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.

Best of 2013: Kohei Yoshiyuki's "The Park"

Photography // Saturday, December 21, 2013
Originally published on April 25th 2013: This morning we take a look at Japanese photographer Kohei Yoshiyuki's series of black-and-white photographs from the 1970s. Using a 35mm camera, infrared film, and flash, Kohei documented people who gathered in several of Tokyo's parks at night for romantic rendezvous and the many spectators that lurked in the bushes to watch and sometimes participate. The photos are raw, voyeuristic and uncomfortable...

Best of 2013: Miniature Models of Famous Artists in Their Studios

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 20, 2013
Originally published on March 8th, 2013: We are really enjoying New York-based painter and sculptor Joe Fig's miniature dioramas of famous artists in their studios. He has painstakingly sculpted the studios of everyone from Jackson Pollock to Ryan Mcginness!

Best of 2013: Susannah Martin's Primordial Tourists

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 20, 2013
Originally published on March 21st 2013: This morning we take a look at the work of Frankfurt, Germany-based artist Susannah Martin. Her nude paintings are the product of her fascination with how artists throughout history have chosen to represent our interconnection with nature and how this has changed with the virtual world.

Best of 2013: Sculptures by Jonty Hurwitz

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 19, 2013
Originally published on February 1st. 2013:  It may be a tad hard to see what is going on here, but look closely. Artist/scientist Jonty Hurwitz creates what appear to be ordinary abstract sculptures, but when viewed in a cylinder, reflective surface, the sculpture takes on the appearence of a figurative shape. Hurwtiz won the 2009 Noble Sculpture Prize.

Best of 2013: Meticulously Constructed Sculptures by Takahiro Iwasaki

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 19, 2013
Originally published on February 26th, 2013: From delicately carving rolls of tape into detailed landscapes to building towers out of loose towel threads and constructing intricate structures out of toothbrush bristles, Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki takes everyday objects and transforms them into amazing sculptures.

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