I love Juxtapoz magazine. It is a great magazine for artists. Other magazines are just too main stream and afraid to make the censors mad. For an artist like me, it's like a goldmine. Alot of my ideas are from Juxtapoz. For a non-artist, it's not only eye popping, but it's void of the mainstream bull and can really open mind to the possibility of the imagination.
High brow, low brow...however you define 'art' this mag's A+
Juxtapoz is a glossy that focuses particularly on low-brow art (e.g., works that aren't usually seen in mainstream cultural institutions.) While Los Angeles is their home-base, they make efforts to highlight talents world-wide that are normally under the radar - tattoo artists, graffiti artists, muralists, etc... Great features on emerging and in-their prime artists with wonderful layouts of artwork, the magazine often features full color pull-outs.
Despite heavy advertisements for artists and galleries that often look like mirror-images of each other (which isn't necessarily the magazines' fault but more of a lack of expansion of subject matter on the artists' behalf) and editorial that sometimes feels to focus primarily on California-based artists, Juxtapoz is an established magazine that does a great job of covering art that's rarely given a spotlight.
One of the best art magazines out there for price and value
I love Juxtapoz magazine, it's the best magazine for artists who like alternative or "lowbrow" culture from graffiti, to artists like the Pizz, Mark Ryden, and the editor himself the great Robert Williams "surrealistic" paintings.It used to have said artists showing their techinques about how they go about their work, the only negative is that the book only comes out 6 times a year.
Nice magazine, but...
I have been a faithful and enthusiastic Juxtapoz reader for a couple of years now. It showcases young, interesting artists, and offers a fresh perspective to those of us tired of the too-often pretentious , too-rarely insipred high brow arts scene. It has relatively little advertising, and most of it is arty and cool so I don't mind it.
However... I have grown increasingly disappointed at how parochial and incestuous Juxtapoz has become. Issue after issue, I see the same artists, doing roughly the same things at the same galleries: Roq la Rue. La Luz De Jesus. Copro Nason. Marion Peck. Mark Ryden. Tim Biskup. Lather, rinse, repeat. No matter how much I admire these artists, I would just expect more diversity and openness from a magazine that's supposed to showcase alternative, indie art.