New Book: "Houston Rap" by Peter Beste

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
A great new book from photographer and former Juxtapoz featured artist, Peter Beste. (You know Beste for this series as well as his series covering Norwegian Black Metal). Houston Rap is an immersion into the everyday life of the Houston Hip Hop community. This hardcover 272 page book features the photography of Peter Beste who spent 9 years documenting the culture alongside writer Lance Scott Walker. 

Incredible Photorealism by Franco Clun

Illustration // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Franco Clun has been producing incredible photorealistic drawings for half a century, and the impact of his dedicated practice shows in the work. "I always had overwhelming passions," Clun says, "and drawing is one of them. These outrageous examples of photorealism infuse reality with unbelievable sensitivity and flow.  

Opening: Kehinde Wiley "The World Stage: Jamaica" @ Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to announce that it will host ‘The World Stage: Jamaica', coinciding with Frieze London, Kehinde Wiley's first ever UK solo exhibition. Born in 1977, Wiley has already achieved international recognition for his highly naturalistic paintings of contemporary urban men adopting heroic poses directly referencing classical portraiture. Juxtapoz' London correspondent, Butterfly, made it out to the opening. 

Misaki Kawai "Hair Show" @ The Hole, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The Hole is proud to present the much-anticipated first solo exhibition by Misaki Kawai at a New York gallery in six years. In Hair Show, Kawai will present large scale sculpture, painting, drawing and furniture. After traveling around Asia for the bulk of 2013, Kawai returned to her studio in Brooklyn with not only tons of sketches and ideas but also materials gathered from Tibet to Vietnam; all manner of fabric, textiles and her favourite pom-poms.

The Gonzo Collection: An Art Tribute to Ralph Steadman @ 5911 York Road, Baltimore

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Opening this past weekend in Baltimore was a group show that celebrates the Gonzo reality, an influential style that developed through the collaboration of  April cover story Ralph Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson (best known for "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.")In honor of the duo’s groundbreaking relationship, Flying Dog Brewery, in association with Woods Contemporary, presents The Gonzo Collection – reinterpretations and responses to Steadman’s work by some of today’s most notable contemporary artists.

XOOOOX "BEAUTY WILL COME, BEAUTY WILL GO…" @ Mead Carney Gallery, London

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Mead Carney is proud to present 'Beauty Will Come, Beauty Will Go…' an exhibition of new works by world renowned Berlin street artist XOOOOX. XOOOOX (pronounced ZOOKS) is regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative urban / street artists worldwide. Creating intricate stenciled works and installations on found objects such as wood, metal and stone in reference to Arte Povera, XOOOOX distinctly contrasts the glamour of fashion culture with existentialist themes such as vulnerability and transience.

Paintings and Performance Art by Olivier de Sagazan

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Congo-born, France-based artist Olivier de Sagazan integrates painting, photography, sculpture and performance into a very unique hybrid practice! His existential performance series, "Transfiguration," involves the artist building layers of clay and paint onto his face and body and then shedding them to reveal "an animalistic human who is seeking to break away from the physical world." 

Sculptures by Zhang Huan

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Chinese artist Zhang Huan has become well known for his performance art as well as his sculptural works. This morning we take a look through a collection of some of his sculptures including this 2011 piece titled Q Confucius No.2, a 'massive silica-gel, mechanical bust of an unclothed Confucius rests in a rectangular pool.' The sculpture's breast rises and falls as if the object were breathing!

Dan Witz's Mosh Pit Paintings

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Dan Witz is a unique artist in that both his work outside and inside translate very well, often being difficult for many artists. His photo-realistic paintings often have his audience questioning and second-guessing. Born in Chicago, Witz has been exhibiting his paintings for the better part of two decades.The following are few selections from his series “Mosh Pits.”

Illustrations by Carine Bancowitz

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
French artist Carine Brancowitz immortalizes her daily life on paper, creating a series of works 'combining the purity and passion of adolescent anxiety, an obsessive attention to detail, the uncluttered elegance of lines,' and the severity of the compositions.

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