Update: The Wonderfully Bizarre Paintings of Christian Rex van Minnen

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 16, 2013
One of our favorite artists that we learned about last year was Rhode Island-born, Christian Rex van Minnen. The paintings he had at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica were absolute standouts, a new, bizarre twist on pop-surrealism and classical painting that just captured our attention. We just saw some of his newer works, and wanted to show them today.

Paintings by Lui Liu

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 16, 2013
This morning we are taking a look at the paintings of Lui Liu. The Chinese artist possesses superb painterly techniques with his unique language finding a wide range of audience around the world. Through his paintings, Lui Liu creates a surreal world that transcends cultures and spaces.

Sculptures Made From Sugar by Joseph Marr

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Sydney born, Berlin-based artist Joseph Marr constructs beautiful sculptures entirely out of sugar. Using both traditional and digital techniques, Marr uses candy as a medium to show "how we are trapped in the sticky situation and how attractive the tasty desire really is." 

An update with Shida

Street Art // Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The streets of New Zealand have been seeing a number of new large-scale works by Shida around, many in collaboration with Eno. Check out these six new walls from the Australian artist.

"Gunwolf," A Manga Comic Book with a Soundtrack

Music // Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Get ready for thirty-six pages and 16-tracks of explosive radness as you follow Gunwolf, Hirohito Co.'s number one corporate enforcer who has a penchant for synth-rock, a reputation for mayhem, and the skill to carry it out. Gunwolf: Get Ready to Get Killed [Fax Manga #1] is the first of a series of comic books from Nick Ebeling and A.P. Menzies of Dirt Bike Press and illustration by Akiko Stehrenberger.

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.