Upon the recent launch of the “Beyond the Streets” exhibition in New York City, which features more than 150 artists taking influence from and implementing graffiti and other street art forms, Zane Meyer of Chop ‘Em Down Films offers a star-studded peek into the launch. Among the featured artists are Shepard Fairey, Cleon Peterson, Felipe Pantone, Guerrilla Girls, Kenny Scharf, Timothy Curtis, and many, many others.
It’s the 40th print volume of Hi-Fructose! Our next issue arrives in stores everywhere July 1st but you can pre-order it from us today here! Featured in this issue is: Mark Mothersbaugh‘s new museum retrospective at the Akron Museum of Art, the elaborate skull carvings of Jason Borders, a studio visit with Japanese artist collective three, the wonderful drawings of Nicomi Nix Turner, photographer Robert Bartholot‘s mysteriously artificial images, Nicole Gordon‘s bright and tragic landscapes, and Vincent Castiglia‘s amazing blood paintings. Then we delve into the violence of man with Cleon Peterson‘s graphic paintings, discover the cinematic baroque paintings of Jamie Adams, and review on the new Peelander Z documentary Mad Tiger!
Plus, this issue also includes a special 16-page insert section of cover artist Charlie Immer. Immerse yourself in his brilliantly colored ghastly world in this special full color gloss section.
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While the collectors were busy at the fairs during Miami Art Week, street artists descended upon the Wynwood neighborhood to add new murals to the urban landscape, with thousands of eager tourists with cameras at the ready following not far behind. While many murals from past years have been preserved, we spotted new additions by the likes of Interesni Kazki, Nychos (who painted five separate walls), Faith47, Alexis Diaz, Swoon, Cleon Peterson, and many others. Colorful new pieces spilled out of the designated Wynwood Walls area and into the neighborhood. Several artists, such as Pixel Pancho, So Youn Lee, Nychos, and Bikismo, painted at the Jose de Diego Middle School, where, as we learned, arts funding has recently been cut. Check out some of our street art highlights below.
Joshua Liner Gallery debuted their annual Summer Group Exposition last weekend in New York’s Chelsea Arts District. Featuring a solid lineup of many HF favorites, including Kris Kuksi, Tiffany Bozic, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Cleon Peterson, Shawn Barber, Tony Curanaj, Ryan McLennan, Jeremy Fish, Swoon and Evan Hecox (to name a few), the Summer Group Exposition serves as a tantalizing preview of Liner’s upcoming 2010/2011 programming schedule. View some of our favorite selections from the show after the jump.
In a nondescript building on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles is a new pop-up art installation and marketplace called “W.I.P.” (Work in Progress). The installation, co-curated by Roger Gastman and Doug Davis, is housed in a 5,000 square foot space that was formerly a karaoke bar, where it had a unique layout with multiple rooms that are now sectioned into the main and sub-galleries. Each side room is home to one or two artists giving each it’s own feel and presence and the space, like many of the artists represented, exists at the cross section of urban and fine art. “W.I.P.” is a constantly evolving exhibit.
Some would say he’s pushing art to a new level of accessibility while others call the proliferation of his imagery clever brand marketing. Either way, it’s hard to argue that Shepard Fairey has made a major impact on the art world with his multitudinous endeavors in fine art, street art, fashion and design. No matter the medium is, the artist works from an underlying premise of making his aesthetic as democratic as possible — whether the viewer experiences it at an art show, the street or, in his latest project, a music festival.