Issue Preview: July 2015 with Takashi Murakami

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 01, 2015
We think every issue we do at Juxtapoz is a special one, but the July 2015 has an extra bit of excitement behind it. We are proud to announce world-renowned fine artist and icon, Takashi Murakami, is the cover artist this month, with a special interview conducted with Murakami at this studios outside of Tokyo. We discuss his last show at Gagosian, his relationship with contemporary Japanese culture, and the era he has help change as a multi-dimensional artist.

Tracey Emin covers Henry MIller for Penguin Classics

Design // Monday, June 01, 2015
As we have learned multiple times from the great people at Its Nice That, Penguin Classics in the UK is doing some great things in terms of their book cover designs. We interviewed designer Richard Bravery recently in our print edition on the topic, and today we see that YBA cornerstone Tracey Emin has lent some slightly naughty illustrations to Henry MIller's classic novels, Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. Read naughty things, cover it naughty. 

The Stunning Hyperrealistic Sculptures of the Late Duane Hanson @ Serpentine, London

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 01, 2015
Definitely something to check out if you are one of our London readers or about to take a trip there: The Serpentine presents the work of late American sculptor Duane Hanson (1925-1996) in his first survey show in London since 1997. Throughout his forty-year career, Hanson created lifelike sculptures portraying working-class Americans and overlooked members of society. Reminiscent of the Pop Art movement of the time, his sculptures transform the banalities and trivialities of everyday life into iconographic material. The exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery presents key works from the artist’s oeuvre. 

Basquiat's Notebooks Now on Show at Brooklyn Museum

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 01, 2015
Basquat's notebooks, filled with his observations, sketches, and other raw material are on exhibition in the Brooklyn museum now through August 23rd. 

Nakamura Hiroshi's 1950s Protest Art

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 01, 2015
Born in 1932, Nakamura Hiroshi was trained by the Japan Art Alliance as a reportage painter. The Alliance was 'a postwar art group that advocated politically-themed realist painting.' By the 50s, Hiroshi was very involved in depicting protests against the rise of U.S. military bases. He saw himself as a 'reporter at the frontlines' of confrontations, brandishing sketchbook and pencil as opposed to a camera.

Early 1900s Humor Magazine Illustrations by Franz Wacik

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 01, 2015
We always enjoy old illustrations and are always so fascinated by humor and comics from different periods. Franz Wacik was an Austrian artist who was especially devoted to children and young adult book illustrations. This particular series of illustrations were for the humor magazine Die Muskete and circa 1906-1911.

Vintage Cartoon Pinups by Niso Ramponi

Erotica // Monday, June 01, 2015
Niso Ramponi, known throughout 1950s Italy by his aliases Kremos and Nisus, rose to popularity in Rome as a beloved cartoonist, illustrator, painter and animator. Today Kremos is a cult favorite amongst erotica lovers worldwide. Ramponi's illustrations are masterful renderings of Italian beauties that are all pouty lips, sky-high heels and legs for days.

CEART Presents "ONe Line" by SUSO33

Street Art // Monday, June 01, 2015
One Line is the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to SUSO33 ( Madrid, 1973 ), a maverick creator who, starting from graffiti and street art, has overflowed them dissolving the disciplinary boundaries between painting, performance, and scenic arts. 

Video: This Land Was Our Land

Graffiti // Sunday, May 31, 2015
The folks over at Indecline went huge with this piece painting an abandoned air field measuring over 3,000 feet in length making it possibly the largest graffiti piece we've seen to date.

"Play" by Sarah Rhodes

Photography // Sunday, May 31, 2015
We‘re enthralled by Sarah Rhodes’s photo series Play that shows young kids enjoying their youth and creating their own worlds in the woods. These images make us reminisce to our childhood when creativity and imagination were all that was needed to be entertained and to enjoy the company of others. No need for money or glowing screens. Shot on the Break O'Day River in Tasmania over a three-year period, Rhodes has captured a special feeling like something out of Lord of the Flies.

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