How To Roll Up a 19' x 20' Picasso

Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 11, 2014
The NY Times just published a fantastic and fascinating video about the delicate workings of an art handler, especially when said art handlers have to remove a 19' x 20' Pablo Picasso curtain that had been hanging for over a half century in the same spot in the Seagram Building on Park Avenue in NYC. 

Painting People That Are Underwater: Photoreal works by Gustavo Silva Nuñez

Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 11, 2014
We came across these paintings this morning of Gustavo Silva Nuñez, a Venezuelan artist who has a great skill of capturing subjects as they swim or are submerged underwater in a series of paintings. One of the best things we see in these paintings is the way he captures the surface of the water. Well done.

Blending Into the Street: MP5 in Italy

Street Art // Thursday, September 11, 2014
Italian street artist MP5 added a little optical illusion with a street piece he completed in Abruzzo, Italy for the Visione Periferica Street Art Festival. The piece, titled Root of Evil, is quite eye-catching with the thick black and white composition. But it is the fact that it bleeds onto the sidewalk below that really creates an interesting illusion.

The Work of Hannah Antalek

Erotica // Thursday, September 11, 2014
Hannah Antalek's work is an exploration and critique of America that references pop culture and consumerism with social and political undercurrents. She attempts to bridge the divide of high and low art by using tacky colors and cliche or kitschy iconography in contrast with sanctified or stereotypically beautiful imagery. This juxtaposition aims to reinforce the cynical yet humorous attitude towards her subject.

A Visit with Kevin Earl Taylor

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 10, 2014
We stopped by Kevin Earl Taylor's San Francisco studio ahead of his upcoming exhibit with David Ellis at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles this weekend. Taylor’s paintings depict stark, surreal landscapes that seem like moments frozen in time. Animals and animal parts confront the viewer and each other, forms tied together by a common visual thread or somehow fused into one another and their surroundings...

Why the Eames Lounge?

Design // Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Juxtapoz has teamed with New England Outerwear co-founder Greg Cordeiro for a series of insights and takes in the world of industrial design and fashion, highlighting the diverse creative energy of young and established designers that we have been featuring in the print edition of Juxtapoz each month. Today, we start with the iconic: Why the Eames Lounge chair?

Sandow Birk "American Qur’an" @ Koplin Del Rio, Culver City

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 10, 2014
After the September 11 attacks, artist Sandow Birk was compelled to explore and understand Islam: What it is to be Muslim? And what does its sacred text, the Qur’an, represent? Then, Birk embarked on an ambitious and controversial 9-year project to create an illuminated version of the book. Now, Koplin Del Rio gallery proudly presents Sandow Birk: American Qur’an. On view September 13 – October 17, this will be the 7th and final show in the series.

KAWS "Man's Best Friend" @ Honor Fraser Gallery, LA

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 10, 2014
KAWS, one of the great crossover artists of this generation, working on anything from MTV to Kanye, continues to also be one of the most efficient and relentless artists when it comes to exhibitions and projects. On September 13, KAWS will open his third exhibition at Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles, "Man's Best Friend," a new collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures with an eye to "Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s with both a nod of homage and a wink of satire."

Julie Blackmon's "Free Range" @ Robert Mann Gallery, NY

Photography // Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Last week Robert Mann Gallery opened a new exhibition entitled Free Range, Julie Blackmon's third solo exhibition with the gallery. Blackmon's recent body of work, which includes new images that will debut at the exhibition, juxtaposes an enduring sense of nostalgia with keenly contemporary details to twist the artist's signature sly wit into strange, wry, and whimsical stories of family life. 

Music Video: Metronomy "Month of Sundays" dir by Callum Cooper

Music // Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Let's get Escher. Metronomy is a band that understands how to make a good music video, a memorable one, one with a little extra touch of artistic detail in every video. For their new single, Month of Sundays, the band had director Callum Cooper create a visual look. The director told Nowness, "When I heard the track, the stark harmonies brought to mind the Russian children’s choirs of the 1970s."

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