Mark Ryden: The Gay 90’s

The Pop-Surrealist returns with a series of illustrations highlighting turn-of-century problems

Pop-Surrealist Mark Ryden introduced his creepily precious characters to the contemporary art world in the 1980s to wide acclaim, and in his sixth book, “Mark Ryden: The Gay 90’s,” the artist returns to his signature doll-like figures, using them to explore the conflict of ideals around the end of the 1800s. In this book, the artist’s provocative sketches, sculptures and paintings toy with our preconceptions …

Whitewash

The stark side of sunny LA in a book of contrasts

Back in 2002, photographer Nicholas Alan Cope picked up his camera and moved across the country from Maryland to Los Angeles, the city he documents in his new book “Whitewash.” Cope’s LA is one of stark geometric architecture rendered in black and white, a far cry from the colorful Hollywood glitz the city so often tries to project. By harnessing the bright, Southern California sun, …

New York City of Trees

Photographer and Parks Department veteran Benjamin Swett catalogues the city's majestic branches

As spring tries to battle off the last bouts of winter in NYC, we are all anxious to get back to our favorite outdoor spots and explore some new ones. Just in time to answer that itch is Benajmin Swett’s newest release, “New York City of Trees“. The writer and photographer spent the past 13 years in the New York City Parks Department, where he …