The StandART Channel

By Tom Ran

Published: March 5, 2010 under Art

Marilyn Minter's "Green Pink Caviar"

Photo: Marilyn Minter

The Standard Hotel has given Creative Time a stage in which to exhibit art, their rooms. Not in the form of a painting on the wall or a mural, but on the television sets. Beginning today, guests will be able to watch video artworks on The StandART Channel on demand. Creative Time has been asked to curate this exhibit and have enlisted nine different artists to participate. From Marilyn Minter’s “Green Pink Caviar,” to Lee Walton re-enacting Facebook statuses of his friends, the exhibit straddles the line between high art and entertainment. Watch the StandART Channel’s teaser on YouTube or check into one of the rooms to see more.

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It’s Nice That Issue Three

By Tom Ran

Published: March 4, 2010 under Publishing

Issue Three of <i>It's Nice That</i>, Background by Parra

Photo: It's Nice That

A visually energized publication, a highly successful website, weekly podcasts, curated series of talks, and a studio based in London, no we’re not talking about Monocle but the incredibly talented duo behind It’s Nice That. Just shy of three years, Will Hudson, Alex Bec and the team have created something wonderful, a reservoir of information from a heard of creatives covering different industries. It’s Nice That publishes its magazine twice a year featuring interviews and works from designers, photographers, and artists. They recently announced the contents of issue three. Contributions from Geoff McFetridge, Interviews with Tom Dixon, Milton Glazer, and Paul Smith and works from Charley Harper, A2/SW/HK, and many others. One of the best parts of it is the 128 page magazine is completely ad free. Issue three won’t be out until April 1st but if you pre-order before the launch, you’ll receive an original large-scale print from Parra. Pre-order here. See what’s inside after the jump.

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Chris Cunningham at SOS 4.8

By Tom Ran

Published: March 3, 2010 under Music

Bjork's "All Is Full of Love," directed by Chris Cunningham

Photo: Chris Cunningham

Chris Cunningham has been away from the public eye for the better part of the last decade with only a handful of commercial and public appearances. His career was a lot more prolific in the 1990s when he teamed up with Warp Records and other musicians to direct some of the most memorable music videos. In 2005, Cunningham performed live for the first time at Electraglide, a two day music festival in Tokyo and Osaka, arranging original and remixed music to film. The performance proved to be a success and was followed up with other events several years later, teaming up once again with Warp. He is now set to recreate his cross visual and audio performance at this year’s SOS4.8, the 48 hour non-stop music, art, and conference festival based in Murcia, Spain. The festival takes place on April 30 and May 1st. Travel more!

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Spike Jonze & Lance Bangs at Barnes & Noble

By Tom Ran

Published: March 2, 2010 under Talks

Maurice Sendak in <i>Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak</i>

Photo: Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs

Last week Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs appeared after the screening of Tell Them Anything You Want at the IFC theater. Needless to say that tickets were quickly sold out. If you missed the opportunity you’ll have a second chance this evening when both directors will join John Hodgman at Union Square’s Barnes & Noble promoting the release of the documentary. This also coincides with the release of Where The Wild Things Are. Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze in conversation starts at 7pm. Barnes & Noble 33 East 17th Street, New York.

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Art Week

By Tom Ran

Published: March 1, 2010 under Art

Dan Funderburgh at Sigerson Morrison

Photo: Dan Funderburgh

Last week we touched upon the numerous satellite fairs that will surround The Armory starting this Thursday. Many local galleries will be attending the fairs so there aren’t too many major openings. However there are a few shows that we’d like to highlight.

Dan Funderburgh at Sigerson Morrison from March until April. A reception will be taking place this Tuesday, March 2 from 6:30 until 9 p.m.

The Philadelphia-based publishing group, Megawords will be exhibiting “an introduction to the entire project, including displays of all past issues, photos and work by Megawords and Megawords contributors, and other related ephemera and inspiration.”

New Museum is offering a Lower East Side tour in conjunction with The Armory.

And one in which we’ll have to wait for. Critical Design New York has been postponed till next year.

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Denim Legends

By Tom Ran

Published: February 26, 2010 under Publishing

Samples from Denim Legends

Photo: Michael Wells

Denim Legends, a book published by WeAr Global Magazine, might possibly be the most important book on denim history. Coming in at over 400 pages, the tome starts from the beginning with the oldest pair of jeans in existence, the Levis 1870 jeans, and runs through to the present. It’s all in the details from the buttons and labels to the stitching, as jeans, jackets, vests, overalls, and even dresses are treated like splayed specimens through its photographs. Denim Legends is separated into five periods, 1870 – 1929, 1930 – 1959, 1960 – 1979, 1980 – 1999 and 2000+, and consists of minimal text. Before you head over to Amazon to add a copy to your cart, consider that only 2,500 copies are made with no intentions of it ever being reprinted. That being said, the book comes with a hefty price tag of 890 Euros, approximately $1,200. Though it is almost impossible to justify paying so much for a book, it can be an incredible resource for some professionals. (via Anothersomething)

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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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