Prints: Flavin, Judd, Sandback

By Tom Ran

Published: February 14, 2014 under Art

Donald Judd in his studio

Photo: Judd Foundation

Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Fred Sandback were contemporaries who worked in the realm of minimalism. Their three dimensional works varied from fluorescent lights and strings to plywood and metal. But a new exhibition at David Zwirner gallery points its attention to another medium that they all shared, drawing and printmaking. It’s clear to see the similarities between the two different formats. Flavin’s use of colors in his sculptures recur in print form, Judd’s repetitious angular shapes are represented in wood cut prints and Sandback’s line drawings reference his yarn sculptures. Prints: Flavin, Judd, Sandback is on view at David Zwirner’s West 20th Street gallery and will be on view till March 1st. A special online feature has been produced by Judd Foundation to accompany the exhibit. via Inventory)

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Greg LeMond at Rapha Cycle Club NYC

By Tom Ran

Published: February 13, 2014 under Bike Skate & Surf

Greg LeMond

Photo: Rapha

For every sport there is an athlete that pushes the game beyond the field and takes it to a realm of popular culture. You have your Jordans, your Hawks, and your Whites. Unfortunately for road racing and the Tour De France, that athlete was Lance Armstrong. As much greatness he had done to promote the sport, he had tainted it as well. But there was another American who came before Armstrong that shined the spotlight on an otherwise European past time. Greg Lemond, won the Tour three times from the mid 80s to early 90s. He was the first and only official American to do so. His accomplishments were overshadowed by Armstrong’s incredible comeback story and achievements until now. Lemond’s narrative is ripe for a comeback. Though his days of being a champion are well over two decades ago, his success shouldn’t go unrecognized by a new generation. Rapha is hosting an exhibition to showcase Lemond’s bikes, jerseys, and other gear that were used during his storied career. Three brand new LeMond bicycles will also be on view. The exhibition opens tomorrow and runs through March 16th at Rapha Cycle Club NYC. Rapha spent some time with Greg LeMond for an exclusive interview.

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Left Field Storefront

By Tom Ran

Published: February 12, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Inside Left Field's shop in Ridgewood, Queens.

Photo: Left Field

Christian McCann’s vintage inspired clothing line, Left Field, quietly opened their store last November in the residential neighborhood of Ridgewood, Queens. It’s not your typical locale for a retail space. There’s no foot traffic and signage is kept to a minimal. But once inside, you’ll be welcomed into the space by a chesterfield sofa, old gentleman’s mags, pinball machines, and other paraphernalia collected from decades past. It’s like the club you’ve always wanted to join but never got the invitation to. The pinball machines work, the magazines are for sale, and the full line from Left Field and Choctaw Ridge, their high-end line of men’s undergarments are all on hand. And if you haven’t already guessed by now, the shop doesn’t operate like all other shops. It’s by appointment only. Make the call and pay them a visit. Left Field is located at 753 Onderdonk Ave, Ridgewood, Queens, NY, and their phone number is 718-366-7308.

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Manuals 1

By Tom Ran

Published: February 11, 2014 under Design

Unit Edition's Manuals 1

Photo: Unit Editions

A logo is something that all businesses recognize they need, but the level of consideration behind them varies. Some value them more than others. During the 1960s into the early 1980’s, corporate identities were treated with utmost respect, establishing some of the most memorable marks of its time. To this day variations of the Apple and Nike logos come from that era. Unit Editions returns with its latest publication, “Manuals 1”. A comprehensive book that captures 21 examples of design and identity guidelines for some of the world’s most recognized brands. They range from Lufthansa and the 1976 Olympics to NASA and the New York City Transit Authority. “Manuals 1” is printed in Italy with the highest production standards and comes in at 432 pages. The book can be pre-ordered now at Unit Editions. Even though it’s not available yet, we’re already looking forward to “Manuals 2.”

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River of Fundament by Matthew Barney

By Tom Ran

Published: February 10, 2014 under Art

A scene in Detroit where iron was being melted from five giant cupolas.

Photo: Matthew Barney

Quite simply put, Matthew Barney’s latest film, “River of Fundament” is grand. It took seven years to complete and clocks in at five and a half hours long. The film is a musical loosely based on Norman Mailer’s “Ancient Evenings,” a fantastical novel dealing with the afterlife in ancient Egypt. Barney once again juxtaposes mythology and contemporary culture to create a surreal atmosphere. An automobile was demolished in an abandoned car dealership in Los Angeles. Giant cupolas were constructed for a scene in Detroit where iron was being melted. And Norman Mailer’s house was replicated on a barge that floated down the East River. The New York Times interviews the cast and crew about their experience in this epic cinematic journey. “River of Fundament” premieres Wednesday at BAM and will be screening until Sunday.

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Inspiration LA

By Tom Ran

Published: February 7, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Inspiration Number 5

Photo: Inspiration

It’s no secret that the Japanese can do American workwear almost better than Americans can. Even though Tyler Brule claimed that workwear was dead in 2011 there’s still a level of fanaticism among a core set of devotees. This includes Rin Tanaka and the many visitors and exhibitors that make their way from Japan and around the world every year to Inspiration. The event opens today and will mark its 5th year. But it’s not just workwear that will be represented, vintage, motorcycle, skate and surf exhibitors will also be on hand. From the big brands like RRL and Levi’s Vintage to the small ones like Real McCoy’s it’s an exciting group under one roof. Inspiration is timed perfectly with the monthly Rose Bowl Flea Market. If you’re in the Southern California are this weekend make your way over there. Hours are from 4-9pm today and 10-5 tomorrow at L.A. Mart in Downtown LA.

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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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