Photos: 2012 Mexico Contemporary Art Fair

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Our good friends in Mexico City made it out to the 2012 Mexico Contemporary Art Fair (MACO) last week, and from the looks of it, there was a ton of good booths and artists on display in Mexico City, including Takashi Murakami, Dr Lakra, George Condo, Pedro Friedeberg, Maya Hayuk, Clayton Brothers, and other heavyweights of the contemporary art world. A few notes and lots of photos after the jump . . .

Raoul Ubac

Erotica // Wednesday, April 25, 2012
We're kicking it old school this Wednesday morning with Raoul Ubac (b. 1910 - d. 1985), an experimental Belgian photographer, painter, and sculptor. Ubac decided to abandon his career as a forester to pursue art in Paris in 1929, and under the influence of the likes of André Breton and Man Ray, he dedicated himself to surreal photography until 1945, by which time his interest in surrealism had waned in favor of painting instead.

Anton Corbijn: "R.E.M. Seen between 1990-2010" @ Albertinum, Dresden

Music // Wednesday, April 25, 2012
One of the great chroniclers of contemporary music, Dutch-born photographer and film director Anton Corbijn has been responsible for making iconic images and videos for bands such as Joy Division, U2, Nirvana, and REM. The latter is the subject of Corbijn's latest photo exhibition, R.E.M. Seen Between 1990-2010, now showing at the Albertinum Museum in Dresden, Germany. 

The Hemloft in British Columbia

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Built illegally in the woods of Whistler on British Columbia’s government land, The Hemloft is a wonderfully designed egg-shaped tree house built by Former Canadian software developer and current carpenter, Joel Allen.

7 Deadly Sins by Vincent Mahe

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 25, 2012
We can't find much information about Vincent Mahé on the web, other than that he's a director, designer, and illustrator living in Jerusalem. We do know for certain that Mahé has some mad illustration skills, as he aptly demonstrates in this series of images based on the 7 deadly sins (with 5 sins down and two more to go). Be sure to check out more of his work on his blog, particularly his incredible sketches of people and places from around the world.

Ari Marcopoulos "Here And Now" @ V1 Gallery, Copenhagen

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Loving this photo of Ari Marcopoulos' that is one his show flyer for Here And Now at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark. And just as Ari wanted, this new exhibition features works only from the, wait for it, here and now. As V1 writes of the famed photographer, "In Here and Now he (Ari) wanted to just show his work from 2012, and most of the prints, as can be seen from the date stamp in the lower-right hand corners, are from March this year."

New Book: Presidential Campaign Posters

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 24, 2012
One of the time-honored American traditions that we can all agree is both unnerving and kind of an entertaining spectacle is the Presidential Campaign tour. Republicans, Democrats, all lying in unison, all promising things that are unrealistic, so much fun to get worked up by it all! And, as we saw so clearly in 2008, the campaign poster is an incredibly powerful tool in getting a viral message across. Do you remember John McCain's campaign poster? John who?

"Things Change': Stop-Motion Mural by British artist, Jo Peel

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 24, 2012
We really enjoyed this stop-motion, mural timelapse this morning. From what British street artist Jo Peel writes about her mural and subsequesnt video piece, what we have here is a "3 week painting condensed into a 3 minute animation. This is a short story told on a big wall at Village Underground in Shoreditch, London." Its quite good.

JR: Wrinkles of the City "Robert Upside Down" Print

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 24, 2012
JR, one of the four cover artists for our very special Public Art examination in our May 2012 issue, just released this fantastic new print, Wrinkles of the City "Robert Upside Down," through Social Animals. The print is an 8-color lithograph, printed with a Marinoni machine, sitting at 72 x 92 cm, in an edition of 180. Signed and numbered. Buy it now.

The Art of Mickey Avalon

Music // Tuesday, April 24, 2012
There's a few trends that keep on keepin' on, but the one that continues to defy any foreseeable prediction is that of: white rappers. Chalk it up to Mickey Avalon for glamorizing the latter. He's cleverly marred what's kitschy and indecent in life mixed in among smooth hooks and memorable rhythms. From a guy that signs his name with hearts.

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