The Tree of 40 Fruits

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By grafting together branches from various stone fruit trees, Syracuse University art professor and artist Sam Van Aken has, over the course of 9 years, created a unique tree that produces over 40 different types of stone fruits including heirloom peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds.

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Openings & Parties: Cruel Summer

This past Wednesday, art & graffiti legends packed the house for the opening of Cruel Summer curated by Roger Gastman at Jonathan Levine Gallery. Christos Katsiaouni was there for the flicks.

Nu Liife

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Our weekly comic by Andrew Jeffrey Wright / @ajw4ever

Tonight in NYC

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Roger Gastman & co. take over both of Jonathan Levine’s gallery spaces for “Cruel Summer.” Be there.

WTF Happened to Movie Posters?

Blade: King of Graffiti

In all probability, BLADE has painted more subway cars than you have ever ridden on. By 1980, after reaching 5000 or so, the graffiti pioneer stopped counting. In this new 256-page book edited by Roger Gastman, BLADE sits down with Chris ‘FREEDOM’ Pape to reflect on a life of getaways, girls, and the golden years of graffiti. His story is one for the ages, and a must read for those fascinated with the “old” New York.

On a related note for those in NYC: This Friday (8/8) BLADE and Chris Pape will be at the Museum of the City of New York for a presentation and book signing in relation to their new book. More info on that here

Printables

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Slaves of Happiness Island by Molly Crabapple

Abu Dhabi and the dark side of high art

illustration by Molly Crabapple

Installation View: Summer Mixer 2014

A very nice group show featuring Andrew Schoultz, Sam Friedman, Guy Yanai, Robert Larson, Michael Theodore, Erin M. Riley, and Kristen Schiele. On view at Joshua Liner Gallery through August 27th, 2014.

Flash Us: Jessica Swaffer

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For our series, “FlashUs,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Jessica Swaffer sent us the above. Jessica tattoos out of Chapel Tattoo in Melbourne, Australia, and you can follow her here.
 
Zio / @zioxla

Opportunity Lurks Around Every Corner

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Nature Boy by Travis Millard.
1-color silkscreen print on 140 lb natural paper
12″ x 16.25″
Available in an edition of 50

Ryan McGinness: Signs, 2014

Working with the New York City Department of Transportation who fabricated and installed each piece, Ryan McGinness’s new project Signs, 2014 features a series of fifty vinyl on aluminum signs posted around the streets of Manhattan. While technically on view until August 30, 2014, these public works of art are slowly falling victim to the underground entrepreneurial mindset of NYC, and disappearing from their present locations. Here, we look through some of the “Notes” about each piece published by Ryan McGinness Studios, as this might be the only chance you have to actually see the works.

Fair Warning: For Adult Intellectuals Only

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The Complete Zap Comix is a five-volume hardcover box set containing 920 pages of underground comic history. Featuring the work of R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and S. Clay Wilson.

Openings & Parties: The 2014 VICE Photo Show

Gone are the days of cramming into a sweat-filled box to catch a glimpse of some pictures on the wall, maybe. This is the new VICE; where space is now plentiful, yet the people are the same. Catch this great exhibition at Pioneer Works in Red Hook through August 10th.

Photos by Christos Katsiaouni

Bombs not Drugs

Keiichi Tanaami responds to his work being described as “psychedelic” in this short for his “Motorpsycho” collaboration with RETROSUPERFUTURE.

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Dark Warmth

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Swedish fashion brand Indigofera just released two special edition blankets they made with artist Richard Colman. We spoke with Richard about one of them.
 
Does it feel weird to write your name on a coffin?

Not really, I’ve been doing it for years. It’s an inevitable outcome.
 
What kind of person do you think will wrap themselves up in this blanket?

Probably no one. I threw that design in as a joke but they [Indegofera] liked it so they made it. I think it’s more ridiculous to have my name on a product someone is expected to pay money for than on a coffin. I don’t know, it’s pretty funny I guess.
 
On a dark note, will you be saving one to wrap yourself up in on that final day?

I don’t think so. I don’t think I want to be buried.
 
Burn baby burn. I’m going to have a tree planted over me. How about coffin painting? Are you open to commissions?

I don’t know. Maybe if it were the straight up pine box kind I would, but I doubt any weirdo that would want their coffin painted would opt for one as basic as that.
 
Glad to know it’s a possibility.
 
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Cool Bowl

Jay Howell, Chris Yormick, Rich Jacobs, Zio Ziegler, and Nathaniel Russell painted the Van Doren Invitational Bowl for the Vans US Open of Surfing.

Photos by Brandon Means & Michael C. Hsiung

Moonbeam City

Comedy Central’s upcoming animated series is like a Patrick Nagel illustration come to life.

Art Tonight (and this Weekend) in NYC

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Starting tonight (7/30) with Nick Sethi’s show on Canal Street and finishing out in Brooklyn on Friday for Kinfolk 94’s inaugural summer group show (REVOK, above), there’s enough going on to give you FOMO satisfaction before taking peace in Summer reclusion on Saturday.

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Glide, Glider, Glide… Up Up to Sky

This Friday, August 1st, 60 artist interpretations of the Benny Gold logo will go in display in the brand’s Guest Artist Glider Plane show. Featuring works by a bunch of familiar names, the show will be on display for one-night only from 6-9pm at the San Francisco store.

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