WILL EISNER: FATHER OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL @ Cartoon Art Museum, SF

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
The Cartoon Art Museum is pleased to present Will Eisner: Father of the Graphic Novel, an exhibition of the master storyteller’s work from July 27 to November 10, 2013. This exhibition features artwork from seven of Will Eisner’s most celebrated graphic novels as selected by exhibition curator Denis Kitchen of The Denis Kitchen Art Agency. Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an acclaimed American artist, comics writer, teacher, and entrepreneur. He is considered one of the most important contributors to the development of sequential art...

WALL THERAPY 2013 - PART 2

Street Art // Friday, July 26, 2013
On our second day in Rochester, NY for Wall Therapy, we got hold of a bike and hit the streets under the beaming summer sun (Making photographs extra difficult FYI). We made our rounds to some of the walls and in between witnessed a diverse city of culture and class, with plenty of waves of “Hello!” in between. We saw the immediate impact one of the pieces being painted by Baltimore-based artists, Jessie and Katey, had on the locals. There were friendly remarks of encouragement, inquisitive questions and friendly dialogue from passerbys. Since they began their mural, a group of young kids had been hovering around...

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: SMASH 137

Graffiti // Friday, July 26, 2013
Every Friday we feature someone old or new, traditional or unconventional, active or not, and so on. This week’s spotlight is on Smash 137.

The Paintings of Victor Rodriguez

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
Taking a wander around the world wide web this morning, taking notes and checking names, and we stopped at the work of Brooklyn-based, Mexico City-born fine artist and portrait painter Victor Rodriguez. We like the mix of styles and surreal-additions to his portraits, which at first appear to be simple hyperreal depictions but upon closer looks have dream-like, cinematic qualities to them. 

The Gruesome Works of Naoki Sasayama

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
We aren't normally showing gruesome paintings on this site (okay, sometimes there is a little blood and guts, but not car crash stuff). But when we came across the dark, bloody, accident portraits of Naoki Sasayama, we couldn't help but feel a little intrigued and grossed-out all at the same time. Which we guess means they are causing a "reaction." And in that reaction, we sort of want to let everyone know we don't like blood, just in case you were wondering... 

The "No Fly" Poster Series

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
From Creative Review, on a unique poster art curation project that takes abandoned, disused public space and adds public art. "Since January 2013, [curator Jon] Bland – a designer at Manchester agency Music – has released seven quad size posters designed by seven different creatives each month, all featuring the phrase 'No Fly Posters'. The finished designs are displayed on boarded-up windows on a disused former pub in Ancoats, an industrial suburb near Manchester's Northern Quarter."

The Pond, The Mirror, The Kaleidoscope @ School of Visual Arts, NYC

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
This summer, the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City will focus on the neo-Symbolist movement with the exhibition The Pond, The Mirror, The Kaleidoscope, a collection of 30 paintings, drawings and sculptures from emerging and established graduates from one of the the leading art schools in the US.  Curated by Thomas Woodruff, chair of the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department and respected artist in his own right, the show will feature both names familiar to Juxtapoz such as James Jean, Mu Pan, and Timothy Okamura, but also some of our favorites in Mark Lang, Sakura Maku, and Martin Wittfooth.

The Utopian Future by Tristram Lansdowne

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
If the future looks like this, sign us up. The paintings by Tristram Lansdowne remind us of those amazing, massive futuristic SimCity 2000 apartment complexes that house thousands upon thousands of people and look like Ecotopia. Only these little worlds are floating over a flooded earth, possibly the result of global climate change's ultimate ending. Or maybe they are just wonderfully imaginative. Has anyone ever read Ecotopia? Was that just our college course on Utopian literature?

7 Deadly Sins by Anton Senkov

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
A beautiful set of cyanotype illustrations by Anton Senkov, illustrating the seven deadly sins. As Senkov notes on his site, "My diploma project at Belarusian State Academy of Arts... [a] series of illustration for "Seven deadly sins" by Milorad Pavić." Stunning works...

Cept "Mind In Transit" @ Known Gallery, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 26, 2013
This Saturday, July 27, former Juxtapoz featured artist, Mike Ballard aka CEPT, will open a new solo show, Mind In Transit, at Known Gallery in Los Angeles. We had good friend Roger Gastman interview and say a few kind words about the UK-based CEPT, who will be celebrating his very first United States exhibition.

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