Untitled (image of SpongeBob), 2010 - KAWS
About The Collection
“I have lived in New York City for more than a decade,” says Maria Brito. “This is the place where I draw most of my inspiration. The constant juxtaposition of elements, people, colors, styles, and the enormous creativity that can be breathed on the streets is what has fueled my own imagination and given birth to my company and where I have gotten most of my ideas. I saw the works of the artists that I curated in this collection for the first time in New York City, so they do tell a story, in part, my own.”
When we think of a creative getaway, we think Bahia in Brazil. First settled by the Portuguese in 1500, the state of Bahia boasts Brazil’s longest and most beautiful coastline, a tropical climate, lush forests, and a mix of African, European and Indian cultures. Home to many musicians and artists—Marepe lives and works in the bustling capital city of Salvador, Kenny Scharf has a coastal studio where he goes to paint, and Ralph Gibson and Clifford Ross have traveled to the region to make photographs—Bahia is the perfect place to seek inspiration while relaxing on a sandy beach and taking in the sights.
During a recent trip to Los Angeles, James Kalm took time to stop in and see the Art in the Streets exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. During this visit, he paused to attend a lecture by Carlo McCormick on the Graffiti Art scene and it’s historical precedents. Kalm’s renegade video features works by Kenny Scharf, Lee Quinones, Futura, Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee, Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Craig R. Stecyk III, Chaz Mister, RETNA et al.
Check Fest by Kenny Scharf
About the Work
Kenny Scharf‘ s aesthetic comes from the vocabulary of popular culture. His subversive vision brings together images of American consumerism and a population of vibrant, playful characters that inhabit his fertile imagination and are readily identifiable through his paintings, sculptures, installations and works on paper. In Check Fest, the simplified images, almost childlike, are elegantly organized in blue and yellow grids making them both a readily accessible iconographic vocabulary and a system of signs that translate complex social and political issues.
The Miami-based art collective FriendsWithYou — a partnership between Sam Borkson and Tury Sandoval that was founded in 2002 — got the second section of the High Line off to a good start with a celebration and installation of its colorful Rainbow City inflatable sculptures at the Lot, a vacant space below the northernmost end of the elevated park, last week. A+ was there — along with the sponsoring AOL execs and a bevy of artists, critics, curators, and High Line staff and supporters — to capture the thrill of the moment. View more photos from the FWY and KAWS events after the jump.