Archive: Art Stars

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.

Thanks Bugaboo! Andy Warhol App for Kids

We’ve been touting Bugaboo’s collab with the Andy Warhol Foundation, and it’s not only strollers that have gotten a art makeover! Bugaboo’s So Many Stars app introduces baby to the pop artist with the artist’s iconic images and others that have never been seen! Download the App. if you’re a traditionalist, check out the Warhol goods at the shop! Andy Warhol Strollers, books, socks and more: Shop all Andy Warhol at Babesta!

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Off the Walls: 1970s Punk Poster Scene

Andrew Krivine posters II

Anarchy has left the U.K. and it’s relocated to Philly. The Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia shows off a collection of punk era artwork and ephemera, celebrating the rage against the machine, safety pins, combat boots, studs and grommets that symbolized the period. “Pretty Vacant, The Graphic Language of Punk” brings together works by Peter Saville, Gee Vaucher and more collected by Andrew Krivine, on view until March 15. Via Huffington Post.

**If you make it to Philly, you can join Robert Drake, host of “Land of the Lost” on WXPN, for a reception celebrating “Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk”  with a LOTL Music Mix by Robert Drake and libations donated by the show’s friends at Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street. Free to the public.

Extra Toys? No Problem! Make them a Design Element

cartoon chair by campana brothers

Ever since being wowed by the Campana brothers from Brazil, have I been looking longingly at the old toys that have piled up over the years. Here are some inventive solutions for the surplus after they have been played into the ground!

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upcycled lamp

Have other ideas? Let us know about them!

Car Mirror via Pinterest; Face sculptures by Freyda Jobbins seen on Laughing Squid; Lamp via Style Motivation

Check out more on Babesta’s Pinterest Page!

Need more toys to accumulate :) ))) Shop Toys at Babesta.

This is not a toy exhibit curated by Pharrell Williams

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Well it looks like we’re going to have to head up north to catch Pharrell Williams’ curated art show “This is not a toy” at Design Exchange in Toronto.  The exhibit drops almost perfectly in sync with the latest installation of ToyFair, the annual toy extravaganza with the newest, latest & greatest. The “This is not a toy” exhibition revolves around the “conceptual toy” ( bright and cool and attractive, but often dark or edgy, with subtext and less durable for eager and less coordinated hands). Pharrell has reportedly been collecting since the late 90s when he was exposed to the whole Japanese toy scene through A Bathing Ape’s DJ Nigo, and continues to enjoy the toys as does his son, Rocket Man. The show, co-curated by Williams and John Wee Tom, features 700 pieces on display ranging from FriendsWithYou (who did some cool zipper pulls we sold at Babesta & a great art installation at the High Line a few years ago), Frank Kozik, KAWS, Misaki Kawai, super star Takashi Murakami, and more. It’s a fully democratic show, featuring toys with values ranging from $2 to $2 million (the high end was a collab between Pharrell, Takashi Murakami & Jacob the Jeweler featuring bejeweled Pepsi can, bag of Doritos dubbed “The Simple Things.”) So if you want an artful vacay over the school break this makes our shortlist of great getaways! Check out some of our favorite art stars on Pinterest.

An Artful App

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We get it. Your kids’ a Picasso. And a prolific on to boot.  What to do? It’s hard to find the space for  all that work, but you can’t bear to part with it forever. Love this app that I just read about on Cool Mom Picks called ArtKive. You can save all the artwork digitally and bound it in a sweet book, so it’s easy to go back to yet fits neatly on the shelf. I for one am going to grab my unruly boxes of artwork-past and give this a whirl. Read more on Cool Mom Picks.  (pic from Cool Mom Picks)