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The Propeller Group @ Prospect New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – May 14, 2014 – Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial, today announced the curatorial framework and artists to be featured in its third installment, “Prospect.3: Notes for Now,” on view October 25, 2014 through January

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Once Upon A Time In Marrakech

In March, FORBES broke news that the Wu-Tang Clan was planning to release just one copy of an album recorded in secret over the past six years. So we went to Morocco to get the full story -- and came back with a snippet of the mysterious record.
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The Marvelous Sugar Baby

The smell hits you first: sweet but with an acrid edge, like a thousand burned marshmallows. Then you’re struck by the space, five stories high and more than a football field long. The storage shed of the Domino sugar factory, on the East River in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, was built in 1927 to hold mountains of raw sugar due for whitening. The plant was shuttered a decade ago, yet its crumbling walls still drip with molasses...
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How to Forge a Masterpiece

The painting caught Pei-Shen Qian’s eye, but it was the price that affected him deeply. Mr. Qian, browsing in a booth at a Manhattan art show a decade ago, had stumbled across his own work: a forgery of a modern masterpiece that he had recently completed. He had sold it for just a few hundred dollars, to a man prosecutors now say was Mr. Qian’s co-conspirator in a long-running, $33 million art swindle, whose success stemmed in large measure from Mr. Qian’s skill. The painter’s surprise encounter with his own handiwork, offered for sale at a price “far in excess” of what he had earned, prompted Mr. Qian to raise the price he charged for his forgeries, from several hundred to several thousand dollars, according to a federal fraud and money laundering indictment unsealed on Monday. But Mr. Qian, who produced the counterfeit masterworks in the garage of his home in Woodhaven, Queens, still received only a tiny fraction of the money his three co-conspirators netted in the scheme...
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The Propeller Group @ Art Basel Hong Kong

The Propeller Group presents their series of altered original oil paintings of Lenin at Art Basel Hong Kong exploring the public memorialization of revolutionary political leadership post Cold War, in the context of hyper-capitalism as it hinges on the verge of the cult of personality and celebrityhood...
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Cash Rules Everything Around Me

The music world is already squirming with anticipation over Wu-Tang Clan's upcoming LP, A Better Tomorrow, but it turns out the New York hip-hop legends have another – let's say, more relic-like – album in the works. In a new interview with Forbes, RZA says the group plans to sell one copy of a previously unannounced, 31-track double LP The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shoalin. "We're about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before," the rapper says. "We're about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We're making a single-sale collector's item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king."
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The Propeller Group at Creative Capital

The Propeller Group presents at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat from Creative Capital on Vimeo.

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The Propeller Group – Home Away

Still from The Guerillas Of Cu Chi, 20:04 min. 2048 x 1152. 25p. Color. Stereo.

Still from The Guerillas Of Cu Chi, 20:04 min. 2048 x 1152. 25p. Color. Stereo.

Curator: Kris Kuramitsu
Location: Armory Center for the Arts, 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena CA 91103
Opening Reception: 10/12/2013, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Exhibition

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The Propeller Group Lived, Lives, Will Live!

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The Propeller Group
Lived, Lives, Will Live!
September 12 – October 26, 2013
Vernissage: Thursday, September 12, 6-8 PM

Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles-based collective The Propeller Group—formed by Phunam, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen in 2006—will

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Enemy’s Enemy

Tuan Andrew Nguyen discusses his sculptural response to the official monument commemorating Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc, who performed self-immolation in 1963 in protest of the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. Describing three iterations of his baseball-bat sculpture that he produced in collaboration with an artisan in Hue, Tuan Andrew Nguyen comments on the Vietnamese tradition of wood carving and reflects on the expansionist military symbolism of American baseball.
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