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New ED HARDY Exhibit: “Visionary Subversive” // oct.5-nov.2

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Ed Hardy: Visionary Subversive is a major exhibition of original art by one of the world’s most well-known culture icons. Original works presented by Varnish Fine Art at The Midway Show Dates: October 5 to November 2, 2015 Artist Reception: Thursday October 29, 7-11pm Closing Party: Monday November 2, 7-11pm  Co-curated by Hardy’s assistant Trevor Ewald and presented by Varnish Fine Art at The Midway in San Francisco, this month-long art show includes Ed Hardy’s self-described “Automatic”, “Crazy Animal”, “Eyecon” and “Rose of No Man’s Land” paintings alongside the debut of his porcelain “Paños” inspired by jailhouse handkerchief art. With a half-century of fierce dedication as an artist, art historian and writer, Hardy seamlessly fuses disparate artistic elements to his own personal history, telling the story of his life in art.  A Southern California native born in 1945, in 1967 Hardy completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2000, that school awarded him an honorary doctorate degree. He began tattooing in 1966 and developed the fine art potential of the medium with emphasis on its Asian heritage, frequently studying and working in Japan. Hardy no longer tattoos but focuses on painting, printmaking, and porcelain. With his son Douglas, he still operates the San Francisco studio Tattoo City.   Hardy has curated several exhibitions in museum and nonprofit spaces as well as showing his own works. Since 1982 he and his wife, Francesca Passalacqua, have written and published over thirty books on ...Read More »

GUEST BLOG: “TATTOOISTS, TATTOOED” EXHIBITION

By Serinde A tattoo exhibition? You mean, not in the corner of a tattoo convention? In a real museum? Well, it’s for real, and it’s happening now in Paris, at the Museum du quai Branly, which is quite famous for showing high quality exhibitions, usually specialized in anthropology and ethnology. And it is now showing “Tatoueurs, tatoues” (or “tattooists, tattooed”). Of course, having a few tattoos myself, and being both interested and a bit educated in tattoo history and techniques, I had to rush there, and report back on what this exhibit has to offer: The exhibition was curated by Anne & Julien (who’ve been involved in the modern art scene for many years now),and advised and directed by famed French tattoo artist Tin-Tin. The goal of the exhibit, as explained by Anne & Julien, is to show how tattoo, which has existed since ancient times, has changed, developed, disappeared, and been reborn to the art we know today. In the first part, named “from the global to the marginal,” the exhibition tells the story of tattoo throughout history, and society. You can view a mummified tattooed arm from Peru, antique tools, and amazing portraits of Algerian tattooed women. This part also explores the role of tattoos in the navy, and in prisons with, among other things, a short movie that I highly recommend: “La peau du milieu” (1957),showing the “underground” side of tattoo, at a time when the meaning was much more important than the style, which was, well, rather poor. Then, you enter the ...Read More »