112.jpgTonight, Friday December 14: Helmut Lang's first solo art show, Next Ever After is opening at the journal's gallery in Williamsburg. The show is the result of a year-long collaboration between the journal magazine and Lang. The Winter 2007 issue of the magazine has a big feature on Lang with studies for Next Ever After and a conversation between Lang and curator/writer Neville Wakefield on his move from fashion to art. 168 N 1st St Williamsburg. 6-9pm. Free.

Also tonight: Community Books in Park Slope is hosting a reading and party for WFMU's book, which we reviewed recently. WFMU will be broadcasting live from the bookstore as Bronwyn C., Ellery Eskelin, Dave the Spazz and other WFMU personalities entertain. I bet this will be fun. Community Books. 143 7th Ave @Carroll St. 6pm. Free.

Printed Matter has three book launches this weekend:

On Saturday December 15th, there's a party for both Kathe Burkhart’s The Liz Taylor Series: The First 25 Years, 1982-2007 and Guy Richards Smit’s The New Adventures of Grossmalerman #1. Burkhart's book contains almost every image the artist has made of Liz Taylor since 1982. One of her paintings is pictured above. Smit's comic trilogy stars his artist anti-hero Jonathan Grossmalerman, a loathsome character who is constantly involved in various gross misadventures. This first installment takes place at his art opening and includes some accidental decapitation, egomania, international intrigue, and other assorted bloody things. Printed Matter. 195 10th Ave @22nd St. 5-7pm. Free.

On Sunday December 16th, Printed Matter is having a party for artist, critic, and Art Forum production manager Jeff Gibson's book Sarsaparilla to Sorcery. In the book, Gibson combines abstract photographs of light sources with images torn from old encyclopedias. Printed Matter. 195 10th Ave @22nd St. 3-5pm. Free.

roundup111.jpgButt took too long to put a black person on the cover and it's quite bizarre that they've never included an interview with Vaginal Davis before–but finally with issue 21 they've done both. Vaginal is an L.A icon, so for me it's kind of strange to discover she's moved to Berlin. Being in Europe, however, has not stilted the full-on 24 hour hollywood performance art of her conversation. Also: real life photos of 1976 Christopher street by Sunil Gupta; pretty East-London lads by Andreas Larsson; interviews with DJ Daniel Wang, portrait artist Don Bachardy and a sexy French, horticulturist escort named Xavier.

The November/December issue of The Believer has a lot of art related stuff such as an interview with the only art critic I care for, Dave Hickey. Do I agree with everything he says? No. But he has the rare quality of thinking for himself, he's a curmudgeon and it's always fun to hear what he has to say. Smart magazines realize that Lagniappe (a l'il something extra; an unexpected gift) is something print has over the interwebs and in that spirit The Believer comes with 18 temporary tattoos by some of the coolest illustrators on the planet, including Raymond Pettibon, Believer stalwart Charles Burns and Print Fetish reviewed Ron Regé Jr.

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December/January cover star is the diva actress of our time, Cate Blanchett. She's not just beautiful, in fact she's entirely imperfect and completely captivating. Models should be more like her, a mouth watering subject for any photographer, and the photos by Matthias Vriens do not disappoint. I-D headmaster Terry Jones Interviews artist Francesco Vezzoli who discusses his upcoming work at the Guggenheim starring Blanchett, his current muse. Terry also interviews Karl Lagerfeld, with a nice black and white spread of the man preparing for the Chanel Cruise Collection 2007 in L.A. My favorite thing in this issue is the photo spread of hot, weathered surfers wearing fashion in Hawaii at the 11th Annual Quicksilver Edition Paddleboard Race by Laetitia Neg.


One of Mr. McGinnis's magazine stacks this day last year.

Print Fetish is 1 year old today! What have we learned? The Internet only means the end of particular business models... corporate media and newspapers will shift almost completely online, while print media will target smaller audiences with more specific interests. Point of view, the quality of design, editorial selection and arrangement will improve to appeal to more refined tastes, while advertising will have less influence over content. Print is NOT dead, nor will it die. In fact, hand made book-arts, 'zines, small press and independently owned magazines are more prevalent than ever, even in the face of horrific media consolidation.


Spoonbill & Sugartown in Brooklyn; photo by Is It Cool Enough For Marty?

Its cheaper and easier to print full color on high quality paper than its ever been. Print is thriving because of new media technologies, not in opposition to it. Computers and scanners make it easier to layout and prepare files while the Internet forms a symbiosis with printed matter. A few magazines are ahead of the curve and already working this symbiosis like Dazed & Confused's Dazed Digital.


Back issue promised land, Dorama in Japan; photo by jazzlah

The cool kids, not just the old dudes, still want to hold their own work in their hands. They still want the finality of their art and words on paper, and so does the audience. Print forces one to make choices in their art because they must conform to the structure of an object. They must proofread, color correct and edit length–and unlike the internet, once it's out there, its done, there is no going back to fix it. The audience appreciates this effort, and still respects and craves it.

A few of us even have a fetish for it.

roundup111.jpgLula, girl magazine of my dreams, has a new issue out with Kirsten Dunst as cover star and guest editor. I feel generally whatever about Ms. Dunst but this issue is really good. Her cat is adorable. As I said before, I like the kind of comprehensive coverage Lula has. They do really well packaging stories and exploring themes. There are also these gorgeous photos from Rinko Kawachi. I'm totally in love. Other highlights include: an accessories story starring cats, Corinne Day's dreamy photographs, the model's awesome eyebrows in "Love Letter," an interview with Brooklyn band Au Revoir Simone, many many princess dresses, and the lovely vision of Mia Farrow, an inspiration for Lula girls everywhere.

Arthur Magazine is our favorite free music and arts magazine and their second issue back is strong and full of good stuff. It's too cold outside for me to venture to the coffee shop, so I took advantage of their free PDF download and am reading the magazine in my living room. Issue 27 gives us a very helpful article on how to keep the house clean without chemicals; political action, marketing strategies and magical thinking in The Center for Tactical Magic's monthly column; Ian Svenonius on Baltimore rock band Celebration (also ex-members of Love Life, I like these guys, go listen); an excerpt from Abby Banks' book Punk Houses (I actually want this book for Christmas, so make a note); and a conversation between Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny and Om's Al Cisneros; and also a bunch of other stuff.

Me Magazine #13 sure has a hot cover. I'm feeling black and white lately. This issue of Me stars the adorable Ryan Donowho, indie actor, Brooklyn resident and musician-y type. Now, normally, that combination would make me barf, fall asleep and/or put the magazine down. My general love of Me Magazine prevents me from doing so. Mr. Donowho's friends talk about him, he talks about himself, the usual format. His friends include rapper Scavone, tap dancer and musician James Sutherland of the Sub/Hitters, musician Christian Zucconi of the band Aloke, and painter James Gillispie. I feel medium about this issue but overall am totally into the concept of Me Magazine.

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Magazine Books Clockwise: As the years relentlessly pass me by, I-D remains the magazine constant in my life.This book Is fat (unlike cover model Kate), hot and from $65 (used, alas) at Amazon, or £25 at the I-D store; Paper Magazine and New York used to be interesting and this collection reminds me why. New Copies are only $12.57 at Amazon; Mad was once a really hilarious, subversive and highly influential magazine–it was also graphically gorgeous, which it probably doesn't get enough credit for. This is an excellent history of the magazine from 1991. Used copies from $8.95 at Amazon; Found Magazine is always a masterpiece. The second collection of some of the more interesting found items illustrates the dreamlike qualities of everyday life. New Copies are only $11.20 at Amazon; The Believer has the best interviews in all of American magazindom.The pairings are fun like Interview but minus the vapidity. This collection of 23 interviews, The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers, has a pretty self-explanatory title. $12.24 at Amazon; The Butt Book. Yes, we have almost all the copies that are collected in this 5 year compilation - but who cares... It's BUTT! Oh, and you don't have to be gay, this is the best magazine ever, so read it! $29.99 at Amazon.

Continue Reading Print Fetish Holiday Gift Guide 2007 Part 2

Hey nothing makes a better, or easier, gift to a Print Fetishist than a subscription to a great magazine (we suggest any, if not all, of the "Magazines We Love" in our sidelinks) - so do that, or check out these awesome accessories!

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Magazine Racks clockwise: the Collator 10 is an expandable rack made of recycled aluminum, available for $125 at DWR; These bright, patterned Thomas Paul Magazine Holders are only $17.50 each at See Jane Work; There are a lot of bathroom mag rack options, but this one is the most tasteful and even holds toilet paper. $69 at The Conran Shop; the Tre Table Multi Function Table does a lot of work for only $99.99 at Occasional Furniture; It's cute, wood, simple and cheap–The Studio Magazine Rack, $29.99 with free shipping at Real Simple Furniture; This super-awesome wall mounted, giant paper clip makes a fabulous magazine rack, $80 at Unica Home.

Continue Reading Print Fetish Holiday Gift Guide 2007 Part 1

zing21.jpgDespite large spans of time between issues, bouncing email addresses, and an ancient website, I just knew zingmagazine would stick around and keep printing. A week or so ago I got an email saying they were sponsoring a party at Art Basel Miami...I thought, hm, promising. Then yesterday, at Spoonbill, I saw a big huge shiny new issue wrapped in plastic and containing a cassette tape and cd. After researching further, I see the issue isn't all that new and the launch party was in the Spring. Either I'm out of it of they're having distribution problems. I'm pleased to note, in the launch party pics, that zing publisher Devon Dikeou is still making those delicious pies for her parties.

Zing issue 21 (2006/2007) is good, and huge. I am, however, sad to say that this issue is free of reviews. I am addicted to reading reviews and the zing reviews are great: a mix of straightforward show reviews and reviews of places or events or objects—like our friend Emma's review of Dairyland and other toxic sites in New Jersey in issue 20. I get the idea the reviews section isn't heavily edited, if at all, and I like that. Each one is totally in the voice of its writer, awkward moments and little mistakes included.

Anyway, back to the present... Issue 21. All curated projects. Zing favorite James Fuentes curated the cassette tape, a sound project by Jonas Mekas recorded at Andy Warhol's funeral mass at St. Patricks. I'm looking for a Walkman I can borrow to listen to it. Photographer and zing's ad director Grace Kim's photographs of the Explorers' Club gala at the Waldorf Astoria are creepy beautiful. So far my favorite thing in here is Gay Sex in the 70s, an amazing selection of Tom Bianchi's photos from the 70s. The reasons I'm obsessed with this moment in porny photography are all here: the colors, the appearance of body hair and normal looking muscles, the poses, the gestures, the suggestiveness rather than the completely explicit, the close crops, the playfulness. Also I like Lee Stoetzel's constructions of McMansions, Craig Rember's abstract photographs, and the photographs of pages from BLAB!, an annual comics anthology.

Zingmagazine costs $20 and is available at a select few magazine and bookstores. For a list of places to buy zing, go here. Oh, and ps., on the accompanying CD the last song is that Colin Newman song "Alone" which you may recall from Silence of the Lambs. I also quite like the first song, "Brannocks Last Stand" by Serious Weapon.

Random Linkypoo

12/03/07

PF is tweaked - are you having a seizure?! Sorry. Well... the point is, actually, I'm inspired by old school 4 color photocopies, where you put the paper through 4 times using a different ink color, using a different source image for each color. Thats how I used to do it. I haven't been in a copy store for a long time, so I don't even know if you can do that anymore.

Ping Magazine Interviews Toru Hachiga editor of from Magazines, "... a collection of design, fashion, culture magazines all around the world."

Flickr Finds: Anthony Turducken documents street art and lovely decay in New Orleans.

Taschen is having a 50% off sale on select books! We heart Taschen.

Tonight at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe contributors read form New Orleans Noir, a collection of stories about post-Katrina life in New Orleans. A portion of the books proceeds will benefit The New Orleans Public Library. 7PM, Housing Works Bookstore Café 126 Crosby St., New York, NY 10012

4newones.jpgJ&L Books are having a party tonight for their four new titles at ICP. They make such lovely things. If that's not enough to send you up to ICP, they're serving wine and snacks. I just got the email today so, here is the info:

Stuff I Gotta Remember Not To Forget by Darin Mickey
Golden Palms by Ed Panar
72 Girls and Some Boys Who Could Be Models by Anne Daems
J&L Video by various artists

Friday, November 30th from 6 to 7:30pm @International Center of Photography, 1133 Sixth Avenue (@ 43rd), NYC

foto.jpgFoto en Copyright
By G.P. Fieret
32.8 x 24.9 cm, 160 pages
Published by Uitgeverij Voetnoot/
Fotomuseum Den Haag

In this book there are pictures of naked women on beds, taking their shirts off in rooms, sitting with cats in chairs. There are women on the street, friends talking, the photographer dressed and laughing, naked and posing, cars parked outside, abstract forms that seem to be made of things like car windows but echo the shapes and angles of the arms and legs of some of the nudes. Fieret has such an amazing energy and warmth. He's always shooting and we see everything from very intimate moments to a glance out the window. Then he gathers all this stuff and takes it into the darkroom and starts messing with it. Some are pretty straightforward, others have fogged paper, are solarized, made with sandwiching multiple negatives, moved around, etc. Then he signs and stamps his name all over them. The result is so dreamy but has this forward moving rhythm throughout it. It's in the way he edits and organizes. You can tell that Fieret was also trained as a graphic designer and a poet. This book is a document of a man's life, a time, and a city. The images were taken in the '60s and '70s and they look like that moment—a friend's mom looked over my shoulder and said "Oh the 60s!" while I was leafing through—but they still feel modern to me.

In addition to the gorgeousness of its contents, Foto En Copyright is a good smelling and beautifully printed book. Available at art books stores. We bought ours at Spoonbill & Sugartown. It may also be possible to buy it here, in German. Our resident German just left the house wearing my lucky sweatshirt, so I can't say for sure.

Continue Reading Foto en Copyright by G.P. Fieret



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