art basel


Art Basel Miami Beach has gotten pretty big, and not because Jay Z name dropped it on a song (Picasso Baby, “Twin Bugattis outside the Art Basel”). Not because it’s a favorite fall destination for retro rocker Lenny Kravitz; nor has it gotten bigger because uber cool Kanye West and his reality TV empress Kim Kardashian had been spotted (before the baby boom) their either. If you think you know anything about art better get your ass to Art Basel Miami Beach during the first week of December. But despite how grand Art Basel Miami Beach has become, though the first few years of its inception was not that well received. Some said it was too snobbish for the average art lover (if there is such a thing) and some of the pieces that were shown in the Miami Beach Convention Center (where the actual Art Basel is held) actually sucked. Renowned Painter Wiley Kehinde debuted a major piece at the fair. Concert and club promoters started bringing in musicians (Kendrick Lamar, Nas). Its original idea in having exclusive art in an exclusive location has evolve. Various satellite festivals has grown out of it, away from ritzy Miami Beach and into the streets of Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood (where folks like to acknowledge their hipsterness). Art Basel Miami Beach and the various other festivals that exists during Miami Art Week, is a place where the established mingles with the up and coming, a place where a grandma and a grandson could brilliantly converse in Picasso versus Basquiat while munching on cheese and sipping pinot grigio. Be there or be square or don’t be there and read about it.





south africa


Located in the trendy neighborhood of Hatfield, a suburban part of Pretoria (Yes, the same area where Oscar Pistorius ‘accidentally’ shot his model girlfriend), South Africa, the high end street brand, GalXBoy is a trendy boutique that is keeping the pulse of South Africans’ hipster fashion beating.  Or should I say forward.  Obviously influenced by American hip-hop culture, what makes GalXBoy unique is the implementation of the GXB logo in simple black and white animated arrangements.  Though America has plenty of these fashion boutiques in major cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, GalXBoy is a nice South African twists of the fashion urban youths are wearing around the world. / Shop No. A003, 1066 Burnett St, Pretoria, 0081, South Africa

Phone:+27 12 342 9526

art in architecture


Architecture is art in the form of buildings and design. Unless you are literally a rock, all things evolve with time, so does our concept of buildings and other living and working structures. The folks at Gestalten recognizes this idea and so, the Berlin based multi-publishing company who “specializes in developing content for aficionados of cutting-edge visual culture worldwide” decided to put out an architectural book that looks at various cutting edge buildings and structures from around the world.


“The Sky’s the Limit serves as a compelling exploration of these seemingly impossible, yet surprisingly practical structures and spaces. Unleashing the creative potential offered by the latest developments in design and construction, this book presents spectacularly formed buildings, façades, and interiors as well as inspiring temporary projects and urban interventions by both young and established talents. The projects featured here have all been built, are actively in use, and transport us to the outer limits of our spatial imagination.”





SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS presents SURFACE, an exhibition featuring portraits of street artists taken by Danish photographer Søren Solkær. The images are part of a larger book project that began in 2012 and continued into 2015. For three years, Solkær traveled internationally, photographing street artists in their element and showcasing them alongside their art in public spaces. The project culminated in a publication that ultimately serves as a portrait anthology of many significant street artists in the contemporary art scene, as well as the genre’s pioneering icons.

Throughout this endeavor, Sølkaer retained his signature photographic style by drawing influence from cinema and painting in order to tell a story through each image. He often incorporated artificial lighting on location, sometimes using masks or props to obscure the artist’s identity. The result is an atmosphere of hyperrealism where presence is informed through urban landscape, artwork as backdrop, and the depiction of each individual in natural, often poetic, states.

I felt that this was the perfect time to portray the people behind one of the most powerful and prevalent art movements of our time. This took me on an incredible journey to rooftops, back alleys, train stations, studios and walls across the world. – Søren Solkær, 2013


For the exhibition at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS, the concept of portraiture goes a step further. We reached out to 14 of these photographed street artists and asked them to reinterpret the portrait Solkær took of them in order to create a unique, collaborative artwork, adding their own signature style and aesthetic to the original photograph. In this way, the portrait is reconfigured into a self-portrait, addressing the idea of artwork as an extension of the artist and highlighting alternative visual avenues for capturing and communicating identity.

A selection of Solkær’s photographs will be on view alongside 14 unique collaborations by the following renowned artists: Aakash Nihalani, Above, Beau Stanton, Cyrcle, DabsMyla, Dan Witz, Jordan Seiler, Lee Quinones, Logan Hicks, Mark Bode, Rae, Risk, Saber, and Wolfbat. As a celebration of the international scope of the project, variations of SURFACE will be on display in 2015 at international venues including: Art Equity, Sydney Australia; NKN Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, Calif.; Allouche Gallery, NY; Øksnehallen with V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; The Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver.

The opening reception at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS will take place on Saturday, April 25th from 8 to 11 pm, coinciding with the U.S. launch of the publication. Solkær and a selection of exhibited artists will be in attendance and signed copies of SURFACE will be available for purchase. The exhibit will be on view through Saturday, May 23. Solkær’s photographs will also be available for viewing in the NYC subways through the NO AD mobile app. Free to Download, NO AD uses Augmented Reality technology to turn subway platform advertising into a digital exhibition space, creating new opportunities for viewers to engage artwork in their daily lives. To learn more visit

Søren Solkær is a Danish photographer (b. 1969). He is best known for his portraits of musicians and is often recognized for developing iconic images of Björk, The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, David Lynch, The Arctic Monkeys, R.E.M. and U2. Solkær ‘s photographic style is characterized in the tension he creates between intimacy and edginess. Various inspirations for his stylistic approach include: filmmakers David Lynch and Wong Kar-Wai, photographer Philip-Lorca di Corcia, painter Caspar David Friedrich. Solkær ‘s works have been exhibited in New York, Oxford, Copenhagen, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Edinburgh, Chicago, Milano, Napoli, Bratislava, Reykjavik, Cologne and Prague and are part of the permanent collection in The Royal Danish Library and The National Portrait Collection in Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark.

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From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.

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In February of 2010, I set out on a journey to two major port cities on the southern Pacific coast of Colombia accompanied by an NYU colleague and a close friend native to the region. We were granted special access to Malaga Naval base, where we photographed and explored narco submarines and torpedoes confiscated by the Colombian Navy.  What struck me most were the realities of those ensnared by this world.  Over the next two years, I returned to the homes of these individuals and listened to their tales and deeply personal accounts of how their lives remain entrenched in the drug trade.

A region known for political unrest and organized crime, it’s no secret that the drug trade continues to have a staggering effect over its people. We documented numerous accounts of daily confrontations with paramilitaries, guerrillas, and criminal drug traffickers. I asked a man from Tumaco if he could see an end to the turmoil in Colombia and he responded, “Yes…but only in my dreams.”

Manos Sucias is not another movie that glamorizes cocaine and the drug trade, rather it’s a film that unveils the realities of exploitation of the children, impoverished fishermen, and families who are forced to be a part of this world. We made Manos Sucias to captivate viewers through action and suspense, while giving them a glimpse into the oft-neglected troubles that plague the people of this region.

– Manos Sucias Film Director: JOSEF KUBOTA WLADYKA