New York’s Best Art Shows to See This Weekend

“King David of Absalom and their royal females bloodlines” Elena Ab, courtesy of the artist.

New York’s best art shows to see this weekend are a click and a map check away. Check out shows from Pace, Elena Ab, and more.

Upward Inflection at NURTUREart Gallery,  56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn. 

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This Friday, NURTUREart Gallery will debut Ciaran O’ Dochartaigh’s first New York exhibit titled Upward Inflection. ​The mixed media installation is inspired by the computer age and human loneliness.


Divas at Elena Ab Gallery, 185 Church St

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Elena Ab Gallery will debut Divas, an exhibit featuring works by Elena Ab, Linus Corragio, and Donna Ladson. The works selected consist of expressionist and impressionist paintings inspired by the Kabbalah and divine femininity. 


Shifting Impressions at Cuchifritos Gallery, 120 Essex St

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Cuchifritos Gallery will open Shifting Impressions this Saturday, a participatory exhibit by Liene Bosque and Nicole Seisler. The exhibit includes three public walks and encourages audiences to build clay impressions of the landscapes shown while walking around the Lower East Side.


Thomas Nozkowski at Pace Gallery,  510 W 25th St

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Thomas Nozkowski. Untitled (9-32), 2014. oil on linen on panel, 22″ x 28″ (55.9 cm x 71.1 cm). Photo:

On Saturday, Pace Gallery will hold the opening for ‘s Thomas Nozkowski’s solo exhibition. The exhibit, featuring oil paintings, collage, graphite, and gouache, depicts the experience the artist had while walking on the Shawanguk Ridge in upstate New York.


Alex Bag, Marc Hundley, and Santiago Sierra at Team Gallery,  47 Wooster St

​Team Gallery will launch the presentation of works by Alex Bag, Marc Hundley, and Santiago Sierra that will be on exhibit for the month of April. All three exhibits use elements of live performance and participation to touch on topics such as capitalism, cultural ephemera, and labor.


LA Art Shows to Inspire You This Weekend

Small Wonder, 2013, courtesy Robert Berman Gallery

Bored in Los Angeles with nothing to do? Check out these LA art shows for an inspiring weekend.


Don’t Laugh at WNDO Gallery, 361 Vernon Avenue

WNDO Gallery will debut Don’t Laugh, a photography exhibit by Eric Schwabel. The works showcase Alex Minsky, a Marine turned model.


Time, Time, Form at Eastside International, 602 Moulton Ave


Eastside International presents the closing reception of Time, Time, Form on Friday, March 27. In this collaborative exhibition with artists Ian Pines and Aili Schmeltz, Pines explores organic materials through oil paintings, and Schmeltz creates sculptures that seem to be both a combination of from some time ago to present day.


Endangered Species at The Robert Berman Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. Suite B7


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The Robert Berman Gallery will debut Endangered Species, a exhibit by William Tunberg. Tunberg is a marquetry artist and is based in Los Angeles. Marquetry dates back to the 16th century and involves hand cutting, forming, and dying woods in order to produce pieces with smooth finishes.


Jon Pestoni at David Kordansky Gallery, ​5130 W. Englewood Place

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​David Kordansky Gallery will open Jon Pestoni’s solo exhibition this Saturday. The artist creates mixed media works in order to explore improvisation and cancellation within the process of making art.


Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard 

rakuImage: Chõjirõ (Raku I), Tea Bowl named ‘Tarobo.’ 16th century. Photo: Masayuki Miyahara

The opening of Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl ​will take place this Sunday at LACMA. The exhibit features over 100 Raku tea bowls dating back to 1500’s. The tea bowls are essential to the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and the tea bowls selected were made from Raku masters.

Send Your Lips to Rehab: How to Get an Extra Kissable Pout in Time for Spring

It’s been a brutal winter/spring (!?)…there are in fact rumored reports of snow this coming Saturday. While we rush to repair our wind-chapped faces though, let’s not forget our delicate lips!  To combat that rough, dry feeling, we all know and hate (not to mention the icky appearance of peeling lips), we’ve curated a complete set of lip treats: masks and scrubs to exfoliate the lips and get them smooth, oils and antioxidant repair creams to restore moisture to ensure your plumpest pout and finally soothing balms to complete the lip rehab experience.

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Klaus Thymann’s Photographs of Extreme Destinations Around the Globe

Photos by Klaus Thymann, courtesy of Casio G-Shock

Photographer and creative director Klaus Thymann (who shot BlackBook’s relaunch issue cover, coming mid April!) recently partnered with Casio G-Shock to test the capabilities of the GPW1000, the world’s first GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid watch. Testing took place in extreme conditions — think glaciers, a water and sulfur filled sinkhole, and an active volcano. Incredible images followed. Thymann spoke to BlackBook about the challenges of the trip, the beauty of the earth, and the precarious position from where he planned out the BlackBook cover.

An exhibition of the photos, Timezone, runs March 26 through April 9 at The Supermarket, 393 Broadway, New York.

Tell me a little bit about the project with Casio G-Shock, what was enticing about working with this particular watch? 

I think images can be a really powerful way to inspire people. Getting the opportunity to go around the world to extreme locations and take images of pristine landscapes that can hopefully inspire people to care about the planet — it was a great opportunity, something that I’ve been dying to do. That was main motivation. Secondly getting to go on a big adventure is something that I’m quite keen on and very happy about. It kind of ticked all the boxes. I conceptualized the journey and which locations to go to. There was a lot of input from my side.

You traveled to Cenote Agelita, a swimmable sinkhole in Mexico; Fox Glacier, New Zealand; Mount Nyiragongo, in the Congo. What was it about these places that drew you to them?

Each individual location shows something unique and, they each have something very special about them. Conete Agelita, Mexico, is like a nightmare. It’s evil — I wouldn’t say it’s scary, because I don’t really get scared. A lot of the cenotes are crystal clear. They’re very beautiful and kind of picturesque, in a dreamy world, and this is more like a nightmare. I was in Mexico last year doing another project and I heard about this, I really wanted to go back ever since. Diving in a sulfur cloud is an amazing experience. It looks surreal; it kind of defies gravity and reality in a lot of ways. It’s not really until you see bubbles that you understand you’re underwater. It’s quite fascinating.





Then in Congo, it’s a place that most people won’t go to because you have to have armed guards to get there. It’s not an ideal holiday, going somewhere where you have to have dudes with AK47s to help you. But it is absolutely stunning. It was a kind of place I had my eye on for a while.

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And then New Zealand with the glaciers — that ties into a project I’ve been doing for a long time, documenting glaciers around the world. There are about 300,000 glaciers in the world, and the Fox Glacier is one of only two that connects with the temperate rainforest. It’s a really spectacular sight. Those were my personal motivations. And then it tied in great with the product because it’s waterproof, it’s impossible to break really, so going to these extreme places and testing it, it kind of all worked out.





Was there an aspect of danger that drew you in?

I don’t think it’s that dangerous. The place in Mexico is perfectly safe to dive, and if you know what you’re doing you’re fine. The only place that carried a little bit of risk is Congo, and that is because of the ongoing conflict.

Did you run into any trouble there?

A little bit, I mean, there was one point we had to stop what we were doing because there was someone with a gun who didn’t want us to be filming there. You say yes and move on. When people have weapons, then you don’t argue.

What are a few other remote/uninhabited locations on your future hit list of shoot locations?

There are a few places I’d like to go. There are some volcanic glaciers in Kamchata, it’s a Russian peninsula. If you go north from Japan you’ll hit it in Russia. There’s sea in between but it’s over that way. That’s on top of my list. I’ve put in an exploration funding application so we’ll see what happens.

What’s your involvement with Project Pressure?

It’s a charity that I founded. We document glaciers all over the world. Other artists are involved as well. Simon Norfolk did a really cool project in Kenya last year that was in the New York Times Magazine. We’re working with other great artists whose work we use as inspiration to get people to change their behavior. So hopefully we won’t drive this planet in a direction that’s completely unsustainable. But we want to create and inspire people to action instead of finger pointing and negative statistics.

Without giving it away, can you tell me a little something about the BlackBook cover… a little hint for the reader?

Because of the deadline with BlackBook, we had to shoot pretty much the day I finished this around the world trip. So we had everything lined up, and I had my studio manager plan everything whilst I was traveling around the globe on this project. I think we had some conversations via satellite phone from the top of the volcano, making sure that the BlackBook cover was all going to plan.

Watch the documentary of Thymann’s trip around the world here:

So You Forgot Your New Year’s Resolution? Getting Back On Our Fitness

Photo: Carissa Burton

Holy Sh*t. March is almost over which means that we’re thisclose to April. That means it’s Spring Break time and before in the blink of an eye we’ll be in full-on bathing suit season. So the question is this: how are you doing with you New Year’s Resolution? Have you successfully sworn off the sins of gluten and sugar? If you’re guiltily looking at a 3/4-eaten breakfast doughnut, fear not. The world is more health-obsessed than ever but thanks to the rapid proliferation of health-driven trends it can be hard to keep up. Fear not: let’s review some of the newest and chicest ways to get back on track while 2015 is still young.


You’ve probably done a juice cleanse at some point in the last three years, so try something new with The Splendid Spoon’s Soup Cleanses. Hearty enough enough to keep you full and light enough to still feel, well, cleansing. Pick between 1, 2, and 3 day options.

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Everything, it seems, is charcoal-infused these days. The latest item to get an infusion of this potent ingredient? Your lemonade. Unsurprisingly, the key to charcoal’s sudden ubiquitousness lies in its detoxification abilities. Our fave blended juices, LuliTonix has their own take on the trend in the shape of Black Magic: Activated Charcoal Elixir. Fear not though, it tastes like Lemonade.

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If you wanna go full-cleanse about it, Lulitonix has incorporated the new supercharged beverage into their Forward Motion cleanse.


Incentivize your workout with a few essentials–for a full guide to curating the perfect gym bag–check here.

Workout-minded beauty line Mio has just released a gym-bag must which will also make it that much easier to run from studio to office. Grab the Clean Slate Wipes here.

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Add a pop of print to your workout with a pair of Prismsport’s festive leggings.


For a high-fashion boost to gym style, look no further than the Nikelab x Sacai collaboration–more on that hereAnd maybe grab a pair of the sure-to-sell-out Air Max they’ve got in the range.

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For underneath? Stance’s just-released running socks! 

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For an extensive and luxurious experience, hit up expert aesthetician Jillian Wright, whose new Oxygeneo facial boosts nutrients in the skin. If you can’t make it to Wright’s tiny haven on the Upper East Side, try her glow-making Mitoenergy Peptide Serum in combination with her new Premium Reserve Night Cream.

In a pinch, head to the Kiehl’s flagship off Union Square which has a menu of mini-facials that are just 30-45 minutes.


Starting March 30th–that’s in five days–Crunch will add to their already expansive class roster. Check out Beach Body–a total body conditioning class or Beach Body Circuit Party where you’ll find beach inspired stations with props like beach balls.

Crunch also goes beyond the basics when it comes to spinning, referred to simply as “The Ride,” by the gym, which now offers 10 variations on the theme, split into three categories: Road Rides for straightforward athletic training, Rhythm Rides with curated soundtracks and Remixed Rides which get it all done–think spinning + yoga, or + weights, or + foam rolling.


Come April 1st, Flatiron gets a new boutique studio to get excited about. Shadowbox, coming to 20th Street, will bring the streamlined nature we’ve come to expect from boutique classes to the typically grungier sport of boxing.

M.Gemi Brings Us an Everlane-Like Model for Buying Glam Shoes

Here’s a website you might want to bookmark. New shoe line, sold exclusively online, M.Gemi, is the brainchild of Ben Fischman, the serial entrepreneur behind hit brands like Lids (you know, the baseball cap store) and Rue La La. Now, he’s taken his talents to Italy, scouted the best family-run shoe factories and is bringing us ladies (just ladies, at least for now) fashion-forward footwear made by top Italian artisans. But, because the company follows a business model similar to some of the most successful brands of recent years (think: Harry’s razors, Everlane’s brilliant tee-shirts, Warby Parker’s specs), prices are way below the Paul Andrews and Aquazurras of the fashion industry.

Below, five pairs we want now!


The Brava


The Farfalla

the domani

The Domani


The Brillare


The Fiero

Estée Lauder, Courrèges, and Kendall Jenner Get #Poptimistic for an Ultra-Mod New Makeup Collaboration

Photo: Courtesy of Estée Lauder

Kendall Jenner is back for Estée Lauder in a spacey, PVC-filled, and pop-colorful video to celebrate a new collaboration with 60s fashion sensation Courrèges. The designer’s aesthetic (he was known for minimal white dresses) translates seamlessly to makeup. The collection brings mod back, in makeup form. From the ultra-modern packaging to the bright whites and subtle pastels, the colors in the Estée Lauder capsule collection are on point. And since we’re still stuck in cold temps three days into spring, we’ll take go for it and try our bests to be #poptimistic.

Check out Kendall Jenner fist-pumping and showing off the collab dressed in appropriately bright, 60s inspired looks.

A top pick? The face-brightening, uber-mod ultra white eyeliner, because why not go all the way?

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Closes: Marc BYE Marc Jacobs!

Say it with us: “Marc BYE Marc Jacobs.” Photo: Lucas Flores Piran for Redken, backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs FW15

Marc by Marc Jacobs closes? Yep. Oh, MBMJ… hate to see you go, but love to watch you leave… especially since it means a better, all-encompassing Marc Jacobs main line. Just because the contemporary line is shuttering doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to contemporary prices, too. Since big Marc Jacobs is taking little into the main line fold, that means a wider range of pricing — starting in the low triple digits.

Big question: what will happen to Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier, creative directors behind Marc by Marc Jacobs? According to, word is that Hillier is safe, with a role being planned for her at Marc Jacobs. Bartley, on the other hand… we just don’t know yet.

LVMH is upping their daily involvement as Robert Duffy backs his own involvement down. LVMH now owns 80% of the Marc Jacobs brand, while Marc himself and Duffy retain the remaining 20%

LVMH is doing what’s best for the company’s growth — the whole reason why Jacobs stepped away from Louis Vuitton was to focus on the growth of his own house — and for it to be good for LVMH, it’s going to have to be good for the customer. Let’s watch and see what they offer…

The Girls Finale: What They Wore When We Last Saw ‘Em

Season Four has come to a (surprisingly) pleasant conclusion. It seems like our four unlikely heroines just may be on the up-and-up.

Though the GIRLS finale opens on Hannah outside the school having a panic attack mid-work-day (happens to the best of us), she’s dressed like a teacher. Finally. We don’t really know what upset her, but here’s what we do know–fashion-wise: there’s no body-con dress to be seen, no inappropriate hemlines. Hannah is, anxiety or not, wearing a printed tee-shirt of some kind, a cardigan, and trousers. And oh-so-satisfyingly, there’s Fran, by her side.

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Look at this professionally appropriate outfit. Hannah’s hair also looks polished and on-point. Bob for the win.

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Meanwhile, Ray’s campaign has reinvigorated Shoshanna’s job search and she finds herself at a very pale pink office in which she’s told that the job she could be a great fit for will involve social media, something which is “also like, a joy of mine,” she says.

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Bye to this guy–later on we see Shosh practicing her chopstick skills.

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All there is to be said–having seen the full episode–and both knowing and hoping that Desi’s place in Marnie’s heart remains TBD after his flaky bullshit in the finale–is that he and his eyeliner and his denim western shirts have not brought out the best in Marnie, sartorially speaking. Another day, another weird embellished top.

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Crying Marnie looks pretty and dolled up, but she gets it together and performs sans Desi. Byeeeeee Desi!!!

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Unsurprisingly, look who’s there to pump her up. Marnie looks pretty, ready to perhaps become a solo act–levels of success T.B.D.

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This heartbreaking scene brings us a jewel of wisdom from scrubs-clad Hannah: “Life, man, I can’t guarantee perfection, but I can guarantee intrigue,” and Adam’s heartbreaking admission that he wants her back. But sometimes, even in as sentimental a moment as this one that’s just not enough.

GIRLS ends in a “SIX MONTHS LATER,” time jump. New York is covered in snow, Hannah is wearing a quirky array of winter-wear and kissing a boy cute, and good enough to make up for the bittersweetness of the true end of her relationship with Adam.

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Goodbye GIRLS, we’ll miss you!