Featuring Tim Presley artwork from exhibitions at Chicago’s Soccer Club Club and LA’s The Pit, the book Under the Banner of Concern complements its visual power with some of the artist’s poetry. Abstract yet identifiable, Presely’s portraiture relies on his signature “every figure” symbology, marked by sunken eyes and hollowed out, almost stick figure-like, bodies. In some spreads, black and white figures clash or contrast, and sometimes collaborate within a larger scene. Under the Banner of Concern comprises 140 pages and 89 images, including a handful of previously unreleased Presley pieces.
One of three new limited edition prints by Jeffrey Cheung, “Untitled #2” was originally created for a collaborative zine made by the Oakland-based artist and Tiny Splendor. In Cheung’s signature playful style, several hairy, smiling characters cover the print—with many contorted into interesting poses. Measuring 10 by 13 inches, these riso prints are available in an edition of 100, with each signed and numbered by the artist.
From TASCHEN’s new Library of Esoterica (a series of books that traces the ways artists have explored mysticism for centuries) comes the first title, Divine Decks: A Visual History of Tarot. Author Jessica Hundley delves into the meanings behind 500+ cards, analyzes artworks and explores tarot’s immense and enduring influence—from medieval era to contemporary culture. Beautifully designed by LA-based studio Thunderwing, and with an essay by artist, tarot reader and metaphysical teacher Marcella Kroll, this book will appeal to tarot experts, history nerds, art enthusiasts and counterculture connoisseurs.
Santiago Rodriguez Tarditi’s High on Design: The New Cannabis Culture begins with a cannabis history lesson from Broccoli Magazine’s Editor in Chief Anja Charbonneau, a fitting and helpful introduction. Tarditi’s survey of the stunning accessories overwhelming the industry (and the brands making them) proves fascinating for design and cannabis enthusiasts alike. Between notes on the battle for legalization and justice for convicted cannabis consumers, dealers and healers, the book spotlights makers new and old, minimal and eclectic. It’s a comprehensive catalog of products, people and places setting a new standard for “high design.”
Studio Unto’s unique set of crayons allows artists of all ages to reproduce the vivid color-scapes of our natural world. As though “you picked up a piece of mineral and started coloring,” each crayon resembles a rock, with swirling, layered and speckled colors. Drawing with them produces multi-colored lines with texture and inconsistencies that add to the allure. Because each piece is made by hand, the finish of the four included in each box may differ.
Available in 11 different colorways, these 100% cotton denim aprons from Big Bud Press are designed, sewn and dyed in Los Angeles. The inclusion of 42-inch straps and an adjustable neck strap allow each to fit people of all sizes. With big pockets for paintbrushes, markers, tools or even cooking utensils, the utilitarian design promises to be both practical and durable.
With 100% of their proceeds directed to the COVID-19 Protest Relief Fund, The Canvas Agency Shop is selling eight very different, equally appealing, prints from artists they represent. One of our favorites, “PAW PAW AND STARS” by illustrator Sonya Korshenboym depicts a delightful and oddly proportioned pooch gazing up at the cosmos. It’s printed on poster-sized paper.
By NYC-based illustrator, animator and visual designer Amika Cooper (aka blackpowerbarbie), this “Saint Jeff” print is inspired by Jeffrey Williams and, as Cooper says, “divine feminine energy.” Rich, vibrant colors abound on the artwork, which features its subject beneath a halo. Cooper (who works as a freelance creative) also sells other prints that span her different styles online.
Written upon a portrait of civil and LGBTQ+ rights activist Bayard Rustin, the “black is love is black” illustration by Donovan Edwards for The Tenth repeats the simple yet powerful message. The print is letter-sized and printed on matte archival paper, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter.
Within City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture, photographer Arthur Drooker presents expressive, exacting imagery of the administrative hubs of various local governments. The chronological chronicle travels from the early 19th century to today—representing the wonders of Buffalo, Boston and beyond while showcasing styles that range from Federalist to modern. The book includes a foreword by historian Douglas Brinkley, and mayors (current and former) offer stories to accompany Drooker’s images.
“Why should I correct my mistakes when all of the innovation exists in the mistake?” This kind of rebellious thinking makes Paula Scher’s work feel fresh yet instantly recognizable, evidenced best in her forthcoming book, 25 Years at the Public, A Love Story. The artist, designer and Pentagram partner has been developing the visual language for the non-profit theater group for more than two decades, from its wood type-inspired identity to more than 150 posters—many of which weren’t displayed outside the venue. This graphic-heavy tome chronicles her creative output and “love story” behind it all (firings, re-hirings and redesigns) for the in-depth history of this radical New York institution that’s as inspiring as the performances there.
Designed by Australian artist Beci Orpin, this “Don’t Lose Heart” puzzle features her much-shared artwork, covered in optimistic, thoughtful and tender messages. Printed on 100% recycled paper stock, the jigsaw comprises 32 large pieces, making it perfect for kids. Third Drawer Down includes a poster of the design with each purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Greenpeace—furthering the positive vibes.
Made in collaboration with cannabis publication Broccoli Magazine, Goldleaf’s pretty ikebana prints embed the marijuana leaf subtly in larger, delicate floral arrangements by Amy Merrick. Printed on thick, uncoated archival paper, this print comes in one size (18 by 24 inches) and in three iterations: print only, print in walnut hanging rails, and print in maple hanging rails. Best of all, Goldleaf actively supports (financially and through word of mouth) the Project Sanctuary and the Last Prisoner Project.
Once a limited release from TASCHEN, Peter Beard’s “gesamtkunstwerk” (a German word that translates to art assembled from multiple mediums, much like collage) returns. Within the 770-page hardcover, the pioneering artist’s photography interacts with personal writing and doodle-like drawings. Edited by Nejma Beard and David Fahey, with additional text by Owen Edwards and Steven M.L. Aronson, the tome grants access to Beard’s impassioned, international perspective—one that made him a beloved collaborator to other pioneers, from Dalí and Warhol to Truman Capote, Isak Dinesen and the Rolling Stones.
Independent magazine Orange Crush marries art and the sport of wrestling through written and visual storytelling. Volume #1 features pieces on “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela, painter Carroll Dunham, writer Alissa Bennett, Mexican luchador Mil Mascaras, and more. While professional wrestling and fine art may be an unexpected pairing, the sport’s reliance on art through masks, costumes, props and stage design places it in an ideal position for creative interpretation and experimentation.
Designer Sir Paul Smith’s third collaboration with historic Swiss writing and drawing implement maker Caran d’Ache includes this limited edition set of eight Supracolor Soft water-soluble colored pencils. Smith selected the eight bright and cheerful original colors and dressed their portable metal case in his iconic stripes. Made from cedar wood, the brand’s Supracolor Soft water-soluble colored pencils can be used for drawing or watercoloring or wash drawing.