Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Website Gallery: In Japan

There's a new gallery on Andre's website devoted to some of the work he's done in Japan. Below are photos of his 1991/92 colorful scenic designs created for the Japan Gold Disc Awards, an annual ceremony. The winners are selected based on sales statistics provided by The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Lady GaGa was last year's big winner. The 2012 awards will be given in January.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Experience Talks Radio Show Features Andre

The two-part podcast interview Andre did in November for Experience Talks Online is being broadcast on the Experience Talks radio show! Part One aired on 12/22 and Part Two is scheduled for Saturday, 12/29 at 8:00 AM PT on KPFK-FM 90.7 in Los Angeles. The show is syndicated to other Pacifica Network stations, so check your local schedules. Get more information here. You can also hear the original podcast interview and all previously broadcast radio shows anytime at your convenience on the Listen Page of the Experience Talks website.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Linked: Andre Miripolsky and Alfred Hitchcock?

Here's the connection:

"On January 17, 2013, Red Line Tours will host a public screening of 'The Birds' and a Q&A with Tippi Hedren to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hitchcock's masterpiece, following a private event unveiling Red Line Tour’s 2013 collector’s edition tickets. Designed by world-renowned artist Andre Miripolsky, the 2013 edition tickets will highlight the work of Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood and Sofia Coppola as 'Hollywood-centric' directors who encompass four eras of Hollywood filmmaking from the Silent and Golden Era to Classic and present day."

Click here to get the details, including how to buy tickets for the screening. And to get just a hint of what to expect from Andre in 2013, check out his designs that are being used on the tickets this year. A complete set of the three current tickets can be purchased from Red Line Tours to use either as gift certificates for the tour or as collectibles to keep for yourself.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Andre's in the Hollywood Christmas Parade

Andre's in the back!

Andre enjoyed walking in the famous annual Hollywood Christmas Parade with other Trustees of the Hollywood Arts Council. The Hollywood Arts Council is a non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to contributing to the quality of life in the community of Hollywood by promoting, nurturing and supporting the arts. If you're in the Los Angeles area, you can watch the parade on television on KTLA-TV (Channel 5) from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14th. Click here to find out about other national telecasts on the Hallmark Channel and the Armed Forces Network, and check your own local stations for syndicated broadcasts of this popular event.

Historical perspective: The first Santa Claus Lane Parade (as it used to be called) was held in 1928. In an effort to attract shoppers and their families to Hollywood Boulevard during the holiday season, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce came up with the idea of the parade. The Chamber started out by decorating Hollywood Boulevard with live Christmas trees and other Christmas decorations. Then to add excitement to the event, a live reindeer pulled a sleigh carrying Santa Claus and Jeanette Loff down Hollywood Boulevard - and that was the parade!

It's more elaborate now: More than 5,000 people participated in this year's event, which included a pre-show featuring acts by Cirque du Soleil. In the parade were 21 marching bands from all over the nation, eight equestrian units, six floats, 14 giant cartoon character balloons, and 52 novelty acts and cars, including the "Back to the Future" DeLorean, and the Batmobile from 1966. Actor Joe Mantegna was the Grand Marshall.

Jeanette Loff and Santa Claus - 1928

Monday, December 10, 2012

Andre Miripolsky and Elton John

Early in Andre's career, he created the iconic "piano keys" costume that Elton John wore in his 1980 Concert in Central Park in New York City. Below are two of Andre's concept paintings:

Although the video of the concert is now a collector's item, it is posted on YouTube. You can listen to the full concert here, or enjoy just a taste in the "Benny and the Jets" video below. (E-mail subscribers: click on the title of the post to go to the blog and see the video.)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Andre's Online Print Gallery

If you've ever wanted to own a print by Andre, you'll be delighted to know that at last he's opened an online gallery! Six images are currently available, including his iconic "Fear No Art" original slogan that he created in 1984 -- a phrase that's now ubiquitous. Click here to see your choices of prints on paper, canvas, metal, or acrylic. You can purchase greeting cards, too.

In order to guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve, all domestic orders must be placed by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on December 12th (Ground Shipments) or 5:00 PM Eastern Time on December 17th (Overnight Shipments). Please place all international orders no later than 5:00 PM (Eastern U.S. Time) on December 12th. Thank you!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Andre's Work in "Eye Candy" at Couturier Gallery

Andre will have two spiked bowling pins in the show:
one red with black spikes, one black with white spikes.

Andre's work will be in the Holiday Group Show entitled "Eye Candy" at Couturier Gallery. Show dates are December 08, 2012 - January 05, 2013. Please stop by!

Opening Reception:

December 08, 2012

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Couturier Gallery

166 North La Brea Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: (323) 933-5557


Gallery Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-5pm.   

Sunday, December 2, 2012

"Eat More Fruit and Veggies" - New Photos & Video

Let's give a sense of scale to the photo above:  Andre's "Eat More Fruit and Veggies" mural for the South LA community is 150 feet long and 7 feet high! (Click on the photo to enlarge it.) Painted with the help of art students at Wallis Annenberg Charter High School, it graces the Compton side of the Superior Market at the corner of 74th Street. Below are close up photos (notice the names of the students who worked on the project) and a brief video scanning the complete mural. Thanks to photographer Mark Clifford and videographer John Diamond for their work. And thanks again to Ed Fuentes for his KCET Departures post about this project.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Play Me, I'm Yours


Did you see Andre's piano in the "Play Me, I'm Yours" exhibition last spring? His sparkling piano, one of thirty scattered throughout the Los Angeles area, was hosted by the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The "Play Me, I'm Yours" public art project, created by British artist Luke Jerram, has been touring internationally since 2008. More than 700 pianos have been installed in thirty cities across the globe, from New York to China, bearing the simple instruction "Play Me, I’m Yours." In 2012, pianos were shared with the public in twelve cities from Toronto to China! Click here to see many more pictures and videos of Andre's piano being enjoyed by a delighted public.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Andre's CafePress Shop Has New Images

Have you visited Andre's CafePress shop yet? Two new images have been added: the iconic "ViVA L.A." and the inspiring "Dance." If you're in the holiday spirit, you can pick up ornaments and stockings. If you'll be traveling, there are luggage tags and luggage handle wraps. If you'll be entertaining, check out the platters and tea light holders.

This is the first time that Andre's colorful images have been available on so many different types of merchandise, all of it great for gifts and fun to have for yourself. Take a look!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"Forces of Nature" Auction/Show at The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden 11/30 - 12/2

"Hollywood" - 2012
mixed media 10" x 32"

Andre has donated a new mixed media piece entitled "Hollywood" to this auction/show.

From the Arboretum website:

"More than 75 generous and highly accomplished artists have come together in an exhibition on the anniversary of the catastrophic windstorm that struck San Gabriel Valley a year ago. Proceeds raised by the sale of the artwork will benefit the Arboretum Tree Fund, contributing to the purchase of new trees and restoring the haven the Arboretum has provided and will continue to provide for future generations.

"Curated by Leigh Adams, 'Forces of Nature' is a unique opportunity for the public to enjoy, participate, and contribute to this historic collection of trees, gardens and architectural landmarks. The three-day exhibition runs Friday-Sunday, November 30-December 2, 2012, 9am-4:30pm." 

Sales of the art will commence with a special live, silent auction the evening of Friday, November 30, in Ayres Hall. A reception starts at 6pm; the auction is from 8 to 9pm.  Arboretum members $15; non-members $20.  For reservations, please call 626.821.3237.

More information here and here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Andre Miripolsky's New Mural in South Los Angeles

Andre's colorful new mural in South LA encourages everyone to "Eat More Fruit and Veggies." Read more HERE on the KCET Departures blog and check out the video below.

Andre Miripolsky Interview on Experience Talks Online - Part Two

Experience Talks Online presents exclusive podcast interviews posted on the website. Carrying on the same tradition as the KPFK-FM/Pacifica Network syndicated radio show, the podcasts feature talented, creative people with experience worth talking about. CLICK HERE to read more and hear the Part Two of Andre's interview from 11/12/12. He has plenty of experience worth talking about!

Andre Miripolsky Interview on Experience Talks Online - Part One

Experience Talks Online presents exclusive podcast interviews posted on the website. Carrying on the same tradition as the KPFK-FM/Pacifica Network syndicated radio show, the podcasts feature talented, creative people with experience worth talking about -- like Andre! CLICK HERE to read more and hear the first part of his interview.