India-born, Canada-raised and UK-based photographer Sunil Gupta has spent most of his career taking pictures of queer subjects, wielding his camera as a weapon for liberation. He shares some of his influential images and explorations of queerness, post-colonialism and activism in We Were Here: Sexuality, Photography, and Cultural Difference. Spanning 192 pages and including 26 images, the volume features Gupta’s keen essays on homosexuality in India, the AIDs crisis and the Black Arts Movement, capturing the practices and enduring power of resistance.
Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott surveys the work of the pioneering African American painter, whose use of humor and satire radically transgressed ideas surrounding race and gender. This volume—which includes an essay by prolific art historian and curator Lowery Stokes Sims—contextualizes his colorful work from the 1970s to the late ’90s, capturing it inspired generations of artists after him and explaining why it remains as relevant today as it did then.
For their new tangerine-dyed Panama leather diary for children, appropriately embossed with the title My First Smythson, the beloved paper goods producer took inspiration from insight provided by the National Literacy Trust which explains that children who write with regularity feel happier. Made in England, the notebook includes colorful prompts, world maps, sections to journal and more.
There are six different works, each as bright and cheerful as the next, within LA-based artist Carolyn Suzuki’s 36-page origami set. Replete with houseplants, fruit and a bevy of charming women characters, the set has been printed by 1973 LTD in Brighton, UK using carbon neutral paper.
Brimming with Jeffrey Cheung’s playful style, this riso print features two of the artist, activist and skateboarder’s endearing cast of characters. Pictured are two mustachioed men exchanging smiles over side-by-side urinals, each sporting rosy cheeks—on their faces and derrieres.
Skateboarding is a culture traditionally rife with homophobia and exclusivity, but artist and activist Jeffrey Cheung and his partner Gabriel Ramirez are working to change that through their radical, queer skate collective UNITY and brand THERE Skateboards. From the store comes “Ice Cream,” a standard 8.25-inch board that fittingly features Cheung’s charming portraits stacked like scoops of ice cream.
Across 76 pages, this volume from collaborative publishing project Colpa Press acts as a mesmerizing archive of Detroit’s rave culture from 1993 to 1999. From sci-fi aesthetics to kawaii imagery, the collection’s varied and bold designs document an equally vibrant, thriving party scene in the birthplace of techno. Price is in Pounds.
Pieter “Parra” Janssen’s colorful curves and post-pop imagery translate to multicolored apparel and, even more fittingly, swim shorts from the Dutch artist’s own clothing brand, By Parra. These 100% nylon trunks feature a soft mesh inner, rear pockets with closures, patch panels and, of course, Parra’s signature waves.
Hailing from upstate New York, Sean Augustine March is an artist and designer whose work often creates striking optical effects using dichroic glass. His spectacular Rayleigh Desk Lamp is no different. Shining through numerous light refractions, colors and geometric shapes, it’s affixed to a wood base and features a five-watt LED with over 200,000 hours of lifespan. Illuminating and iridescent, the Rayleigh is a mesmerizing and sculptural lighting solution.
Paris-based independent apparel brand Carne Bollente’s sex positive ethos manifests once again in their delightfully suggestive One and Only Towel. Through artist Mike Wilcox’s vivid, bright hues depicting different labia, the towel is a plush and bold celebration of vulvas.
From Dutch artist Parra (aka Pieter Janssen), this 100% cotton jacquard towel features a depiction of a woman dramatically curved over a bike, traveling backward. Available in indigo or pink, each side of the accessory is an inversion of the other.
Women Painting Women explores and celebrates the ways in which female artists conveyed stories and identities outside the male gaze. The book contains portraits of women from 1960s to today with text by Andrea Karnes, shedding light on how early trailblazers (like Emma Amos and Alice Neel) and contemporary artists (like Jordan Casteel and Somaya Critchlow) utilized painting to portray women in their complexities, joy, beauty and abjection.
A 71-person group book celebrating Pomegranate Press—a Richmond, Virginia-based independent publishing house for contemporary photography, writing and more—Nothing Left but Healing features a plethora of different pieces across its 150 pages. Within the smyth-sewn book are alluring portraits, microphotography, landscapes and more enchanting works.
These colorful, vibrant and playful cards have been designed by Heart n Soul at The Hub co-designers Aysen, Castro, Rajah, Robyn and Thomas in collaboration with artist Felix Peckitt. 100% of the profits from sales go back to Heart n Soul, a creative arts company and non-profit that focuses on people with learning disabilities. They aim to create opportunities to uncover, develop, share and celebrate their talents. Their roster of artists work on various products for purchase online, but are also available for commissions. Price is in Pounds.
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.