Tom Sanford’s new work touches on politics and our infotainment culture with equal enthusiasm. For your viewing pleasure there is an erotically oily Sarah Palin, the repressed sexuality of Philip Guston, a Jong Il fist-bump, Jail Birds, and love affairs between beautiful nymphets and strangely hairy men. I think that’s something for everyone. All of these paintings have emigrated to Europe. Some for Copenhagen at Gallery Poulsen, and some to Norway, for a show at Galleri S E.
I am really enjoying Chinese artist Hong Chun Zhang’s paintings and drawings. She combines ordinary banal objects and replaces an element of their own with hair. A very interesting combination indeed!
Nazario Graziano is an Italian freelance illustrator, art-director, and graphic-designer who’s illustrations are clean cut, quirky, and playful.
I am really digging Chinese artist Ju Duoqi’s personified vegetables! She takes old masterpieces like the Mona Lisa or Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe and recreates them with tofu, cabbage, ginger, potatoes, the list goes on. Can you guess which paintings these are?
Although these meticulously crafted porcelain dolls are not the usual Beautiful/Decay fare, something about them really caught our eye. I love their slightly grotesque exposed joints and creepily expressive faces. They are created by artist Marina Bychkova.
When Michael Anderson says that the “street is my palette,” he actually means it. It’s not a metaphor. Anderson’s practice, which Beautiful/Decay detailed in a studio visit over the summer, involves snatching up posters from the street at night. Anderson has collected posters all over the globe, but lives in Harlem, and brings the energy of that place into his work. His current show, The Street is My Palette, up at Claire Oliver in Chelsea until December 30th is a virtuoso exhibition of collage with the flair, rhythm, and charisma of the street.
Photos and digital magic by photographer, designer, filmmaker Joseph Marconi.