above: detail from the Jasper Johns Beach Towel for 2011
above: detail from the Tracey Emin Beach Towel for 2011
Works on Whatever and The Art Production Fund have just released their Artist Series Beach Towels for 2011 whose proceeds go toward funding public art. This year they have reproduced the art of only two artists (as opposed to four in previous years) on the 60" x 70" limited edition cotton towels.
The 2011 Artist Towel Series featuring works by TRACEY EMIN and JASPER JOHNS will be on view at The Standard Spa during Art Basel Miami Beach from December 2-5, 2010.
The Jasper Johns Beach Towel:
The Tracey Emin Towel:
I have blogged about these each year since they began producing them. Previous years' towels included artwork by Alex Katz, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Yoshitomo Nara, Elizabeth Peyton, Kehinde Wiley, Raymond Pettibone, Rob Pruitt, Karen Kilimnik, Richard Phillips, Ed Ruscha, Peter Doig and Marilyn Minter.
The 2008 Artist Series Beach Towels
The 2009 Artist Series Beach Towels
The 2010 Artist Series Beach Towels
The price continues to rise on these functional pieces of art. Priced at $95 each, you can purchase them, and available ones from years' past.
Buy them here.
WOW (Works on Whatever): is part of Art Production Fund’s WOW project; a unique collection of everyday items designed by artists. APF invites artists to experiment with the latest commercial materials and techniques to bring art off the walls and into homes as everyday objects. WOW introduces contemporary art to a larger community, with revenues from sales supporting our non-profit mission. WOW functions conceptually with APF’s program of expanding art audiences and helps fund additional major public art initiatives. Art Production Fund (APF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art.
Once again, the Art Production Fund and Works on Whatever have come out with their artist beach towels. This year, they are only adding two to the fourth annual artist towel series, each created by acclaimed artists Peter Doig and Yoshitomo Nara.
They make great gifts for the art lover in your life, or for yourself. Each towel measures 60" x 70” (double width), is made of 100% cotton and costs $95. each. Buy them here.
•To see the 2008 artist beach towels, go here.
•To see the 2009 artist beach towels, go here.
Above: One of this years' wonderful artist series beach towels
Earlier in 2007, Target and the Art Production Fund came out with a series of four artist-designed towels. The 2007 series (seen below) was a big hit and Target sold out of all four almost immediately. As a big Alex Katz fan, I immediately bought two of his. The towels are nice and large 60" x 70" and well worth the $50.00 for which they retail.
Above: The now sold-out Artists Series of Beach Towels from 2007
Now, Target and Art Production Fund have announced the lineup of guest artists for their second-annual collaboration of fine-art towels known as the Artist Towel Series 2008.
Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Elizabeth Peyton, and Kehinde Wiley have each created a limited-edition beach towel as part of the WOW (Works on Whatever) items designed by contemporary artists to bring art off the walls and into everyday life.
Above: Jeff Koons' Balloon Monkey beach towel
Above: Cindy Sherman's Woman In Pool beach towel
They include "Balloon Monkey," "Woman in Pool," "Sidney," and "African-American Man." The 60 x 70-inch cotton towels, which will be available starting November 19 for $50 on Target.com and worksonwhatever.com, will also be the official pool towels for André Balazs' Raleigh Hotel during Art Basel Miami Beach December 5 to 9.
Above: Elizabeth Peyton's Sidney beach towel
Above: Kehinde Wiley's African American Man beach towel
Proceeds from sales will support Art Production Fund's mission to support major civic artwork projects, while half of all proceeds generated from sales of Koons' towel will also support the Koons Family Institute, a resource of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.
Buy 'em quick, they don't stay in stock for long.
Santa was very good to me this year. And good to Abbey, my dog, as well! I received some of my favorite things from my This Next wish list and more!
No returns or ebaying this year (okay, I got doubles of a few things and will ebay those), so look out for them!
See more of my (now over 3000) shopping picks, categorized by lists,on Thisnext.com here.