Retna in West Palm Beach

The grand opening of the Restoration Hardware building on Okeechobee Boulevard is scheduled to have its grand opening on November 19th. A mural by Retna is on the eastern wall of the building. The project was done in conjunction with the West Palm Beach Art in Public Places program.

One of the requirements of Public Places program is that each new art project contribute at least one percent of a project’s cost. Retna’s work, valued at $500,000, meets that requirement.

Retna is based in Los Angeles, but has been doing public projects around the world and currently has a solo exhibition at the Maddox Gallery in London. He designed sets for the San Francisco Opera’s production of Aida and created the cover for Justin Bieber’s Purpose album.

Shepard Fairey Damaged

A documentary, called Obey Giant, that traces Shepard Fairey’s career, is going to premier on Hulu this month. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker James Moll and Golden Globe-winner James Franco are the executive producers of the film.

The film is set to be released on November 11, the same day that Damaged, a show with about 200 new paintings, is scheduled to open in a Chinatown warehouse in Los Angeles.

In a New York Times interview, Fairey explained that he is not just looking at societal problems, but trying to find solutions. “Our approach to the environment is damaged, our political system is damaged and our communication with each other — especially through social media — is deteriorating,” he said,“But this show is not all about me being angry and apocalyptic; I’m trying to diagnose problems and move forward.”

“As angry as I am, I think that in times of division, scapegoating and hatefulness, it’s important to look for common humanity,” he said. “I think respecting human dignity is really punk rock right now.”

Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 at MoMA

Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf were just three of the many artists who met, performed and partied at Club 57 during the 1970s and 80s.

Located in the basement of a Polish Church on St. Marks Place in the East Village, Club 57 was a place where artists could present their works without being bound by rules or expectations. No discipline or medium was off limits and the club helped to encourage to the growth of many talented artists in film, graphics, fashion design, music and whatever else came along.

The MoMA  show, Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983, looks at the history of Club 57 and its influence on the art world.
The show will run through April 1, 2018.

Retna, Et Cetera at VFA

We have works by Keith Haring and other Club 57 artists available in our gallery. Please contact us if you would like more information about these or any of the other work available at VFA.