Best of 2013: Halloween Used to be Creepier

Juxtapoz // Sunday, December 29, 2013
Originally published October 31st, 2013: Perhaps it's just the old, faded photos but it seems to us from looking at these vintage photographs that Halloween costumes used to be much much creepier and weirder than it is now. 

Best of 2013: Japanese Sci-Fi Art From the 70s and 80s

Juxtapoz // Saturday, December 28, 2013
Originally published September 16th, 2013: One of our favorite sites, 50watts' has a running feature where they showcase Japanese science-fiction scans from their ever-growing collections of books and catalogs on Japanese illustration and design. We love looking through old book illustrations, and the sci-fi genre always is chalk-full of he most surreal, colorful, and bizarre. 

Best of 2013: Incredible Photos from the archives of the Sydney Police

Juxtapoz // Saturday, December 28, 2013
Originally published September 19th, 2013: These fascinating photos come from archives of the Sydney police between 1912 and 1948. We are in awe at either the intentional or unintentional artistic sense of whoever the policeman/photographers were in the police department! One of our favorites is the man who refused to open his eyes...

Best of 2013: Map Paintings by Fernando Vicente

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 27, 2013
Originally published on August 5th, 2013: We are fans of Madrid-based artist Fernando Vicente, and have shown his work several times before. Today we take a look at his Atlas series, a series of paintings on old maps where here skillfully transforms countries and continents into faces, animals, and skulls using acrylic paint.

Best of 2013: Greg Guillemin's 'The Secret Life of Superheroes'

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 27, 2013
Originally published June 18th, 2013: Illustrator Gregoire Guillemin has introduced the second installment to his Secret Life of Superheroes series. Exposing superhero's daily lives, Gregoire features Marvel and DC characters doing normal things like Batman brushing his teeth, Wonder Woman stuffing her bra, Spiderman eating a burger, and Catwoman enganging in some NSFW activities with Ivy.

Best of 2013: John Wesley "Objects and Paintings" (NSFW)

Erotica // Thursday, December 26, 2013
Originally published on July 10th, 2013: Even though this show closed last week at David Kordansky in Los Angeles, John Wesley's work, as always, looked fantastic. "Objects and Paintings includes paintings and sculptures from several periods in Wesley’s career; all of them point to the “eccentric precision,” as Dan Flavin described it in the show's catlogue, that has made him one of the indispensible American artists of the post-war period.

Best of 2013: When Dog Grooming Goes Too Far

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Originally published on June 25, 2013: These photos by Ren Netherland of dogs at a grooming competition leave us at a loss for words. Poor dogs. But, wow.

Best of 2013: Kim Keever's Water Tank Diorama Photography

Photography // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Originally published on June 20, 2013: Kim Keever shoots large-scale photographs of incredibly detailed landscapes in a 200-gallon tank of water. The tank is filled with water or dry ice and lit with gel-covered lights to transform the strange world into a hazy, fantastical world. The behind-the-scenes is just as fascinating as the photographs themselves!

Best of 2013: "Back to the Future," Photographs by Irina Werning

Photography // Monday, December 23, 2013
Originally published on May 2, 2013: Buenos Aires-based photographer Irina Werning travelled to 32 countries and shot 250 pictures for her Back to the Future project. "I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… Two years ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future."

Best of 2013: Jake & Dinos Chapman "The Sum of All Evil" @ White Cube Gallery

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 23, 2013
Not that we want to deter you from looking at these images, but no picture will do this exhibition justice. I can go on and on about how intriguing the work is, how the Chapman brothers have perhaps made the biggest noise during Basel week in Hong Kong, but even that would not give enough credit to how incredible the diorama pieces of The Sum of All Evil really are.

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