Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
MakeMineMusic album launch with Piano Magic, July Skies, Yellow6. TheLuminaire, Kilburn. Sat 22nd Nov 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
I was pleased to hear that Dreweatts were returning to Paintworks in Totterdown again to host a preview show for another of their Urban Art auctions. It's been well commented on the forums that this set of lots is a slight step up the quality scale than the previous.. and I thought the last set of pieces were good. Indeed there is so much good stuff in this time that it's difficult to know where to start.
Some of the Nick Walker pieces are really good, particularly the set of framed Apish Angel heads and the Headless Astronaut on black canvas.
The Inkie's are great sat either side of the huge Eelus (The good, the bad and the moon).
The Seen pieces are really nice (again), wouldn't mind one of those :P
Some nice Dennings there too and the large OS Gemeos is superb.
I really didn't think I would say this but I really liked the RYCA canvas, not the Mondrian caravan, but the black (acieed?) heads on grey which has excellent textures and glossy deep blacks. Surprise of the show for me.
D*face is nicely represented in the catalogue, and a cracking display of his pieces I thought.
Ok, onto the Banksy's. Really nicely arranged around a large, central viewing area, there were some cracking prints and originals this time. Seeing a signed Laugh Now and Happy Chopper (quite possibly my holy grail) in the same room is always a good thing. The Vandalised Oil didn't disappoint but for me the Monkey Detonator was the best Banksy original in this auction. Like all the pieces from the Sevenshed show in 2000 what a scoop they have turned out to be for their owners. I think this one is good enough to top out the reserve price of £40-60k but we'll have to see. But where's my picture of it gone??
The Parla is lovely but I can't help thinking it looks out of place in this set of work.
Oh, and there's a Rowdy and Dora collaboration print available too.
Good vibes, great gallery space, nice to have some tunes whilst browsing and good to see a healthy amount of visitors coming to see the cream of street art work on show.
The show is off to London to preview in Shoreditch, and the auction itself takes place on the 14th. All the details of the auction can be found here.
My thanks to Mary x