Olafur Eliasson "Contact" @ Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
DesignBoom and photographer Iwan Baan have some really beautiful imagery from Olafur Eliasson's Contact installations and exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris that opens this week. Olafur is one of the world's great "experiential" artists, creating experiences and atmosphere that is almost never matched by other installation artists. 

New Abstraction by Kim Keever

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
We are huge fans of the work of Kim Keever here at Juxtapoz, and have had a chance to showcase the works on the site in the past. We love this "New Abstraction" series, "formed by paint being allowed to free flow through the water and form volumetric patterns." Keever has a great essay about the new works as well that we have here for your inspiration.

Lucy McLauchlan in Guangzhou, China

Street Art // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
In the December 2014 issue, we did a mini-feature on British artist Lucy McLauchlan's beautiful new show at Lazarides in London. What we never showed you was Lucy's gigantic new mural she painted in Guangzhou, China right after the show opened in London. A great video was made to document the making of the mural. 

Photographer Captures Daily Life As Seen by a Saudi Woman

Photography // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
For his recent series, Lone Canyon, Saudi photographer Faisal Almalki was interested in the female ritual of wearing a veil. The title of the series is a reference to the gap between a woman and the veil that completely shields her face. In Saudi Arabia, this type of dress is more of a tradition than a religious law, and Almalki sought out to investigate, using his camera to document a woman’s perspective. 

Rip Jeffrey "KORN" Gamblero

Graffiti // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Over the weekend, New York and the graffiti world at large tragically lost another well-known writer and widely known Brooklyn Nets superfan. Jeffrey Gamblero aka Korn of Smart crew, was a prolific bomber in the ‘90s whose work can still be seen around New York today. Our thoughts and condolences to friends, family and crew members.

Photorealistic Yet Surreal Sculptures by Mu Boyan

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
We aren't even quite sure if what we should call these rotund (okay, fat) realistic sculptures by Mu Boyan because they are only realistic in a sense. They are like fat cartoon characters come to life in fine art sculpture form. And they are naked. In fact, back in 2012, when we first learned of the work, we called them "naked fat men, sometimes very big and sometimes flying through the air." And still they are... 

Favorite Music Videos of 2014: Caribou "Our Love"

Music // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
There was a lot to like about music videos in 2014, and though there is a ton of good stuff out there at the moment, the combination of Caribou's standout "Our Love" track and some creepy short film about aging and young was one of our favorites. Enjoy.  

Guy Bourdin "Image Maker" @ Somerset House, London

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The UK’s largest ever exhibition of the influential and enigmatic fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, featuring over 100 works and previously unseen material from the photographer’s estate, from 1955 to 1987. This major show charts Bourdin’s distinguished 40-year career from Man Ray’s protégé to photography revolutionary in his own right and explore his pursuit of perfection. The exhibited works exemplify the craftsmanship behind his images, from production to publication, and their enduring quality as a consequence.

The Nude Drawings of Carmel Jenkin

Erotica // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
We can't believe in all the years we have run the Erotica blog on Juxtapoz.com, we have not posted these beautiful paintings and drawings of Carmel Jenkin. We came across these this morning, and like another great artist that paints and draws the human form, Rene Almanza, this series by Jenkin has a classic sense to them, and somewhere we think Egon Schiele is happy. 

Best of 2014: The Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
This unique archive documents Russian criminals' tattoos and their coded meanings. Included in the collection are more than three thousand tattoo drawings made by Danzig Baldaev during his time as a prison guard between 1948 and 1986. Tattoos were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society...

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