt Cobain

    In the week of the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvanas seminal album Nevermind we thought we would highlight this very topical silkscreen by Screen Prince of the late Kurt Cobain. Screen Price has created a series of prints featuring musical icons where using text images (Calligr....
    In the week of the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvanas seminal album Nevermind we thought we would highlight this very topical silkscreen by Screen Prince of the late Kurt Cobain. Screen Price has created a series of prints featuring musical icons where using text images (Calligrame) the words used by the subject literally bring them to life. In this case Kurt Cobain is bought to life with the words of the song ‘Come as You Are’ which was one of the tracks from the Nevermind album. Screen Prince hand-draws and then hand-prints all his work, making the colours and tones unique to each piece. View all Screen Prince prints View all music prints $test =
  • Eight Year Old Banksy Uncovered in Berlin

    A piece by the infamous Banksy has been uncovered on a gallery wall in Berlin.  It was originally done by Banksy for a festival in 2003, eight years ago, but was subsequently painted over.  Now for a new show at the Bethanien “Do Not Think”, it has been fully restored to....
    A piece by the infamous Banksy has been uncovered on a gallery wall in Berlin.  It was originally done by Banksy for a festival in 2003, eight years ago, but was subsequently painted over.  Now for a new show at the Bethanien “Do Not Think”, it has been fully restored to its original glory.  It took 10 days to remove 20 layers of paint to reveal the winged soldiers with smiley faces and machine guns alongside the caption “Every Picture Tells a Lie”. The Bethenian gallery apparently may paint over it again once the show is over but at least we’ve had the chance to see it again if only for a short while. Read our article about Bankys work in the Bristol museum View all Banksy prints $test =
  • Banksy Is No Angel

    “Banksy is no angel but he has left us a present…” is announced on an enormous pink banner outside Bristol museum.  Banksy has said a big thank you to his west country hometown by donating one of his works called Pink Angel to the museum’s permanent collection.  As a way of t....
    “Banksy is no angel but he has left us a present…” is announced on an enormous pink banner outside Bristol museum.  Banksy has said a big thank you to his west country hometown by donating one of his works called Pink Angel to the museum’s permanent collection.  As a way of thanking Bristol, Banksy has given the museum a replica sculpture of a 19th century angel with a paint bucket over its head, the remains of the pink paint dripping out of the bucket and down the front of the angel. In 2009 the sculpture formed part of the Exit Through the Gift Shop exhibition which was Banksy’s first retrospective show. Having graffitied the city’s walls over the past 20 years, this was the first time his work had been assembled in a gallery space. It was an enormously popular show and raised £15million towards Bristol’s economy. The elusive artist still managed to retain his anonymity whilst being part of the installation crew for the show. Meanwhile in Germany and eight year old work by Banksy is being uncovered in a museum in Berlin. It was originally done by Banksy for a festival in 2003, eight years ago, but was subsequently painted over.  Now for a new show at the Bethanien “Do Not Think”, it has been fully restored to its original glory.  It took 10 days to remove 20 layers of paint to reveal the winged soldiers with smiley faces and machine guns alongside the caption “Every Picture Tells a Lie”. The Bethenian gallery apparently may paint over it again once the show is over but at least we’ve had the chance to see it again if only for a short while. Click to view our current available Banksy editions If you would like further information of available works or to enquire about other works and artist’s we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com Return to our Brighton section artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Pop Art: Sir Peter Blake's Album Cover Artwork

    Sir Peter Blake is often referred to as 'the godfather of pop' and this label couldn't ring more true. We glance back at the often overlooked and always understated wealth of record covers Blake has designed over the past 40 years... Peter Blake as artist, man and personality has been a huge inf....
    Sir Peter Blake is often referred to as 'the godfather of pop' and this label couldn't ring more true. We glance back at the often overlooked and always understated wealth of record covers Blake has designed over the past 40 years... Peter Blake as artist, man and personality has been a huge influence in the art world. Not simply in his affect on the genre of Pop Art, but also on British art and design as a whole and in more recent years, increasingly on a wide-reaching collection of emerging contemporary British artists. His found art and collage works, some of which created decades ago, have transcended time and are seemingly as current now as they ever were. Such a unique quality to produce artwork that hints at the era created whilst appearing timeless in design has led Blake to be much in demand to create album sleeve artwork. This list shows some of the better-known record sleeves designed by Blake released between 1967 and 2011. The Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 1967 Paul McCartney originally envisaged that the Dutch psychedelic artist group “The Fool” would design the sleeve. However, noted 60’s art dealer, Robert Fraser suggested that a psychedelic cover would soon be forgotten and suggested a cover by a "proper" artist, Peter Blake. The rest as they say is history The Pentangle: Sweet Child – 1968 Blake worked on the cover for the group's second album release  The Who – Face Dances – 1981 Peter Blake was entrusted with designing the cover and recruited fifteen other British artists to paint portraits of the four band members. The now illustrious list of artists included Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Clive Barker, R. B. Kitaj, Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield, Joe Tilson and Blake himself. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas/Feed The World – 1984/ Live Aid - 2005 The first of the two works for the original and anniversary charity events. Both have since been released as editions commemorating the works and historical events. Eric Clapton – 24 Nights – 1991 Eric Clapton played a series of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall over 24 nights in 1990 and 1991. Peter Blake attended several of these concerts and produced a series of sketches and photographs of the shows. He drew the cover artwork showing Clapton on stage and the audience and stage on the inside of the gatefold. Paul Weller – Stanley Road – 1995 The cover illustration is a typical Peter Blake collage illustrating milestones in Paul Weller's life. Various - Brand New Boots and Panties: Tribute to Ian Dury – 2001 Blake and Dury were long standing friends and Blake numerously created artwork for both Dury and the Blockheads so it seems only right that he should paint Ian Dury's portrait for the cover. Twelve famous artists each performed a song from Ian Dury & The Blockheads' 1977 album "New Boots and Panties". Oasis – Stop The Clocks (single and album) - 2006 Sir Peter Blake provided the artwork for Oasis' first compilation album released in 2006 as a limited 3 LP set in a slipcase. Each LP had a unique sleeve and a 12 inch (30 cm) book designed by Sir Peter. Various - John Peel: Right Time, Wrong Speed - 2006 John Peel was the longest serving DJ and programme presenter in the BBC's history. To commemorate the man and his milestone, Warner Bros. put together a tribute album of tracks John Peel loved. Sir Peter Blake, by now intrinsically linked to the British music scene through his artwork, was asked to paint John Peel's portrait for the cover. Ben Waters - Boogie 4 Stu: A Tribute to Ian Stewart – 2011 Blake’s most up-to-date music/art project is for the tribute album to the boogie-woogie pianist Ian Stewart (1938-1985). Stewart was a founder member of the Rolling Stones and the first to answer Brian Jones' advert for members to form a band. Blake, like with so many of the musicians he has collaborated with, has a long history associated. Regarding The Stones, this goes back to the early album covers Blake produced for Chris Jagger, Mick’s brother. With the exception of one or two of these works, all of these artworks have been produced as a limited edition print. If you would like further information on availability or to enquire about other works and artist’s we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • Richard Hamilton obituary

    Pioneer of British Pop Art Richard Hamilton has died aged 89 following a short illness. He was working on a major retrospective due to be seen in London, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Madrid next year just days before he died. His 1956 collage titled ‘Just What Is It that Makes Today's Homes So ....
    Pioneer of British Pop Art Richard Hamilton has died aged 89 following a short illness. He was working on a major retrospective due to be seen in London, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Madrid next year just days before he died. His 1956 collage titled ‘Just What Is It that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?’ was considered one of the early works of Pop Art. In 1957 he also wrote a letter describing what  he thought Pop Art was "Pop Art is: popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, and Big Business" - stressing its everyday, commonplace values. Hamilton's second great influence on the art of today was his championing of the work of Marcel Duchamp at a time when his subversive Dada art was largely forgotten. One of Hamilton's masterpieces is his replica of Duchamp's Large Glass, which can now be seen in Tate Modern. He also developed a lasting friendship with Duchamp and had many replicas of the artist work he had created with Duchamp’s permission decorating his home. The 1945 show of wartime Picasso and Matisse paintings at the V&A in London Ied Hamilton back to studying art after a period working as a draftsman.  So In 1946 he went back to his studies in the Royal Academy only to be thrown out for not bowing to RA priorities. He then continued his studies at the Slade School of Art until 1951. After graduation Hamilton was a member of the Independent Group, formed in the 1950s by a group of artists and writers at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, whose symposiums contributed to the development of Pop art in Britain. They put together the This Is Tomorrow exhibition in London, at the Whitechapel Gallery which really put Richard Hamilton and Pop Art on the map. This led him into to teaching at the Royal College of Art (1957-61) where he taught and promoted David Hockney and Peter Blake. In the 1960’s he produced a series of works called Swingeing London based on the arrest of Robert Fraser (his art dealer at the time), and Mick Jagger, for possession of drugs. He also designed the cover for the Beatles White album. He said it was a response to Peter Blake’s cover for Sgt Peppers that was so full of people. It was the only Beatles album cover not to feature the 4 bad members. Throughout the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s he continued to produce works often tacking political issues and using the latest computer generated imagery.  He was very active in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and created a piece about Hugh Gaitskell the Labour leader who refused to back a policy of nuclear disarmament. He also made works about the Troubles in Ireland and the Iraq wars including his 1990’s image of Tony Blair as a cowboy. Richard Hamilton was also a prolific and groundbreaking printmaker. Since making his first print in 1939, his graphic work has consistently pushed the boundaries of how prints and multiples are made. artzine your guide to everything that’s happening in the art world $test =
  • Dolk's Debut Solo Exhibition

    This week witnessed the opening of Dolk's long awaited debut solo exhibition. Taking place in Oslo, Norway, the show marks Dolk’s official step from the street to the gallery space.  The new show, set in Dolk’s native Norway, features a collection of ten new stencil works on canvas. Beg....
    This week witnessed the opening of Dolk's long awaited debut solo exhibition. Taking place in Oslo, Norway, the show marks Dolk’s official step from the street to the gallery space.  The new show, set in Dolk’s native Norway, features a collection of ten new stencil works on canvas. Beginning his career in 2003 as an artist he has risen, through numerous sell-out releases over the years, to be considered a part of the international elite within the street art movement. Through the years, working side-by-side and in conjunction with, the best of his contemporaries he has painted in most of the large urban environments of Europe, Australia and the USA. Dolk begins his process by identifying an idea, a personal insight, or a socio-political commentary and then develops the visual concept to the point that he can create a stencil. He makes numerous sketches, and then deconstructs the image to identify the different layers, of which stencils are then cut. With this exhibition, Dolk moves into a new phase, where the "art" segment of the concept "street art" takes precedence. In his works on canvas, Dolk doesn't abandon his identification with the street, he uses, however, more traditional formats to express his personal ideals and social criticism. For the first time in Dolk’s work, the heavy use of traditional painting combined with spray-painted stencil has been employed on a large scale; an element that previously had not been explored. Street-art touches those that wouldn't usually go to an art gallery. The work evokes immediate reactions and the art form has been used to communicate with the masses. The thematic debate is current and lively and there has been a conscious choice to stand separate from the established art milieu. Anyone can spray paint on a wall, but only a select few artists have the talent to give their work the extra dimension necessary to set their own creative trail. With this exhibition, Dolk confirms his status among these few. Dolk’s works sell quick and we’ve only one or two available. If you would like further information or to enquire about other works and artist’s we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =

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