Where Do You Buy Your Prints? A Guide to Buying Great Work at FAB Prices. Cha-Ching $$

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Recently, I have become a fan of collecting prints. Since I am a student, this is my best way of collecting ART. And since we all He(ART) Art – I thought I would share my favourite places for ordering prints at REASONABLE PRICE$… now doesn’t that sound fun?! I think so!

Prescription Art has works from Street Artist’s RUN to DSCREET, to SHUBY and MIGHTY MO. The works range in price from a mere 60£ (sometimes less when they are on SALE – YES I SAID SALE) to works that range in the 1,000s. A fabulous collection of prints, especially urban art based can be found and purchased here. A website you MUST check out.

Buckshot Prints is another great website to find street art/urban art based prints are GREAT prices, although their collection is nothing compared to that of Prescription Art –  they still have SUPER works at INSANE prices – especially considering all works are signed and numbered! LOVE. (I just ordered my first RISK initial print from them – stoked for it’s arrival)

Or sometimes the best way to order prints is through artist’s run websites: such as Buff Monster’s newest site (All My Favorite Flavors Print above), as well as one of my FAVOURITE street artist Free Humanity’s website store as well – where you can find prints such Yoda Paint Saber (below) for a mere $50 dollars.

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According to the Street Art legend himself (follow him on instagram @FreeHumanity): “When you buy this print you are not just buying a piece of art work, you are supporting street art to thrive and sustain.
You are saying No to Social Manipulation and Yes to the Awaking of the Mind. You Can help plant positive seeds of your own by supporting The Free Humanity Campaign keep Conscience Art on the Streets.”

Lastly, If you’re out of school and looking for let’s say a more classic collection of prints of per say like Robert Indiana, Rauschenberg, Warhol, Matisse, and even Rembrandt, check out the fabulous website Printed-Editions. As a source for fine art prints, they have works from galleries all over the world at your finger tips ready for purchase.

Get Your Collection On Peeps, The Time is NOW. He(ART) the ART that you buy. Brighten up your homes. Brighten up your lives. Find an artist that makes you happy. Embrace it.

XX, DP

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: FREAKING OUT over an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture

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I honest to G-d have no words to describe what I am witnessing. After working in an Egyptian Archaeology museum here in London I have NEVER EVER, NEVER EVER EVER EVER seen ANYTHING like this. Watch this video… you will be spooked. It’s as if an ancient Egyptian’s ka (soul) is coming back to say something?! I’m FREAKING out!!! This is just CRAZY I tell ya.

I would embed the video but every time I tried for some MYSTERIOUS reason it would not publish!!!! (click on VIDEO to watch). I promise this is not a joke.

For more information on what is going on check out the article from The Independent.

XX, DP

Damien Hirst as a PR Fool? “Money Can’t Buy You Class” Mr. YBA

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Pre-Warning: Profanity is in this video. If you get offended easily this may not be for you.

Fabricated. Ridiculous. Mass-produced. Dots. Dots. Dots. And yet, how does the YBA Damien Hirst present himself to the WORLD? Our man Hennessy Youngman says it best:

Do your pose. Strike it. But maybe not like Damien… Regardless of how much money he has… he just looks absurd – and that may even be an understatement. Countess LuAnn from Real Housewives NY sings in her one and only single (thank goodness): “Money Can’t Buy You Class.” Now isn’t that the truth? Damien, take a hint.

Here is her vid incase you missed out on this…

Just saying.

XX,

DP

HUDSON @ The Viper Room 6/22/2013

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California based (Oklahoma born) artist HUDSON will be preforming at the one and only Viper Room (click for details and tickets) in LA this SATURDAY. Check out his single “Chained” below.

If you’re in LALA Land we HIGHLY suggest you check out the show.

For more info on Hudson and his upcoming shows, follow his twitter and like him on Facebook – that is if you want the inside scoop… why wouldn’t you?! He’s redic – and I mean that in the best way possible.

XX, DP

P.S. Shout out to our musical gal pal LP (@leanneperice) for the heads up. Good eye. GREAT ears. Just all around a FABULOUS human being. We He(ART) You!

Paper @ Saatchi Gallery

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Paper. Something we take for granted. Something we don’t realise has such value and importance. Something that gives meaning, purpose, and life, to something such as art.

Saatchi’s most current exhibition, “Paper,” examines different techniques in which artists have used paper as the main medium of their work. From statuesque figures (above), to creating water colour portraits of dictators from around the world (sorry I did not photograph it – it is kind of creepy to look at baby Hitler and baby Kim Sung II, along with Mussolini), the exhibition explores various ways artists have incorporated paper into their oeuvre.

Included as well in the show is something I never thought I would ever come across – an artist has taken paper bags, from McDonalds to Louis Vuitton (below), and has carefully cut out trees from the bag, which stand tall inside. I don’t know how to put it into words. But it is incredible. Such intricate detail in such a small space.

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Two other works in the exhibition caught my eye as well: what appears to be a room with an infinite number of kites attached to one another (below) created in brilliant colours is not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but the way in which it is created, through varying heights, widths, and such, is absolutely fabulous.

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And last but not least is this incredible maquette city (below). When I first walked by the work, I was like, “WOW. These buildings are so small, yet create such an impression. It is like a paper jungle.” And then, when you look up close, you cannot help but look at the incredible detail… but to do so you must bend down and get super close – or else you basically will have an aerial view of a town or city like you do from an airplane.

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If you are in London this show is a definite MUST. It will be opened till the 29th of September so you have plenty of time if you are in the area. No EXCUSES. The show has something to offer to all kinds of art lovers.

We He(ART) it (especially after seeing that disaster of a show at the RA)!

XX, DP

The Biggest Disappointment: RA Summer Exhibition 2013

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While every year, apparently, people look forward to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition… I can without a doubt say that this show was the BIGGEST disappointment – possibly ever.

I have seen student shows in the states, I have seen student shows at other Uni’s in Europe… but for such an esteemed academy, the work was anything but.

But actually. It was a massive disappointment. The highlights were that of the architectural maquettes – which are for sale; opposed to the six tapestries by Grayson Perry (above) whose tapestries entitled The Vanity of Small Differences (based off of Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress) are aesthetically appealing and visually/mentally time consuming when trying to grasp what is going on, however they are NOT for sale, and take a place on the cover of the book with works sold. I find this quite odd.

Did the RA know that all the works chosen were not so splendid so the work they chose for their cover is a work that is not being sold? I call this FALSE ADVERTISING.

I am not saying all these artists are lacking talent, but their works are heavily derived from per say Manet, Monet, Ellsworth Kelly, Alex Katz, etc. Or they are just plain horrific, and embrace numerous qualities of kitsch (ugh).

If I have no dissuaded you from visiting the show, and I do encourage you to go and have your own opinion, please let me know what you think. I love some great feedback!

XX, DP

STATIC @ Scream London

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SCREAM has in INCREDIBLE show entitled Phantasms of the Living on now until the 20th of July. STATIC, a collective group of two male artists (Tom Jackson and Craig Evans) that met during their childhood, have created elaborate photo boxes that incorporate numerous found elements: from dried flowers to diamond dust. While the focus is on the eyes, or at least from my perspective, I highly suggest you take a look for yourself. The show is intriguing and thought provoking. The artists’ encourage you to look beyond the surface, and that is something that you the viewer cannot hold back when coming across each work which is built upon numerous, and I mean, numerous layers.

Go and see for yourself, your HeART will be captivated.

XX, DP

p.s. Their staff is SUPER friendly so do not hesitate to ask questions 🙂

The Venice Biennale – My Afterthoughts

What struck me the most at the Venice Biennale was how I decided I am a modernist and I don’t know where my he(ART) lies in contemporary art. However, with that being said, I still found pavilions and artists I do admire and found some pretty incredibly intriguing works.
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To begin, Ryan Trecartin never disappoints and is always a good laugh watching his drag-style videos. While to me they are never a bore, it is tres interesting to find some people were literally passed out at one of his viewing spots in the Encyclopedic Palace. But actually, knocked out. Unconscious. This was not my case, for I was avidly watching his films, as I always do. If you ever get the opportunity to watch one, DO IT.
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In terms of Pavilions though, my ABSOLUTE most FAVOURITE pavilion was the Netherlands Pavilion in which sculptures were erected out of clay and wood, amongst found objects. The sculptures were a combination of portrait like busts in various sizes, amongst a wooden table that had a clay sculpted lady attached to the front of the table, in a viking-ship like style. What happens when the clay dries?? But besides all this when you were up close looking at the sculptures they had incredibly strong facial features that captivated my eye.
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The COREA pavilion was interesting as well. The iridescent building was without a doubt eye catching, and yet the experience inside was polar opposite. For the “show” inside the pavilion was for you to experience darkness and silence in a room with a few others for a mere 60 seconds. Keep in mind though – you can wait up to 20 minutes to stand in what some may consider a closet with no lights and sound – so you could try and experience this at home  – although I do not recommend it. Your roommates or relatives may find this odd.
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Anri Sala’s Ravel Ravel Unravel video series for the FRENCH Pavilion (which technically took place in the German Pavilion – they made a switcharoo) was nevertheless intriguing, captivating, and moving. I highly recommend taking the time to sit down and watch the videos – just don’t lean on the walls or else a little lady will come and make you move.

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While I know there are 50+ more pavilions to discuss, this is what I have to share for now. If yo get the opportunity to go, make sure you don’t miss these works. Trust me. They are some of the BEST.

XX, DP

Some Highlights from Venice: Ze Peggy Guggenheim Collection… aka AMAZINGGGGGG

Breath taking. Fantastic. Phenomenal. Incredible. Mind-blowing. MODERN ART… There are no other better words to describe some of the highlights I saw at the Peggy Guggenheim this week in Venice – ITALY, duh (p.s don’t forget she slept with a lot of these artists hence her nickname “THE MISTRESS OF MODERN ART”)…

Let the works speak for themselves:

ROTHKO

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PICASSO

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LEGER

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STELLA

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AND… last but NOT least… the most awe-inspiring combination of works that I saw – a Barnett NEWMAN ZIP hung above a Carl ANDRE sculpture. WOW. LOVE. OBSESSED.

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Enjoy. Take it all in. I am still working on it. But actually.

GET INSPIRED. GET CULTURED. He(ART) the ART.

XX, DP