Grab These Sweet Skateboard Decks From Some of the Best Collaborators in the Art World
Maybe you’ll agree with me that the high-octane output of the contemporary art world feels more accessible and engaging than anything that has come before it. Fine art weaves majestically in and out of the realms of fashion and pop culture as never before, and climbing to the top doesn’t require access to some exclusive club in the way that it used to. We can all jump online and curate our lives or showcase our mad skills at will. It’s a vibrant time to be creative!
Of all the artists making their mark today, it would seem that the ones really flying high have a particular quality in common. They all know how to collaborate, reaching bigger and bolder audiences in the process. Bringing the work of some of these very movers and shakers together is avant-garde auction house Baer & Bosch.
These clever collectors have mastered how to tap the vein of the cutting edge, and made it their business to connect of-the-moment art with buyers looking for contemporary gold. For their anniversary auction – which kicks off next month – they’ve truly pulled together a pot of tasty treats. Check out some of the cool master-collaborators featuring in their upcoming catalogue:
1. Yayoi Kusama is the Queen of Many Mediums
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has been transporting us to other worlds for decades with her dazzling installations, zany sculptures, and endless dot-scapes. In more recent years, she’s shown the art world how its done in terms of high-profile collabs that collectors can’t get enough of.
Alongside creatively partnering with many of the museums and galleries that host her exhibits, Kusama enthralled fashion fans with her Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Supreme exclusives. Next, she vibrantly infused the luxury beverage market with colour by partnering with Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Now no stranger to the skateboard, Kusama’s infamous dots can be seen on her MoMA collab decks.
2. Kenny Scharf Permeates Our World With Colour
If Yayoi Kusama is the queen of many mediums, artist Kenny Scharf can be considered the king of do-it-yourself. As a contemporary of NYC artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Scharf claimed his own distinctively cosmic style of creation. Having conquered street art, painting, sculpture, and video, Scarf also glided into the world of fashion and consumables with impactive and high-profile collaborations.
Scharf shows that he knows how to blur the lines between the art world and ours in a way that we can all appreciate. From streetwear with The Hundreds, to cosmetic-creativity with Khiel’s, and on to the recent runway-madness showcased by luxury fashion house Dior, the artist’s trippy immersions remain as relevant as ever.
3. Futura Strides Over the Edges of Street Art
Iconic graffiti artist Futura first began decorating subways in New York City way back in the 1970s. Since then, he’s hit the edges of walls and just kept on spraying – filling canvases, gallery spaces and even stage backdrops with his signature abstract aesthetic.
Futura made his mark on fashion as early as the 1990s, with GFS, Subware and Project Dragon. As collabs became even more hyped, he added Recon, Nike, Supreme, Levi’s, A Bathing Ape, UNIQLO and Converse Chuck Taylor to his star-studded partnership roster. He also made a splash in the world of grown-up drinks with a very special label design for Hennessy Cognac. Finally, whenever other brands don’t quite align his creative vision, Futura turns to his own creative melting-pot Futura Laboratories to get the job done.
4. Takashi Murakami is the Playful World Dominator
Probably the most famous collaboration maestro to have ever graced the globe is none other than eccentric pop art visionary Takashi Murakami. The Japanese cult-status creative’s many partnerships are far too many to name in a single article—so much so, in fact, that High Snobiety published a top-25 list to give readers just a taste of that dizzying diversity. He’s co-created with musicians such as Pharrell, J Balvin, and Kanye; he’s hit the streets with brands like Supreme, Vans, and FaZe Clan; and then of course, he’s shaken up the luxury landscape, collabing with brands like Louis Vuitton, Vogue, and Hublot.
Just like Futura, for some creative projects Murakami turns back towards his own legacy. His Japanese Superflat art collective, Kaikai Kiki, has not only launched a number of other high-profile artists, but also set a Murakami skateboard deck a-rolling.