The photography of Shomei Tomatsu

Photography // Saturday, February 22, 2014
Shomei Tomatsu who passed away only two years ago was an influential black and white Japanese photographer, who created one of the defining portraits of postwar Japan. 

Photorealism and Jantina Peperkamp

Illustration // Friday, February 21, 2014
The photorealistic painting of the Dutch artist Jantina Peperkamp emit a soft and exquisite light with an incredible precision, while the viewers can read a certain loneliness and desolation in it. The final result is established by the energy that arises between the artist and her model, as the artist functions as observer and as identifier. Because Jantina Peperkamp considers all her paintings as self-portraits, and it is very important for the painter to recognize herself in her models.  

video: Roger Ballen's Asylum of the Birds (trailer)

Photography // Friday, February 21, 2014
To promote Roger Ballen’s upcoming book Asylum of the Birds being published by Thames & Hudson in April, this short video was created and it will certainly leave you in anticipation for its release. Ballen’s extensive and iconic photography work has spanned several decades, gaining a broader exposure globally in his collaboration with Die Antwoord music videos. 

Scene Report: Los Angeles

Graffiti // Friday, February 21, 2014
Each week we feature updates on current graffiti scenes in a number of major U.S. cities with the help of a few select photographers. Walter Yetman aka The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye delivers this week’s Los Angeles Scene Report.

Sarah Cain "Burning Bush" @ Galerie Lelong, NYC

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 21, 2014
Juxtapoz was very fortunate to get to spend time with Sarah Cain and run a print feature of her work in the December 2011 issue, and we have been following her ascent into the fine art word for years. Having showed at institutions like SFMOMA and the Orange County Museum of Art, Cain's new work at Galerie Lelong is some of our favorite to date. Abstraction fixed into structured installation preparation... a really stunning show we can't wait to see in person. 

Free 4 All Walls in Windsor, Ontario

Street Art // Friday, February 21, 2014
The Free 4 All Walls project in Windsor, Ontario has recently seen additions by artists Nosego, Persue, Above, Xray, Kwest, Elicsr, Ben Frost, Denial, and Nekoes. The large-scale public mural project takes dull walls that were subject to vandalism and replaces them with dynamic murals. Each work has been geographically dependent, reflecting upon its individual site and specific community.

Painting by Chris Berens

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 21, 2014
Chris Berens grew up near the historic Netherlands city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, steeped in the atmosphere exalted by painters like Rembrandt and Vermeer. From an early age, he was immersed in his own inner world, a luminous realm inhabited by enigmatic characters and menageries of strange, compelling creatures...

Richard Hutten's "Playing with Tradition" Oriental Rugs

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 21, 2014
"For already many years I had the idea to do something with traditional oriental carpets. I have an antique Persian carpet at my home, which I still find the best carpets to have. The idea behind the carpet was to build a bridge between the old and the new, east meets west. From this starting point I looked at various ways to give a reinterpretation."

New Paintings From Lilli Hill

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 21, 2014
German artist Lilli Hill is back with a few more paintings for the new year. Last time we showed her work we had a hard time describing the paintings without being crass or offensive. We are still running into the same problem... that said, we really enjoy her fresh take on the classic portrait!

Studio Bertjan Pot's Masks

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 21, 2014
Dutch designer Bertjan Pot's masks were the product of a failed material experiment. "I wanted to find out if by stitching a rope together I could make a large flat carpet. Instead of flat, the samples got curvy. When I was about to give up on the carpet, Vladi came up with the idea of ​​shaping the rope into masks. The possibilities are endless, I’m meeting new faces every day."

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