We are FriendsWithYou

We are FriendsWithYou

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Founded in 2002 by the artists Samuel Borkson and Tury Sandoval III, FriendsWithYou is a fine art collective that has been spreading their trademarked message of Magic, Luck, and Friendship(TM) worldwide through its inflatable cartoon heads and winking art installations. Together they have forged their admiration with Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, and Arturo Herrera and have instilled in their artwork the powerful ability to trigger thoughts of happiness and curiosity in even the most jaded of audiences. This comprehensive book will explore a decade of FriendsWithYou, from their early street art interventions in Miami to their recent collaborations with mega-brands like Target, and their work on videos for Pharrell Williams. Originating at the crossroads of art, design, popular culture, and street savvy, FriendsWithYou's output is quite unique. By playing off the different disciplines - namely street art, design, high art - and using each as an element in the other, these artists are revolutionising the art world and widening the straightforward definitions of each of these disciplines.Lavishly illustrated with over 250 sketches, concept renderings and photographs, the book features FWY's prolific body of work in their unique graphic language. With contributions by Pharrell Williams and Takashi Murakami, this book will reveal never-before-seen insight into the Miami duo responsible for spreading the love.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 243.84 x 320.04 x 27.94mm | 1,927.76g
  • Rizzoli International Publications
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 400 color illustrations
  • 0847842371
  • 9780847842377
  • 935,953

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-Although they have worked in many mediums--print, video, sculpture, and painting included...but, despite the simple title We are FriendsWithYou, don't expect the retrospective volume to be flat. Once past the reflective shell, FriendsWithYou world unfolds through images of select project from their prolific 12-year history, accompanied by visual descriptions and personal essays by admirers like Pharrell Williams.- -W Magazine -In case you don't have the chance to see one of FWY's public works in the flesh, they've made the process of spiritual enlightenment through art all the easier by releasing a massive, shiny compendium of their work. It's called We Are FriendsWithYou, and, trust us, after flipping through its colorful pages, you really believe them. The addictive energy produced by FWY certainly jumps off the pages of their artistic archives...the effervescent pages activate a childish wonder we thought was long gone, revealing the surprisingly potent powers of smiley faces and rainbows.- -Huffington Post-Most Anticipated Art Book Releases of 2014. FriendsWithYou is a contemporary fine art collective that has been spreading their unifying message worldwide since their founding in 2002. Their aesthetic reflects the playful tastes of Murakami, Arturo Herrera, and Yayoi Kusama while they address these grander themes of spirituality and human connection. With contributions by Pharrell Williams, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Peter Doroshenko, this book reveal insight into their joyful body of work.- -Complex Magazine -We Are FriendsWithYou, the freshly minted, whimsically potent, comprehensive monograph from co-conspirators Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, portrays the duo's expansive work of paintings, sculptures, and massive installations over the last decade. Their mission? To spread the positive message of Magic, Luck, and Friendship, (TM) in an effort to stimulate new thoughts of happiness and meaningful interaction. Now there's a proponent for change we can definitely get behind. Even the metallic cover makes us smile.- -LA Canvas -We Are FriendsWithYou is a playful and extensive monograph exploring the art collective's owners Sam & Tury through their artistic pathways...this book gives depth and a proper lens into the art duo's complete body of work...- -Trendland.comshow more

About Pharrell Williams

FriendsWithYou is a globally renowned fine art collective that originated in Miami and is currently based in Los Angeles. Pharrell Williams is a designer, recording artist, and producer based in Miami. Alejandro Jodorowsky is a playwright, filmmaker, composer, actor, mime, comic book writer, tarot reader, psychotherapist, and author. Peter Doroshenko is the Director of the Dallas Contemporary Museum and has contributed writing to several contemporary artist books.show more

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