New Art New Ideas Brush Pencil

This two-in-one brush and pencil carries the New Museum’s new mission statement, “New Art New Ideas,” through text emblazoned on the implement’s side. The statement underscores the museum’s ethos that contemporary art can act as a social and political force, capable of advancing society. To that end, this nifty utensil can be used to explore creative ideas through painting, sketches or a mix of both.

Adobe Creative Cloud + Moleskine Smart Notebook

Easily turn hand-drawn art into fully workable digital files for Illustrator and Photoshop

There’s no notebook more revered than Moleskine, for both its storied history and also its continued simple, effective design. Over the last few years, the brand has released successful collaborations with Evernote and Livescribe, but today marks a new milestone. Moleskine’s latest collaboration happens to be with Adobe, and the resulting Moleskine Smart Notebook and accompanying Creative Cloud app make it easy to turn work …

Studio Visit: Balint Zsako

The Brooklyn artist's vocabulary of universal symbols speaks to common human encounters

Balint Zsako, whose work first caught our eye in 2007, disrupts the language of Old Master painting, with a vocabulary of modern symbolism and technique. In his view, “Everything changes, it’s important to have things of your own time.” Several lamps surround the Brooklyn-based artist’s work surface, the most prominent light enters through a street-facing window. The studio is otherwise lined in shelves, stocked with …