Ryan Koopmans' "Paradise Now"

Photography // Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Ryan Koopmans is a Dutch & Canadian photographer fascinated by the interaction of nature with man made elements. His series Paradise Now takes a look at the construction of urban utopias and how they raise questions of what is natural in the context of these new cities. 

Enamel Kingdom "Goin Inward" @ Lot F Gallery, Boston

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 22, 2014
It's harrowing to consider the caliber of plutocratic monster who might hang one of Enamel Kingdom's menacing tiger slabs behind the desk in his lair. One imagines the sort of curiously cultured alpha-Neanderthal who fires underlings because it's Friday and often introduces himself by announcing, Your worst nightmare just walked into the room.

Dissected Classical Sculpture by Cao Hui

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Beijing-based artist Cao Hui has constructed and dissected classical sculptures to reveal raw, fleshy, innards. Hui has previously pulled the guts out of a sofa and opened the gruesome, gory inside of a suitcase.

Paintings by Zhu Yiyong

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 22, 2014
We are liking this haunting series of oil paintings by Zhu Yiyong. Investigating the effects of pollution on modern urban China, Yiyong uses a unique technique involving thin layers of paint on finished works representing dust and dirt.

Masterworks @ Long Beach Museum of Art

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Greeks elevated the mantle of Master Builder to the consummate maker of design and monument, font of wisdom and knowledge. Big ideas in big packages. Even today, Lego chooses the term “Master Builder” to describe the designers who make their elaborate, time-tested constructions. The paintings in Masterworks: Defining A New Narrative are also super-scale, both in size and scope.

The Work Of Kate Shaw

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 22, 2014
These are not your typical landscapes. Operating as scenery as well as abstract art, these paintings by Kate Shaw deal with the conflict of the natural world and our relationship to it.

Egon Schiele "The Radical Nude" @ The Courtauld Gallery, London

Erotica // Wednesday, October 22, 2014
It is funny to include these groundbreaking works in an Erotica section, yet looking at it another way, these works pratcially invented the term. From The Courtauld: Egon Schiele (1890 - 1918) is one of the most important artists of the early 20th century and a central figure of Austrian Expressionism. This exhibition brings together an outstanding group of the artist’s nudes to chart his ground-breaking approach during his short but urgent career. Schiele’s technical virtuosity, highly original vision and unflinching depictions of the naked figure distinguish these works as being among his most significant contributions to the development of modern art.

Banksy: Girl with a Pierced Eardrum

Street Art // Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Banksy has dropped a few new pieces over the past weeks, and we really like this "Girl with a Pierced Eardrum" work that was put up in Bristol, England found near the city's harbor. The piece is obviously an ode and update to the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, which if you remember was the subject of a Scarlett Johansson-starring movie. We just wanted Banksy and Scarlett in the same post, and we achieved our goal.

The World of Alison Blickle

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 21, 2014
"My paintings let me live out fantasies through characters I create. These stories often involve my desire to feel a connection to something bigger than myself-- to nature, to my ancestors, or to a sense of spirituality. I’ve created an alter ego who appears as a recurring protagonist in my paintings. This imaginary version of me is who I wish I could be-- a strong, fearless hero engaged in exploration and adventures." —Alison Blickle

To Be A Nun Today

Photography // Tuesday, October 21, 2014
In his photographic series “Commitment”, Scotland-based photographer Craig Buchan visually chronicles the daily life of a modern day nun. Focusing specifically on the sisters of the Poor Clare Monastery, Buchan shows how although these nun live their lives void of material possessions, there are certain possessions that they are obliged to use. 

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