Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters from the 1920s—60s

Design // Wednesday, May 07, 2014
The Soviets were really good at making poster art in the form of propaganda, so good that even the most horrible messages had a begrudgingly nice look. But we have to say, when the Soviet graphic artists wanted to tackle anti-alcohol subjects, they make it damn effective.

It's Not Milk Paintings by Ivan Alifan

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 07, 2014
This series is an exploration of the modern gaze; of ambiguous figurative paintings that are revealed and transformed within the act of the individuals' views. These portraits are not an attempt to render physical characteristics but rather create a language of underlying sexual subtexts. Using ambiguity as a tool demands the viewer's exploration of their psyches and provokes self awareness...

Valeriy Klamm’s Window into Everyday Russian Living

Photography // Monday, February 24, 2014
In 2009, Russian photographer Valeriy Klamm created an online webspace and blog where over 60 Russian photographers ranging from photographic dabblers to award-winning professionals could post their own images capturing the true essence of everyday living throughout Russia. The project, which is titled “Moles on the Map”...

“(Non-traditional) Matryoshka Dolls” by Alex Chowaniec

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 10, 2014
I first met Alex Chowaniec 4 years ago when we were both showing in a pop-up gallery in San Francisco. Now both in NY, we swapped studio visits on a winter afternoon. I was excited to hear about her project questioning cultural traditions in contemporary Russia.

Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen @ GRAD, London

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The 1920s saw the advent of new and radical graphic design created to advertise silent films across the Soviet Union. Film posters of this era have become masterpieces in their own right, produced at a time when innovative on-screen techniques were being incorporated into the design of advertisements. Some 30 works will be on display at the Gallery for Russian Arts and Design in London from January 17th to March 29th, 2014.

The Works of Valery Barykin

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 05, 2013
We are quite sure we don't fully understand what the texts say in these illustrations of Valery Barykin, but something we do understand, and something we are fascinated by are the odd pseudo 1950's situations and poses in which the Russian artist shows the women in his works. Add the camera phones with a series of works that are highly influenced by the communist posters of former Soviet Union, and it just get weirder.

DIY Camera Rig Captures Close-ups of Snowflakes

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Using a board, screws, some tape, a piece of glass and an old lens from a Russian camera, photographer Alexey Kljatov created an inexpensive DIY camera rig to capture beautiful close-ups of snow flakes!  

The Photography of Vladimir Clavijo

Erotica // Thursday, October 10, 2013
Our colleagues at Juxtapoz Latin America tuned us into the the works of Vladimir Clavijo, and we wanted to share the work on our site today. The Russian painter and photographer graduated from the Moscow Academy of Graphic Arts, and in the past has worked as a photographer in fashion and magazine advertising in Europe. Since 1999, Clavijo works on personal projects: monochrome photographs inspired by sensual symbolism, Russian ballet and fairy tales.

Photographs by Francisco Infante-Arana & Nonna Gorunova

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 11, 2013
We don't know much about the artists Francisco Infante-Arana & Nonna Gorunova, or about these photos. Using mirrored sculptures to interupt the landscapes, the duo, part of a collective of premier Russian avant-garde artists known as the Movement Group.

Illustration by Slava Triptih

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 09, 2013
This morning we are enjoying the work of Slava Triptih. Triptih is based Perm, Russia.