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Murakami International Premiere at LACMA, Opens New Show at Blum & Poe

Takashi Murakami was at LACMA last week to host the premiere of his new film “Jellyfish Eyes” which some at the screening described as a Japanese “Goonies”. Spotted at the premiere: Jack Black, Eli Broad, Michael Chow, more. The film premiere was timed with his new exhibit “ARHAT’ at Blum & Poe on La Cienega which opened last night on La Cienega, after a dinner hosted by Lauren Taschen and Eva Chow on Thursday. The show runs through May 25.

Takashi Murakami and Jack Black attend Takashi Murakami's international film premiere of Jellyfish Eyes at LACMA on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Jack Black, Takashi Murakami

Tim Blum, Jeffrey Poe and Matt Bangser attend Takashi Murakami's international film premiere of Jellyfish Eyes at LACMA on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Tim Blum, Matt Bangser, Jeffrey Poe

Eli Broad and Edythe Broad attend Takashi Murakami's international film premiere of Jellyfish Eyes at LACMA on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Edythe Broad, Eli Broad

“Park Place:” Alec Monopoly Exhibit Now Open at LAB ART

Alec Monopoly is on a world tour painting the W Hotels starting with W Mexico City last September. At each stop along the global tour, he tags his signature ‘Monopoly Man’ on the hotel and images of Madonna (these images are part of the W collaboration and provided by Madonna’s longtime manager, Guy O’seary, through his gallery Rock Paper Photo, which he c0-owns with Live Nation).

Truffle Notes: Guy and Madonna have an annual Oscar party every year at his house off Coldwater Cny.

Debuting at W Mexico City last September, Alec opens each month-long exhibit with live graffiti on the hotels and Madonna portraits. Stops at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove on October 20, W Paris – Opera on November 14 and W Bangkok, W Hong Kong and W New York – Times Square are all scheduled for later this year.

Some of these Madonna images are now on dispaly at LAB ART on La Brea co-owned by friends of the Truffle and brother / sister team Rachel Joelson and Iskander Lemseffer.

The show opened with a collector’s preview on Wednesday this week followed by an opening event the following evening. Spotted at the Collector’s Preview: Adrien Brody, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeremy Piven, Tara Reid, fellow street artist Retna, and more.

“Park Place”, ALEC Monopoly’s first solo show in Los Angeles, will showcase 360 of the artist’s past to current paintings as seen on the streets worldwide, primarily featuring the artist’s satirical use of the iconic mascot from Hasbro’s Monopoly board game, Monopoly Man (a.k.a. Mr. Monopoly, Rich “Uncle” Pennybags).

The centerpiece of the show was a car imaged after the Monopoly board game piece – only this car – a 1964 Pontiac Catalina – was kindly donated by friend of the artist and Oscar winner Adrien Brody, and carries a $500,000.00 price tag.

LAB ART 217 S. La Brea Los Angeles,  CA 90026 323.933.1021 www.labartgallery.com/home

INTERVIEW WITH ALEC MONOPOLY:

DT: Which area of New York did you grow up in?

New York City.

DT: Who are your style (or artistic) icons, past and present?

Keith Haring.

DT: High school hangouts growing up in NY?

1Oak.

DT: What was on your mix tapes in high school?

Wu-Tang, Onyx.

DT: Which high school teacher helped guide you to where you are today?

None of my teachers helped me where I am today.

DT: Today you are:

A Street Artist.

DT: Do you have any partners in crime you regularly work with?

Free Humanity ( another street artist) is my partner in crime.

DT: Any current / upcoming projects, collaborations or interviews?

I am working with W Hotels on creating my artwork in Times Square.

DT: Tell us about interesting family members or close people in your life.

I love my little French grandmother who inspired me to paint.

DT: Tell us about any exciting new in your life either professional or personal.

My life is just really exciting right now I get to travel and paint.

DT: Interesting trips lately or coming up?

I just came back from Bali where I painted the W Hotel out there.

DT: What’s the next step for you workwise?

Just keeping up painting.

Photos in this post are via Aleim Magazine, Chris Hopkins, LAB ART, ALEC Monopoly.

MADONNA: A Transformational Exhibition. The exclusive traveling, multi-media exhibition features never-before-seen photographs of the music and fashion legend’s iconic 1980s street style shot by celebrated photographers Richard Corman and George DuBose. Debuting this evening at W Mexico City, the exhibit, which combines music, photography and pop culture, will be transformed during the launch event by famed New York City street artist Alec Monopoly with his signature style.

MONOPOLY GAME ‘COMES TO LIFE’ IN L.A. EXHIBIT

Artist Takes Monopoly Money for Art, Paints Oscar Winner’s Car as Game Piece

ALEC Monopoly's "PARK PLACE" on March 14th at LAB ART on La Brea

ALEC Monopoly’s “PARK PLACE” on March 14th at LAB ART on La Brea

LOS ANGELES, CALI. (March 5, 2013) – Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that L.A. Street Artist ALEC Monopoly will bring the game of Monopoly to life at LAB ART Gallery in Los Angeles, where the artist plans to sell one of his popular pieces for Monopolymoney and create a designer game piece with Actor Adrien Brody’s 64’ Pontiac Catalina.

“Park Place”, ALEC Monopoly’s first solo show in Los Angeles, will showcase 360 of the artist’s past to current paintings as seen on the streets worldwide, primarily featuring the artist’s satirical use of the iconic mascot from Hasbro’s Monopoly board game, Monopoly Man (a.k.a. Mr. Monopoly, Rich “Uncle” Pennybags).

“Monopoly has always been a great way to learn how the world turns,” said the artist.  “And with all games, as in life, we have the opportunity to start-over in order to succeed.”

“By using imagery from the game, I think the artist could inspire people to earn money in what is still a tough economy,” said LAB ART’s Iskander Lemseffer.

The artist plans to sell one of his popular paintings for $3 million in Monopoly money, which equates to 146 classic Monopoly board games that come currently stocked with $20,580 inMonopoly money.

“ALEC and LAB ART will be the first artist and gallery to make a Monopoly money transaction,” said publicist Cory Allen.  “Monopoly money is no longer play money”.

Actor Adrien Brody will land on “Park Place” opening night with his 1964 Pontiac Catalina, which carries a $500,000.00 price tag. The Oscar-winning actor is furnishing the collector car to be painted for the event as a real-life designer game piece by the L.A. Street Artist.

“I’m proud to support ALEC’s vision,” said Adrien Brody. “His work portrays a positive outlook in ways that reminds us that there is always a solution to a problem.”

“Park Place” will open to the public at the world’s largest street art gallery, LAB ART Gallery, owned by brother and sister duo, Iskander Lemseffer and Rachel Joelson, on March 14th, 2013 at 7:00 PM, located at 217 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, California.  For more info, visit www.LabArtGallery.com.

A VIP Opening the night before the show opens will feature complimentary round-trip rides from everybody’s favorite car service Uber. The preview was sponsored by Freixenet sparkling wines from Spain.

Local Soiree: Harvey Weinstein hosts Gallery for the People at Mr. C Beverly Hills

Last night Harvey Weinstein hosted an art show curated by Gallery for the People owners Ally CanosaEva Maria Daniels at Mr. C ‘Yacht Club’ (the hotel’s summer pop-up concept at the pool) in Beverly Hills.

Spotted: Maggio Cipriani & Ignazio Cipriani (brothers and owners of Mr. C), Gossip Girl producer/director Joe Lazarov, Geeta Fisker & Henrik Fisker (CEO of Fisker Automotive), Freixenet Brand Ambassador Diana Lado and Keline Kanoui (daughter of Joseph Kanoui, an owner of Cartier), Alejandro AgagDane Abbott & Sonya Abbott, Erika Christensen, Emma Roberts, Harvey Weinstein, Ally Canosa, Eva Maria Daniels, and exhibiting artists Antonio “Nino” Del PreteDomingo Zapata, Jordi Mollá,  Davyd Whaley (who provides art for the sets of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars who brought along a couple actors from the PLL cast), and painter Vanessa Prager (and her sister photographer Alex Prager — both ladies are L.A. natives).

After the show, the 4th generation Cipriani brothers treated their friends to amazing pasta and appetizers at the hotel restaurant.

The collection was showcased at Mr. C Beverly Hills for one night only before becoming available to collectors via Gallery for the People, beginning June 29th. The evening benefited The Art of Elysium’s Fine Arts Program, The Elysium Project.

Alex Prager, Vanessa Prager, Eva Maria Daniels, Ally Canosa

Domingo Zapata, Harvey Weinstein, Nino Del Prete, Jordi Molla

Keline Kanoui, Diana Lado

Vanessa Prager paintings

Mr. C pool

Davyd Whaley paintings

Mr. C pool

Pics via: Diana Lado of Followingdiana.com