Damian Hirst ‘Spin Guitar’ at Christie’s

One of the star lots at Christie’s ‘Post War and Contemporary’ day sale later this week in London is this fantastic guitar painted by Damian Hirst.

The guitar, currently on display in the window of Christie’s in South Kensington, is made by Canadian manufacturer Carparelli, and painted by Hirst in his celebrated ‘spin painting’ technique.

Best of all the proceeds from the sale will go to children’s charity, War Child.

The sale takes place on February 17th and catalogues can be requested from lkresler@christies.com

Ralph Lauren’s “ART STARS” auction at Phillips de Pury

Ralph Lauren’s iconic ‘Art Stars’ project culminates tonight in an auction of the works in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust at Phillips de Pury London.

As we revealed back in June our own Katrin Fridriks created one of the 42 individual 3D stars.

Visitors to the exhibition this weekend have been placing silent bids on the works and the event will conclude with a party tonight in which Simon de Pury will personally auction a selection of the Stars.

For more information please visit: http://artstars.polojeans.com/

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HP ePrint & TRON: Legacy projection mapping in London

HP ePrint & TRON: Legacy projection mapping – Full Loop from Guided Collective on Vimeo.

As huge fans of the original Tron, we are extremely excited to see TRON: Legacy at the iMax in London very soon.

Guided Collective, a London-based innovation agency recently premiered this fantastic projection mapping project for HP’s ePrint mobile printing products a mere stone’s throw from the iconic iMax cinema, on the side of the equally iconic Queen Elizabeth Hall building.

The clip also includes audio from the fantastic Daft Punk film soundtrack, which has been giving our speakers a good bashing this week. Turn it up!

Amazing images captured on Google Street View

If you do one thing today, check out 9eyes.tumblr.com

This fantastic blog consists of awe-inspiring images found by users on the Google Street view service. Images range from jawdropping composition is bordering on fine art, to prostitute, puppies and police.

Make yourself a coffee and spend the next 10 minutes scrolling down a the long list of images. This is what the Internet was made for!

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Flying Lotus – Great music video, clever marketing

Flying Lotus – Kill Your Co-Workers from Warp Records on Vimeo.

Okay so we are big Flying Lotus fans, and also old school gamers, so it’s only natural that this video would be right up our street.

However what is really clever is that the designers, Beeple, have made all of the 3-D character assets available to download for free to allow end users to create their own works. Hopefully you will see some interesting and results at http://vimeo.com/groups/flyinglotus in the not too distant future.

In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy some pixelated überviolence (and some pretty sexy bleeps and bloops):

Enormous Basquiat retrospective at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

It may well be art week in London with Frieze and its many lesser imitators, but from where we sit, Paris is where it’s at right now (although some will argue that’s been the case for some time now.)

With FIAC a week away, this week city opening of the largest single exhibition of works ever seen in France by Jean-Michel Basquait, in celebration of the celebrated graffiti artist and Warhol collaborators 50th birthday.

And whilst you are there, take a half-day to head out to Versailles for the fantastic Takeshi Murakami exhibition: http://www.chateauversailles.fr/les-actualites-du-domaine/evenements/evenemen…

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World’s biggest tag? Momo’s Eight-Mile NYC Paint Line

A few years back visiting New York I noticed a line of thin orange paint dripping along the sidewalk. At first I assumed it was shoddy workmen however after realising it was a seemingly continuous line I figured it was some kind of guerrilla art activity.

As a fan of street art and guerrilla activity in general I searched the Internet on returning to the UK but found nothing. Imagine my delight last week, several years later, on finding this New York Times article via The Village Voice. Turns out it was the world’s biggest tag!:


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Graffiti and street art show to take over MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary in 2011

Given his high profile support of street art, most recently through Deitch Projects in New York, some might say it’s unsurprising that his first major survey as director of MOCA is what is promising to be the biggest and most authoritative graffiti and street art exhibition.

25 artists will be invited to do major installations, with more than 100 artists represented in total.

See more at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/09/graffiti-and-street-ar…

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What Does Your Soul Look Like? Live experimental music/painting event

Check out this video featuring Future Tense artist Jamie Shaw and Future Tense collaborator, cellist Peter Gregson creating experimental music/artwork as part of luxury spirit brand Courvoisier’s ‘Revolutionary Spirit’ festival in London.

Performed in front of a live audience with no prior rehearsal, the first half of the event saw Jamie painting as an immediate reaction to the stimulus of Peter’s music, whilst for the second part of the evening the roles were reversed and Peter created a live, improvised composition as a reaction to Jamie’s painting.

The paintings created during the event will be going on show at London members bar The Hospital Club and are currently available for purchase. Please e-mail sales@thefuturetense.net or view the works here:

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Takashi Murakami gives Britney a makeover for POP magazine

Japanese contemporary art superstar and ‘Superflat’ pioneer Takashi Murakami has given fallen idol Britney Spears one of his special makeovers as art director of the autumn winter edition of POP magazine.

Murakami seems to be increasingly happy to cross over from fine art to commercial media work, with previous work including the uber-kitch pop video with Kirsten Dunst: http://www.cinematical.com/2010/02/24/mcg-murakami-kirsten-dunst-as-a-magical…

Personally we think this is a less successful attempt, and that Britney is beyond saviour…

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