NEW YORK, NY (April 9, 2014) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Art Truancy, a group exhibition celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Juxtapoz Magazine. The exhibition will take place in both locations of Jonathan LeVine Gallery (557C W 23rd Street and 529 W 20th Street) in Chelsea, and will feature works by over forty artists.
"Juxtapoz has played an instrumental role in the development of the genre of work our gallery exhibits, contextualizing it within the spectrum of Contemporary Art. It gave a voice to the artists involved early on and continues to build upon that foundation, integrating the talent of new generations. The collective rise in popularity of this entire community has since achieved a level that not only infiltrates the more established and insular art market but also far surpasses it in fan following and recognition. I’m very proud to present this exhibition which celebrates and highlights some of the key players who have contributed to these past 20 years of Juxtapoz, and what is certain to be a lasting legacy." — Jonathan LeVine
“Juxtapoz Magazine and the Jonathan Levine Gallery were born only a year apart, on opposite coasts, sharing raucous roots and a mission to be the agents of art. It’s only fitting that Juxtapoz partner with this gallery to showcase and celebrate two decades of the makers who continue to amaze.” — Gwynn Vittello, Publisher
“The great part about celebrating our 20th Anniversary is not only to see how far and widespread this art community has grown and accomplished in two decades, but also just how many great artists continue to emerge and strengthen the core. There is an energy here in emerging and outsider art: it’s as strong as ever, both Juxtapoz and Jonathan LeVine continue to reinforce its importance in contemporary art.” — Evan Pricco, Editor
Since 1994, Juxtapoz has covered the ever-changing landscape of contemporary art, culture and design in the pages of their monthly magazine and website: Juxtapoz.com. Inspiring, subversive and original, Juxtapoz offers a vibrant editorial mix that connects with a global audience of creative professionals, students and art enthusiasts. Featured subjects have included painters, photographers, musicians, designers, curators and tastemakers who help define creativity. From international headliners like Shepard Fairey, Banksy and KAWS, to icons such as the Beastie Boys, Tom Waits and Jean Paul Gaultier, Juxtapoz champions originators. Telling the stories behind works of art, murals, products, books, museum and gallery exhibitions, Juxtapoz has documented the history of the underground and its rise to dominate the language of popular culture, while often returning underground to find new generations of influencers.
About the artists
How & Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) are identical twin brothers who work collaboratively as graffiti artists and muralists. They were born in 1975 in the Basque region of Spain and raised in Dusseldorf, Germany. In their teens, they honed their graffiti skills during their travels, painting in over 60 countries around the world. In 1997, during a visit to New York, they were invited to join the legendary TATS CRU. In 1999, How & Nosm relocated to New York, where they are currently based, a move that led to their transition from graffiti to refined, large-scale public murals and studio work. The book HOW&NOSM: The Brazil Diaries, published in 2011, documents hundreds of murals they created in Rio over the past several years. In 2012, How & Nosm were included in the roster of acclaimed artists invited to paint murals on the Houston and Bowery Wall in lower Manhattan. Their piece, The Day After, was completed immediately following Hurricane Sandy and remained on view through March 2013. They have been featured in publications such as ARTINFO, The Huffington Post and TimeOut New York.
Miss Van was born in 1973 in Toulouse, France and is currently based in Barcelona, Spain. In 1991, she started painting the streets of Toulouse as one of the first female artists in the European street art scene. In the years since, her work has been widely published and exhibited in galleries and museums, worldwide. Recently, Miss Van was invited to participate in Art in the Streets, a major group exhibition currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Los Angeles, California.
Olek was born Agata Oleksiak in 1978 in Poland. In 2000, she received a BA in Cultural Studies from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and relocated to New York City, where she is currently based. Olek’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and public spaces worldwide, and featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Artforum,TimeOut New York ,TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, ARTINFO, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Village Voice, CNN, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News. Olek is the recipient of awards including the Ruth Mellon Award for sculpture in 2004, In Situ Artaq award (France) in 2011, and a grant in 2011 from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) for performance in public space. Olek’s residencies have included Sculpture Space in 2005, Instituto Sacatar (Brazil) in 2009 and AAI-LES in 2010. In 2008, Olek was the winner of the Apex Art competition, which aired on PBS. In 2010, the artist was commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art for a one-day interactive performance installation. In 2012, Olek was part of the 40 Under 40: Craft Futures exhibition at the Smithsonian, for which her entire crocheted studio apartment was exhibited. Parra
(Pieter Janssen) was born in 1976 in The Netherlands and is currently based in Amsterdam. The largely self-taught artist began his career drawing flyers and posters for music venues in Amsterdam in the 1990s. In 2012, he was commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) to create Weirded Out
, a 60-foot indoor mural, currently part of their permanent collection. His signature hand-drawn approach to illustration and design led to collaborations with brands such as Nike, Pendleton and Case Studyo. Parra’s paintings, drawings and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries across Europe, Japan and North America. He also co-founded the apparel label Rockwell by Parra and is a member of electronic music group Le Le
Revok (Jason Williams) was born in 1977 in Riverside, California, and is currently based in Los Angeles. In 1990, he began writing graffiti. He is a member of The Seventh Letter, an acclaimed West Coast artist collective and Mad Society Kings (MSK), a world-renowned graffiti crew. In 2011, Revok's work was included in Art in the Streets, an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Los Angeles, and Street Cred, an exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2012, Revok set up a studio in Detroit in which he created a series of works that incorporated salvaged materials from abandoned buildings throughout the city. He also founded the Detroit Beautification Project in which he and his peers created murals to help revitalize the surrounding neighborhood.
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Edgar Flores (Saner) was born in 1981 in Mexico City, where he is currently based. As a child he developed an interest in drawing and Mexican muralism and began expressing himself through graffiti in the late 1990s. In 2004, he received a degree in graphic design from Universidad Autónoma de México. His work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide including Barcelona, Berlin, London, New York and Mexico City. In 2014 he had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Luis Potosí in Mexico.
Edgar Flores (Saner) nació en 1981 en la Ciudad de México, donde radica. Desde niño, desarrolló un interés por el dibujo y el muralismo mexicano, después comenzó a expresarse a través del graffiti a finales de los 90’s. En 2004, realizó la licenciatura en diseño gráfico en la Universidad Autónoma de México. Su obra ha sido expuesta en galerías de Barcelona, Berlín, Londres, Nueva York y Ciudad de México, entre otros países. En 2014 tuvo una exposición individual en el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo en la ciudad de San Luis Potosí en México.
Josh Agle, also known as Shag (a contraction of the last two letters of his first name and the first two letters of his last) was born in 1962. He is a painter, illustrator and designer, currently based in Los Angeles. Agle has had numerous gallery exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. His work has been featured in museums such as the Laguna Art Museum in California, The Andy Warhol Museum in Pennsylvania and the Naples Museum of Contemporary Art in Italy. Agle’s exhibitions have been reviewed by The New York Times’ critics Ken Johnson and Roberta Smith. His artwork has been published in several books, been the subject of a documentary film, as well as a musical. Brett Amory
was born in 1975 in Chesapeake, Virginia and is currently based in Oakland, California. In 2005, Amory received a BFA from Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. Amory’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and New York. In 2012, The San Francisco Bay Guardian named him artist of the year with a cover story. He has also been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post and New American Paintings.
Gary Baseman was born in 1960 in Los Angeles, California, where he currently resides. In 1982, he received a BA from UCLA in Los Angeles. He works in fine art, illustration, toy design and film/television. Hi works has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Rome, Taipei, Bristol, Barcelona, Berlin and São Paulo. In 2013, his first museum survey, Gary Baseman: The Door is Always Open, was held at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, a catalog of the exhibition was published by Rizzoli. He also recently had an installation at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, a two-man show at Laguna Art Museum and a performance at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He is the creator and executive producer of Teacher’s Pet, a critically acclaimed animated series and film, winner of multiple Emmy awards. Baseman’s work can be seen in The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and on the best-selling board game Cranium.
Ron English was born in 1959 in Chicago, Illinois and is currently based in Beacon, New York. He coined the term “POPaganda” to describe his trademark fusion of high and low imagery, mixing superheroes and comic strips with art history iconography in his prolific paintings, billboards and sculptures. English has imagined a vast roster of characters and is best known for combining expert draftsmanship with a cynical, humorous critique of American culture. Shepard Fairey
was born in 1970, in Charleston, South Carolina, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received a BA from the Rhode Island School of Design
in 1991. In 1989, Fairey launched an ambitious campaign of stickers and posters featuring a stenciled image of the wrestler Andre the Giant. In the two decades since then, his artwork has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums around the world. Fairey designed the iconic “Hope” graphic for Barack Obama used during the 2007-2008 presidential campaign. In January 2009, during inauguration week, the “Hope” image was acquired by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and became part of their permanent collection. In February of 2009, a mid-career survey of Fairey’s work over the past 20 years was the subject of his first major museum exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. In 2010, the show traveled to The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, and Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH. Fairey's work is included in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.
Camille Rose Garcia was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, visiting Disneyland and going to punk shows with the other disenchanted youth of that era. Her paintings of creepy cartoon children living in wasteland fairy tales are critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias, blending nostalgic pop references with a satirical slant on modern society. Creative influences include Phillip K. Dick, William Burroughs, Henry Darger, and Walt Disney. In 2007, her work was the subject of a mid-career survey at the San Jose Museum of Art. The retrospective, entitled Tragic Kingdom: The Art of Camille Rose Garcia, was the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. She has pieces in the permanent collection there, as well as in the Los Angeles Museum of Art. The artist currently lives and works in the Pacific Northwest.
Jeremy Geddes was born in 1974 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is currently based in Melbourne, Australia. He studied painting at The University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts, receiving a BFA in 1995 and an MFA in 1997. Doze Green
was born in 1964 in New York City. In 1976, he began painting subway cars and became one of the original b-boy members of the Rock Steady Crew. Soon after, he transitioned from graffiti to studio work and mural commissions. In 2010, audio of an interview
with Green discussing his work along with a slideshow of his images was featured in The New York Times. Recent projects include a large-scale mural
during São Paulo fashion week in Brazil, as well as Crossroads of Humanity
, a public mural located at CityCenter in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alex Gross
was born in 1968 in Roslyn Heights, New York and is currently based in Los Angeles, California. In 1990, he received a BFA with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 2007, Gross’ work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California. Gross is a recipient of the prestigious Artist’s Fellowship from the Japan Foundation, and several faculty grants from Art Center College of Design. In 2007, Chronicle Books published his first monograph, The Art of Alex Gross
. Gingko published his second monograph, Discrepancies
, in 2010 and a collection of his cabinet card series in 2012, called Now and Then: The Cabinet Card Paintings of Alex Gross
MAYA HAYUK was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1969. She earned a BFA in Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art and also studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, Ontario College of Art and Design, the University of Odessa and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. With their symmetrical compositions, intricate patterns and lush colors, Hayuk’s paintings and massively scaled outdoor murals recall views of outer space, traditional Ukrainian crafts and mandalas. She has painted her iconic murals all over the world and has created album covers, stage sets and posters for Rye Rye/M.I.A, The Flaming Lips, The Beastie Boys and others. In 2013 Hayuk had a solo exhibition at The Hammer Museum and she currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Seonna Hong
was born in Southern California in 1973 and graduated with a B.A. in Art from Cal State University Long Beach. She honed her craft teaching art to children and in 2004 received an Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Production Design for her work on the animated series My Life as a Teenage Robot
. That same year she released Animus
, a moving picture book published by Baby Tattoo Books. Hong has exhibited at galleries around the world, most notably with Kaikai Kiki under the direction of Takashi Murakami in Tokyo, Japan. James Marshall
is a painter who currently lives and works in North Carolina. He was raised in a military family who moved frequently along the East Coast throughout his childhood and later lived in Hawaii and Japan. In his youth, Marshall turned to punk rock, skateboarding and graffiti subcultures for inclusion and identity. His Space Monkey character was born out of graffiti, which he discovered in 1994 in the rail yards of California and later in Chicago. After an education in anthropology and sociology, followed by receiving a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995, Marshall worked under the name Dalek to merge street art with influences from animation, Japanese pop, and the energy of the urban punk scene. In 2001, he reached a major turning point in his studio practice while working as an assistant/apprentice to the world-renowned artist Takashi Murakami
. Marshall’s work has been shown in galleries and museums across North America, Europe and Japan. Dennis McNett
(b. 1972) grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. He has been carving surly block prints for over 18 years. His encouragement as a kid came from his blind grandfather, who told him over and over again that his drawings were good. Later influences came from the raw high-energy imagery pouring out of the early 80's skateboard and punk rock scene. Participating in both the fine art and design worlds, Dennis has been fortunate enough to create series’ for Anti-Hero skateboards, design shoes for Vans, have work fill the windows of Barneys, NY, and participate in the Deitch Artparade. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Juxtapoz magazine, Thrasher and Complex Magazine. Tara McPherson
was born in San Francisco, California in 1976, and raised in Los Angeles, California and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2001, she received her BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA with honors in Illustration and a minor in Fine Art. McPherson’s artwork has been exhibited around the world and featured in numerous magazines and publications such as The New York Times
. As an illustrator, McPherson has created comic art, covers, advertising and editorial illustrations for Warner Brothers, HarperCollins and NIKE among others. She has also produced numerous gig posters for prominent musical artists and bands. In 2006, Dark Horse published Lonely Heart,
the first printed collection of her work. Her second monograph, Lost Constellations
, was released in 2009 and her third, Bunny in the Moon
, in 2012, both published by Dark Horse. Jeff Soto
was born in 1975 in Fullerton, California. He currently lives and works in Riverside, California. In 2002, he graduated with distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In 2008, his work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum titled Turning in Circles
. His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Soto has been featured in numerous publications and published two monographs: Potato Stamp Dreams
in 2005 and Storm Clouds