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 today at Covent Garden in London. It is the first time that Koons’s Rabbit balloon has been shown in the UK .
Photos by Butterfly
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.
Rabbit is on display in the South Hall, Market Building, Covent Garden, London.
Pop Life: Art in a Material World is on display at Tate Modern from 1 October – 17 January 2010.
Banksy’s website has been finally updated with a lot of outdoor pictures, ending long discussions about whether or not he was behind ingenius masterpieces.
Earlier in March 2009
More on his website www.banksy.co.uk
With the help of a friend NoLionsInEngland we decided to see a closer version of the Highwayman stencil that appeared on the roof of the Great Western Studios complex near Westbourne Park. Banksy or not Banksy, the mystery still remains, but the placement is spot on.
Situated between the A40 London artery and the main rail line into Paddington although visible far away it is almost impossible to capture with a camera without a couple of risks…
So armed with a ladder, we had some views over the railway
and then slowed down on the A40…
This summer the ICA is screening the Beautiful Losers documentary directed by Aaron Rose.
Beautiful Losers celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural movements of a generation. In the early 1990’s a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the “establishment” art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture. Starring a selection of artists who are considered leaders within this culture, Beautiful Losers focuses on the telling of personal stories…speaking to themes of what happens when the outside becomes “in” as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today’s youth.
On Thursday 6th August there will be a Slam City launch for the film at 8.30pm, with a Q&A and party. http://www.ica.org.uk/Beautiful Losers+20478.twl
In anticipation of the imminent release of his new book “Shinganist,” Usugrow has rallied the book’s contributors , USUGROW, MOZYSKEY, TOSHIKAZU NOZAKA, BENE and JUN KANEKO to action for this show at StolenSpace, London.
Together, these five Japanese artists took over the walls of the Gallery with stunning new works on canvas, paper, wood and felt, straddling the fine line of street art, skate and tattoo culture, while simultaneously drawing inspiration from centuries of traditional Japanese imagery.
“Shinagist” is running from 23 July 09 to 09 August 09
Photos by S.Butterfly