Nuart 2015, Day 2: Works Inside and Out

Street Art // Saturday, September 05, 2015
For the catalog of the 2015 Nuart Festival, we were asked to write an essay on the topic of "play" and its role in Street Art. It got us thinking (and writing): Even in researching this year’s new art, I came across an essay that summed it up for me from 1958’s Internationale Situationniste #1; “The new phase of affirmation of play seems to be characterized by the disappearance of any element of competition.” It goes on to quote Dutch historian Johan Huizinga as saying play “brings a temporary, a limited perfection.” WeI do like the way this sets up this year’s Nuart.

Lee Friedlander & Pierre Bonnard "Photographs & Drawings" in NYC

Photography // Saturday, September 05, 2015
Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York is pleased to present Lee Friedlander & Pierre Bonnard: Photographs & Drawings, on view from September 10 through October 24, 2015. Featuring gelatin silver prints by legendary American photographer Lee Friedlander in dialogue with drawings by the French Post-Impressionist painter Pierre Bonnard, the exhibition explores the aesthetic affinities that unite these artists’ depictions of the natural world across time and media. 

video: The Purrtraitist

Photography // Friday, September 04, 2015
Larry Johnson is a renowned photographer who specializes in feline portraiture. He travels the world taking photographs of show cats and prides himself on pulling the personalities of individual cats. Mark Zemel has made a short film on Johnson during a cat show in Parsippany, NJ. 

Scene Report: Los Angeles

Graffiti // Friday, September 04, 2015
Each week we feature updates on current graffiti scenes in a number of major U.S. cities with the help of a few select photographers. Walter Yetman aka The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye delivers this week’s Los Angeles Scene Report.

An update with Dems

Graffiti // Friday, September 04, 2015
Dems has an undeniable thirst for the graffiti game and is churning out tons of new work all the time. Here’ a collection of some of his recent walls, which are all quality pieces.

The Work of Masumi Sakamoto

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 04, 2015
Osaka-born artist Masumi Sakamoto eliminates extra background in her paintings to emphasize the characteristics of the figures, striving to explore what lays beneath the skin. Posed like fashion models and pop stars, the androgynous children in her paintings are like the characters in fairy tales: far from reality. With her optimistic expressions, Sakamoto covers tough situations in modern society with beautiful colors and thoughtful compositions. We look forward to more work from this promising young artist.

‘Three-Planet Lifestyle’ by Stephan Doitschinoff @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 04, 2015
Three-Planet Lifestyle, a solo exhibition of new works by Stephan Doitschinoff, will open September 10 and be up until October 10, 2015 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery at 529 West 20th Street and 557C West 23rd Street, New York City. At first glance, Doitschinoff’s work appears to be a visual narrative infused with religious and esoteric references but closer examination reveals a process of appropriation and re-signification. He uses recognizable religious icons such as the altar, the procession and anthropomorphic characters but removes all mystic and ideological content, appropriating the imagery and adding contemporary symbols created from personal reflection and observation. In Three-Planet Lifestyle, sinking boats full of books, moons studded with flags and collapsing skyscrapers allude to the rupture of a strict system and the consequences of unintentional actions.

‘Airline Visual Identity: 1945-1975’ by Matthias C. Hühne

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 04, 2015
School just started so obviously it’s time to think about the next vacation. And in Airline Visual Identity 1945-1975 by Matthias C. Hühne, we get a delicious glimpse of vacations past. This beautiful large-format book explores the stylish examples of the best commercial art created by some of the best creative minds of the time, such as Ivan Chermayeff, Otl Aicher, Massimo Vignellli and Academy Award winner Saul Bass. Printed with a total of seventeen colors, five varnishes and two methods of foil printing and embossing, this book will give you a museum-like experience.

Paper Sculptures of Weapons by Li Hongbo

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 04, 2015
Beijing-based artist L Hongbo is well known for his evocative static paper and glue sculptures. We’ve talked before about his busts, made up of about 8,000 sheets of paper glued manually in a honeycomb structure and here he is again with another show that’s just as impressive. Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day is a large-scale installation on display at the SCAD Museum of Art. Covering the entire gallery, Hongbo’s work will be up until January 24th, 2016.

Grand Opening: “The Collection” @ Gregorio Escalante Gallery, LA

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 04, 2015
Juxtapoz Magazine co-founder Greg Escalante is pleased to announce the grand opening of his newest venture in a densely varied career in the art world, Chinatown’s brand new Gregorio Escalante Gallery. For it’s opening show, Escalante will share a selection of work from his coveted private collection, including pieces by Robert Williams, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Shepard Fairey and more. The highlight of the show may be the space itself, one taking Escalante’s vision for an Angeleno future and physically applying it to a cultured space in Chinatown.  
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