Best of 2014: The Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
This unique archive documents Russian criminals' tattoos and their coded meanings. Included in the collection are more than three thousand tattoo drawings made by Danzig Baldaev during his time as a prison guard between 1948 and 1986. Tattoos were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society...

Mihály Zichy: 19th Century Erotic Art

Erotica // Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Born in 1827 in Hungary, Mihály Zichy takes us back in time to an entirely different world of erotic art. For the most part Mihaly was a painter, but these lesser known ink drawings are romantic and honest...

Best of 2014: The Images of Bunnies Past

Photography // Monday, December 15, 2014
In photographer Robyn Twomey’s photo series “Playboy,” she photographed at the Former Playboy Bunny Reunion in Las Vegas creating head shots of a number of past bunnies. Each image invites the viewer to visually explore each of their faces to find the distinguishing characteristics that made each one worthy of the bunny title. “These headshots . . . are the result of my interest in the women of Playboy and where they are now...

Best of 2014: Original Star Wars Concept Illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 15, 2014
This morning we take a look at some of the Star Wars concept illustrations of Ralph McQuarrie who designed the original trilogy as well as Battlestar Galactica, E.T. and Cocoon. "Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy...

Best of 2014: Monica Cook's Hilarity and Horror

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 12, 2014
Mesmerized with hilarity and horror, Monica Cook's illustrations and disturbing portraits of nude women engage with gorgeously rendered erotic scenes that elicit a range of emotion in the viewer . The Georgia-born artist graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1996 and now lives and works in New York.

Best of 2014: Clarity Haynes' "The Breast Portrait Project

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 12, 2014
The large-scale paintings I am currenty working on come out of a decade-and-a-half long feminist art project. The Breast Portrait Project exists in the intersections of art and social intervention, merging drawing, painting, artist book production, documentary photography, and writing. My work is a subversion of traditional purposes of portraiture, with a focus on making discoveries and facilitating transformation in my subjects, myself, and in communities of viewers...

Best of 2014: Christopher Morris's 1980s NYC Subway Photos

Photography // Thursday, December 11, 2014
Award winning photojournalist Christopher Morris, well-known for his documentation of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia, began his career documenting the NYC subway for six months as an intern for the photo agency Black Star. TIME, who Morris is a contract photographer for, recently released some rare photos from this period of his career. "Morris' work provides a window on a long-gone New York, a metropolis that once pulsed with a very different energy - a frenetic, dangerous tone - than one feels in most of the city's neighborhoods today. But even back then, as Morris' pictures attest, Gotham remained an always fascinating and, at times, disarmingly beautiful place."

Best of 2014: Works by Ryohei Hase

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Based out of Tokyo, Japan, Ryohei Hase expresses a definite darkness in his illustrative and realistic works. He describes the theme of his work as sad and gloomy, but also beautiful and strong; he is working to express the darkness of the mind. The artist was featured and interviewed in the magazine in 2009.

Best of 2014: The Disturbing Sculptures of Dongwook Lee

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Dongwook Lee's works focus on the contradictions that are fundamentally inherent in human existence and life. Exquisitely hyper-realistic and surrealistically imagined renditions of his miniature human figures are staged in absurd situations in Lee's works, in which the bleak everyday life transforms into poetic horror....

Best of 2014: Olek in the February Issue

Vault // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
It was nice to run into Olek this year in Miami during Art Basel celebrations. Kristin Farr interviewed her for our Feburary, 2014 issue, taking a break with her mid-crochet to talk about her work in Russia, art as a lifestyle, and public art...

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