Fulton Ryder / Karma Yard Sale

By Tom Ran

Published: July 30, 2013 under Publishing

Karma in Amagansett

Photo: Karma

Richard Prince’s hidden bookstore Fulton Ryder and downtown art book shop Karma are coming together for a yard sale. For the last two weeks, Prince and Fulton Ryder have been tweeting random images of items presumably for sale. A giant orange tire planter, a water jug labeled Gilligan, Velvet Underground/Andy Warhol book, and a Richard Prince surfboard with a decal of his infamous Playboy bunny skull. The Karma/Fulton Ryder Yardsale takes place this Saturday, August 3rd at Karma’s Amagansett location (249 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930).

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David Zwirner Pop-Up Bookstore

By Tom Ran

Published: July 22, 2013 under Publishing

David Zwirner Pop Up Bookstore

Photo: David Zwirner

Late last year when Taschen released a limited edition version of Marc Newson. Works for an astounding $6000, we thought they had misplaced the decimal point. They of course did not. Book publishers such as Taschen, Assouline, and Phaidon recognized a growing market for art books and were beginning to publish ultra rare editions to indulge the appetites of these collectors. But of course not all publications begin with such steep price tags. Museum catalogs, posters, and other paper artifacts can have more accessible entry points. See how some of these editions have appreciated in value, at David Zwirner’s fourth annual pop-up bookstore. Starting today and for the next two weeks, new and vintage publications, dvds, posters and other printed materials will be available. A reception will be held this Thursday from 5-8pm during the 4th Annual Chelsea Art Walk. The store will take place at their Chelsea gallery and will be open from 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday.

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The Wes Anderson Collection

By Tom Ran

Published: July 17, 2013 under Publishing

The Wes Anderson Collection published by Abrams coming out this fall.

Photo: Abrams

As much as we like Wes Anderson’s films we haven’t been excited about many of them since The Royal Tenenbaums, minus Fantastic Mr. Fox. The storytelling aspect that we admired in his first three films seemed to have been overtaken by his visual sensibilities. This might have to do in part with Owen Wilson no longer being his writing partner. Nonetheless we haven’t written him off – on the contrary in fact. Whenever there’s a project he’s involved with, whether it’s a new film or commercial, he has our attention.

And so when details of a new book was announced recently, we were eager to find out more. The Wes Anderson Collection is described as the “first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography, guiding readers through his life and career.” The 336 page hardcover is packed with 400 color and black and white photos. Writer and film critic, Matt Zoller Seitz is the author. He was responsible for the excellent documentary, The Substance of Style for the Museum of The Moving Image, a five part series analyzing Wes Anderson’s style and influences. The Wes Anderson Collection is published by Abrams and will be released on October 1st. via TWBE

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MidCentury Magazine

By Tom Ran

Published: July 11, 2013 under Publishing

MidCentury Magazine Issue 5 relaunched with a new design.

Photo: magCulture

magCulture reviews MidCentury magazine for their pick of the week. The independent U.K. based publication has been around since spring 2011 but has undergone a redesign with their latest issue. They’ve abandoned the whimsical/Jack Pierson-esque logo type treatment in exchange for a more modern stenciled serif. The cover is a lot more restraint, boxing its primary image and relying heavily on the bold blue color. This treatment is echoed throughout the pages as well. The latest issue visits a Danish coastal house in Edinburgh, a buyers guide on Dutch design, Mid-Century picks, a visit to the Sarasota, and more. Stockists for MidCentury magazine appears to only be in the U.K. but it can be purchased directly through their site. An iPad edition is also available.

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Summer Issues Cooperative

By Tom Ran

Published: July 2, 2013 under Publishing

Summer Issues Cooperative at Greene Exhibitions

Photo: East of Borneo

Alternative newsstands have become a thing now. After ALLDAYEVERYDAY’S The Newsstand and Petrella’s Imports in Chinatown, LA sees it’s own newsstand housed in a gallery. More like a bookshelf rather than a newsstand, Summer Issues Cooperative gathers 20 nonprofit publishers from North America and Europe for two weeks. The difference between this project and the others is that all the magazines will be distributed for free. The exhibition will be on display until July 13 at Greene Exhibitions in Culver City. Via Hyperallergic

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The 15th Bad Day

By Tom Ran

Published: June 11, 2013 under Publishing

Bad Day issue 15 with Ali Michael on the cover.

Photo: Bad Day

Bad Day is one of those magazines we look forward to whenever a new issue is announced. The biannual arts and culture publication from Toronto manages to surprise us with their profiles and interviews with every new edition. Now on it’s 15th issue, Bad Day teeters on the popular and avant-garde with model Ali Michael gracing its cover. Interviews include John Baldessari, artist Charlie White, jewelry designer Alice Waese, 4AD band inc. and others. Copies are available online and should be hitting awesome book shops soon.

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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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