Photos: Shag & Calma at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Los Angeles-based artist Shag (above) and Brazilian artist Stephan Doitschinoff aka Calma (below) took Manhattan’s Jonathan Levine Gallery by storm in the recent opening of their respective solo shows, Voyeur and Novo Mundo. Both artists were in attendance, and needless to say both talents (and, we suppose, their incredible artwork) attracted some of the most influential and fun-loving folks of the Big Apple and beyond. Take a look for yourself in the photos our buddy George Koroneos shot right over here…

Calma: The Art of Stephan Doitschinoff Book Signing

Juxtapoz // Friday, November 21, 2008
In conjunction with his upcoming solo show, Novo Mundo, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery opening this weekend, Saturday November 22nd, Stephan Doitschinoff, aka Calma has a new book coming out, tited Calma: The Art of Stephan Doitschinoff. This collection documents the emblematic and spiritual paintings and murals that the painter has emblazoned on houses, churches and walls in rural villages in his South American homeland. The title Calma is not only Stephan Doitschinoff‘s alias as a graffiti writer, but also the abbreviation of “con alma” (c’alma) in Latin, meaning “with soul”. His emblematic metaphoric imagery feeds off Afro-Brazilian folklore, pagan and alchemistic symbolism and contemporary pop culture. Doitschinoff composes spectacular murals and applies his extraordinary talent to emblazon houses, churches and walls in rural cities in his South American homeland. The 160 page, full color, hardcover book also features texts by Tristan Manco and Carlo McCormick. Join in for a special book-signing event for the new book, Calma: The Art of Stephan Doitschinoff this Saturday, November 22nd from 6-7pm.  The opening reception for Stephan's solo exhibition, Novo Mundo, will immediately follow. Details at jonathanlevinegallery.com

"Titanium Expose" Group Show

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 20, 2008
Anthony Lister (NYC), Blek Le Rat (Paris), Buff Monster (LA), Chris Ryniak (LA), Damon Soule (Portland), Dennis McNett (NYC), Henry Lewis (SF), Julian Duron (NYC), Henry Gunderson (SF), Joshua Petker (LA), Mars (SF), Matt Furie (SF), Maya Hayuk (NYC), Mel Kadel (LA), and Ryan Christian (Chicago) will all grace Fecal Face Gallery in San Francisco in a group exhibit titled Titanium Expose. Opening tonight, November 20th, this show seems more like a grouping of platinum artists rather than titanium, but we'll overlook all that and simply head over to check it all out tonight. More info on Titanium Expose at fecalface.com/gallery

Nos Cambiamos de Domicilio at Kurimanzutto in Mexico City

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 20, 2008
After nine years of the opening of Economia de Mercado/Market Economy (an event that lasted one day and joined the group of artists with which the gallery started for the first time,) Kurimanzutto in Mexico City has a new project in a new space: a twenty-two voice dialogue in a unique new exhibition Nos Cambiamos de Domicilio. The new space opens Saturday, November 29th in an old timber yard, built in 1949 in Mexico City, and restored by Mexican architect Alberto Kalach. The members of Kurimanzutto describe the new show in stating: “For this exhibition we have decided to evoke the testimony of an incidental – yet fundamental – protagonist: the bookshelf living in almost any artist’s studio. […] Around thirty industrial shelves have been disposed throughout the main plant of the gallery, conforming a grid over which an organized cosmos might unfold.” The show will run December 2, 2008 – February 15, 2009. Learn more at kurimanzutto.com

Primary Flight: Back to Basics During Art Basel

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Once again during this year’s Art Basel, graff writers and street artists will hit the Wynwood streets in Miami’s second installment of the internationally acclaimed, site specific, street level, mural installation Primary Flight. This year’s exhibition features 40 of today’s most respected local and international graffiti artists, including Blek le Rat (Juxtapoz #95) David Choe (Juxtapoz #72) Retna, Revok, Reyes (all in Juxtapoz #78) Will Barras (Juxtapoz #91) and many more! Graffiti has come a long way, from the back seats of police cars to gracing the walls of the world’s greatest collections and museums. Primary Flight’s original concept and purpose is to provide these artists with outdoor, concrete wall space, allowing them free reign to install their art as they see fit - back into graffiti’s original environment - in what is arguably its most appealing format. Curated by BOOKSIIII, Lynn Yohana Howard, Logan Hicks, and Anthony Spinello, Primary Flight will take off during Art Basel, December 4 – 7, 2008. Maps outlining the street installation will be available for download online at primaryflight.com and on location in the Wynwood streets.

Alex Pardee x GelaSkins

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 13, 2008
If you’re not yet familiar with GelaSkins, you should be- how else are you supposed to get all your electronic devices looking as fly as your carefully picked outfit? Thankfully, GelaSkins has picked up on the fresh flavor of Juxtapoz favorite Alex Pardee (Juxtapoz #79) by releasing new skins for everything from iPods to laptops to cell phones, featuring The Backpack (above) and Holy Matrimony (which may look a bit familiar to true Juxtapopz fans, as an eerily similar image graced our August 2007 cover.) Straight out of a technicolor nightmare, Alex’s mesmerizing and often grotesque subjects tell a tale of dark symbiosis yet, simultaneously showcase that twisted sense of humor we love about this artist. The Backpack and Holy Matrimony are wickedly deranged and will easily bring any of your devices some much needed awesome, so grab your skin now at gelaskins.com

Palin Opposes Street Art Exhibition?

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 03, 2008
On the eve of what could be the most important presidential election of our time, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin took some time out from her hectic campaign schedule to answer a few questions on the upcoming street art exhibition, Smoking Jackets for Jerry at Brooklynite Gallery in New York. Watch the entire newsflash video here!

"The Ulysses Guide to the LA River" Book Release at Skull & Sword

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 31, 2008
The book release party for GK Editions' The Ulysses Guide to the LA River goes down November 1, 2008 from 6- 10 at Grime's Skull & Sword tattoo studio in San Francisco. The culture of Los Angeles flows -- both figurative and quite literally -- through its central vein: The River. This book is borne from a fascination and love that precedes the attention that has shifted back to this flow. Fathered by the late Ulysses Zemanova and further nurtured by its co-authors/editors, The Ulysses Guide to the Los Angeles River (UGLAR) moves beyond the overexposed culture of graffiti and misunderstood world of scientific discovery. UGLAR wishes to bring to light the authors' interest, if only to spawn more within its readers. UGLAR's first volume has two focuses: Biology and Art. Los Angeles-based artwork contributions from: Chaz Bojorquéz, ZES, Jack Rudy, Chuey Quintanar, Steve Martinez, Gregg Stone, Robert Meinhardt, Chris Brand, SinerLTS, Evan Skrederstu, Rob Sato, and more. Interviews with artists also included. There will be live painting by the authors at the release, as well as art from the book and free beer at Skull & Sword, so come out and join in the good times.

"Selling(Out) the Revolution" by Raffaella Delle Donne

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Raffaella Delle Donne is an amazing writer and activist that contributed the Faith47 feature to our current special African Art (November 2008) issue. Raffaella currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa and recently wrote about her experience of being charged with defacing public property for spraying “free art” on the bridges of “the Mother City.” It’s pretty crazy stuff. Raffaella explains: “A couple of years ago, in protest against the barrage of proposed by-laws that boasted a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to all our social ills by banning everything from graffiti to the homeless, a friend and I were charged with defacing public property for spraying ‘free art’ on the bridges of the Mother City. “Because we were middle-class whities and upstanding members of the community, our little escapade got lots of media attention (isn’t graffiti code language for gangsters?) and fuelled the debate around the shortsightedness of Draconian laws that threatened to turn two already marginalized groups into criminals: the youth and the poor.” The entire piece is enthralling, and provides a much-needed look at foreign government’s policies on graffiti and street art. If the up cropping of zero tolerance laws frustrates you, you’re not the only one. “Our protest wasn’t just about graffiti, we were demanding to know why our leaders aren’t providing viable, long-term solutions to uplift the communities that need it most.” Read Raffaella’s Selling(Out) the Revolution on her blog at mouth-of-word.blogspot.com Image from Raffaella’s blog courtesy Adbusters.

Nate Frizzell Draws on Sketch Theatre

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Nate Frizzell recently sat down with the cats from Sketch Theatre and allowed them to film him as he sketched this great piece. “I actually liked this sketch so much, I decided to paint it for my upcoming solo show November 8th at Cerasoli : Lebasse Gallery,” Frizzell told Juxtapoz. Woah, a super duper advance look at upcoming work. Sweet. Sketch Theatre describes Frizzell’s work by stating: “Using realistic rendering techniques juxtaposed with flat iconographic shapes, Nate creates a playful tapestry which dances around the line between commercial art and gallery work.” See what the deal is in the video of Nate Frizzell sketching here.