Published by New York’s Printed Matter, Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s No New Theories is a careful curation of essays, images, unfinished phrases, and in-depth conversations. Using her own writing, works by writers past and present, autocorrected words and phrases, personal images, pop culture references and more, Rasheed formulates a cohesive statement about blackness—and its vastness. While some pages are left open for interpretation (specifically about a dozen Xerox scans) others pose particular questions or address spiritual, socio-political and ecological issues. Limited to an edition of 1,000, this book is available in-store or online.
Intended for artists, photographers, architects and any other creator that depends on dozens of tiny tools for their work, Osuza’s canvas backpack opens out flat to four distinct numbered panels, granting uninhibited access to what’s inside. Its unique folded closure system, which is aided by velcro, lets the wearer adjust the interior capacity from 20 to 40L depending on what’s in tow. Plus, an easy-access laptop sleeve (for up to 17 inch computers) offers assistance in moments when undoing the entire ensemble isn’t possible. For a full list of the interior accessories, pockets, pouches, zipper, hooks, and loops, see the product page.
First published to accompany Jason Moran’s exhibit at the Walker Art Center in 2018, this 272 page book marks the first in-depth exploration of his work and practice. A pianist, composer, visual artist, and frequent collaborator, Moran abides by no rules with regard to the confines of medium—resulting in work that teeters somewhere between jazz history, performance art and sculpture. Fit for music fans and art lovers alike, the Whitney Museum store is selling copies to coincide with his fall 2019 exhibition there.
For anybody interested in analog technologies and music, Gideon Schwartz’s Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design offers a deep dive into the history and renaissance of lo-fi audio. From Bang & Olufsen’s glorious wire recorder from 1947, the Beocord 84U, to the stunning Clearaudio Statement V2 turntable from 2008, and so many more, the products highlighted within this 272-page book are some of the most beautifully designed devices in the world. Audio fans will be delighted by the countless turntables, reel-to-reels, vacuum tubes, amplifiers, speakers and more.
Featuring work by talented women and non-binary writers and artists, the newest edition of the Dope Girls Zine explores the theme ENDINGS, but the publication isn’t folding. Issue 7 (which is available for pre-order now) includes pieces by Kristen N Arnett, Chynna Jenkins, Peyton Fulford, Mattiel, Audra Melton, Amber North, Chelsea G Summers and many others. The zine was founded back in 2016 by Beca Grimm and Rachel Hortman with the mission to create a space within the 420 community that was less centered on men, and a portion of sales is donated to Planned Parenthood.
Made by artist Seth Bogart, this ceramic piece is both an objet d’art and a functional pipe. An ode to what is perhaps the most recognizable mascara ever, each Great Lash Mascara Pipe is handmade in Bogart’s California studio, and is therefore unique. Each piece measures approximately four inches tall.
Oakland-based Jeffrey Cheung’s artworks are playfully lowbrow and entirely charming, with a strong focus on cheerful nudes taking part in activities of varying NSFW levels. This 16 by 20-inch piece, “Tangle II” has been printed in a limited edition of 100, each of which is signed and numbered. Available on its own or framed (black or white) from Hashimoto Contemporary, it’s a delightful gift for a loved one—or yourself.
Topping out at 24 pages, Jo-Jo Sherrow’s Garden Girls is a zine about “the plant fairies who live amidst the green world.” The zine blends the mystical fairy tale world with our real life one, where our relationship with our environment has never been more crucial. Each page features a black-and-white illustration of one of Sherrow’s characters. Limited to an edition of 100, this staple-bound zine was published in 2015.
After the success of his first “Abolish ICE” print (which raised $2000+ for RAICES) Ben Sanders has released a second edition. The design is identical, except for the colors. Released in an edition of 100, this poster measures 24 by 36 inches and is printed on high-quality gloss book stock. Of course, 100% of the profits are given to RAICES, an initiative that offers free and low-cost legal aid to refugees at the southern border of the USA.
The Skateroom and beloved artist Judy Chicago collaborated on this skateboard triptych—a limited edition printing of the artist’s “Return of the Butterfly” lithograph, courtesy of the Jessica Silverman Gallery. Made in an edition of 50, the three boards are seven-ply Grade A Canadian maple. Best of all, 5% of the proceeds will be donated to the Athens-based women in skateboarding non-profit, Free Movement Skateboarding; and an additional 5% will go to Chicago’s arts advocacy non-profit, Through The Flower, thanks to the artist waiving her royalties.
Jonas Wood’s gloriously lush paintings have garnered him plenty of praise throughout the years, but this paperback is the first monograph dedicated to the LA-based artist. With 200+ photos and illustrations, ranging from family photos to baseball cards and other artists’ work (including his wife, Shio Kusaka), the book offers insight into his many influences, inspirations and nuances. With contributions from curator and writer Helen Molesworth, curator Ian Alteveer, and a conversation between Wood and fellow artist Mark Grotjahn, this book is a delight both visually and mentally.
This all-black cap hides its positive message in plain sight: “ART” is embroidered on the front, while on the back, the words “every day.” Made from 100% cotton, the Poketo six-panel cap is available in black on black, white on white, or white on royal blue and serves as a reminder to see beauty in even the ordinary.
First designed in the 1930s, Champion’s hooded sweatshirt is synonymous with sport, but for this limited edition version it’s adorned with an appliqué MoMA logo. Initially made to for the museum’s 2017 exhibition Is Fashion Modern?, the sweater has been made in more and more colorways since the original. Our pick is white on black, but there are three other options.
With 100% of the proceeds going to benefit Imazon, a Belém, Brazil-based nonprofit dedicated to Amazon rainforest conservation, this numbered, limited edition photographic print, entitled “Leaf,” blends several notable aesthetic values of São Paulo-born artist Vik Muniz. Commissioned by the champagne house Ruinart as part of Muniz’s Shared Roots series, the sculptural work the photo portrays is composed of fresh Chardonnay leaves and branches collected from the brand’s vineyards. Only 30 of the beautiful ampelographic images will be produced.
Carry on where artist Ray Geary left off using this art starter kit from the Whitney Museum of American Art. The set includes one partially done canvas and a set of supplies to finish off the piece as you wish. Each canvas features an unique (incomplete) work, which draws inspiration from influential women artists in the Whitney’s collection, as well as influential women in Geary’s life. It’s a stress-free way to take up art.
The Brooklyn Museum teamed up with Only NY for merchandise that’s inspired by the museum’s collection. One such item is the Stencil T-Shirt influenced by a specific piece from the printed ephemera archives: a 1978 flyer advertising a “new and different” open house which included two shows, Africa in Antiquity: The Arts of Ancient Nubia and the Sudan and Haitian Art. This boxy T-shirt is available in blue with white lettering and vice versa, and comes in sizes small to XXL.