A Neverending Appreciation for Francesca Woodman

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 14, 2015
You may know that in 1981, at only at the age 22, Francesca Woodman killed herself. You may also know that these works, made with such powerful conviction and vision at such a young age, have had an immense an lasting influence over hundreds if not thousands of photographers since. This work continues to amaze us, and we wanted to look at some today.

Metamorphosis by Frederic Fontenoy

Photography // Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Born in 1963, Frederic Fontenoy has been working on his first series representation of the body, considering the photographic gesture as artistic in itself. From "Metamorphosis" in 1988, he plays with the reference to reality due to this medium, and readily relates to the distortions of Andre Kertesz and "The Anatomy of the image" of Hans Bellmer.

Jeremy Fish "Anger Management" @ Black Book Gallery, Denver

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 13, 2015
We are huge fans and friends with Jeremy Fish, who has graced our cover twice in the past and continues to be one of the mainstays of San Francisco. Not sure if all our readers know, but last year, Fish had to undergo two brain surgeries. As Black Book notes, "the 18 new pieces featured in Anger Management were produced in the 6 months between two brain surgeries undergone by the artist. After an aneurysm was found in his brain last November, Jeremy has focused on avoiding further agitating the artery through reducing his stress levels. These works are a result of visiting with an anger management specialist and rearranging his lifestyle so as not to threaten his health." Each of these works is a stunning testament to this time. 

Surf Craft: Benefit & Auction for Waves for Water, July 17 @ Chandran Gallery, SF (Online Auction Live Now!)

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 13, 2015
On July 17, 2015, Juxtapoz once again teams up with UNIV, T.F.R. Gallery and Chandran Gallery for the second in what will become an annual Surf Craft benefit auction, held at Chandran Gallery in San Francisco. This year, we invited artists Chris Johanson, Dan Witz, Swoon, Logan Hicks, Grotesk, Mary Iverson, Brett Amory, Alicia McCarthy, WEST, Zio Ziegler, Kevin E. Taylor, David Arquette, Daryll Peirce, Beau Stanton and Ty WIlliams to contribute original work on surfboards to be exhibited at the gallery with a live auction on Paddle8 in conjunction with the show. The online auction on Paddle8 is running now through July 29, 2015.

Opening: Screaming Hand - Jim Phillips

Pop Life // Monday, July 13, 2015
In 1985, in a small art studio on the Eastside of Santa Cruz, CA, Jim Phillips Sr. was creating images that unbeknownst to him would affect generations of artists and skateboarders to come. Of all of the iconic imagery that Jim has created; the Screaming Hand logo has stood the test of time. Thirty years after its inception, the Screaming Hand still remains an unmistakable symbol of youth and skateboard culture.

The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys @ the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, California

Design // Monday, July 13, 2015
Christmas comes in July, and there’s no age limit, especially for toy and comics aficionados. Riding on the happy heels of Comic-Con in San Diego, enthusiasts can slide right into The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California, which opens this weekend, July 18. Julie B. from Pretty in Plastic and Heidi Johnson of Hijinx have curated a dazzling display. To help out with your early holiday hoarding, we asked a few questions.

Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld" @ New Museum, New York

Photography // Monday, July 13, 2015
“Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld” currently on display at The New Museum is the first major survey in New York of the artist’s work to date, encompassing an innovative career that played a crucial role in expanding the possibilities of photography and establishing the medium’s centrality to contemporary art. 

Nina Ghafari "Nothing Exists Alone" @ Reed Projects, Stavanger

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 13, 2015
Nina Ghafari’s work is a raw and often painful testament to her unfiltered exploration of memory and self through text and image. A self taught artist whose short lived spell at art school showed her that the teaching of “art” for some social classes, was nothing more than an attempt to condition and mute the often brutal realities and associated creativity of those operating outside mainstream culture. Her show at Reed Projects in Stavanger, Norway will run through July 18, 2015.

Bizarre and Disturbing Illustrations by Nicola Alessandrini

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 13, 2015
Nicola Alessandrini lives and work near Macerata, switching from his job as illustrator and graphic designer for Fornarina and Combo brands to a more sincere and acid peronal artistic research on the relation between individual and society, advertising communication and personal perception, realty and virtuality...

Frank Rudolph Paul's Life on Other Planets 1936-39

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 13, 2015
Frank Rudolph Paul was an American science ficiton illustrator of pulp magazines influential in defining what both cover art and interior illustrations in the nascent science fiction pulps of the 1920s looked like. Paul can be credited with the first color painting of a space station and illustrated H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds for Amazing Stories magazine, the first magazine dedicated to science fiction...


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