Juxtapoz 20th Anniversary @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

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Photography by : Ken Caruso

Text by : Ken Caruso

May 16, 2014

I started following and collecting street art waaaay back in 1983, discovering the St.Marks, Area, Danceteria, Pyramid, Mudd Cub and CBGB’s scenes as I went. I was following and buying the likes of Haring, Scharf, Ivan Jenson but never during that time period was there a art magazine that would recognize (let alone champion) such greats.

Since its first launch in 1994 Juxtapoz has become one of the largest art magazines in the U.S. I always liked them because they started off showing the alternative side of art. Concert posters, underground artist, alternative bands like the Beastie Boys and even tattoo artist. Then they moved to the sub-genres of art, featuring prominent artist like KAWS, Mark Ryden, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Ron English and even Faile well before they became household names.

Currently the Jonathan LeVine gallery is hosting this advent with the show called “Art Truancy” at both locations at 557c West 23st and 529 West 20th in Chelsea, with 40 artist representing the years of street art and ANTI art from inception to now. Last night I was able to catch the opening and was treated to a packed house at both locations, it was a treasure trove for the senses. Below are some of my favorites from the show.

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Ron English “Guernica”

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Ron English – “Triptych”

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Faile – “Monster Poppins”

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Caledonie Curry aka Swoon – “Miss Rockaway”

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The Clayton Brothers “Complicated Series”

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Jeremy Geddes – “The Red Cosmonaut”

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Mark Ryden – “Wood Lincoln”

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The multi-talented Ron English with @djkcaruso
Exhibit runs till 6/14/14
Don’t regret not going people……