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Keith Haring Mural Discovered In Amsterdam

Pop art aficionados should sit up and take notice—an enormous Keith Haring mural has recently been unveiled in the Netherlands. Standing at a whopping 40 feet tall, the giant mural has been hidden from view for almost 30 years. It was completed in 1986, a mere four years before Haring died due to AIDS-related illness. This piece is the artist’s largest ever public work in Europe. Haring’s line art style is evident, and the piece features Haring’s X-marked figure riding a hybrid creature with a fishtail and dog’s head.

 

Haring had originally gone to Amsterdam to paint on canvas, but upon his arrival requested the chance to create a more public work of art. The Stedelijk Museum offered him the brick wall of their storage facility where the artist created the 40-foot mural. When the Stedelijk Museum moved locations the mural was covered up by industrial cladding and was forgotten—it was only recently that Dutch graffiti artist Aileen Madel discovered its existence and started the movement to have it uncovered.

The mural will be restored by conservationists Will Shank and Antonio Rava.


 

New KAWS Companion Series Sculpture “Waiting” to be Unveiled in Detroit

The new 17-foot-tall sculpture will be installed in front of One Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. “Waiting” marks the first placement of this new design: a parent and child in a moment of pause, composed of bronze with a black patina finish. It’s the first piece of work in Detroit for Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, who, in the past 15 years, has cemented himself as one of the most influential pop artists under the name KAWS.

The sculpture was acquired by the Library Street Collective for philanthropists Dan and Jennifer Gilbert who have been placing art throughout the Midwestern metropolis via their Detroit Art Collective. KAWS will visit Detroit for a public unveiling that will take place on Tuesday, May 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Yayoi Kusama painting to sell for estimated $7M to $10M, could break artist’s previous record

One of Yayoi Kusama’s untitled works is set to go on auction at Sotheby’s evening sale in New York on May 16. It’s estimated that the piece will bring in anywhere from $7 million to $10 million. Her previous record was set when White No. 28, one of her paintings from 1960, was sold at Christie’s New York for $7.1 million—a figure which already includes the buyer’s premium, while the estimated figures do not. The 2014 sale of White No. 28 made Kusama one of the world’s most expensive living artists as far as auction results go.

The piece is one of only a handful of the artist’s “egg carton” reliefs from the early 1960s. The composition is made up of cardboard egg cartons, cotton batting, oil, and ink on linen. Untitled is an articulation of the recurring themes in Kusama’s work: repetition, aggregation, and accumulation, which Kusama herself has attributed to her own neuroses.

According to Sotheby’s, the piece is being sold by a private collector.


KAWS Releasing Pink BFF Figure on MoMA Store

KAWS is releasing the BFF PINK EDITION and BFF BLACK EDITION figures tomorrow, Tuesday March 27 at 10:00am Eastern Standard Time on KAWSONE.

The pink edition will be the first release of its kind, while the black will be a re-release of the limited vinyl figure. The MoMA Store will also be releasing an additional blue figure on store.moma.org.


Massive BAPE x Keith Haring Capsule Dropping This Weekend

Japanese streetwear giant is collaborating with the Keith Haring estate for a special collection that includes BAPE bomber jackets with camo sleeves and Haring’s “baby” motif, as well as a full zip shark hoodie in blue and white colorways. There’s also a variety of caps featuring Haring’s famous “barking dog” graphic and a range of t-shirts and button-downs with camo details and loud prints. For accessories, there’s a selection of homeware such as cushions, coffee mugs and key chains.

The collection will be available this Saturday, 24th March, so stay tuned to BAPE Online and score some merch for yourself.


Heron Preston and KM20 Drop Shiny Mr. President T-Shirt

American designer Heron Preston and Moscow based concept store KM20 have teamed up for a shiny capsule collection. This is a perfect pack for tourists. Two pieces – a t-shirt and a fanny pack – are all covered in rhinestones. The graphically compelling t-shirt features an image of the Russian President on the front and the iconic СТИЛЬ lettering on the back. According to KM20, the T-shirt was created exclusively by Heron Preston, inspired by his previous trip to Moscow when he launched his brand together with them in May, 2017. They claim that the shirt is not a political statement, but is coincidentally apt for Vladimir Putin fourth Presidential re-election victory today.


Adidas Originals x Daniëlle Cathari to See Worldwide Release

The athleisure trend has recently been gaining ground as the “new casual” where the line between athletic  and casual has begun to blur. Aside from fashion-oriented brands that adopt the trend, athletic brands have begun to embrace the trend by taking original designs and recreating them with more feminine tailoring and major street appeal.

Adidas Originals’ recent collaboration with Danielle Cathari was Instagram bait during its New York Fashion Week debut last month not only due to its famous muse but because of the fun and fresh take on the classic Adidas tracksuit.

Cathari’s designs gave the original tracksuit a more modern and of-the-moment look, composed of  paneled and mismatched fabrics with a bright red, lime green and beige palette, all while keeping the iconic three stripes.

Previous to this collaboration, the 23-year old Dutch designer started by deconstructing and remaking vintage Adidas tracksuits for a class project at the Amsterdam Fashion Institution, which Adidas naturally took notice of.

The sold out collection limited release but a worldwide release awaits in the next few months.

Keep an eye out for the re-release here.



Elton John x Gucci Is Now Available

Gucci is collaborating with iconic singer-songwriter Elton John for a capsule collection. The Italian fashion house’s creative director Alessandro Michele is a huge Elton John stan and will even be designing the wardrobe for John’s “farewell tour,” commencing later this year.

The record sleeve from Elton John’s 1971 single “Levon” is printed on off-white tees and long-sleeved sweatshirts with Gucci’s latest SEGA-inspired font printed on the back. The vinyl artwork is also available on accessories such as tote bags, which come in two different sizes.

See the collection below and place your orders on Gucci’s Elton John page.


Sanrio x Jolly Awesome Release Hello Kitty Greeting Cards

If you’ve ever faced the struggle of finding an adorable and appropriate birthday/congratulations/thanks for being awesome card for your loved ones, your search is over. Thanks to this new collaboration between London-based studio Jolly Awesome and Sanrio, you’ll never have to pick up a tacky, last-minute greetings card again.

Featuring adorable graphics of favorite Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty and Gudetama, these quirky cards are perfect for celebrating any occasion – from your “born day” to just any day that your hair is on fleek or the when the whole squad is on point.

Grab a preview of some of the charming offerings above and shop the collection at jollyawesome.com and ship it to your MSB Europe address!

BEAMS Honors Keith Haring With OG Watch Collection

BEAMS has launched a new series of watches showcasing original artwork by the late Keith Haring.

Boasting 10 colorways in total, the timepieces are highlighted by vibrantly-shaded straps, of which can be interchanged, in addition to the pops of color on face of the watches. Ultimately, however, Haring’s pop art and graffiti-like work take center stage.

If you’re into the brightly-colored Keith Haring watches, visit BEAMS to shop the capsule today, and ship it to your US address to skip the shipping hassle.