— Noted.


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Images from www.oliverjeffers.com

A huge fan of the work of Oliver Jeffers. This world map comes with a cork backing, one yellow (HQ), 100 red and 100 blue pins to track where you have been and where you wanna go. Get yours here.


An interesting project conceptualized by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and now promoted in a campaign by Heineken. Murphy says, “Rush hour, instead of being a nightmare, would suddenly become possibly the most beautiful time to be in the subway.”


A short film by Laura Poitras, documenting an art collaboration between Ai Weiwei and Jacob Appelbaum. From the text that accompanies on nytimes.com:

Ai Weiwei and Jacob Appelbaum are artists, journalists, dissidents, polymaths — and targets. Their respective governments, China and the United States, monitor their every move. They have been detained and interrogated. Ai cannot leave China, and Appelbaum is advised not to return to the United States. They are separated from their families. Ai has been imprisoned and beaten by the police. Yet each continues his work and speaks out against government wrongdoing…

During the encounter, Ai and Appelbaum continually filmed and photographed each other. Between their cameras and mine, we created a zone of hyper-surveillance. Almost everything was documented. Just outside Ai’s studio hung surveillance cameras installed by the Chinese government.

The art project the pair made, “Panda to Panda,” was not about surveillance. It was about secrets. They stuffed cuddly toy panda bears with public, shredded N.S.A. documents that were originally given to me and Glenn Greenwald two years ago in Hong Kong by the whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Inside each panda, Ai and Appelbaum placed a micro SD memory card containing a digital backup of the previously published documents.





Photos from www.davidzwirner.com

On view at David Zwirner gallery until June 13!
519 & 525 West 19th Street
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM


From the London based artist Ben West’s website:
If the internet goes off, you may need this reference book Felix [Heyes] and I made. It contains the first Google Image for every word in the dictionary.



Photograph by Andres Serrano for The New York Times

Fluffy bunny portraits, by no other than Andres Serrano, best known for his endlessly controversial piece called Piss Christ.



Photo from www.adambuick.com

Contemporary artist Adam Buick takes on a body of work based on the Korean moon jar, an imperfect pot that I spotted way back here at The British Museum. Own your very own imperfection pot, via the School of Life.


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Photos from http://gibbsfarm.org.nz 

Adding Gibbs Farm in NZ to my to-do list.

Makes me think of one of my favorite places on earth, Storm King Art Center. A magical place for many reasons, but especially for the Andy Goldsworthy installation.


I just bought a custom portrait for my oldest (and by oldest, I mean youngest) friend’s birthday. They can be ordered via the etsy shop of Faye Moorhouse, who prices them by 2 sizes, and by number of humans (or animals) portrayed. She also does pet portraits. Her shop description gives sweet warning: “If you want an unusual, funny, wonky portrait then this is the one for you. But if you are looking for something technically accurate perhaps not 🙂 ” That being said, my friend ordered a pic of her cat in stretch/yawn mode, and we were both amazed at the painting she produced. Quite beautiful.

Here are a few selects from her site:






And, more work on her site here.



Looking forward to this career retrospective of Tomi Ungerer at the Drawing Center, Jan 16 – Mar 22.


On my netflix to-do list is watching this movie:

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough.


Need an intro to Ungerer? Try this interview with Teri Gross.

This quote by Maurice Sendak on Tomi Ungerer captures why:

“I’m proud of the fact that we helped change the scene in America so that children were dealt with like the intelligent little animals we know they are.”


And, this. Kitty-Shaped Kindergarten, which he references in his interview, was designed by Ungerer with architect Ayla Suzan Yöndel. A building where kids walk into the kitty’s mouth and there is a slide in the back for the tail.

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Photos by Adriano A.Biondo, for milkmagazine.net