A Robert Williams exhibition is an event, and Juxtapoz's founder will be unveiling his first new body of work in 6 years at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery on February 21, 2015. The exhibition will happen in conjunction with 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, a group exhibition commemerating the 20th anniversary of Juxtapoz, founded by Williams in 1994.

A Robert Williams exhibition is an event, and Juxtapoz's founder will be unveiling his first new body of work in 6 years at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery on February 21, 2015. The exhibition will happen in conjunction with 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, a group exhibition commemerating the 20th anniversary of Juxtapoz, founded by Williams in 1994.

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The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Juxtapoz magazine are pleased to present 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, a group exhibition to commemorate two decades of the magazine’s influential contribution to contemporary art and culture. On view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery and Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery, the exhibition features close to one hundred artists who have graced the publication’s pages and website, and showcases the diversity and breadth of the New Contemporary movement Juxtapoz has championed and helped to uphold.

In 1994 in San Francisco, Robert Williams, Craig Stecyk, Greg Escalante, Eric Swenson and Fausto Vitello founded Juxtapoz with the intent of fostering the art and culture of the underground. Providing an alternative voice and narrative as a counterpart to the dominant New York-centric discourse of contemporary art, it featured artists who straddled “high” and “low” culture. Aligning itself with the aesthetics of contemporary street culture, figurative art, California car culture, gig posters, tattoos, graphics, psychedelia and comics, the publication became a conduit and forum for an entirely new generation of artists who were latching on to the visual vernacular of powerfully populist themes. At a time when representational forms of art were widely disparaged by the reigning critical discourse of the art world, a discourse which championed hyper-conceptual and minimalist dogmas, Juxtapoz provided a mouth piece for the New Contemporary movement. Fluid rather than prescriptive, this movement has many monikers but is united by an ethos. The expressive possibilities afforded by figurative or representational work came to the fore, and a democratic sensibility was unleashed.

What once began as an alternative magazine is now the most widely disseminated art publication in the world. Predicated on the rejection of the artificial boundaries that consecrated “high”, Juxtapoz effectively broke down walls to allow young artists a chance at their own history. It is also an ideal that attests to the power of making accessible art about shared cultural experiences, identities and aesthetics.

The artists featured in this exhibition have been chosen based for their impact on the movement, and on how they themselves have been motivated by such an abundance of inspiration. With access to this imagery and community, new and multifaceted generations of artists continue to emerge from the ranks. Avenues made possible by Juxtapoz, through its wide variety of featured media and expressions, have shaped this aesthetic and preserves its trajectory as far as the imagination will allow.

Full lineup of participating artists in 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz:

Aaron Horkey, Aaron Nagel, Adam Caldwell, Adam Miller, Alex Yanes, Amy Sol, Andrew Hem, Andrew Schoultz, Andy Kehoe, Anthony Ausgang, Aron Wiesenfeld, Audrey Kawasaki, Bezt, Billy Norrby, Brendan Monroe, Brett Amory, Brian M. Viveros, bumblebeelovesyou, C215, Candice Tripp, Chet Zar, Chris Mars, Christine Wu, CR Stecyk, Cryptik, Curiot, Dabs Myla, Dan Quintana, Dave MacDowell, David Cooley, David Molesky, EINE, Elizabeth McGrath, Eric Fortune, Erik Jones, Ernest Zacharevic, Esao Andrews, Femke Hiemstra, Fuco Ueda, Glenn Barr, Heidi Tailifer, Henrik Aa. Uldalen, Jacub Gagnon, James Marshall, Jeff Ramirez, Jeff Soto, Jeremy Fish, Jim Houser, Joanne Nam, Joao Ruas, Joe Sorren, Joe Vaux, John Brophy, Jon Swihart, Joram Roukes, Josh Keyes, Kazu Tsuji, Kevin Peterson, Kikyz 1313, Know Hope, Kozyndan, Kris Kuksi, KuKula, Kwon Kyung-yup, Linnea Strid, Low Bros, Luke Chueh, Luke Hillestad, Marco Mazzoni, Margaret Keane, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Garro, Mark Ryden, Matt Dangler, Michael Hussar, Mike Davis, Miss Van, Naoto Hattori, Natalia Fabia, Niagara, Nick Sheehy, Nicola Verlato, Nikko Hurtado, Nosego, Odd Nerdrum, Peter Ferguson, Rob Sato, Robert S. Connett, Ryan Heshka, Sainer, Sandra Chevrier, Scott Radke, Sergio Garcia, Seth Armstrong, Shag (Josh Agle), Shepard Fairey, Tara McPherson, Tran Nguyen, Tristan Eaton, Troy Coulterman, Word To Mother, Yoko d’Holbachie, and Yosuke Ueno

All photography San Graham