In and Out of the Studio Photographic Portraits from West Africa @ The MET, New York

Photography // Tuesday, September 22, 2015
In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa Currently on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through January 3, 2016. This exhibition presents one hundred years of portrait photography in West Africa through nearly eighty photographs taken between the 1870s and the 1970s. These works, many of which are being shown for the first time, are drawn from the Metropolitan Museum's Visual Resource Archives in theDepartment of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, with additions from the Department of Photographs.

MEL KADEL "Sky's Eyes" @ Slow Culture, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 22, 2015
February 2014 cover artist Mel Kadel has always been one of our favorites. And she is prolific. Her new show, Sky's Eyes, opening October 2, 2015 at Slow Culture, will featuring over 100 new works, and as the gallery notes, "Over the last year Kadel has turned her focus on working on a much smaller scale while building such a large body of work. Her dedication has resulted in new directions and techniques thatare expanding on the carefully detailed drawings she is known for."

Brazilian Illustration Studio, Bicicleta Sem Freio

Illustration // Tuesday, September 22, 2015
We’ve posted before on Bicicleta Sem Freio—Bike without Brakes—the Brazilian Illustration Studio. Since then, they’ve expanded their aesthetics to cover more than grotesque nudes (though we obviously love those too). They started by illustrating posters for rock and cultural events and have extended their practice to cover a wider range of projects—including street art, billboards, fabrics, and beer labels.

Paul Kooiker's Erotic Portraits

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Paul Kooiker, a photographer based in Amsterdam, has created some incredible nude and erotic portraits. They run the gamut in tone from creepy and voyeuristic to ethereal. In 1996, his award-winning series called Untitled: Peeing Women in the Forest, was a series of shots, blurry and from a distance, of women peeing in the woods. 

Bunky Echo-Hawk's Contemporary Critique of US Colonialism

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Bunky Echo-Hawk’s paintings provide an often-humorous look at the impact of colonization on contemporary Native Americans. His work critiques cultural appropriation and illustrates in stark terms the stakes of near-genocide on populations of Native Americans.

Godfather of the Cute Cat Photo

Photography // Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Can’t look anywhere on the internet without a kitten picture popping up? Partially responsible is Walter Chandoha, the first photographer to delve into the then-niche genre of cat portraits. You’ll likely recognize his work—iconic single-color backgrounds and glamour backlighting with cats and kittens acting, well, cute… 

Steve Cutts' Anti-capitalist Illustrations

Illustration // Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Since quitting his job with a firm that illustrated for companies such as Google and Reebok, Steve Cutts has turned a corner with his subject matter, critiquing the very systems which used to employ him. He is now a freelance illustrator, the bulk of his work critiquing the capitalist system, the plunder of the earth’s resources, and our tech-obsessed culture. 

Second Look at "First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian"

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 21, 2015
The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco spent the last 15 years enriching our vast collection with compelling contemporary art, and now they’re showing off the highlights. For the first time ever, they have presented a large-scale exhibition of contemporary highlights from the museum’s collection.

Ji Zhou's Hand-Sculpted Maps

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 21, 2015
Ji Zhou collects maps, hand-sculpting them into peaks and troughs to mimic mountaintops. He includes books that are assembled into cantilevered towers resembling city skyscrapers. These ‘rural’ and ‘urban’ illusions are then photographed, further augmenting reality. As always, Ji Zhou chooses to question rather than offer his own conclusions: What is civilization – a constructed illusion created by man or an inevitable product of evolution? What is the truly ‘civilized landscape’– tautology or oxymoron? 

The Fractal Paintings of Gustaf Lillestierna

Illustration // Monday, September 21, 2015
Gustaf Lillestierna is a Swedish artist who paints repetitive images of portraits, recreating a fractal effect through painstaking traditional means. This bizarre crossing of traditional and digital means defies the strictures of process. 


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