Designer of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign has died

Design // Tuesday, April 21, 2015
We are saddened to here today that the designer behind the very famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, Betty Whitehead Willis, has passed away at the age of 91. According to CNN, she grew up 50 miles outside of Vegas, attended art school in Pasadena, California and then moved back to Vegas where she created one of America's most famous signs. We can probably credit her indirectly for "Swingers" while we're at it.

Jan Kempenaers & Vintage NASA Photographs @ Paris Photo LA

Photography // Tuesday, April 21, 2015
In the gallery’s first North American art fair, London contemporary art gallery Breese Little will present an exhibition of a rare collection of vintage NASA photographs and Soviet-era war memorials by Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers at Paris Photo Los Angeles, 1 – 3 May. The vintage photographs, many of which retain original NASA catalogue stamps on the reverse, were taken by the men, women and machines of NASA over a period of roughly 20 years. 

Natural Cannabis Company’s High Art challenge: The Winners

Design // Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The second year of the Natural Cannabis Company’s High Art challenge, hosted by Juxtapoz, has concluded as over 575 artists from 53 different countries submitted designs in hopes of gaining one of the top three prizes.  The overwhelming response for the second year of the challenge underscores the ubiquity and worldwide interest in the cannabis movement and no doubt sets the stage for continued growth with the High Art challenge in 2016.   

Looking In On Lori D.

Illustration // Tuesday, April 21, 2015
After seeing Lori D. on the line-up at last weekend’s Linework NW comics and illustration festival, we were reminded how much we love her work. She’s done illustrations for skate mags and zines, and she makes lovely narrative paintings that we can never get enough of. Have a look at some of her latest work, and go enjoy as much Lori D. as possible on her website.

Super Contemporary at Creativity Explored

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 21, 2015
We're looking forward to the "Super Contemporary" exhibit coming up on April 30 at Creativity Explored in San Francisco. Organized by Jenny Sharaf, it includes artists Alicia McCarthy (featured in our April 2015 issue), Sahar Khoury, Maysha Mohamedi and Sarah Thibault. 

Ben Venom in "Man-Made" Quilt Show

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 21, 2015
LA's Craft & Folk Art Museum curated "Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters" a new exhibition including work by Jux favorite Ben Venom, along with seven other artists. As the museum describes, "The eight exhibiting artists are part of a loosely-knit, growing community of male quilters whose quilts utilize striking imagery and compositions to naviagate their interests and concerns." 

Alison Blickle: The Magician Completes Her Trilogy

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Alison Blickle concludes her trilogy with a new series of paintings, “History of Magic Part III… Uncrossing.” We interviewed Alison about this three-part tale of female warriors, sisterhood and empowerment in our March 2015 issue. Her new show is open for a month beginning April 23 at Kravets Wehby Gallery in New York.  

Manifest Justice On May Day

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 21, 2015
May 1st marks the opening day for "Manifest Justice," a ten-day art exhibition and series of events in LA that aims to “unite artists and activists whose work addresses incessant violence on the streets, economic insecurity, and systematic disenfranchisement of constitutional rights that plage communities across the country.”

Katy Fischer’s Tidy Aesthetic

Design // Tuesday, April 21, 2015
If you’re a person who enjoys neatly organized objects, Katy Fischer is your girl. She has a cozy installation up at 365 Mission in LA, complete with a bed, on view through April 25. It’s called "Finders, Keepers, Losers and Weepers," and you should catch it while you can.

Eikoh Hosoe @ Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY

Photography // Monday, April 20, 2015
Renowned Japanese photographer, Eikoh Hosoe is currently showing a collection of silver gelatin prints at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York. The dark, high contrast photographs of Hosoe explore the human body and the complexity of relationships among many other issues. The exhibition is on display for two more weeks until May 2nd.

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