Who is NEKST?

Graffiti // Sunday, April 13, 2014
It's nice to see the news talk about graffiti in a positive way for a change. Recently KHOU ran a piece about legendary writer Nekst who passed away in December 2012. His family and friends talk about his legacy and how they're keeping his name alive. 

A look at The New York Times Magazine’s "Photographs" book

Photography // Sunday, April 13, 2014
Although this book was released a few years back, as it stared at us from out shelf, we felt inclined to take you on a preview through its dense pages filled with commissioned work from some of the most celebrated and skilled photographers around. The New York Times Magazine’s Photographs was edited by long-time photo editor Kathy Ryan and is a collection of various contributors photography divided into four sections...

Richard Phillips "Negation of the Universe" @ Dallas Contemporary

Juxtapoz // Saturday, April 12, 2014
In his first US solo museum exhibition, Richard Phillips brings his exploration of contemporary culture to Dallas. His strikingly distinctive paintings address the complex web of pop themes in our media-saturated world – sexuality, politics, power and death among them. For Phillips, critique is as much an intrinsic material in the conception and staging of his work as the materials of their making. His conflating of subject and genre continues to provide challenging comment on the condition and reach of contemporary art.

American Prospects

Photography // Saturday, April 12, 2014
In the 1970’s and 80’s photographer Joel Sternfeld photographed across America to create his series “American Prospects”. Using the culture that he found during his travels, Sternfeld had an uncanny eye for the absurdity in each scene. From a fireman buying a pumpkin from a farm stand in front of a burning building to a family looking over the edge of the Glen Canyon Dam with a baby in a play pen behind them appearing unsupervised and staring at the photographer, each image invites the viewer to explore the potential disasters and absurd scenes that each photograph conveys.  

Hyperreal Image Fools Some, Impresses Most

Juxtapoz // Saturday, April 12, 2014
This is not a photo of colored pencils in a box. It's a digital drawing made from scratch in Photoshop. Some may say it’s a waste of talent, others may say it’s a perfect exercise in hyperrealism, and even others still may say nothing at all. But all we can say is wow!

KATSU's Drone Paintings @ 2014 Silicon Valley Contemporary

Graffiti // Friday, April 11, 2014
We are heading down to check out the new Silicon Valley Contemporary art fair this weekend in the South Bay Area, and one of the things we are excited to check out is The Hole NYC's curation of KATSU's drone graffiti paintings. As stated in the video, "Katsu's new tool for urban decoration is a drone with a spray can. He's debuting it—and testing it—at the 2014 Silicon Valley Contemporary." Here is a video to get the idea...

Nuria Riaza's Ballpoint Illustrations

Illustration // Friday, April 11, 2014
Nuria Riaza's blue ballpoint drawings are meticulous, in every sense of the word. Not only are they exquisitely rendered with detailed, fine linework, but each piece displays the artist's very careful deliberation and composition (her grids of collected knick-knacks are a neat freak's dream). Riaza graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Politécnica in Valencia.

NYCHOS on Haight-Ashbury in SF

Street Art // Friday, April 11, 2014
NYCHOS, the Austrian super muralist that we have featured in our print edition and web edition many times over the years, is set to open a new solo show, "Street Anatomy," at FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco on Friday, April 18th 2014. NYCHOS has been painting murals all over the city the past few weeks, and our friend James Pawlish caught him painting at the iconic Haight-Ashbury intersection. Probably a good idea for the foot traffic and the sleeping kids on the street to get a little NYCHOS in their brains...

“East-West/West-East": Richard Serra in Qatar

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 11, 2014
Eerily placed in a quiet desert 60km outside of Doha at the Brouq Nature Reserve near Zekreet in Qatar, Richard Serra's magnificent "East-West/West-East" sculpture installation has now been unveiled. We say "eerie" in the Kubrick sense, monoliths left to wonder in a desert landscape, four steel plates that stand 49 feet tall that are set to be permanent fixtures in the reserve for the foreseeable future. Stunning work.

Lingering Scars

Photography // Friday, April 11, 2014
Photographer Farzana Hossen has created a series of work titled “Lingering Scars”which documents the lives of women who have been victims of acid attack burns in Bangladesh, where violence agains women is on the rise. The attacks are often related to the region’s strict moral code regarding the institution of marriage “whereby the woman is considered to be guilty for any family breakup or divorce and living alone is difficult. . . 

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