Photos: Retna & Mac Do It Big in Miami

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 15, 2008
We already briefly mentioned Retna and Mac’s (both members of The Seventh Letter, Juxtapoz #78) much that we thought we’d show you a series of in-progress photos of the pair working. “That was the hugest wall MAC and I have ever painted,” writes Retna on his blog. “Mac came through like a champ, like a certified boss player. The image MAC chose resonated with me because I remember being that lil mischievous kid drawing on things. I never knew that some of my actions would lead me to heart ache and pain; in the end yes it’s been worth it.” More mural photos here…

Photos: Primary Flight at Art Basel

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 11, 2008
During last week's Art Basel, graff writers and street artists 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 featured 40 of today’s most respected local and international graffiti artists, including WK Interact (work above, who also may be appearing in a future issue of Juxtapoz!), Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz #82, shown working below with a cop eyeing him) Blek le Rat (Juxtapoz #95) David Choe (Juxtapoz #72) Retna, Revok, Reyes (all in Juxtapoz #78) 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 Logan Hicks, BOOKSIIII, Lynn Yohana Howard, and Anthony Spinello, Primary Flight took off with flying colors during Art Basel, December 4 – 7, 2008. Maps outlining the street installation are available for download online at primaryflight.com and on location in the Wynwood streets, but take a visual tour of the whole outdoor show in the many photos Logan Hicks passed our way...

Augor & The Seventh Letter Do Art Basel Miami Beach

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 09, 2008
The Seventh Letter (Juxtapoz #78) was definitely well represented at this year’s Art Basel, as Revok, Reyes, Saber, Krush, Augor, Retna, and Mac all got some sick work up on the walls of Miami. One of our favorites is this piece by Augor. This guy’s style just keeps getting better and better. As if his illegal billboard ad-busting work wasn’t dope enough, it’s insane to see what this cat can accomplish given more time and an environment free of the fear of arrest to really show off what he can do with aerosol. 

Pixa

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 02, 2008
São Paulo, Brazil is known as one of the roughest and most vibrant cities in the world, and it’s reputation as a global epicenter for some of the most up and coming artists grows daily. To prove it, take a look at this insane video Retna posted on his blog of local Brazilian graf kids covering massive buildings in pixação, a type of graffiti lettering native to São Paulo. Scaling ledges stories above city streets as onlookers gape in awe? Damn, these guys don’t mess around.

Upper Playground Volume II: 10 Years of Artistic Endeavors

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 25, 2008
To commemorate its upcoming 10-Year Anniversary, Upper Playground has released Upper Playground Volume II, a catalog detailing projects, artists and behind the scenes shots from 10 Years of Upper Playground’s artistic endeavors.  From vinyl toys to custom-made furniture, Upper Playground’s extensive product offerings are highlighted in Volume II.  And, because of its relationship with FIFTY24SF Gallery, Upper Playground Volume II also features many of the artists that have showed at the FIFTY24SF Gallery including:  David Choe, Alex Pardee, David Ellis, Doze Green (pages shown below) Ben Eine, Basco, Usugrow, Saber, Retna, Date Farmers, Estevan Oriol, Craola, Slick, Armsrock, Anthony Lister, Lucy McLauchlan, Ben Tour, Herbert Baglione, D*Face, Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, and cameos by Too $hort and Fillmore Slim. Yeah, just a few, slightly important artists.   If you weren’t able to come to any of the shows, or see any of their dope products, this is a great way to catch a glimpse and grab a small slice of Upper Playground history. Upper Playground Volume II is available for purchase at Upper Playground stores or online here.

Scion Installation 5 in Miami for Art Basel

Juxtapoz // Sunday, November 23, 2008
This October saw the launch of Scion’s fifth Installation Art Tour, giving exposure to both established and emerging artists. Installation 5: Self Portraits highlights a diverse array of artists from around the world and will visit nine cities including Miami, New York, Portland, Minneapolis, San Jose, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, as well as new spots Phoenix and Detroit. On Friday, December 5, the Installation tour opens in Miami during the world- renowned Art Basel, y’know the largest art event in North America. Participating artists include: Kelsey Brookes, Andy Howell, Blek le Rat, Jeff Soto, David Choe, Patrick Martinez, J. Shea, French, Sage Vaughn, Kofie, RETNA, Ron English, Saber, Usugrow, and many more.  This installment of the tour is going to be one of the bigger attractions at Art Basel, so do what you gots to do to get out to Miami in December. Details at scion.com/installation

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.

Hand Screen-Printed Posters from 1333 Minna

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Aside from their fresh apparel and accessories, now you have yet another reason to love 1333 Minna: From now until Christmas, all 1333 Minna products bought off their website will include a free hand screen-printed poster (measuring 7" x 5") from the 1333 Minna team. In case you aren’t yet familiar with 1333 Minna, it’s a collective of artists including The Seventh Letter members Amanda Lynn, Norm, Reyes, Retna, Steel, The Mac, and more dedicated to bringing their unique artistic talents to the world of textile and fashion. So hit up www.1333minna.com and take a look at all their dope hats, scarves, bags, and purses, and delight in knowing your new purchase will arrive with a special poster from the cats that made it! Just consider it a holiday treat from your friends at 1333 Minna.

New RETNA Video

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 05, 2008
You know you’re big when even MySpace is covering your artwork. We’re talking about graf and fine artist RETNA, a cat we’ve admired and known for a while now. Watch this legend talk about his personal aesthetic as well as his work with The Seventh Letter (Juxtapoz #78)

Scion Installation Art Tour 5: Self Portraits

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 03, 2008
Because we’re nosey and impatient, we asked Patrick Martinez to send us over an advance look at his portrait for Scion’s fifth installment of its Installation Art Tour, titled Installation 5: Self Portraits. Obviously, the theme of this year’s tour is self-portraits, and Martinez really killed it with his rendition. Creating a self-portrait can pose a particularly unique challenge to an artist, but if the rest of the work in Installation 5: Self Portraits is anywhere near as dope as Martinez’ mixed media painting, we expect all of you to hit up the tour’s first stop tonight, October 4, 2008, in Detroit at C Pop Gallery. Installation 5: Self Portraits highlights a diverse array of artists from around the world, including: Andy Howell, Blek le Rat, Jeff Soto, David Choe, Patrick Martinez, J. Shea, French, Kelsey Brookes, Sage Vaughn, Kofie, RETNA, Ron English, Saber, Usugrow, and many more. The tour will visit nine cities including: Detroit, Miami, Phoenix, Washington DC, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, San Jose, and Los Angeles. You’ve got nine chances; do what you gots to do to get to at least one. Details at scion.com/installation

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