Dan Voinea "A Momentary Rise of Reason" @ Beers.Lambert Contemporary, London

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 26, 2013
One of our favorite painters that we have learned about over the past year is Romanian artist Dan Voinea, who mixes both a classical realist style with an almost performance like character connstruction. Voinea just opened a solo show, A Momentary Rise of Reason, at Beers.Lambert Contemporary in London. As the gallery notes, " Yet while technically realistic and anatomically correctly proportioned, the works are characterized as much by their apparent lack of realism: their fantastical tendencies, collapsing or nondescript environments and preference for magic realist narratives. "

Matt Leines "Hyperbolic" @ Beginnings, Brooklyn

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Via our friends at Juxtapoz Latin America, Brooklyn based Matt Leines recently opened a solo exhibition, Hyperbolic, at Beginnings in Brooklyn. After living in Philadelphia for a few years, the artist moved to New York and settled into a rhythm that was both fresh and cheerful, or as the gallery notes: "Those who follow (Leines') work may have noticed a shift in the last few years, somebody flipped a switch in the artist’s brain–or maybe spun a dial–and all sorts of things began to happen: visible spectrum increasing, palette spinning out, subjects becoming more universal and less referential.

URS FISCHER @ MOCA, LA

Juxtapoz // Monday, April 22, 2013
Spread across MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the first survey in the United States of the Swiss-born artist Urs Fischer weaves together some of his most memorable and iconic sculptural works while creating an unexpected landscape in both venues.

Artist Derek Stefanuk

Erotica // Monday, April 15, 2013
Painter Derek Stefanuk was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1980. Since graduating from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2004, Stefanuk has found steady work as a fine artist, a scenic artist, and a painter for theater and cinema. His subjects have been almost always been figurative, with a special focus on portraits of women in a style that could be best defined as expressionistic realism.

Olivia's Pin Ups

Erotica // Tuesday, April 09, 2013
We make no secret of our deep and everlasting love for artist Olivia de Berardinis' classic Pin Ups. Her sensual and downright adorable ladies have made an appearance or two here before, and we figure it's time to refresh your visual memory banks with some Pin Up goodness à la Olivia.

Faith Ringgold @ ACA Galleries

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 05, 2013
A collection of Faith Ringgold's early paintings and quilts will be on view at ACA Galleries in New York until April 27th. In addition to her iconic story quilts, paintings from two earlier series American People (1962-1967) and Black Light (1967-1969) will be included in the exhibition.

Milan Hrnjazovic's Little Briar Rose

Erotica // Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Using a combination of figurative art and free-flowing abstraction, Serbian painter Milan Hrnjazovic endeavors to visually represent the emotional anxiety of the young adult female's evolving sense of self-image and burgeoning sexual desires. In particular, he turns a modern eye toward the sexual awakening of a Grimm fairy tale heroine, "Little Briar Rose," endowing her with the intelligence and self-awareness to confront and overcome the pains of maturation rather than retreat into a deep, dreamless slumber from which only the virility of a grown man can arouse her. 

The Twisted Reality of JoKa

Erotica // Monday, March 25, 2013
Based out of Philadelphia, JoKa's humorous and often unsettling acrylic paintings represent a pastiche of influences and symbolism, consisting of multiple layers of meaning that oscillate between the patently absurd and the deadly serious. His work skews and distorts the human body, obscuring faces to an almost depersonalizing degree, yet retaining a sense of surreal familiarity deeply rooted in the pop culture nostalgia of the collective unconscious. 

The Works of Mu Pan

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 20, 2013
We can't believe we haven't put a gigantic spotlight on Brooklyn-based fine artist, Mu Pan in the past, but with a little Ralph Steadman influence and dark political satire, this is the kind of artwork to wake up to. The SVA grad mixes a bit of surreal, humans versus non-human battle scenes with a great insight to his sketchbook works. There is a ton of good stuff here... get lost. 

12 Paintings by Laura Owens @ Ooga Booga #2, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Definitely a show we are going to see in person if we can, because these stunning nearly 12-foot tall pieces look grand in the new Ooga Booga #2 space in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Ooga Booga has always been an epicenter of good art and culture in Chinatown, but this new space, especially with LA-based artist Owens' work in it, looks like it will be a great space for exhibitions in the months to come.

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