From pink foam buildings to couches that resemble jester hats, off-kilter chairs made of resin and wobbly vases, beloved Italian architect, designer and artist Gaetano Pesce expanded the world of design over his 50-year career to include unexpected materials and political and social commentary. Vibrant and inventive, Out in the World With Gaetano Pesce compiles the 82-year-old pioneer’s iconic and never-before-seen work with an essay and interview by critic Sophie Haigney and new portraits by Duane Michals.
From artist and skateboarder Jeffrey Cheung—who runs There Skateboards, an offshoot of the SF-based collective Unity which represents and supports queer skaters—this “Colors” deck features his signature figurative art. Available in two sizes (8.25 or 8.5 inches), this skateboard has been made and designed with all types of skaters in mind.
Japanese glass artist Miwa Ito crafts bright, bulbous products that are delightfully off-kilter. Part of her MOO MOO exhibition in London, her Big Goofy 2 piece—like much of her work—is inspired by childhood memories of colorful cartoons and toys. It measures 20 by 18cm and has been entirely hand-finished and is signed by the artist. Price is in Pounds.
London-born photographer Nadine Ijewere, the first Black woman photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue, explores beauty (while subverting traditional notions surrounding it) in her enchanting monograph Our Own Selves. Dreamy backgrounds, compelling compositions and vibrant hues suffuse this collection of her work, attesting to the vivid ways Ijewere celebrates people of color and breaks barriers.
Brooklyn-based ceramicist Eleni Kontos crafts custom clay portraits in fun, off-kilter, cartoon styles. Each sculpture features a small hollow body (measuring around four to five inches in height), a detachable topper head and marbled colors the artist dyes herself. Altogether, it’s an endearing, personal gift for a loved one.
Available in grey, black or navy, this cotton/polyester blend sweatshirt proudly supports New York’s Brooklyn Museum. With classic collegiate lettering and traditional crewneck silhouette, the style is cozy and timeless. Sizes range from small to 2XL.
Renowned American artist Lorna Simpson collates and embellishes advertising photographs of Black women from vintage issues of Ebony and Jet magazines to place hair, gender and race in a different context. In the book Lorna Simpson Collages, 160 of these surprising and powerful artworks, layered with found photography and ink swirls, attest to Simpson’s distinct eye. With an introduction by poet, author and scholar Elizabeth Alexander and an artist statement, this volume is a mesmerizing celebration of Black women.
LA-based artist Cali Thornhill Dewitt juxtaposes wordplay and photos by Koji Ueda and Yosuke Torii for bold and thought-provoking collages. For the zine Tokyo Olympics, Dewitt collaborated with Carhartt WIP to collate his clever works across 36 pages in color offset print.
These lovely playing cards feature elements of Kehinde Wiley’s 2012 piece “Dacia Carter II” (from his An Economy of Grace show that comprised portraits of women) on both sides. On the back, the beautifully lit portrait; on the face, the suits feature the glorious green and pink floral pattern from the painting’s backdrop. Net proceeds from sales of the cards will be donated to Black Rock, Wiley’s artist-in-residence program in Dakar, Senegal.
Including reproductions of Faith Ringgold’s artworks from 1967 to 1981, Faith Ringgold: Politics / Power traces the Black, Harlem-born painter, sculptor, quilt artist, writer, feminist, educator and activist’s remarkable career and evolution. With quotes on each artwork from Ringgold herself, as well as essays by Michele Wallace and Kirsten Weiss, the images are supported by plenty of context, providing even more information about race relations in the US at the time. The book covers Ringgold’s seminal Black Light (for which she used no white paints or pigments), protest posters (including those from the Committee to Defend the Panthers), soft sculptures (like her Portrait Mask series) and more. This 104-page hardcover is more than an art book, it’s a significant historical and cultural chronicle.
Available now in an exclusive edition of 45 on David Zwirner’s online gallery initiative, Platform, the “Fatebe Blast” (2022) screenprint finds Russia born, NYC-based artist Ebecho Muslimova’s comedic character rocketing toward the moon on her own gas supply. 25% of the proceeds from sales of the work will be donated to the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, which is currently directing aid toward civilians in Ukraine and funding four military hospitals in the country. The silkscreen and relief on Stonehenge paper print measures 22 by 32 inches.
Another limited edition print from Oakland-based painter, musician, founder of queer skateboarding collective Unity and CH favorite, Jeffrey Cheung, this piece depicts five people, tangled together in the artist’s familiar style. Their off-kilter proportions and smiling faces provide each individual with even more character, and their intertwining limbs create a combined sense of tenderness and playfulness. This print measures 11 by 17 inches.
Devambez—the accoladed royal stationer operating in France since 1826—collaborated with artisanal dyer Audrey Louise Reynolds to create a vibrant and mesmerizing collection of pre-rolls. Each organic, unbleached hemp paper is hand-painted with abstract renditions of sunsets and landscapes using Reynolds’ foraged ingredients, leaving lasting color without any additional flavors. Bewitching and unique, these pre-rolls blend nature, art and cannabis (which does not come included).
Esteemed photographer Annie Leibovitz’s first fashion book, Wonderland, transports viewers into the artist’s otherworldly, dramatic and intimate world of imagery. The book, a collection of works she shot mostly for Vogue, features a foreword by Anna Wintour as well as 350 photos, including many that have never been published and depict an array of notable figures like Serena Williams, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and more. More than a collection of fashion or photography, Wonderland captures Leibovitz’s ability as a compelling, visual storyteller.
Australian artist Kate Rhode (represented by Pieces of Eight Gallery in Melbourne and Culture Object in NYC) creates wildly colorful, playful objects with resin. With an appearance like an artifact from a fairytale, each unique Chrysanthemum Bowl has been hand-cast in food-safe resin and whether in use or not it adds whimsy to a room. Price is in AUD.
From Assouline’s Style series, Art Deco Style chronicles the rise and impact of the decorative aesthetic that emerged from the turn of the 20th century. Charting Art Deco’s evolution between World War I and II, the book examines everything from skyscrapers to locomotives, the geometric abstraction of Cubism, advertising, fashion and more to understand the movement’s global reach. Replete with enthralling imagery and a forward by Jared Goss, Art Deco Style examines how a taste for opulence and technological innovation influenced culture today.