3D Attack: 2012 Magic Art in Hangzhou, China

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 03, 2012
It was all about the 3D paintings. For the 2012 Magic Art exhibition in Hangzhou, which lies in the Eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, visitors were entertained to the tune of interacting with 3D paintings, literally getting to exist within a painting itself. According to the International Business Times, the Chinese outsourced the work to "15 South Korean artists, exclusively for the Hangzhou's Magic Art Special Exhibition, over a period of four months."

Illustrations by Shan Jiang

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 02, 2012
We were searching for an artist with a burst of color this morning, and remembered how much we loved the work of Shanghai-based Shan Jiang when we have seen it in commercial endeavors over the years. The graphic designer, illustrator, and art director now works in London with design company Shotopop.

Zhou Fan's Dream World

Illustration // Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Chinese artist Zhou Fan's fantastical world is based on a series of dreams he had as a child. Fan's vivid recollection of these dreams crystallizes in a set of paintings where mushrooms, jellyfish tentacles and fish heads blossom from human forms in vibrant neons and pastels. "Somehow I feel that it is easier to focus on dreams than reality," says Fan of his work.

Femme Fatales by Beijing's Mu Lei

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 21, 2012
We love a good bit of noir in the morning, and we came across a whole series of femme fatales from Beijing-based fine artist, Mu Lei. A great use of a simple palette, with a piercing stare and vivid red lip makes these a stunning series.

Yangtze, The Long River by Nadav Kander

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 20, 2012
This breathtaking body of photographs taken by Nadav Kander has won him the Prix Pictet prize back in 2010 as well as our adoration. Its best we allow Kander to explain the project in his own words (below is merely an excerpt from a longer statement) and then let the photos tell the rest of the story through their beautifully minimal compositions and seductively subdued hues.

Na Zhao "Competing Soil"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 29, 2012
There was so much good work from Beijing, China-based artist Na Zhao, that we couldn't single out what to feature. Her works are large format, penci on paper universes, full of rich detail and sprawling scenes. We chose our favorite, Competing Soil.

The Rematch: Duke Riley recreating history in China

Juxtapoz // Friday, March 23, 2012
A history lesson from Brooklyn's Duke Riley: Thousands of years ago, the Jade Emperor decided to assign an animal’s name to every year, in order to simplify the calendar for the people of China. A swimming race amongst twelve animals across the mighty river was organized to determine the sequential order in which year they would appear. This would become the Shengxiao, the Chinese zodiac. And now, Duke is going to recreate this race.

Liu Bolin "Lost In Art" @ Eli Klein, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Tonight, March 20, Eli Klein in New York City will open a new exhibition with the internationally renowned Invisible Man, Chinese photographer and "chameleon," Liu Bolin. Lost In Art will present new photographs from both Bolin's Hiding in the City and Hiding in New York series, as well as his recent collaboration with Harper’s Bazaar and fashion giants Gaultier, Lanvin, Missoni, and Valentino.

Documented: Toy Sex Doll Factory in China

Juxtapoz // Saturday, March 17, 2012
The mystery of sex doll creation is fully revealed in this somewhat disturbing and comprehensive photo exposé from photographer Jason Lee, who was granted access to the Ningbo Yamei plastic toy factory on the outskirts of Fenghua, Zhejiang province in China. Lee documents the production of the company's 13 types of dolls, selling more than 50,000 last year at an average price of $16.00 USD and primarily exported to Japan, Korea, and Turkey.

The Work of Yue Minjun

Juxtapoz // Saturday, March 10, 2012
For a long time, we weren't quite sure if the subjects in Beijing, China based Yue Minjun's paintings were self-portraits or a personal character created. They are indeed self-portraits. We just read that Yue is often classified as part of the Chinese "Cynical Realist" movement in art developed in China since 1989. Yue rejects this label.

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