Archive: Art Stars

Banksy vs. Pranksy No. 6

This gorgeous girl was brave enough to take on one of the most provocative shots, that made a great ending to the shoot (and beginning to whatever happens next). We blended two of our favorite iconic Banksy images, the finger-in-the-nose Statue of Liberty and  ”Laugh now, but someday we’ll be in charge”, something ever true about our toddler models.

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To Do in NY: Street Art Exhibit at MCNY

city as canvas

We’re totally excited about the exhibit City as Canvas at the Museum of the City of New York going on now. The robust art collection of street artist Martin Wong (1946-1999) is on display until July 27th, and it’s something to see. Wong, who was a noted East Village artist, had amassed a collection of his contemporaries’ work in the 70s and 80s, including art by Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lady Pink, Futura 2000 and more. His collection, as well as Wong’s own work, much of which has never been seen, will be on display at this encyclopedic exhibit of street art styles and techniques. The show is a celebration of urban self-expressionism, housed in the lovely and bite-sized Museum of the City of New York, strategically located right next to Central Park at 103rd. Runs February 4–July 27, 2014.

Shown: A-OneThe Spirit of the Soul (1989), Keith Haring artwork, Keith Haring Foundation; City as Canvas (Rizzoli). Photos courtesy of the Museum of the City of

 

 

On Trend: Artful Childhoods!

It seems like everyone is getting a dose of culture these days. Books, art kits, dolls and even strollers are getting artful makeovers, re-rendering our homes, playrooms and “stuff” into museums. Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo and more grace our favorite products.

1.La Miniatura Keith Haring inspired cardigan; 2. Frida Kahlo doll by Late Greats; 3. Andy Warhol puzzle; 4. Frida Kahlo book; 5. Andy Warhol magnets 6. Keith Haring stacking figures.

Cool artful products for kids, from Keith Haring blocks and cardigans to Andy Warhol puzzles and Frida Kahlo dolls.

Cool artful products for kids, from Keith Haring blocks and cardigans to Andy Warhol puzzles and Frida Kahlo dolls.

 

Banksy vs. Pranksy No. 2

Some of our references are a bit looser! We wanted to use the banana, because it was fun, but and let the kids do what they would with the fruit! We also added a little philosophical reference, legitimizing their observation by attribution (only viewable in the video!)

Photographer: Katrina Tang Style Director: Michel Onofrio Hair & Makeup: Laura Castellano

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Introducing Pranksy & the Playground Mob a playful take on street artist Banksy

Art imitates life and fashion imitates art and art imitates fashion and life imitates art and fashion. The derivative nature of pop culture, the constant mixing and remixing and changing elements got us thinking as we embarked upon our latest fashion story.  Amidst all of the Banksy buzz at the end of last year, we tried to imagine what that life was like on our Babesta terms  - what was the elusive artist like as a kid? What would a child version of the provocateur do? be like? look like? Then growing up  from graffiti artist to toast of the town, embraced by the elite art circles, while maintaining street cred – the story arch is that of any little guy who made it big – it’s Katniss, Rocky, the Rolling Stones.

Collaborating with Katrina Tang, the creative force with whom we created Mimi & the Magic Forest, we crafted a new story, Pranksy & the Playground Mob. A derivative of a derivative, reworking, reinterpreting the artists’ work from a child’s view to culminate in the story, the musical, the feature film, the creative output that is Pranksy. The child that was always silly, naughty, bold, who was told “no” more times that she could count, who wedged sticks in the wheel of the machine, and who lobbed some piñata-projectiles at life. But, after a while, got people to take notice, and eventually celebrate the risk, the pluck and the artistry. So we conclude, there’s Pranksy in all of us. The Pranksy spirit is alive at Babesta! We had a blast. I hope you like it!

Photographer: Katrina Tang Style Director: Michel Onofrio Hair & Makeup: Laura Castellano

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Musical Subway Turnstiles? We’re all for ‘em!

I’m an avid subway rider – it’s the easiest way to get around this city (and I don’t totally understand the bus system). When I read in NY Mag about one intrepid creative’s  (none other than LCD Soundstystem’s former frontman, James Murphy) concept of adding some music to the turnstile, I got excited. I remember seeing the piano stairs in the past and other such concepts, and love the idea of bringing a little fun and something unexpected to a rote ride uptown. Like wind chimes for people…Come on MTA, lighten up & let the music play! Read about James Murphy & the musical subway in NY Mag.