Faythe Levine and Sam Macon set out to document the diminished but resurgent craft of hand-painted sign making in The Sign Painters. The documentary’s New York premier, tomorrow and Thursday night at Nitehawk Cinema, is sold out. But New Yorkers can meet the authors and scoop a signed copy of the book tonight at Strand. In its pages you’ll meet the unsung artists who hand-lettered the American landscape, like Clark Byers. His “See Rock City” on the roofs of myriad barns throughout the Southeast is familiar to anyone who hails from or has traveled through the region. Or Ernie Gosnell, who was tutored in the trade by a lady wrestler who “tattooed a little bit on the side,” before lugging his brushes from Atlanta to Seattle, ladeling lovin’ spoonfuls of alphabet soup along the way. 




Brooklyn photographer Brian Vu made these photos. His brother Chris helped with the last one.

Brooklyn photographer Brian Vu made these photos. His brother Chris helped with the last one.


Because travel is a question. Courtesy of Niko Skourtis, Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, who have archived online the entire New York City Transit Authority Graphic Standards Manual designed in 1970 by Massimo Vignelli. 

Because travel is a question. Courtesy of Niko Skourtis, Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, who have archived online the entire New York City Transit Authority Graphic Standards Manual designed in 1970 by Massimo Vignelli. 


MisterWives brings their human pyramid game and a song or two to 5 At 5 this coming Tuesday July 30 in the lobby at Ace Hotel New York, presented by Martin Guitar and Bowery Presents. Catch them on their way to indie-big and lose yourself in their vibes, 5pm Tuesday.
Photo by Matthew Phillips.

MisterWives brings their human pyramid game and a song or two to 5 At 5 this coming Tuesday July 30 in the lobby at Ace Hotel New York, presented by Martin Guitar and Bowery Presents. Catch them on their way to indie-big and lose yourself in their vibes, 5pm Tuesday.

Photo by Matthew Phillips.


Brice Marden from Karma BooksSolomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 19757.5 x 8.5 inches (19.2 x 21.5 cm)

Brice Marden from Karma Books
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1975
7.5 x 8.5 inches (19.2 x 21.5 cm)

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LONDON // NEW YORK
Pond-hopping street art bible VNA is celebrating the release of their 23rd issue with limited edition screenprinted versions by the omnipresent-here-lately local duo Faile, whose recent collabo with the NYC Ballet led many to discover the place called Lincoln Center. The issue is stuffed like an olive with inspiration, including pictures and words by Morning Breath, Eelus, PeachBeach, Moose & Yeti and Agostino Iacurci among others. You can cop one of your very own at the New York launch party next Wednesday at Reed Space, or the London bashment on August 8th at Lazarides Gallery on Rathbone. 

LONDON // NEW YORK

Pond-hopping street art bible VNA is celebrating the release of their 23rd issue with limited edition screenprinted versions by the omnipresent-here-lately local duo Faile, whose recent collabo with the NYC Ballet led many to discover the place called Lincoln Center. The issue is stuffed like an olive with inspiration, including pictures and words by Morning Breath, Eelus, PeachBeach, Moose & Yeti and Agostino Iacurci among others. You can cop one of your very own at the New York launch party next Wednesday at Reed Space, or the London bashment on August 8th at Lazarides Gallery on Rathbone. 


WARM UP INTERVIEW : TWO QUESTIONS FOR KELELA
Fade to Mind’s Kelela performed with Kingdom and Gas Lamp Killer at Ace Hotel Palm Springs during this year’s Desert Gold — where she ended up on a poolside circle bed serenading a man in shades with “Bank Head.” This weekend, she’s wooing the crowd at MoMA PS1’s 2013 Warm Up in Queens, NY. Must be her magic hands. If you’d like to try your magic hands at a pair of tickets to this weekend’s Warm Up, you can enter our contest. And by all means, go down an internet rabbit hole about Kelela — she’s a bright comet.
What’s been inspiring you lately?
Girl Unit.
What three pieces of equipment could you not live without?
My iMac, voice note feature in my phone, and my VoiceLive Touch.

WARM UP INTERVIEW : TWO QUESTIONS FOR KELELA

Fade to Mind’s Kelela performed with Kingdom and Gas Lamp Killer at Ace Hotel Palm Springs during this year’s Desert Gold — where she ended up on a poolside circle bed serenading a man in shades with “Bank Head.” This weekend, she’s wooing the crowd at MoMA PS1’s 2013 Warm Up in Queens, NY. Must be her magic hands. If you’d like to try your magic hands at a pair of tickets to this weekend’s Warm Up, you can enter our contest. And by all means, go down an internet rabbit hole about Kelela — she’s a bright comet.

What’s been inspiring you lately?

Girl Unit.

What three pieces of equipment could you not live without?

My iMac, voice note feature in my phone, and my VoiceLive Touch.


“There were many patients in these asylums who were probably not unlike friends you and I have now.”
Time capsules in the form of forgotten suitcases from the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane in New York State from 1910 to 1960, photographed by Jon Crispin. The mysteries therein illustrate the neglected and essentially denied humanity of many of that era’s (and sadly this era’s) mentally ill. Of course, in the early, mid and even late 20th century, you could be deemed mentally ill if you were gay, politically dissident, a midwife, an herbalist, or just unusual — and who isn’t at least one of those things? For now, their identities are concealed by the state even from living relatives, but we have bobbins and photobooth pictures and guns and pills and bells to which to listen carefully.
You can see more photos and stories about patients at Collector’s Weekly. The full collection is preserved in the New York State Museum's permanent collection, and is currently on view at San Francisco’s Exploratorium through April 2014, in an installation that explores the ‘changing face of normal.’

“There were many patients in these asylums who were probably not unlike friends you and I have now.”

Time capsules in the form of forgotten suitcases from the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane in New York State from 1910 to 1960, photographed by Jon Crispin. The mysteries therein illustrate the neglected and essentially denied humanity of many of that era’s (and sadly this era’s) mentally ill. Of course, in the early, mid and even late 20th century, you could be deemed mentally ill if you were gay, politically dissident, a midwife, an herbalist, or just unusual — and who isn’t at least one of those things? For now, their identities are concealed by the state even from living relatives, but we have bobbins and photobooth pictures and guns and pills and bells to which to listen carefully.

You can see more photos and stories about patients at Collector’s Weekly. The full collection is preserved in the New York State Museum's permanent collection, and is currently on view at San Francisco’s Exploratorium through April 2014, in an installation that explores the ‘changing face of normal.’


Ace NYC artist and good pal Timothy Goodman created a project with his partner in crime and good friend Jessica Walsh to address their mutually gnarly dating issues. The project is complete, but you have to wait as long as they did to figure out how it ends up. See a new post daily at 40 Days of Dating.


Lightbox, episode deux of Love Kills Demons, a twelve-part film portrait of Chris Rubino by Jim Helton. Chris is an Ace NYC artist — he was there right at the start making huge canvases for some rooms that still count among our favorites. You can see more about him from the early days of our blog.


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