RIP: Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys

Music // Friday, May 04, 2012
We felt we would be doing a disservice today if we didn't mention the immeasurable loss of Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch, who died today at the age of 47 after a long battle with cancer. Of course, the Beastie Boys played a pivotal role in fronting a cultural fusion of hip-hop, skate, art, film, punk, and activism, and Yauch was at the forefront of socially conscious celebrity.

Preview: Kenji Nakayama @ Woodward Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 04, 2012
The Lower East Side’s Woodward Gallery will open Kenji Nakayama’s first New York solo exhibition by the Japanese Boston-based artist, simply titled “Kenji Nakayama.” This widely anticipated exhibit of new works will be the most extensive showing of his art to date, featuring photorealistic, hand-cut stencil, spray enamel, acrylic, and mixed media paintings.

Get Slapped

Street Art // Friday, May 04, 2012
Somewhere in Cleveland, an artist by the name of Rove painted one dude slapping the hell out of another. The obscure face behind them is strangely awesome as well. Often, slapping can be more satisfying than hitting, try it.

In L.A.: Dum English Launch Party

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 04, 2012
This past Wednesday, we attended the launch party for Ron English and Chris Brown’s collaboration, a new toy series, “Dum English.” Fresh off the heels of English (featured in the May 2012 Public Art Issue) doing the cover art of Brown's 2011 LP, F.A.M.E., the two have a new collab getting attention. Photos and more after the jump.

Walkthrough: Pulse New York

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 04, 2012
Yesterday morning, fresh off a red-eye from San Francisco, we headed to the preview of the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair New York. Full of strong rosters of international artists and galleries, the highlights included Geoff McFetridge at Cooper Cole, Rena Bransten's booth, Narwhal Projects, Porter Contemporary, and some very colorful works by David LaChapelle.

Sculptural Musical Chairs by Estudion Mariscal

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 04, 2012
We gave you oversized installation objects by Lilian Bourgeat the other day, which served as a sort of interesting take on over indulgence. Today, we found out about a recent public art project from Spain's Estudion Mariscal, featuring extremely large patio chairs displayed in front of the Valladolid Hospital in Valladolid, Spain.

Anders Nordby's Wine Glass Chess Set

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 04, 2012
No more pelting your friends with ping pong balls and guzzling tasteless beer for you. You've grown up. You have taste. When you bring your friends over, you exhibit not only your prowess on the chess board, but also exhibit your fine taste in wine. In fact, you beat them mercilessly and make them drink every glass... just kidding.

Mike Force: Dirty Jokes

Erotica // Friday, May 04, 2012
Mike Force is a Seattle-based artist and illustrator with a graphic, humorous comic book style the is the visual equivalent of a pastel-painted dirty joke. He is a designer and illustrator at The Stranger and is the creator of the pop-up Poster Museum.  He has worked as a regular contributor to The L Magazine, as well as done illustration for Vice and Complex Magazine...

Jaz in Baltimore

Street Art // Friday, May 04, 2012
Open Walls Baltimore continues to host local and international artists with spaces to paint murals.  Argentinian artist, Jaz, recently completed this piece depicting faceless human bodies riding large cats similar looking to a cougar.

"Black Grapes of Wrath" by Ludo

Street Art // Thursday, May 03, 2012
Limited to just five, Black Grapes Of Wrath is Parisian street artist, Ludo’s newest sculpture project.  Each of the skulled grapes are laser sculpted, hand sprayed, and come with a signed certificate of authentication.  An added bonus, 50% of the money goes directly to a non-profit organization that provides skateboards and educational programming in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Pakistan.

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