Alba Editorial, last October released “Pequeña y GRANDE Coco Chanel” by amazing illustrator Ana Albero and Isabel Sanchez Vergara, a children’s book based on Coco Chanel’s biography. This is the first title of a collection of short stories where young and “not so young” girls can discover some of the greatest women in contemporary history. Hit Read More to see more images.
Crystal Moselle has been merging street culture with high fashion since moving to NYC years ago. Her long and short form films have been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival and in The New York Times. The Wolfpack, her new feature documentary, took the Grand Jury Prize for US documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film examines six teenage brothers who spent their lives locked away from society in a Manhattan housing project. All they know of the outside is gleaned from the movies they watch obsessively (and recreate meticulously). Yet as adolescence looms, they dream of escape, ever more urgently, into the beckoning world. Watch The Wolfpack reenact one of their favorite Oscar films, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Lotte Reiniger (1899 – 1981) was the first female animator and animated feature director. This German native was the foremost pioneer in silhouette animation, and made over 40 films using silhouette puppet figures. She anticipated Disney and Iwerks by ten years: taking on fairy tale-based stories, invented the first ever multiplane camera and co-founded her own company Primrose Productions in 1953. Her most famous works include The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Carmen and Papageno, which you can stream below.
NYC based pianist and singer/songwriter Diane Birch will be performing at the Rubin Museum of Art on February 20th for the “Naked Soul” series. Her 2009 debut, “Bible Belt”, opened in the Billboard Top 100 and prompted comparisons to Laura Nyro and Karen Carpenter along with glowing reviews from The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and more. Birch, who had worked primarily as a songwriter prior to signing with S-Curve Records, honed her skills as a performer on the road supporting the album, sharing the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Betty Wright and appearing on The Today Show, Letterman, Leno, Conan, Kimmel, and Ellen along the way. In the meantime watch her latest video, “All The Love You Got” taken from her most recent album “Speak a Little Louder”.
Jessica Walsh is an American graphic designer, art director, and a partner at creative agency Sagmeister & Walsh in New York. Her work has won awards from the Type Director’s Club, Art Director’s Club, SPD, Print, and Graphis. She has received various distinctions such as Computer Art’s “Top Rising Star in Design,” and an ADC “Young Gun”. Jessica also teaches design and typography at the School of Visual Arts in New York Now and the book about her recent project “Forty Days Of Dating” has just been published, read the complete interview after the break!
The Hepworth Wakefield presents the UK’s first museum survey of work by Greek-American artist and feminist icon Lynda Benglis. This highly anticipated exhibition will be the largest presentation of Benglis’ work in the UK, featuring approximately 50 works that will span the entirety of her prolific career to date. Check the link below for more info!
London’s ICA presents a solo exhibition of recent work by Viviane Sassen, a photographer who has garnered parallel critical acclaim as a fashion photographer and in the context of contemporary visual art. The content of the exhibition focuses predominantly on a body of work that Sassen made in Pikin Slee, Suriname in 2013. Pikin Slee is the second-largest village on the Upper Suriname River, deep within the Surinamese rainforest. The exhibition consists of black and white and colour works shot on an analogue camera, see more images after the break!
After her great self-titled debut in 2012 California singer/songwriter Jessica Pratt released her new album on January 27th “On Your Own Love Again” via Drag City. She recorded the LP at home over the past two years. It was mixed in collaboration with Will Canzoneri. “Back, Baby” is the first single off Jessica’s new record, stream it below.
Amanda Manitach is an artist, curator at Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery, visual arts editor at City Arts Magazine, and co-founder (with D.K. Pan) at TMRW PARTY, a studio in the Pike/Pine corridor of Seattle’s Capitol Hill, a neighborhood dedicated to anchoring, catalyzing and sustaining a spectrum of arts-related events. Her works span through many different media, focusing on the human body — particularly the female body — and how this is continually being reimagined and rewritten via visual culture and visual cliché of the era. Read our interview after the break!