Recently, Superchief went to check out a panel discussion on Street Art at respected auction house DOYLE NEW YORK. Although Street Art auctions have been held (very successfully) in Europe since the early 2000′s, the Doyle’s inaugural Street Art auction, to be held this upcoming month on October 16th, will be the first of its kind in America.  In 2007, Sotheby’s auction house in London auctioned three of popular artist’s Banksy’s works, reaching the highest ever price for a Banksy work at auction: over £102,000 for his Bombing Middle England.

Since that time Street Art has had a huge presence in the contemporary art market. Although auction houses like Sotheby’s will often offer up Street Art works as part of larger pots, it’s surprising that in the birth place of the movement, an auction specific to graffiti and street art has not yet been held. Among panel topics were graffiti’s transition from New York City’s subway trains,  to city streets all over Europe, to the walls of galleries and museums, and finally to the bidding block of refined auction houses located in the center of the art world. The auction is featuring the work of many big names in Street Art such as west coast  innovators Barry McGee aka Twist, Margret Kilgallen, Shepard Fairey of OBEY fame, classic Bronx graffiti writers Seen and Duster, other east coasters such as Stephen Powers aka ESPO, Futura 2000,  the slightly younger Neckface (whose work  I remember being particularly prevalent when I was a kid growing up in 90s NYC), and of course the ever famous Brit, Banksy, just to name a few.

Superchief gang super engaged in the panel

The backs of our heads looking cool near COST

A smug, important looking ginger in a nice suit jacket. $5 bucks says it’s from Uniqlo

Panel moderator and Street Art specialist at the Doyle, Angelo Madrigale, is excited to be giving recognition to a form of expression that has taken the past 30 years to become a legitimate movement in the contemporary art world. Madrigale told art historian, journalist and panel member Hrag Vartainian in a recent interview:

“I think Graffiti and Street Art are the last true American movements. Even though tremendously important artists like Os Gemeos and Blek Le Rat have created great work while hailing from other countries, Graffiti is something that was born in America, just like Jazz and the Blues. The thing is, there was a time when Jazz and Blues musicians would play in Europe because few audiences existed for them in the US. Of course, America finally caught up and understood how important those styles of music are. The same will happen with Graffiti and Street Art. Wildly successful auctions are taking place in London and Paris, and the US will come to realize this art is a part of our heritage and should be celebrated and championed.”

Buff Monster

(from left) Angelo Madrigale, Hrag Vartanian, David Meade, Buff Monster, and Adam Cost discussing his work

Panelists pose together in front of a piece by COPE2

Other panelists included popular artist Buff Monster and David Meade, founder and tour guide of Street Art Walk: a walking tour throughout Brooklyn in which he describes and gives context to the ever-changing landscape through graffiti. Superchief gang got pretty geeked out over graffiti legend COST’s participation in the panel. COST got his name out there in a big (literally very large-scale, like the entire side of a building scale) way during in the 90′s when he and fellow artist REVS would go bombing together. They were largely responsible for the introduction of rollers as opposed to the more conventional spray paint approach to graffiti, as well as using wheat pasting and stickers. In more recent years REVS has gotten some notoriety for his welded works, which unfortunately are frequently stolen by Street Art enthusiasts, but you can hear more about all that in this here video we shot ….

 

Brooklyn born bottle blonde with tits that could feed a family of fifty

SUPERCHIEF SUNDAYS ARE FUCKING ill ill ill- TATTOOS & BBQ & LIVE MURALS & FREE BEEEEER

I AM. SOFA KING PUMPED. FOR SUNDAY. PRINTS AND LIVE PAINTING AND ARTWORK BY Sheryo Sherry Oh Pong Tom Costa Alexander Heir Claudia Ramirez Metro Zu Poshh […]

TRANSMISSION MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY FOR FNT 2014: FOOTAGE OF SXSW WITH MOBB DEEP, BABES, FIGHTS AND MORE (AND 50+ PHOTOS FROM TOD SEELIE)

FNT has been the best underground party in NYC for years now, and it’s spreading to the rest of the country now too, thanks to a successful SXSW event and a magazine with TRANSMISSION magazine. We interviewed Fight Night leader Bekim Trenova to talk about all that and what’s to come. PLUS: footage of the release of the magazine. PLUS: footage of the SXSW event. PLUS: footage of Mobb Deep’s performance. PLUS: photos by Tod Seelie. Yeah, we got all that and more, RIGHT HERE.

The Germans Who Dress Like Native Americans and Refuse to Return Their Scalps

Contributing photographer Jennifer Osborne has been working in Europe on a photography project about cultural appropriation of Native Americans by Europeans. In wake of Pharrell Williams’ controversial “Indian Headress” on the cover of Elle Magazine, this degree of Native Dress-up seems extra offensive.

GOOSEBUMPS “SCARED TO SEE A DOCTOR” RECORD RELEASE SHOW AT 538 JOHNSON (FULL SETS FROM GOOSEBUMPS, AJAX, MERCENARY, LIBYANS, AND LA MISMA)

Like an episode of Jerry Springer, but with more fireworks.

FIGHT CLUB: THE BEST OF FRIDAY NIGHT THROWDOWN

Following the news of Throwdown’s return at SXSW this year with a Texas vs. NYC event, it seems only appropriate to take a look back at the history of Friday Night Throwdown, and the coverage we’ve had of it here on Superchief over the years. For the uninitiated; Friday Night Throwdown wasn’t just NYC’s best underground boxing event, it was NYC’s best underground party.

TEXAS VS. NYC: THROWDOWN RETURNS AT SXSW THIS YEAR

The organization that brought Ford models, Marines and Bloods together for New York’s best underground party is bringing their business to Austin, and bringing with them a Texas vs. NYC event…and Superchief will be covering the whole thing, from start to finish.

THIS APRIL: SUPERCHIEF GALLERY NYC PRESENTS JOHN FELIX ARNOLD III’S “EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE”

From the world of UNSTOPPABLE TOMORROW, Superchief Gallery NYC returns this spring with John Felix Arnold III’s EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE, an exhibition of new works in painting, drawing, mixed media, installation, and sound. The exhibition will run from April 3 through April 13, and there will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 3 from 6-10pm at CultureFix on 9 Clinton Street.

HIGH ON HUNGER: JANE CHARDIET

“High on Hunger” is Jane Chardiet’s new zine, featuring personal essay, photography and interviews with 12 artists, including some of our favorites, about their 2013 and their artistic goals in the new year, along with photographs of each licking fire. It’s good stuff, so I asked Jane about her 2013, because turnabout’s fair play and that’s how the game works.

12 O’ CLOCK BOYS (BALTIMORE STREETBIKE REALNESS)

Whatever your city is doing, what the homies out in B-More are doing is 10x as crazy. 12 O’ Clock Boys is one of the hardest movies we’ve seen in a long time, hands down, exploring a city and a culture that just doesn’t give a fuck (and featuring Baltimore himies like Schwarz on the soundtrack) the film gets more done in it’s 75 minutes than most documentaries do in twice that.

TAPE BAG #1: I HAVEN’T GOTTEN OFF MY COUCH IN DAYS.

Talking shit on random tapes cuz I wanna. Round one: Mongrel, Skinny Puppy, Madonna, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos, Temple of the Dog and MORE.

R.I.P RICKY LUANDA OF CHAIN GANG

Ricky Luanda of the experimental NYC punk band Chain Gang, one of the coolest bands ever, passed away earlier this week from esophogeal cancer. Watch 10 minutes of the bands’ rare, legendary, batshit crazy 1980′s film “MONDO MANHATTAN” right here.

ALWAYS KEEP THE CAMERA RUNNING: MAKS SUSKI’S VIDEOS OF THE NYC MUSIC SCENE

Maks Suski has been hard at work documenting live music in NYC on video for the last 4 years; we asked him to compile a list of some of his favorite videos that he’s shot, a list that includes Japanther, Action Bronson, Death Grips, Culo, Crystal Castles, Limp Wrist, Black Pus and more.

THERE IS A TINY LEG A QUARTER OF AN INCH BELOW YOUR TENTH RIB.

“Although Tiny Leg’s sound owes much of it’s inspiration to the Oakland glucose and thumbtrack scenes of the mid-nineties, and has been called by HotFridge magazine ‘a thumbcore homage to the sound of Velvet Curtis and Taco’ and ‘a slick-stale, neo-juicy, post-hipster alchemy, somewhere in between gluke-wave and puke-base’ by PeckerwoodsToday, those sentences are too journalistic and not souague enough, if one may permit my french.”

DAWN OF HUMANS, HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS, AND PHARMAKON PLAYED PS1 SATURDAY NIGHT (FULL SETS)

PUNK NOT ART NOISE NOT MUSIC ACK ACK ACK ACK

TOD SEELIE’S “BRIGHT NIGHTS” BOOK RELEASE & PHOTO SHOW AT SUPERCHIEF GALLERY AT CULTUREFIX (VIDEO)

Tod Seelie’s book release and photo show at Superchief Gallery at CultureFix was a celebration of the last 15 years of New York’s underground, for sure; but it also kept an eye on the future.