Edited by Gagosian director Antwaun Sargent and published by the non-profit arts organization Printed Matter, Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists considers works from the newest generation of Black artists as a whole. With an interview between Bernard Lumpkin and director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, Thelma Golden, and other contextualizations by curators and experts, this book outlines what it means to be young, gifted and Black in the contemporary art world.
Suitable for children six years or older, the Mickebana Trio Kids kit is a floral needlepoint project with all the materials needed to complete it. The artwork is designed by Mark Lindebergh, whose colorfully opulent illustrations provide kids a bright and mesmerizing world to bring to life. Featured in either pink or red, the Trio comes with canvas, two tapestry needles, a colorful needle threader, a how-to guide and a cotton bag for storage. For further instructions, a YouTube tutorial is also included to help make crafting fun and easy for everyone.
Barbara Frankie Ryan’s “Squiggle Pyramid with Pink Flower” is a part of the artist’s sculptural series Freshly Cut Flowers, which seeks to immortalize the ephemeral beauty of bouquets. Laser-cut from frosted acrylic in the Netherlands, this funky sculpture makes for a jovial decor piece, suitable to freshen up any desk, shelf or table. The floral sculpture stands 12 centimeters tall and ships in packaging made from recycled materials.
Kinstler, an independent puzzle company, highlights emerging contemporary artists via jigsaws. Their 100% recycled, 1,000-piece “In The Summer We Started Drinking During The Hot Of The Day And By Night Time We Were Monsters” puzzle features a complex, iconographic artwork from Andrea Joyce Heimer that sees a group of people drinking and transforming throughout different levels of a home. The darkly funny puzzle comes with a written interview with Heimer on the painting, notes on her creation process and her recommendation on how to complete the puzzle. It also comes with other images she made during her 2020 Quarantine Drawing series. The box was printed, assembled and packed in America and designed in Brooklyn.
Screen-printed with six colors on heavy card stock by Nat Swope, Tucker Nichols’ “Flowers” print has been produced in a limited edition of 50. The Northern California-based artist (who often finds cues in nature) captures abstract flowers of purple and blue in a black vase, placed amid a turquoise background. Each of these prints—measuring 12 by 12 inches—comes signed, numbered and dated.
Philadelphia-based shop YOWIE collaborated with artist Frank Dorrey, who applied his freaky and fun faces to a fantasy basketball skateboard. Dorrey’s work uses PicsArt and iPhone 8s to distort images and play with colors in order to symbolize truth. Bringing his unique technique to YOWIE, Dorrey creates a signature warped portrait, set against a vibrant blue backdrop and surrounded by dribbling basketball players, including Lucifer. This is a limited edition collaboration—so only 10 of these decks exist.
Featuring Tom of Finland’s delightfully raunchy art, Carne Bollente’s “My Bare Gays” sweatshirt comes in either washed-out black or cream colorways. On the front, the beloved artist’s illustration is portrayed through the Paris-based brand’s Pornographico embroidery; while the back boasts a large, double-exposure style graphic of his iconic The Loggers magazine cover. Available in XS to XL, this garment is made from 100% cotton.
Since 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has been a center for and a champion of Black art and Black culture. The new book Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem contextualizes select artwork from the institution’s collection, which includes pieces by Faith Ringgold, Kerry James Marshall, Norman Lewis, Lorna Simpson and others. Authors Connie H Choi, Thelma Golden and Kellie Jones discuss the thematic and procedural processes in curating Black art, include essays by art historians and collectors (like Eliza A Butler, Akili Tommasino, Taylor Aldridge, Larry Ossei Mensah and Daniela Fifi) and feature 125 artworks. Together, the book pays historical homage to the multiplicities of identities and techniques in African-American art, tracing works in various mediums from the 1930s to today.
Engaging and insightful, Making a Great Exhibition is the debut children’s book from David Zwirner Books, the publishing division of the world-renowned gallery. Created by author Doro Globus (managing director of David Zwirner Books) and award-winning artist and illustrator Rose Blake, the colorful work explores how artists produce something special and then share it with the world. It’s recommended for kids ages three to seven but surely it’s a tale for all to enjoy.
Part cookbook and part art tome, The Kitchen Studio: Culinary Creations by Artists comprises illustrations, paintings, photographs and recipes from 70 artists. With stunning works by Klodin Erb, Nicolas Party, Olafur Eliasson, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Tiffany Sia and others, the book also features an introduction by Massimo Bottura. From a recipe (and sculpture) of candied yams by Charles Gaines to colorful face-shaped meringues by Jeppe Hein, these recipes span cocktails, main meals, snacks, dips and more. With some dishes familiar, some adventurous and others off-kilter and odd, there’s something for everybody—whether a home chef, art enthusiast or both.
To celebrate the first retrospective of Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s work in the US in four decades, Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Living Abstraction traces her immense career—which has largely been omitted from the history of Constructivism, Dada and Modernism. Taeuber-Arp worked from 1906 to 1943, and this extensive catalog illustrates her contribution through 400 artworks spanning sculpture, textiles, beadwork, stained glass windows and even marionettes.
Published by Montreal-based Anteism, the limited edition MOKO MOKO DOKI DOKI by Misaki Kawai is both a book and an artwork. Every one of the 108 copies available (18 in each color—yellow, green, blue, red, pink or white) has a handmade fur cover. With images from the multidisciplinary artist’s fourth solo show at The Hole, this saddle-stitch bound book provides inspiration and off-kilter escapism.
Delhi-born, London-based designer Ashish Gupta studied fine art before pursuing his wildly successful career in fashion, and returned to art when he took up photography several years ago. Seeing the art form as a diary of sorts, he eventually collaborated with House of Voltaire on Gaze—a book of portraits that documents, explores and celebrates queer desire and masculinity. A departure from his trademark flashy style, the photos are intimate, personal and tender—but oftentimes maintain a playful energy. The 365 full-color images, Gupta says, “are full of joy, humor, longing, desire, (and more than a little feeling of tenderness) about sex and sexiness. It’s also about exploring images of sexuality and masculinity, but not just the type of images that we tend to see in the mainstream of gay culture.” Price is in Pounds.
Oakland-based artist Anjelica Colliard’s colorful “Magic Checker Plant” print intends to honor and celebrate nature and wisdom. With an ombre check border, the artwork features swirling, glorious flowers, stems and petals. The limited edition print (each of which comes signed and numbered) measures 10.5 by 13.5 inches.
Artist and designer Geoff McFetridge has collaborated with Norse Projects on a collection of apparel and accessories featuring his distinct figurative style. One standout is the cotton twill cap, which is available in four colorways—navy, rose quartz, thyme green or dark khaki. The theme for the collection, “The farther you go the deeper it gets,” is embroidered on the back of the cap.
The 50th edition of Field Notes’ quarterly three-pack notebooks features a “Red Hot” French Paper Co cover (embellished with metallic ink and the pop of a Futura “50” through a die-cut circle) encapsulating 48 silver graph grid pages. It’s an altogether vibrant commemorative edition, but one to be used rather than tucked away.