The Art of Sport

 

 

ABOVE, CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: MR. BRAINWASH, MUHAMMAD ALI

“LEGEND” (LIFE IS WONDERFUL); A. BORGHERESI, MONACO GRAND PRIX; KATHERINE BERNHARDT, NIKE PANTHER; CLAUDE GARACHE, ROLAND GARROS 1990

 

Surf, skate, soccer, tennis and more… bring your favorite sports home this summer with these limited edition prints, art objects, and vintage posters that represent them all. With many sporting events still on hold, you can view them on your wall 24/7 with this curated collection from GC/EDITIONS. For more information, click images.

 

 

ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION ARTIST SERIES SURFBOARDS

Created by surfer shaper Tim Bessell in conjunction with the Andy Warhol Foundation, these Andy Warhol Foundation Artist Series surfboards were produced in a limited and numbered edition of 10 or 12. Read more HERERead More

 

What’s On Tonight? 12 Great Sports TV series!

 

 
There may not be any live sports to watch, but there is still great sports television streaming and on demand. Both old (The White Shadow) and new series (Peyton’s Places), from comedies (Ballers) to documentaries (The Last Dance) to dramas (Friday Night Nights) and more, here’s our guide to the top 10 sport themed TV shows you should be watching now — even if you’re not a sports fan!
 

THE LAST DANCE (above)

Now airing on ESPN and Netflix is The Last Dance, the highly anticipated documentary about Michael Jordan and the six-time champion Chicago Bulls. The 10-part series takes an in-depth look at the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty through the lens of the final championship season in 1997-98 with over 500 hours of previously unseen footage, and unprecedented interviews with former team members and management then and now.

The series focuses on Jordan — his rise as a college player and evolution into NBA superstar — along with behind-the-scene stories of Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, coach Phil Jackson, and other notable personalities that reveal the conflicts that ultimately led to the dynasty’s demise. The first four episodes of the 10 part series have already aired and are available on demand, on ESPN+ and Netflix, with two more new episodes airing this Sunday. Read More

 

Daniel Arsham: Sport Relics

 

BRONZE ERODED BASKETBALL, 2019

Daniel Arsham’s newest “relic”, Bronze Eroded Basketball, was released last week in a limited edition of 99. Arsham is one of the most prominent and influential contemporary artists, with a cult-like following whose new work garners a buzz similar to a hot sneaker drop — and from a similar demographic. Like all of this artist’s work, this cast bronze sculpture of a regulation size basketball sold out within minutes of its release. Read More

 

Not Your Father’s Sports Mag

 

 

A new breed of sport magazine has hit the newsstands. These bespoke publications are not the product of a big media conglomerate, but published by and tailored to those passionate fans who want a different point of view than your typical sports magazine. With an artful approach, bold yet unconventional photography, and words spoken softly over the roar — each of these delivers those stories that often go untold with a journalistic and visual appeal that transcends the sport itself. Read More

 

Decks of Art

 
 
ROW 1: GEORGE CONDO, SHEPARD FAIREY, KEHINDE WILEY, KAWS X KROOKED, KEITH HARING, ANDY WARHOL; ROW 2: MARILYN MINTER, ANDY WARHOL, KENNY SCHARF, DAMIEN HIRST, DAMIEN HIRST, JEFF KOONS; ROW 3: NATE LOWMAN, ANDY WARHOL, KEITH HARING, JULES DE BALINCOURT, JOSE PARLA, GEORGE CONDO

 

Andy Warhol to Keith Haring, Jeff Koons to Damien Hirst, George Condo to Shepard Fairey – many of the most important contemporary artists have turned the skateboard deck into their sporty canvas. The parameters of its shape create a unique frame, contained within are works of art that often reference some of these artists most important pieces.

For many of contemporary artists whose work started on the street, and who are often skateboarders themselves, it’s a way to stay connected to their roots. For the blue chip artists at the top of the contemporary art world, says collector and art advisor Glori Cohen, “the skateboard provides a unique cool factor at a low price point — and it’s a really fun way to collect art!” Many of her clients buy these skateboard decks for their children’s rooms. Created in limited editions, it’s real art their kids can relate to, that’s still collectible too.

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Surf Flick Classics!

 

FIVE SUMMER STORIES 1972

Summer has arrived and it’s time for another round-up of great sport flick classics. The beaches are beckoning and the Best of Surf is the theme of this collection. If you can’t make it to the shore, surf’s up at home. So queue up the DVDs and get ready to paddle out, drop in and ride those waves! As always, click the image for a preview trailer.

Let’s lead it off with “Five Summer Stories”, heralded as one of the finest surf movies ever made. This classic features all the great surfers from the 70’s like Gerry Lopez, Shaun Tomson, Jeff Hakman, and Margo Oberg. Filmed against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Nixon years, the movie portrays a young, outlaw sport at a strategic point in its creative evolution. Read More

 

Love Means Zero

 

 

Even if you don’t follow tennis, the name Nick Bollettieri and his tennis academy likely rings a bell. Now on Showtime is “Love Means Zero“, the documentary which tells the story of this legendary but controversial coach, through both his own accounts and many of the players with whom he worked. Colorful archival 80’s and 90’s tennis footage (Fila, Ellesse, and Oakley fans delight!), combined with the weathered, or should I say leathered, 86-year-old Bolletieri’s braggadocio, makes for a captivating documentary anyone will enjoy.

Over the course of his career, Bollettieri coached such top players as Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Anna Kournikova, Boris Becker, Serena and Venus Williams — but none is more famous than Andre Agassi, the primary focus of the film. Their 10-year partnership brought both player and coach tennis stardom, yielding Agassi his first of his Grand Slam wins at Wimbledon in 1992. Bolletieri shocked the world following that victory, however, immediately terminating his relationship with Agassi. Read More

 

Surfing Andy Warhol

 
ART ADVISOR GLORI COHEN WITH 5 OF THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION SERIES SURFBOARDS, PHOTOGRAPHED IN HER ART FILLED NEW JERSEY HOME

 
In 1967, Andy Warhol moved to La Jolla, California to make the movie, “San Diego Surf”, his homage and twist on the classic surf films of the late 1960’s. Surfboard shaper Tim Bessell was then just a kid, living down the street.

Fast forward to the 1980’s where Bessell was invited to New York by film producer Gary Binko and by chance met Warhol at the opening of the Playboy Club. As it turned out, Warhol and Bessell had a mutual friend, another surfboard shaper named Carl Ekstrom. Famous for his asymmetrical surfboard designs, two had been used as props in the movie. Ekstrom told Bessell if he ever ran into Warhol, tell him he said hello. Little did he realize he would have the chance to do just that!
 
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ELVIS, MARILYN & MICK

 
Spotting him at the opening, standing with a group of models, Bessell introduced himself on a dare. Warhol didn’t surf, but was obsessed and enamored with surf culture. Taken with Bessell and his friends, Warhol invited him to hang out at The Factory and the offices of Interview magazine.
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