Swoon and Friends "Dithyrambalina-Musical Architecture for New Orleans" on Kickstarter

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Swoon has always been one of our favorite artists, especially when it comes to her public art projects and site-specific works, and now she needs your/our help. This is the lowdown: Two years ago New Orleans Airlift and the artist Swoon launched the Kickstarter campaign that funded The Music Box, their prototype for an ongoing musical architecture project they call Dithyrambalina. Now, with the Music Box closed, they want to evolve the project: what was once going to be a single musical house designed by Swoon and brought to life by collaborating artists has turned into an even bigger dream—an evolving musical village created by many, many more hands, ideas, and influences.

Hard Case Crime in Focus: The Illustrative Works of Michael Koelsch

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Our November 2013 issue is on newsstands now, featuring a cover story on publisher of hardboiled crime, pulp noir novels, Hard Case Crime. HCC has brought back the classic crime detective series, and in doing so, have hired illustrators to recreate the vintage look of the great pulp genre. The results are both refreshing and a perfect ode to one of the great eras of commercial illustrations. Today, we look at the works of Michael Koelsch, who not only did the cover of the upcoming title Borderline for Hard Case Crime, but whose work is the cover of the new Juxtapoz. 

Opening: Alex Pardee "Bunnywith" @ Gallery 1988:East, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This past weekend, our good friend and often-collaborator Alex Pardee opened a new show of an old favorite character, Bunnywith, at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. The concept drew a crowd: 100 $10 Bunnywith prints, all released at the opening, making for a 5-hour line outside the gallery.... we asked Mr. Pardee about the show, and this is what he told us... 

Masakatsu Sashie "Coacervate" @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
While in NYC this weekend, we were introduced to Japanese artist Masakatsu Sashie, as he was in town for his debut solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Coacervate. Showcasing a series of paintings that depict a world in the not so distant future, the show is based around the them of coacervate—from Latin “to assemble together or cluster”...

Brendan Monroe "Turning" @ Galerie LJ, Paris

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Wish we were in Paris for this one... Galerie L.J. is pleased to present Turning, the third exhibition in Paris by American artist and Juxtapoz favorite, Brendan Monroe. The exhibition showcases a series of new paintings on paper and wood sculptures. After showcasing Monroe's recent collaborative print with Mars-1, we were excited to see what Monroe's new body of work would look like... and here is the teaser... 

Kent Williams "OPHTHALM" @ Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
If you happen to be in Santa Fe, New Mexico before the month is over, we suggest going to see highly erotic new works from painter Kent Williams. Ophthalm is now open at Evoke Contemporary, showing the Los Angeles-based painters wide-range of both surrealism with bits of realistic figurative elements drawn into each work. This show has both fine art paintings and sketches of various styles, both of nudes and "Lord of the Flies" styled portraits. As Williams notes of his work, it's, "a way to weave the tangible with the intangible."

Preview: RON ENGLISH "POPAGANDASTAN" @ COREY HELFORD GALLERY, Culver City

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Our good friend and 2x Juxtapoz cover artist (most recently the November 2012 Political Art issue, a real gem if you ask us) is about to showcase a new series of paintings, Popagandastan, at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City this October 26, 2013. Just in time for Halloween. And US general elections. Last month teased a few of the paintings from the show, and today we have a few more for you.

"Grateful Doom Heads" @ Hoodlab Gallery, SF

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
In conjunction with the grand opening of the HoodLAB SF Art Gallery and HoodLamb Concept Store, HoodLAB will be celebrating with the opening of “Grateful Doom Heads” on NOV 2nd art pieces with be showcased from all over the US, featuring over 20 artists displaying their work inspired by Hip Hop artist MF Doom. The gallery showing will be held from 6-10pm at 1669 Haight Street in San Francisco with a VIP after party held at a nearby location.

The Work of Zach Johnsen

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This morning we take a look at the work of Portland-based artist Zach Johnsen. An illustrator, fine artist, graphic designer and art director, Zach primarily works in pen & ink, watercolor, and mixed media to create his world of ghouls, monsters, and misfits! Zach is also co-founder of the clothing and apparel company Tank Theory.

China Re-imagined by North Korean Propaganda Artists

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Presented earlier this month at Beijing Design Week, The Beautiful Future, is a series of paintings made in Pyongyang, North Korea by a handful of propaganda artists. Commissioned by a pair of Beijing ex-pats who run a North Korean tour guide company, the paintings show contemporary China as it could have been, if it had continued with Maoist ideology. "North Korean artists are the best people at delivering a message without slogans." 

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