Stephen Powers Drawings

By Tom Ran

Published: March 26, 2014 under Art

A sample illustration from Stephen Powers.

Photo: Stephen Powers

Stephen Powers, the lyrical wordsmith known for his Love Letter murals to cities and bodega-like signs has shown publicly, on the streets, and privately, in galleries for well over a decade. Though Jeffrey Deitch exhibited his work throughout the aughts he was never represented by any gallery. So he’s been able to take on art sales on his own, managing the prices himself through his Icy Signs shop in Brooklyn and online through newsletters. Yesterday he sent out an email offering hand sketches in his familiar style of clustered phrases. Powers is a master of quotable nuggets like “your ever after is all I’m after” or “everything is shit except you my love.” His word phrases are filled with blocky lettering, supplemented with literal and figurative illustrations. He’s selling his sketches for $500 a piece. Email him at if you’re interested.

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Geoff McFetridge / MOVE

By Tom Ran

Published: March 19, 2014 under Art

Left: MOVE a group show curated by Rich Jacobs; Right: "The Trap" by Geoff McFetridge

Photo: Rich Jacobs and Geoff McFetridge

A couple of art shows of note for our readers in Copenhagen and LA. Meditallucination is the latest solo exhibition from Geoff McFetridge at V1. He continues to explore his minimal style using flat hues and composition. The exhibition will showcase 13 new paintings on canvas and opens this Friday, March 21st. Artist Rich Jacobs has been curating his MOVE art shows for well over a decade and in turn had cultivated a scene and discovered many new artists. The latest MOVE takes place at & Pens gallery in Culver City. The exhibition opened Saturday and will be on view till April 8th.

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By Tom Ran

Published: March 18, 2014 under Art

Paper works from Zim&Zou

Photo: Zim&Zou

Paper sculptures aren’t recognized or treated as a respectable art form, maybe because of its ephemeral nature or it’s association with childhood crafts. However, there are artists that are creating some incredible forms with the material. Irving Harper, the legendary designer that worked under George Nelson published a book on his paper sculptures last year and a younger generation of artists are following suit. Zim&Zou are among the standouts in this field. They’re creating intricately sculpted and detailed works with a temporary material. (via Colossal)

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works From the Collection of Alexis Adler

By Tom Ran

Published: March 4, 2014 under Art

Untitled (Transistors)

Photo: Christie's

From 1979 to 1980, Alexis Adler and Jean-Michel Basquiat were roommates in a small East Village Apartment. She worked at a biology lab and he was still an unknown artist. They were an odd couple that made it work for about a year. His canvas was the surface of everything in the apartment. From bathroom doors and walls to the clothes on their backs. After 35 years, Adler has decided to part with much of the collection. Through Christie’s she will be auctioning off 39 works from that time. Sweatshirts, jumpsuit, notes, and many untitled pieces of work will be sold online. The auction will be accompanied with an exhibition where you will be able to see first hand all the pieces as well as others that will not be a part of the sale. Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works From the Collection of Alexis Adler will be on view now until March 28th. The online auction will conclude on the 17th. (via NYPost)

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By Tom Ran

Published: February 26, 2014 under Art

NEW INC is a new incubator supported by the New Museum.

Photo: New Museum

Incubators in New York City are nothing new. Whatever the industry is, there’s most likely an environment to support your start up idea. But absent until now is an incubator that is museum-led. The New Museum plans to fill this void by introducing the first of its kind. NEW INC will live next door to the institution and will occupy an 11,000 sq feet shared space that will house individuals in the field of art, technology, and design. They describe the space as a “lab-like environment and framework for the development of new ideas, practices, and models in the pursuit of innovation.” The program is now accepting applicants with a schedule kick off in August of this year.

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John Baldessari for The Thing Quarterly

By Tom Ran

Published: February 20, 2014 under Art

Pillow cases by John Baldessari for The Thing Quarterly

Photo: The Thing Quarterly

John Baldessari, known mostly for his re-appropriation of found imagery and colorful dots is the latest contributor to The Thing Quarterly. He’s created a pair of silk screened pillow cases with an image from an old Hollywood film still of a woman clutching a pillow. Just like all past editions of The Thing Quarterly, it’s functional art for the home that is meant to be used. For those who pay attention to the quality in their bedding, the pillow cases have a thread count of 320 and is made from 100% cotton sateen. They’re made in San Francisco with assistance from Levi’s Made & Crafted. This isn’t the first time Baldessari has lent his artwork to a product. In 2010 he contributed to Supreme’s art skate deck series.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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