Feature: The Heidelberg Project

Vault // Friday, April 04, 2014
During the latter part of 2013, while art collectors, scenesters, and revelers were enjoying the warm days of Art Basel Miami Beach, the Heidelberg Project in Detroit was under attack. Long considered one of the most enduring and challenging public art projects in the United States, Juxtapoz contributing editor Austin McManus interviewed Heidelberg founders Tyree Guyton and Jenenne Whitfiled in the midst of one of the more popular houses being burnt to the ground. What follows was a remarkable conversation of the merits of public art, DIY creativity, and the preservation of the American Dream.

IN L.A.: Dennis Morris | Bob Marley: GIANT @ Known Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 04, 2014
This past weekend we stopped by Know Gallery for the opening of Dennis Morris' exhibition of photographs that made up "Bob Marley: Giant." Up through April 12, the show features 28 intimate portraits of Marley and his transcendence from Jamaican music hero to an international symbol of peace and social change. 

Update: Mark Ryden "The Gay 90's: West" @ Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 04, 2014
Well, its been awhile, and after some delays and about 3.5 years of waiting, Mark Ryden is set to open a new exhibition, "The Gay 90's: West" at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles on May 3, 2014. Mostly we want you to schedule a visit to see the show because a) we have seen some behind the scenes looks at the show and can say its worth your damn time, and 2) Michael Kohn is opening a brand spanking new space that is glorious and spacious and worthy of a visit. And yes we just went a)-2) on you. 

Bodyscapes by Sumyko

Erotica // Friday, April 04, 2014
Sumyko's lyrical black and white photographs blend body and landscape through use of double exposure, superimposing the naked female form with wooded plains and snowy hills. The works possess an eerie beauty and understated sensuousness. Sumyko, aka Francesca Ibba, is based in Maracalagonis, Italy.

George W. Bush Will Unveil 24 Portraits of World Leaders

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 04, 2014
Earlier this morning on the Today Show, much to the world's (well at least our) continued bewilderment, former president George W. Bush shared an exclusive, first-ever look at a series of portraits of fellow world leaders including his father. "I painted a gentle soul," Bush said. The paintings will be on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Center starting April 5th if you for some reason feel inclined to check them out for yourself. 

ARYZ in Linz, Austria

Street Art // Friday, April 04, 2014
Last month, former Juxtapoz cover artist, ARYZ, painted a new mural in the city of Linz, Austria. ARYZ was in Linz for this year's edition of of "Bubbledays." The wall is located at the industrial harbor part of the city, next to the River Danube. ARYZ calls the piece "Overprotection," and there is a nice video to accompany the piece... watch!

Roidssss!

Graffiti // Friday, April 04, 2014
Roids does it again. Never one to settle in painting the same thing, Roids continues to push the boundaries of his own spray capabilities (which seems limitless) This is one of his finest pieces to date!

Dan Witz "NY Hardcore" @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 04, 2014
Tomorrow Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be presenting NY Hardcore, recent works by Brooklyn-based artist Dan Witz in what will be his second solo exhibition at the gallery, accompanied by a printed catalog. With a career spanning over thirty years, Dan Witz is known for his tromp l’oeil street interventions and extensive studio practice. Applying old master painting techniques in the manner of Bosch or Brueghel to his works on canvas, the artist depicts hyper-realistic figurative imagery in portraits, landscapes, and still lifes.

Benjamin Sack Draws Complex Imaginary Cityscapes

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 04, 2014
Benjamin Sack's incredible cityscapes are drawn with extraordinarly complex detail and filled with myriads of miniature and sometimes recognizable buildings. "The overarching theme of this 'symphony,' Sack says, "is the hero's journey (viz the viewer’s) into drawings detailed, complex and rich in metaphor; a sort of modern, existentialist epic." Watch several videos after the jump...

Watch: Building Becomes a Playable Rubik's Cube

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 04, 2014
Puzzle Facade brings the experience of solving a Rubik’s cube to the urban space. It transforms the Ars Electronica’s media facade, into a giant Rubik’s cube, inviting passers-by to engage with an interactive experience that takes place in the city of Linz (Austria). In Puzzle Facade the player interacts with the specially designed interface-cube...

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