The Work of Jesus Benitez

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 11, 2015
Up until 2014, Jesus Benitez worked under the name of DHEAR, the last we saw of this was in his duo show “La Llegada de Apophis” with fellow Mexican artist Smithe at Fifty24MX in México City. His first solo-show with his new pseudonym, better his actual name, opened last July at Fifty24SF, portraying in his immaculate technique a shift in direction; somewhat rougher yet stylized maintaining his alien like character themed scenarios that we can immediately refer back to him. 

San Francisco Art Institute: Gala Vernissage & After Party

In Session // Monday, May 11, 2015
The first public showing of a motion picture took place in 1880 at an official San Francisco landmark that still hums in a hive of activity. Ansel Adams founded the first fine arts photography department in the country at the San Francisco Art Institute, where Annie Leibovitz began taking photos as a student. Count Ed Hardy, who opened the first custom tattoo shop in the U.S. and The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow as the first woman to win an Academy Award for Director, as alumnae.

Shadi Ghadirian "Qajar"

Photography // Monday, May 11, 2015
In her 1998 series "Qajar," Shadi Ghadirian tried to reconstruct the atmosphere of a previous era by using old backdrops. Her models, chosen among close family and friends, are shown wearing clothes from the turn of the 20th century and are carrying objects, mostly smuggled, into contemporary Iran.

James Jean's New Book "Xenograph"

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 11, 2015
Former Juxtapoz cover artist James jean (February, 2013), recently opened up pre-sale of a new book Xenograph, a hardcover, clothbound book collecting paintings, drawings, digital works, and preliminary sketches of work created between 2010 and 2014.

KATHARINA GROSSE "The Smoking Kid" @ Johann König, Berlin

Juxtapoz // Sunday, May 10, 2015
Katharina Grosse stands for colour-intensive, multi-layered, expansive painting, which moves into space, appropriates spaces or opens up spaces for the very first time. With the spray technique characteristic of her, the artist applies colour precisely not only to two-dimensional surfaces but also to undermaterials such as earth and plants, furniture, clothing and architecture. 

The Quiet Surrealism of Li Wentao

Juxtapoz // Saturday, May 09, 2015
Chinese painter Li Wentao has a peculiar vibe; these portraits are stunning and quiet, moving and eerie. We came across the work months ago and compiled some images over time, and wanted to share a few today. Some appear as straight-forward, nearly photoreal portraits, and others fall into classic nude portraits with a thin layer of dream-like effect. 

Design History: Vico Magistretti

Design // Saturday, May 09, 2015
Although Vico Magistretti set out to be an architect, his approach and design execution allowed him to explore more avenues than such. He would be come one of the most influential designers of his time. Magistretti made his mark by winning 2 coveted Compasso D’ Oro awards, was nominated as Royal Designer for having taught for 20 years at the Royal College of Arts, and 12 of his pieces are part of a permanent collection in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Gats "Drifting Forest" @ Hashimoto Contemporary, SF

Juxtapoz // Saturday, May 09, 2015
“Drifting Forest”, local graffiti legend GATS's latest exhibition at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, closes this Saturday. Following his sold out two-person show last year alongside San Francisco-based painter Jessica Hess, GATS returns this May for his solo debut at the gallery.

Julie Heffernan "Pre-Occupations" @ Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 08, 2015
Mark Moore Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Julie Heffernan (who has been featured in Juxtapoz in the past), the artist’s third solo show at the gallery. Continuing what has become a hallmark series of self-portraits, Heffernan has developed a unique and fertile visual lexicon, which deftly combines themes of the personal with the political, the universal with the individual, and the familiar with the fantastical. The show runs through June 13, 2015.

HENSE Goes Big on Silos in Australia

Street Art // Friday, May 08, 2015
This past December, we were in Vancouver and remembered an amazing public art piece on industrial silos by Os Gemeos and found that to be a great idea. Today, we ran into these amazing silos in Western Australia painted by HENSE. DesignBoom has a great series of process shots, and HENSE's work on CBH Group's silos is pretty damn great. 

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