The Guggenheim Bilbao’s retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s iconic artwork just opened, marking the first thematic retrospective of the artist’s oeuvre. The exhibition includes over 100 drawings and paintings from the New York artist’s prolific career. If that’s not incentive enough, the Frank Gehry-designed building is always worth a visit.

Last sunday saw the Season 5 finale of the acclaimed medieval fantasy epic, Game of Thrones. For those who are yet to see it, fear not, there are NO spoilers here. Instead, Marcello Pisano of NSS Magazine has produced this set of illustrations especially for Highsnobiety, featuring an assortment of characters wearing some of our favorite streetwear brands.

The full list includes Jon Snow in Supreme, Ramsay Bolton in Champion, Daenerys Targaryen in GCDS, Cercei Lannister in Marques Almeida, Jaime Lannister in Supreme x UNDERCOVER, Tyrion Lannister in OFF-WHITE, Stannis Baratheon in Moschino and Night’s King in MISBV. If the finale fell short of your exceptions, this set of illustrations certainly won’t.

20791_1026920660669799_8281570278122651368_n         Villa Savoye, 2000
foamcore, thermal adhesive, lexan, ink
62.25 H x 44 W x 44 D inches

Sculptor Tom Sachs presents his small-scale version of Villa Savoye–complete with miniature cars—at the Fondation Le Corbusier. The exhibition opened April 1 and will be on display until July 6.

Selectism Visits NY Art Week 2015

18 de março de 2015

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We’re excited to present our first ever look inside this year’s New York Art Week. Walk with us through a few highlights of the shows. See our favorite pieces above and learn about the shows below.

The Armory Show (Image #1-15)

The Armory Show was the highlight of our 2015 Art Week. If you only have time for one show, this it it folks. The massive event flaunts an ungodly number of exhibitors, all organized into seemingly never-ending rows of booths.

Armory is “devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries,” so naturally, we saw everything from masters like Warhol, Picasso and Calder to new contemporary names like Gosha Rubchinskiy.

Volta Show (Image #16-23)

Although Volta sits right next door to Armory, it’s a completely different beast. You won’t recognize as many names here, but that’s the point. Volta gave off a more independent feel — it’s a “solo project fair for contemporary art.”

This is where you go to find the next big thing. Sure there are some less than exciting exhibitors, but thats goes for any show. We were particularly drawn to Brooklyn artist Dustin Yellen‘s “Psychogeography” series of sculptures (slide #23).

Scope Art Show  (Image #24-29)

We trekked to Scope after work on a Friday and were confronted by a full-fledged art party. Friends, free gin and lots of art in an open space.

Scope is interested in the now, showcasing the “most pioneering work across multiple creative disciplines.” This is where we experienced the youngest crowd and newest artists.

Paul Simonon: Wot No Bike

27 de janeiro de 2015

Few musical movements have had a look as memorable as punk. For the Sex Pistols it was Vivienne Westwood, wife of their manager, who masterminded the visual side; for the Clash it was their charismatic, art student bass player, Paul Simonon. His love of leathers, military gear and stenciled slogans gave the Clash a political edge: they weren’t just a band – they were guerrillas.

The photograph of Simonon smashing his bass into the stage on the cover of their 1979 album London Calling is one of the most potent in music history. Today the shattered instrument sits in a glass case in the west London studio where the 59-year-old devotes his time to his first love: painting. Along one wall an enviable collection of vinyl is the only other nod to his musical side; meanwhile canvases large and small, finished and pending, are propped on all three floors of the mews house. Keeping things toasty is a little Aga.

Un-punk the cast-iron cooker may be, but its utter Englishness is in keeping with Simonon’s artistic tastes. The romantic Suffolk landscapes of John Constable; the seamy London nudes of Walter Sickert; the gritty Kitchen Sink painters of 1950s Britain. These are the reference points for the oils and lino-cuts that he works on every morning. There’s a hint of Jackson Pollock, too, in his white t-shirt and jeans, and the DIY splatter paint-job visible on that splintered bass. “As you get older you learn to control your temper, although I have punched paintings across the room,” reflects Simonon during his day spent with filmmaker Baillie Walsh.

Simonon describes Wot No Bike, his show at London’s ICA which opened this week as: “self-portraits through objects that belong to me.” The jackets, boots, books and biker paraphernalia that are displayed around the studio. “I went to Byam Shaw college to learn life drawing,” he says of the days before he joined The Clash, aged 21. “But the teachers thought figurative art was old hat—too traditional—and so I lost interest. I did two months and ran away to join the circus.”

Paul Simonon’s Wot No Bike runs at the ICA, London, through February 6.

Mac Premo “The Stuffmaker”

13 de novembro de 2014

“Stuffmaker” sounds vague, even a little conceited. Anyone can make “stuff”. But artist Mac Premo does just that: his collage sculptures and prints incorporate wood, resin, paper, glue, film, photographs, and sound. They’re genuine and quirky. One installation is activated by sticking your head inside a hole: it’s titled “Totally Stick Your Head in This Hole”. Dutch filmmaker Bas Berkhout captures Premo’s approach and journey as a professional artist in this short film.

Premo grew up across the U.S., moving between D.C., California, and New Jersey. After graduating from RISD in ‘95, he moved to Brooklyn. He wrote and created everything for his one-man show titled The Luckiest Arab in Belfast. Premo was inspired to create the show after a gallery opening of his: he felt his work lacked a direct relationship with the audience, up on the white walls. He sought to correct this with this play.

Both scared by and fascinated with death, Premo is trying to figure out what we’re doing here, like the rest of us. Premo says that “To be the arbiter of good stories is to live forever”, a lesson he hopes to hand down to his two daughters. His stuff tells curious, intriguing stories so that he might be able to worry about death a little less. “We walk through life intellectually knowing of the vastness and uselessness of existence — and on a micro scale…really giving a shit about tiny things.” So go ahead: stick your head in that hole.

RETROSUPERFUTURE custom Honda NX650 motorcycle hand-painted by Keiichi Tanaami. After their exceptional accessories collaboration, SUPER commissioned the Japanese artist to re-design a vintage model in the same explosive style he illustrated their eyewear and phone cases. Basic Garage upgraded the motorbike with new pieces made with unconventional materials like molded aluminum side panels and black steel braided brake lines. The psychedelic speedster will be on exhibit at selected shows worldwide and is not available for purchase.

Photographer Andrew Kovalev heads to Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris, the sprawling weekend flea market one of the biggest in Europe. A maze of furniture sellers, art dealers, bric-a-brac and vintage everything, a trip to this hectic tourist destination is a manic Sunday morning well-spent. Here we meet some of the markets regular fixtures, traders who specialise in everything from taxidermy to ’60s Brazilian design, shot in classic portrait form beside their treasured finds. See and read more here.

Following the short film on sound sculptor Nik NowakSennhesier and Spotify share with us the inspiring work of Pedro Reyes, a Mexican artist who turns violent bangs into musical clangs. As one of the 100 creatives to be showcased for their MOMENTUM campaign, Reyes’s “momentum” is seen in his ongoing fight against gun violence. With the realization that “sound reveals the true nature of things,” Reyes picks up where he left off by reversing the fear that weapons produce. Using guns as the building blocks of his handmade instruments, Reyes creatively transforms violent objects into facilitators of happiness. To see his latest audiovisual exhibition, watch the short film below and head over to Momentum’s YouTube channel to see more of the campaign’s inspiring sound stories.

Henrique Oliveira ‘Tumours’

20 de junho de 2014

Crane TV continue their series focusing on the creative folk of Brazil with a film following Henrique Oliveira, an incredible sculptor who you may remember from this large-scale work at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Here, we watch as he constructs his biggest piece to date, back in his home town of São Paulo, using found and recycled plywood to create a sprawling mass of tunnels he refers to as ‘tumours,’ a comment on Brazil’s favelas and the treatment of those living the country’s shantytowns.