Laura Krifka's Seduction and Punishment

Erotica // Monday, June 15, 2015
Laura Krifka explores the subject of transgression and punishment through painting, film, sculpture and video. Her most recent exhibition at CB1 Gallery, Reap the Whirlwind, was a show wrapped in the language of seduction, beauty and the sublime, set against a backdrop of a classic American landscape.

Paintings by Raqib Shaw

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 12, 2015
Born in Calcutta in 1974, Raqib Shaw now lives and works in London. A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins College, he has developed a fantastic universe that straddles the monstrous and the erotic. His paintings lie somewhere between the categories of fine art and applied art. Shaw’s landscapes, bustling with chimeras, are line-drawn with an evident mastery of classical draftsmanship.

Turkish Painter Kezban Arca Batibeki

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Turkish artist, Kezban Arca Batibeki paints women, often overtly sexualized and faceless, which probe themes of female empowerment and objectification. 

Nakamura Hiroshi's 1950s Protest Art

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 01, 2015
Born in 1932, Nakamura Hiroshi was trained by the Japan Art Alliance as a reportage painter. The Alliance was 'a postwar art group that advocated politically-themed realist painting.' By the 50s, Hiroshi was very involved in depicting protests against the rise of U.S. military bases. He saw himself as a 'reporter at the frontlines' of confrontations, brandishing sketchbook and pencil as opposed to a camera.

Yayoi Kusama "Give Me Love" @ David Zwirner, NY

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Yayoi Kusama has brought her seminal installation from 2002, The Obliteration Room, to David Zwirner in New York. Also on view in two spaces, 519 and 525 West 19th Street, are new paintings from the celebrated My Eternal Soul series and new polka-dotted pumpkin sculptures. Widely recognized around the world, with a recent survey of museum attendance ranking her as the most popular artist in 2014, Kusama has shaped her own narrative of postwar and contemporary art. Minimalism and Pop art, abstraction and conceptualism coincide in her practice, which spans painting, sculpture, performance, room-sized and outdoor installations, the written word, films, fashion, design, and architectural interventions.

Drawings and Paintings by Robert Hardgrave

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 26, 2015
"Despite all the information we are given, I believe much is unknown to us in the moment, with clarity only achieved upon later reflection," states California-based artist Robert Hardgrave. Hardgrave's "paintings are about the excitement in each evolving moment in life, be it a minute or grand, and savoring it."

An Update with Lu Cong

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 21, 2015
Lu Cong was born in Shanghai in 1978 and immigrated to the United States at the age of 11. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2000 with degrees in biology and art, he moved to Denver, CO after deciding to pursue portrait art rather than medicine. Since 2002, Lu has been studying at the Denver Art Students League, focusing his studies on life drawing, and has exhibited his work at that arts venue for the past decade.

Paintings by Léopold Rabus

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 19, 2015
This morning we take a look at the work of Swiss artist Leopold Rabus. The figures in Rabus' work are very often gruesome, awkward, a little crazy and darkly humorous. They are reconfigurations and caricatures of people from his neighborhood and life in Neuchatel.

Stunning Paintings by China's Zhang Linhai

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Chinese artist Zhang Linhai's paintings are surreal but politically charged pieces of art that take the anonymous, homogenous character and places them in either isolation or repetitive masses. The result is an unblinding support for an ominous power.  

Update: Paintings and Drawings by Henrietta Harris

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 18, 2015
New Zealand artist Henrietta Harris' drawings, range in subject from hands, faces, brains, and more are depicted on canvases, t-shirts, and fine print publications. Her paintings often involve portraiture with a departure into the surreal with faces sometimes obscured and misplaced by the clean sweep of a brushstroke.


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