Archive: Art Stars

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)

Deep fried saxophones, Boo-yah!

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The High Line’s art scene is always vibrant, but rarely deep fried. Until now. Artist Jamal Cyrus presents “Texas Fried Tenor” on Saturday November 16, at 2pm at the 14th Street Passage. It is a performance art piece that grapples with racial issues in American history, blending an instrument of the blues & jazz age with the southern stereotype of cuisine defined by the fryer. It promises to be an interesting and provocative show that is sure to surprise and intrigue city tots!

Raneytown at Babesta!

We are super psyched to have partnered with Uprise Art to present artist Rebeca Raney at Babesta! We took down our awesome pink unicorn from our arched wall, and the folks from Uprise proceeded to hang a series of Raney’s black and white paintings  on wooden plaques against our grey wall. Her style is simple and her subjects are mouthless (much like our fave feline, Hello Kitty) yet seem to inhabit a happy world of flowers, llamas and flowing hair.

Raney, born in 1980 in Miami, now creates her artwork from her Brooklyn studio. She recently collaborated with Madewell for a capsule collection, and had a solo show at the prestigious Art Basel Miami. We’re stoked to have her in the house at Babesta! Check out her work in the store at 56 Warren Street, NYC or online at www.babesta.com/rebecca_raney.

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Uprise Art and Rebeca Raney at Babesta.

 

Uprise Art and Rebeca Raney at Babesta.

Uprise Art and Rebeca Raney at Babesta.

Raneytown - Rebeca Raney - at Babesta through collaboration with Uprise Art

Rebeca Raney’s artwork at Babesta paired with hand knit dolls by Two Little Stix.

 

Back to Skool

The school year tends to sneak up on you, huh?  Well, for our readers in the San Francisco area, we have some super cool news that sprung up just as suddenly…

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San Francisco’s Store1AMSF is playing host to a super rad pop up shop featuring the work of our friends over at New Skool.  We love their hip-hop/graffiti inspired fresh take on kids’ apparel (you can shop the brand by clicking on their name above) and the art is off the hook, so of course we were really excited to hear about their pop up.   Up until Sept. 21st, be sure not to miss out!

 

 

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