Life-Sized Nutcrackers by Jennifer Rubell

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
One of the highlights of the Frieze Art Fair in NYC last week was definitely Jennifer Rubell's "Life-Sized Nutcracker," which I was convinced was just for show until you actually saw that indeed, it was a working, Barbie looking life-sized nutcracker. Rubell had displayed the nutcrackers at the Dallas Contemporary in late 2011, but a nice bit of Frieze press has made these explode.

Sumo by Paolo Patrizi

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
This series starts with a great description: It’s the only sport where being obese is encouraged. That is probably pretty close to the case, but Japan-based photographer Paolo Patrizi's series is so much more than just documenting Sumo wrestling. It uncovers a bit of the myth, and puts a face to the behind-the-scenes life of a sumo wrestler, and their odd place in popular culture.

JR x Jose Parla: Wrinkles Of the City Havana, Cuba

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
Fusing two distinctively different styles and mediums has been highly beneficial, and impactful for artists JR, and Jose Parla. The two are currently decorating numerous walls in Havana, Cuba for JR’s ongoing project The Wrinkles of the City that has visited multiple cities over the last year. Incorporating Parla’s work has changed the overall look of the project, bringing a refreshing esthetic.

Paper Abstractions by Joanna McClure

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
Upon first glance, Joanna McClure's paper abstractions are simple arrangements of geometrically chopped paper. However, within the subtleties of the photographs emerge something more akin to large-scale abstract paintings. Gradual gradations in tone across fields of flat color, simultaneous depth and flatness of the composition, and subdued hues that gently vibrate between each other all contribute to the beauty of these "paper abstractions."

The Work of NYC's John Malta

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
John Malta was born in East Cleveland, Ohio where he spent most of his time wading through murky creeks, hanging out at house punk shows, and hiding in tree forts with his pet iguana. He currently lives and works in New York City.

The Work of Tyler Wintermute

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
Tyler Wintermute is a self-taught illustrator who's signature style confronts comic book erotica and fantasy narrative. His subject’s and muses are wrapped with intricate textures and patterns, filling the space in its entirety. In Tyler's recent work, he is experimenting with collage elements to bring a sense of realism to his otherwise illustrated compositions.

Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia @ Walt Disney Museum, SF

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 09, 2012
The Walt Disney Family Museum present Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia featuring drawings by Heinrich Kley—Walt Disney’s most admired European illustrator—paired with art from Disney’s famed animated film Fantasia (1940). Opening this weekend from May 11 through September 17, 2012, the exhibition features 29 drawings by Kley and alongside more than 25 sketches, concept art, and maquettes from the Walt Disney classic film.

Preview: June 2012 Issue featuring Don Pendleton, Wayne White, and Kevin Cyr

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 09, 2012
We can't believe it either. Summer. 2012. Already here. Time to show you a preview of the June 2012 issue, featuring a cover story of legendary skate graphic artist Don Pendleton (with a special print offer through Juxtapoz.com in the coming days). June 2012 features former Pee-Wee's Playhouse art director Wayne White, Brooklyn's Kevin Cyr, Boston's Raul Gonzalez, Fort Thunder founder Brian Chippendale, Stockholm's spaced out Killian Eng, and the Bonnie and Clyde of graffiti, Utah and Ether.

Chris Ware's Social Isolation

Illustration // Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Chris Ware is an American comic book artist. He writes and draws stories using text and pictures. He is best know for his graphic novel, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, and the comic book series where it began, Acme Novelty Library. His works explore themes of social isolation, emotional torment and depression...

DETROIT SPRAY MIGRATION Part 2

Graffiti // Wednesday, May 09, 2012
As we posted before, The Motor City is playing host to a wide range of international graffiti writers in town for the Detroit Beautification Project.  Revok and Omens painted an improve exchange sketching every other letter in each others pieces and agreeing on using whatever colors were in a particular box they picked up.  Numerous other writers are filling up wall space and plenty of fumes are being huffed in Detroit right now.

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