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.
After selling out quickly, a collection of Sun Ra works Extensions Out, Plus: Four Poetry Books (1959/1972) has been restocked at Corbett vs Dempsey’s online store. The Chicago gallery recently hosted an exhibition of Sun Ra’s multidisciplinary art, tracing some of his remarkable life as a musician, poet, performer and beyond. Included in this set of books by the Afrofuturism pioneer are Jazz By Sun Ra, Jazz In Silhouette, The Immeasurable Equation and Extensions Out: Immeasurable Equation Vol II. With hundreds of poems, photographs and more, it’s a significant collection that includes some of Sun Ra’s most sought-after works.
Oakland-based artist Yétundé Olagbaju has printed some of her glorious work onto square 35-inch satin scarves that can be worn or hung on a wall. Her “Magician” scarf features symbolism for the four elements, but in Olagbaju’s distinct, beautiful style—as a swan, a Yoruba bust, a fan and a vase. The black and white piece also has vines, candles, stars and shells printed on it.
Wacky Wacko (aka artist/musician Seth Bogart and artist/designer Peggy Noland) has just released a new range of towels, covered in their signature kitsch-meets-punk designs. Our favorite of the four is the GRRRLS towel, which pays homage to NYC girl group The Chiffons, Swiss punk band Kleenex, English experimental rock outfit The Raincoats, and more. Measuring 34 by 66 inches, the towel is made from 96% cotton and is covered in artwork by Bogart.
Part of PHAIDON’s Explorer Series, Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom endeavors to illustrate the history and significance of flowers—across continents, cultures and eras. Chosen by a panel of experts (from art historians to botanists), the entries in the hardcover span sculpture, scientific illustration, film, floral arrangements, textiles, painting and beyond. The importance and influence flowers have on us is almost impossible to distill into one book, but Flower works as an appealing introduction—thanks to its large, full-color illustrations and photographs, and accessible text. From gold pieces dating around 2300–2100 BC to botanical illustrations made during the 1700s to contemporary floral art, this book immerses readers.
Featured in NTWRK’s Esther Kim-curated Women’s History Month art collection, called Esther Loves Artists, So Youn Lee’s ethereal “Totem” offset print features her signature character, Mango. The work is inspired by ancient totem poles, but it also emphasizes the way communities support and cherish their members. The 18 by 24-inch offset print, with a blind embossed signature, is available on 22 March at 6PM EST via the NTWRK app.
LA-based Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) identifies nine core values when outlining the ways in which they foster and champion feminist creatives, communities and practices. First on the list is that WCCW remains “a place that affirms that art, creativity, and imagination have intellectual, personal, and political value. No art is neutral, it is either transforming or upholding the status quo… Art is a form of dissent.” Their pack of five postcards incorporates this value and others. All proceeds are put back into the organization which connects and supports the community through their workspace, events, exhibitions and more.
Designed by acclaimed artist Andy Rementer, Areaware’s Block Party toy series comprises seven characters (cat, duck, monkey, mouse, tiger and two humans) broken down into several pieces. Stack them anyway you like, or collect the set for mix-and-match options. Each has its own accessory—the monkey comes with a banana, while the woman has a soccer ball. Whether a collectable for an art enthusiast or a toy for a child, they add a little color and personality to any room.
Available exclusively on NTWRK, a content-driven shopping platform, comic book editor Sammy Harkham teams up with Brain Dead on a hoodie designed to accompany their collaborative 72-page comic book, a “message in a bottle” meant to “celebrate independent comics, bookstores and artists” in the aftermath of 2020. The comic features work by Geoff McFetridge, Julie Doucet, Charles Burns and others, and a portion of profits from the comic and hoodie will be donated to the Arts for Healing and Justice Network, a non-profit providing arts education to incarcerated youth in LA.
This stunning 600-page monograph, Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be, comprises 700 works on paper by the artist from 1992 to 2020, most of which are being published for the first time as they’ve been in Walker’s private archive. Handwritten notes, typed index cards, sketches and journal entries provide readers with intimate insight on the art. Aptly, Walker provides the foreword. Designed by Gavillet & Cie, the cloth-bound book features essays by the deputy director of the Kunstmuseum Basel, Anita Haldemann; curator and cultural historian, Maurice Berger; and artist and critic, Aria Dean. The book has been published to accompany Walker’s exhibition, also called A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be.