Tips from Ozzie Sweet's 1958 book 'My Camera Pays Off'
Recently a friend of ours discovered, while cleaning out her mother's storage unit, this 1958 book from prolific professional photographer Ozzie Sweet: My Camera Pays Off. It must have been quite useful to its former owner (her mother was an editor...
Lately, music journalism feels like it's been replaced by a cycle of press release paraphrasing, tracklist postings and lifestyle commentary, with the occasional interview peppered in between. The same background information, recycled adjectives and...
On Site at NYC's Full Moon Fest
Festival season is in full bloom and while it often calls to mind massive fields full of frolicking party people, sometimes smaller festivals deliver a more powerful, potent experience. This certainly holds true for Brooklyn's Full Moon Fest—which...
Peckham Loves Me
As cities evolve faster and faster and gentrification changes areas (for better or worse), it’s increasingly fascinating to see neighborhoods documented over a specific period of time. South London's Peckham, a former working class area that's now...
Folk Majolica Bowls by Michal Bačák
Czech illustrator Michal Bačák conceived a cross-cultural, fantastical mythology in his new collection of majolica bowls for Prague's Křehký gallery. Launching at the Křehký Mikulov design festival this year, the collection is another collaboration...
Interview: Artist Guy Yanai
by Ari Samuel Artist Guy Yanai straddles the fine line between classical painter and contemporary hyphenate. The 35-year-old, Tel Aviv-based artist’s works often depict the whimsical trots of his globe: sailing in the Aeolian Islands off the...
Thundercat: Them Changes From Thundercat's mini-album The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam (his first solo album since 2013's Apocalypse, though he's kept busy working on Kendrick Lamar's last release and more) comes "Them Changes"—a track that...
After moving from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia, Ingrid Kesa found the atmosphere for creatives in the city to be one of "collaboration rather than competitiveness" and while making new friends and connections, came in contact with more than a...
GOODS FOR GOOD
CH25: Melissa Kushner
“I lost my father three weeks before I was born, so I was hardwired to care about children who have lost one or more parents,” Melissa Kushner explains. Her fate was sealed when shortly after graduating from college she landed a job working with...
CH25: Joshua Harker
Self-proclaimed "troublemaker " Joshua Harker creates intricate 3D-printed works that near the border of impossibility, and he has been able to do so by taking the road less traveled by artists before him. Taking advantage of technology that's...
Pet People Magazine
The bond between people and their pets is fascinating. Years of nuanced looks, noises and nudges form an unspoken understanding that often transcends many human relationships. Pet People Magazine understands this, and has set out to explore the...
SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE
The Sonar System
Free of typical children's books motifs, "The Sonar System" is a new illustrated tome that introduces kids to a not-so-typical subject: sound system culture. Set in a fictitious "sonar system" where planets revolve around a "gigantic, pulsating...
LONDON ILLUSTRATION FAIR FESTIVAL
London Illustration Fair 2015
The graphic design and illustration scene in London is going from strength to strength at the moment, and part of the reason might be the British capital’s abundance of fairs where emerging talents can network and showcase their designs. The three...
CH25: Alex Kalman
On the surface, Alex Kalman might seem like an unlikely candidate for the CH25 list of those designing the future. Mmuseumm, the Lilliputian “modern natural history museum” that he co-founded in 2012—with exhibits like potato-chip bags from around...
Aranka Israni's "Nudes" Exhibition
Aranka Israni's first solo exhibition debuts in conjunction with Arles 2015, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, the international photography festival renowned for unveiling new work. For Aranka—who withdrew from the art world seven years ago seeking...
Interview: The Black Lips on Stage Presence
It's difficult to affix a genre to the type of music made by the Black Lips. There are elements of punk and garage rock; there's potency and power—and an immediacy. But at the core, a lot of their tracks are just plain fun. While it may be tricky...
MUSEUM OF SEX
Museum of Sex: Splendor in the Grass
For the past year, the NYC's Museum of Sex hosted "Funland," an erotic fairground imagined by design duo Bompas & Parr which featured, among other things, a penis derby racing game and bouncy boob castle (now part of the museum's permanent collection...
IN THE CLOUD at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts
by Janine Stankus From children who gaze at the sky, clouds elicit wonder and awe. These days, contemplating “The Cloud” in connection with our technological futures provokes a certain metaphysical anxiety. IN THE CLOUD, a group exhibit opening...
100 Years of Tattoos
While last year's Artbook/D.A.P. book "Tattoo" explored the art form's global beginnings and its many cultural expressions, a new book, "100 Years of Tattoos," focuses the lens on the recent history of body art. The meaning of tattoos—and the attitudes...
ART BASEL 2015
SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATIONS
Art Basel 2015: Highlights
This year’s edition of Art Basel in Switzerland showcased a huge amount of thrilling, exciting pieces—as did the handful of fairs surrounding the central hub. Naturally, when you have over 300 galleries, showing many more artists, some themes will...
OPENING NIGHT EVENTS
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
Elliott Landy's Opening Night
Whether or not you know the name Elliott Landy, you've most certainly seen his work. The photographer has captured iconic rock and roll imagery for decades. From Woodstock (he was the official festival photographer in 1969) to intimate work with Bob...
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
Interview: Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra
On their first two albums, Portland-based Unknown Mortal Orchestra charmed fans with dirty low-fi tracks—poppy but unafraid to be thought-provoking—recorded out of a basement studio. Their third and latest effort, Multi-Love (out now via Jagjaguwar...
ART BASEL 2015
Art Basel 2015: Robin Meier’s Synchronicity
Part of the fun of Art Basel is discovering the artworks dotted all around the Swiss city, outside the main hub of Messeplatz. This year, luxury Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet presented artist Robin Meier’s piece "Synchronocity" in the beautiful...
Bringing Ideas to the Screen with NYC.TV
Inspired by the spirit of public access television, NYC.TV—founded by a team of New York-based individuals (Kareem Ahmed, Alexandra Serio and Max Nelson) who've worked at the NY Times, Vice and Vox Media—aims to help filmmakers get funding, support...
ART BASEL 2015
Art Basel 2015: Interactive Installations
Interactive art installations can be real crowd-pleasers. Playing an active part in an artist's vision is an interesting experience—and when it’s good, it makes participants feel that they themselves are bringing something unique to the work. At this...