Los Angeles Gang and Prison Photo Archive

Recently, a two-album collection containing 400 images of Los Angeles gang and prison photos taken between 1977 and 1993 sold for $45,000. Pete Brook of Prison Photography writes about the the journey the collection took to market, and ponders the difference between moneyed collectors and preservationists.

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Chris Johanson – Untitled (Faces)

Pretty much geeked out on this 2010 installation that was hung at the Mitchell-Innes & Nash booth at Frieze.

See all of our Frieze coverage here and here

Babes of Yore: June Wilkinson

June Wilkinson is a former English model and actress who at one point in her career was called “the most photographed nude in America”.

{note: boobs}

Album Tacos

Kind of amazed that we’ve never featured this website before.

via, firstwefeast

Submarine Battle Insignia

Created by Ray Young in 1944 for the last ten submarines built by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company during World War II. Other insignias were designed by the Walt Disney Company.

more info at NavSource

Openings & Parties: Frieze New York

A selection of people who were inside the Frieze tent around 4:30 pm on Thursday afternoon.

Photographs by Christos Katsiaouni

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25 Grams: HuskMitNavn

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

HuskMitNavn is an artist living and working in Copenhagen, Denmark.

He can be followed on instagram at @huskmitnavn1

Frieze New York

 
 
 
The best art fair in all the islands of New York. And it’s also the place where you don’t have to wait hours for Mission Chinese. Open until Monday, take the ferry and go! For those that can’t make it, here are our highlights… and there are a lot.

In Which Caleb Neelon Tries to Explain Alex Lukas

I’ve known Alex Lukas since he was a runty little Rhode Island School of Design illustration major teenager more than a dozen years ago. Ever since, he has been hitting my mailbox every once in a while with his newest ‘zines. I have close to fifty of them now, and while I’m missing a few, taken together they really reveal what Alex is all about.

This slideshow of recent images by Alex show some of his ‘zines and some of his new works on paper. The visual lines between print and handmade blur a lot in his work when you see them as a group, and I like that.

Alex is a very good researcher. Not really in the sense of someone you’d hire as a research assistant, but in the sense of someone who is really, really stubborn and will pound away trying to figure out what he needs to do to get the visual that’s in his head onto the paper he’s working on, whether that’s a relatively quickie ‘zine or one of his massive works on paper.

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Openings & Parties: Rob Pruitt – The Last Panda

In the wreckage of what used to be Gavin Brown’s Passerby, Rob Pruitt displayed a farewell painting to a subject very familiar in his art, the panda bear. Christos Katsiaouni was there to document the final countdown.

Cabinets of Curiosities

These images are from Belgian street artist / naturalist ROA’s recently closed show Stop Over at Bodson-Emelinckx Gallery. Photographed by Colin M Day, they are accompanied by images from ROA’s zoo, as well as a great video by Colin tying the whole journey to Belgium together. As an added bonus, you’ll also find a segment from Brussels TV about Colin documenting ROA. Enjoy!

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Timeless Standards

Scanner paintings (2010-2012) by Cory Arcangel, complete with digital watermarks.

Babes of Yore: Wende Wagner

Wende Wagner was an actress best known for her role as Lenore Case on the TV version of The Green Hornet.

The Journey is The Destination

A behind-the-scenes look at 10 years of Ryan McGinley’s photography. The Ryan McGinley Purple Book is available with the latest issue of Purple FASHION Magazine (Issue 19).

Artistic Homes of California

Wealthy residences in the Bay Area circa 1888.

Openings & Parties: Focus Paintings and XSTRACTION at The Hole

Ah, Spring. It brings bursts of color to the go-to blackness of New York, and forms shapes from the bundled layers. I say this both about the work in XSTRACTION and the crowd that gathered at The Hole. Holton Rower’s new paintings are deceptively great as well, drawing the viewer’s focus to the out-of-focus. Christos Katsiaouni was on autofocus to photograph it all.

25 Grams: Chances With Wolves

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Chances With Wolves are a New York-based DJ collective. They can be heard on East Village Radio on Monday’s from 6-8pm.

They can be followed on instagram at @chanceswithwolves

Openings & Parties: The Whitney Museum’s Annual Art Party

This was a good party with nice art, drinks and babes, and the Whitney raised over $450,000 towards their independent study program. Win-win.

Photos by Christos Katsiaouni.

Yung Lenox

Under the art direction of his father Skip Class, six-year-old Yung Lenox makes portraits of rappers and popular characters from online culture. This Saturday, the lil’ man makes his debut in the group show Magic Kingdom at the Old School in New York.

“He is me and I am him. 

He is my son. I am his dad. If I watch cartoons then he watches cartoons. If I eat pizza then he eats pizza. If I listen to obscure 90’s Memphis rap tapes then he listens to…..you get the idea.” 

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