news and events november 2006

From London

Banksy, the British art prankster is on a real roll this time, and it's a money roll. He has recently pocketed more than $100,000 for his version of Mona Lisa with green paint dripping from her eyes and nearly the same amount for six prints of Kate Moss in the "Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe" style. Bansky, who started his career with a can of spray paint like so many graffiti compatriots before him, does not give out his address. Perhaps the guerilla artist does not want his own house sprayed.

From Moscow

Calling all art pranksters! The Bansky of Russia is firmly on the scene. Blue Noses, who are actually two guys (Shasha Shaburov and Slava Mizin) are creating their own version of Dumb and Dumber at the oh so serious European art fairs. The self-described "buffoons", i.e. "fat, lazy, middle-aged and low-tech" do a form of social satire, for example, a photograph of two Russian male soldiers kissing in a snowy birch forest, or images of bad teeth. The duo are featured at the prestigious Paris art fair FIAC this season. Criticized in Russia as "hooligan artists", how can these two lose, especially in our day and age?

From Fashionlines

Chako's article "Coming of Age" with beautiful illustrations by Linhchi Tang is not to be missed. We don't have to long to be Goths, Rockers or Princesses just because we're not in high school any more! Check out Chako's cool tips on what to wear this season to live your dream.

From Paris

We vote Alber Elbaz as the most modern couturier working in Paris. His spring 2007 collection is how we want to look right now.

From London

One of the most spectacular exhibitions to be seen in a lifetime---this was our opinion of the National Gallery's new triumph, "Velasquez". Diego Velasquez painted the Hapsburgs when they ruled over Spain in the seventeenth century with a glamorous, glittering and knowing brush. One feels he flirted with danger in the not always flattering royal portraits that look so modern today.

From London

Art of the States is a brilliant exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in the Royal Academy of Art. Young American artists working after 9/11 tackle big issues of ideology and identity. We especially liked Kristin Baker's large, dynamic pop paintings and Terence Koh's white neon rooster. The young artists come from all over the country, but are especially concentrated in the New York and Los Angeles areas.

From Paris

Fashionlines Paris Editor Timothy Hagy takes our lucky readers on an exclusive journey to view the new art of famed Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane, now on display at Galerie Almine Rech in Paris. Slimane has single-handedly changed the way a generation of men dress and think about their personal style, so it is little wonder he brings the same profound sense of expression to his own art.

From New York, via Beijing

This month, Krampf-Pei Gallery is presenting the Gao Brothers' first solo exhibition in New York, Miss Mao. This exhibition reveals a strong shift in the techniques and formal content of their previous work. In Miss Mao the artists use cutting edge technology to create satirical images and sculpture. In other words, they, like comrades Banksy of London and Blue Noses of Moscow are shaking things up a bit in Beijing.

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