Why SAINT LAURENT Invitations Are Extremely Collectible Art Editions

Hedi Slimane’s growing series of invitation booklets for SAINT LAURENT encapsulates the designer’s goal to mutate the contemporary culture of Los Angeles with Parisian haute tradition and craft. Each book is around 100 pages, perfect-bound between a black notebook cover, and designed by a different LA-based artist. And as veritable art editions disguised as invitations, they are also the …
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JOHN WATERS Hitchhikes Across America and Witnesses Its Demented Generosity

JOHN WATERS was born in the Lutherville suburb of Baltimore in 1946 and became famous in the 1970s for flouting Hollywood’s rules and reveling in bad taste. In his 17 Oscar-­free classic cult films, Waters has exploited as much entertainment as possible from low­brow sexploitation and the provocative deviance of subcultural taboo. Today he is…
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Strange Plants: Artists Exploring the Seduction Flora

At times picturesque, at times sinister, and often aloofly sensual, Strange Plants explores foliage as a site for fantasy and perverse imagination. As the inaugural title for her publishing house Zioxla, Zio Baritaux’s book is a series of contemporary artists’ reflections on flora that includes both works and interviews. Curated like an eclectic garden of images, the book features a wide …
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Artist Dena Yago Reviews NICOLA, MILAN, a new book by Lodovico Pignatti Morano

Vaguely employed as a brand strategist in a B-version of the Italian Glamour export economy, the twenty-five-year-old unnamed narrator of Nicola, Milan is an international loner, watch checker, tip leaver, shit-talker, drifting from bar to airport lounge, taxi to hotel foyer, drunk and caffeinated at the same time, trying to explain to you the finer points of how to pitch an idea of Italy to …
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Silence = Death: Remembering New York’s Public Art of AIDS Activism

At a time when the AIDS epidemic was surrounded by injustice and confusion, collectives such as Gran Fury and Group Material mobilized themselves not simply as artists, but as activists in a larger political arena. For his upcoming book, REBELS REBEL: AIDS, Art and Activism in New York, 1979-1989, Tommaso Speretta has compiled a collection of essays and images from the frontlines of AIDS activism.
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We Salute PETER GENTE (1936–2014)

Co-founder of Merve Verlag PETER GENTE passed away on Saturday at home at the Royal Lanna Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Under the direction of Gente and his longtime partner, Heidi Paris (1950–2002), Merve published the most daring texts in philosophy, art, and music in the 1970s and 80s.
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