Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 14, 2015
When Hermann Albert moved to Berlin in 1964, there was a strong feeling among intellectuals, that figurative painitng was defined by the hateful Stalin doctrine that determined how and what artists were supposed to paint: they were to worship the working class and its achievements and they were to do so in portraits, stillives and landscapes in a heroic style.
Illustration // Friday, August 28, 2015
German illustrator Björn Griesbach knows how to give you haunting dreams. One of his more recent series, "Hollow Children," features grinning children with dark smudged faces that, to be honest, are pretty terrifying. Griesbach primarily works on commissioned illustration projects for novels and other literature but also finds time for personal projects when he can.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Joep van Lieshout has created a temporary built community, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," defined by its playful approach to sexuality and the body. The architecture is an installation for the annual Ruhrtriennale festival in Bachum, Germany, which offers music, theater, dance performance, and fine arts. The highlights of the installation include a bar shaped like the human digestive system—one end of the piece is an open mouth and tongue, the other an anatomically-correct anus; two buildings copulating; and restrooms designed to look like rusted silos.
Juxtapoz // Monday, August 24, 2015
Hamburg, Germany-based artist Eiko Borcherding continues to create intricate and well-executed mixed media pencil drawings. With an eye for detail, he plays on the ideals of life and death, combining these elements in a way that creates a hauntingly beautiful duality. Recently, his work has begun to catch the eye of many art collectors resulting in art exhibitions throughout Europe.
Erotica // Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Berlin magazine Pornceptual launches as a quarterly. The magazine aims to take the mainstream and single-narrative conceptions of pornography and queer them. The magazine will include photography, illustration, painting, and text. It hopes to investigate desire, vulnerability, radical gender identities, and the external gaze.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Hans Breder trained as a painter in Hamburg, German and found early success in NYC in the early ’60s. Once he was drawn to Iowa, Breder created The Intermedia Program in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa in 1968 and he directed the program until 2000.
Design // Tuesday, March 31, 2015
A major exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany sheds new light on contemporary African design. Showcasing the work of over 120 artists and designers, Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design illustrates how design accompanies and fuels economic and political changes on the continent. Africa is presented as a hub of experimentation generating new approaches and solutions of worldwide relevance – and as a driving force for a new discussion of the potential of design in the twenty-first century.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 31, 2015
In general, we have mixed feelings about robots. Are they our friends? We're skeptical but can say without question that we like German artist (b. 1940) Bettina von Arnim's robots.
Juxtapoz // Monday, March 16, 2015
You know we like a good hyperreal painter here at Juxtapoz... I mean, we made an entire book on the subject in late 2014. We just came across these works by German painter Mike Dargas, and although we were about to throw these in Erotica (I mean, dripping honey and chocolate on women in this context is a little on naughty side). we found the paintings of the tough guys at the end not so much erotic as they were badass and mean.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 12, 2015
Cut it Out! is an international group show dedicated to the art of the stencil. Curated by Olly Walker and Henrik Haven, the exhibition showcases the work of some of the best artists and exciting new emerging artists that choose to work with the technique, but also the tools of the trade, a bit of history, live action on walls, streets and cars to offer a glimpse insight the world of stencil art.