Beyond the Cover: Takashi Murakami

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 12, 2015
In Japan, there is a right way to do everything. It applies to the way you eat ramen, how you cross the street, do business, and definitely how you bow. I’m told there is even a right way to paint. As my translator is explaining to me about an hour after landing in Tokyo, my initial breakdown of this concept was that there was an “efficient” way to do everything in Japan, but I was missing the point. There is a strict adherence to the right way here, to perfection; the guidelines are so complex that I planned, for the rest of my trip, to ask a thousand questions and presume the answers were going to be a bit confusing. But there is a correct way for everything here, and I’m suddenly self-conscious in front of a bowl of miso ramen.

Scene Report: Los Angeles

Graffiti // Friday, June 12, 2015
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.

Tara McPherson’s First Solo Show in Rome

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 12, 2015
Dorothy Circus Gallery is proud to present Tara McPherson’s first solo show in Rome, I Know It By Heart. The show will present 8 brand new pieces created during the Tara’s residency in Rome, and a large selection of the most representative rock posters illustrated by the artist such as the ones she made for Death Cab for Cutie, the Melvins, Beck, Franz Ferdinand, to name a few.

The Daily Overview

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 12, 2015
In the era of Google Maps a photo of Earth doesn't sound too interesting, but NYC based Daily Overview took a new approach to documenting Earth. Inspired by what is called the Overview Affect, Daily Overview posts memorizing images of the Earth's surface like we've never seen. We selected a few of our favorite overview photos, there are much more to see, so let your eyes blur a bit and be prepared to spend a few hours on the Daily Overview site.

Mens Fashion Ads from the 1970s

Fashion // Friday, June 12, 2015
The 1970s must have been a weird time. I wouldn't really know because I wasn't born in the '70s, but it seemed like a time where a lot of shit was being worked out. Musically, you had your Bowies to disco, disco to punk, and a whole lotta Pink Floyd in there, too. Which is fine, some of it good. Hey, I love Fleetwood Mac. And did we mention cocaine? There was a lot of that. Fashion-wise, again, lots of shit was getting worked out.

Paintings by Raqib Shaw

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 12, 2015
Born in Calcutta in 1974, Raqib Shaw now lives and works in London. A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins College, he has developed a fantastic universe that straddles the monstrous and the erotic. His paintings lie somewhere between the categories of fine art and applied art. Shaw’s landscapes, bustling with chimeras, are line-drawn with an evident mastery of classical draftsmanship.

Slow Culture + Brain Dead Black Light Show

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 12, 2015
This evening Slow Culture in Los Angeles will present Lights Out, a black light group show & pop-up shop curated in collaboration with art collective Brain Dead. Inspired by psychedelic artwork and underground black light culture, we have gathered a diverse crossover of international artists to create all new work utilizing UV sensitive materials.

Oakland Recycling Center Gets Face-Lift From Female Art Collective

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 12, 2015
Saturday, June 13th marks the first day that all-female art collective Few & Far will start work on a large scale mural in the heart of Oakland. The building, which buys non-recyclable plastics and then resells them to specialized buyers, is one of the largest recycling facilities in the Bay Area. This mural will focus on representing Oakland’s diverse culture and its long-time residents.

New "Skate and Surf" Auction @ Artnet

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 11, 2015
Our friends at Artnet have just opened bidding on a new 'Skate and Surf" auction this week, featuring a bunch of the very best collaborations in recent memory of blue chip artists and skate culture. From Takashi Murakami, Christopher Wool, Baasquiat, to Ryan McGinness, Dalek, and Shepard Fairey, there are a lot of classic to be had. 

The Mysterious World of Russian Photographer, Andrew Pashis

Erotica // Thursday, June 11, 2015
Ever since we saw the work of Russian photographer Andrew Pashis' work in Taschen's fantastic "The Erotic Photography 2", we have been on a mission to learn more about the man. And you know what? There isn't much out there! He is a mystery to us, and besides the photo spread you see above, or search has yielded minimal results. What we have found is a bizarre collection of nudes, summer time fun, and almost hostile vibes. 

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