10 Artists You Have To See At This Year’s Armory Show

Nam June Paik, ‘Megatron Matrix’, photo courtesy of Ryan Somma


The Armory is basically the Coachella of the art world – well, sans the ecstasy and the floral headbands. But anyone who’s anyone (or has ever been at some point in time) will gather at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan to browse New York’s largest art fair and see work from both emerging and legendary global artists.

Since that can be a bit overwhelming, we’ve done you a solid and put together a list of 10 artists you won’t want to miss at this year’s show. Trust us.


Douglas Coupland at Daniel Faria


‘Tsunami Chest,’ 2017, photo courtesy of Daniel Faria Gallery


Postmodern artist and fiction author Douglas Coupland is known for subverting pop culture and military imagery, in part due to his time growing up in a military family throughout the Cold War. Fascinated by Andy Warhol and the whole Pop Art movement, Coupland explores the darker side of popular culture through installation and sculpture.

Gilbert & George at Ropac


‘Beardache,’ 2016, photo courtesy of the artist


Collaborative art duo Gilbert & George are known for their highly formalized performance art practice, as well as their, um, not so formal photography work. Their ongoing photo series, referred to as The Pictures, features large scale back-lit images of everything from skinheads to semen, and a whole lot of beards.


Kyle Meyer at Yossi Milo


From ‘Interwoven,’ 2017, photo courtesy of the artist


Kyle Meyer is a photographer, sculptor and mixed media artist who uses digital photography and a variety of handmade techniques, such as weaving, to explore connectivity in the digital age. For his series, Interwoven, Meyer hand-wove over photographs to celebrate flamboyance, homosexuality and femme-identifying men in a hyper-masculine culture.


Cammie Staros at Shulamit Nazarian


‘All Quiver and Shake,’ 2017, photo courtesy of the artist


Sculptor Camme Staros creates handmade objects that juxtapose modernism with antiquity and craft. Joining traditional materials like clay and ceramics with modern details like neon and steel, Staros examines the “semiotic systems” that have been “created and reinforced throughout art history.”


Etel Adnan at Gallery Continua


‘Five Senses for One Death,’ 1969, photo courtesy of the artist


Lebanese-American poet, writer and painter Etel Adnan crafts abstract oil paintings and landscapes inspired by Japanese leporellos that extend into space “like free-hand drawings.” In 2014, Adnan’s work was also included in the Whitney Biennial.


Nam June Paik at Gagosian


‘Lion,’ 2005, photo courtesy of Gagosian


Probably the most exciting artist on this list (at least for us), Nam June Paik is credited with being the founder of video art. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Paik began his career as a musician as part of the Fluxus movement in 1960. After moving to New York in 1964, he began experimenting with film, combining his musical works with video sculptures constructed of wire and metal. Before his death in 2006, Paik was known as an early adopter of technology, including his famous robots built of out multiple computers. In fact, he’s also credited with using the term “electronic super highway” as early as 1974. Damn.


Alicja Kwade at i8 Gallery


‘Computer (Power Mac),’ 2017, photo courtesy of i8 Gallery


Polish artist Alicja Kwade works in sculpture, installation, photography and film. Throughout all of her work, however, she likes to play with value systems, transforming useless materials like wood or glass into high value pieces of art.


Jinshi Zhu at Pearl Lam


‘A Tiger Shaped Tally,’ 2016, photo courtesy of Pearl Lam Gallery


Painter Jinshi Zhu creates abstract oil paintings focused on texture, through endless layers of color and paint. Inspired by the German Expressionist movement and their unconventional techniques, Zhu often creates these layers using a spatula or shovel.


The Haas Brothers at R & Company


‘Socrata Floor Lamps and Furries’, photo courtesy of the artists


Twins Nikolai and Simon Haas have worked in pretty much every medium, from music and film to installation and visual art. Now focused mostly on their sculpture and installation work, The Haas Brothers highlight themes including sexuality, science fiction, psychedelia and politics.

Jeffrey Gibson at Roberts Projects


‘Power Power Power,’ 2017, photo courtesy of Roberts Projects


Artist Jeffrey Gibson relates his experience as a Native American growing up in a Western culture into large scale paintings and woven sculpture. Also inspired by dance and movement, from pow-wows to nightclubs and the work of Leigh Bowery, Gibson examines nostalgia, heritage and pre-colonized Native American life.


Oh, and if looking at all this great art makes you hungry, check out our guide to The Armory’s pop-up restaurants.


BlackBook Premiere: New Video by Cerise Brings Lo-Fi Summer Haze

With a little help and encouragement from musician Joseph Arthur, LA based model/photographer, Cerise found a natural stride with writing songs and making music. What started as a casual friendship with Arthur led to her hanging around his studio and recording background vocals for whatever he was working on.  Watching the process of recording music unfold captured Cerise’s fascination and ultimately led to her buying a guitar, writing her own songs, and making her own album (which Arthur produced). Cerise’s songs do a great job of melding her influences of The Cure, Bauhaus and Siouxsie And The Banshees to create her own sound that nets out closer to Cat Power but with more drone and fuzz. From her debut album, Smoke Screen Dreams (Self-Released) we bring you the video for the track ‘To Go Away’ which, from the first frame, plunges us right into Cerise’s lo-fi kaleidoscope of emotions, visuals and sound.  Directed by, Tina Rivera, the video is shot entirely underwater to give the feeling of what the song is really all about.

“The song ‘To Go Away’ is about wanting to leave a situation or person and the feeling at that moment. The excitement and need to leave but the fear of leaving what you know so well and feeling pulled back in. [The song] is also about wanting to lose yourself in a moment or feeling whether its good for you or not.” – Cerise 



Athena Calderone and Cointreau Host a Private Dinner in Dumbo for Eye-Swoon

Continuing in its tradition of supporting creative individuals, Cointreau partnered with Eye-Swoon founder Athena Calderone for a beautifully prepared dinner party at her home in Dumbo. Spilling onto the terrace, guests and friends like Cynthia Rowley, Jennifer Fisher, Mara Hoffman, and Pari Ehsan, enjoyed bites by Franny’s chef Jonathan Adler — a favorite of Calderone’s — and signature Cointreau Rickey cocktails. Said Calderone of the evening, “I’m incredibly grateful to Cointreau and to this partnership because I’ve been dreaming of putting forth an Eye-Swoon dinner, and they’ve really allowed me to create this beautiful environment. The brand’s philosophy is right in line with what I do.”

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Photos by Winnie Au

Our 16 Most Anticipated Fall Album Releases: Aphex Twin, alt-J, Ariel Pink + More

“All art aspires to the condition of music.” Some 19th-century white guy once said. The universal language of human feeling, the best thing about music is that you don’t have to explain it in words. It stands alone. So let’s keep it brief and let the music speak for itself. Here are the records we’re most looking forward to this fall.


September 23
Aphex Twin’s first album since 2001’s Drukqs, the conceptually mangled paratextual materials (album artwork, press release bio, technical specs etc. etc.) promise a dizzyingly entertaining experience.


This Is All Yours
September 22
Their second studio album (since their award-winning debut An Awesome Wave released May 2012), alt-J’s latest videos are a beautifully shot pair featuring male and female protagonists.


Popular Problems
September 23
With Leonard Cohen turning 80 on September 21, Popular Problems will be his 13th studio album. And from the previewed track, it sounds like he’s still got it.


A New Testament
September 29
Frontman of recently disbanded Girls, Owens, usually a mournful crooner, released a poppy twanging track, “Nothing More Than Everything To Me,” to preview his latest solo album.



October 6
Adam Wiltzie says the duo’s second studio album stays true to their “collective melancholy.” In the meantime, enjoy their April-released EP, Atomos VII, with video accompaniment.


V for Vaselines
September 29
The indie pop Scots team up with a slew of Glasgow-based artists for their new album, including Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian) and Frank Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub).


Everything Will Be Alright in the End
October 7
Teaming up with their Blue and Green albums’ producer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End is supposedly a return to the group’s roots. Their latest released track, “Cleopatra,” seems to fit the bill.


October 7
Nika Roza Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) on her new album: It represents a feral, untapped world that could happily exist without us. There are taiga forests in Northern Wisconsin where I was raised, and also in Russia where my ancestors are from, so it also feels very native… For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated.


The Best Day
October 21
His first solo album since 2010, Moore describes it as balanced between his “signature thrashing electric guitars” and “blissful 12-string acoustic ballads.” Backed by guitarist James Sedwards (Nought), Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), the group caps off a two-month tour with a Brooklyn performance on October 26th.


October 27
Nordic classical-electronic duo Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen deliver a fresh, chilling sound that is both deeply emotional and builds to a danceable rave.


The London Sessions
November 24
Blige’s new album features collaborations with British musicians Disclosure and Sam Smith (she’s collaborated with both previously).



Sonic Highways
November 11
Foo Fighters travelled to eight studios in eight cities across North America to write and record their newest album. HBO even made a documentary series chronicling their journey, which premieres October 17.


pom pom
November 17
While pom pom is technically the first ‘solo’ record credited to Ariel Pink’s name, the LA-based recording artist made sure to say that “it is by far the least ‘solo’ record” he’s ever recorded. The double album’s 17 songs run 69 minutes.


November 18
The track TV on the Radio dropped last week, “Happy Idiot,” is a sugary explosion.


The Pinkprint
November 24
Nicki says her new album is inspired by Jay-Z’s 2001 LP, The Blueprint. She’s already released plenty of new material, including the now-infamous video for “Anaconda,” featuring Drake.


Nothing Has Changed
November 18
Bowie’s career-spanning compilation also includes two new singles, “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” and “Tis a Pity She’s a Whore”. Check out the cool Steve Reich-infused mix of Bowie’s “Love Is Lost.”


Our 10 Most Anticipated Fall TV Premieres

As September begins to take hold of summer and we retreat into sweatpants, consume copious amounts of pie, listen to nothing but Cocteau Twins, and find ourselves wallowing in a general feeling of melancholy depression, there’s no better time to shoot some tubular cathode rays into our eyeballs from the comfort of our own homes. Here’s a list of the shows we’re most excited to see this fall.


SONS OF ANARCHY (Final Season)
Tuesday September 9 at 10PM | FX

Marilyn Manson guest stars as a neo-Nazi drug addict in Kurt Sutter’s final installment of the West coast biker outlaw epic.


Tuesday September 16 at 10PM | FOX

Mindy Kaling plays a lovable gynecologist bumbling through her personal and professional lives.


Thursday September 18 at 12:15AM | Adult Swim

Largely overlooked comic genie Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim once again team up for their signature blend of deadpan, satire, and gross-out humor featuring John C. Reilly and Zach Galifianakis.


THE GOOD WIFE (Season 6)

Sunday September 21 at 9:30PM | CBS

A slew of critically acclaimed performances power this political drama about a wife who must make do after a scandal puts her husband, a state attorney, in jail.



Wednesday September 24 at 9PM | ABC

The mockumentary favorite follows a close-knit and diverse extended family in the suburbs of LA.


HOMELAND (Season 4)

Sunday October 5 at 9PM | Showtime

Claire Danes plays an unstable CIA agent assigned to a dangerous military outpost in the Middle East.


MULANEY (Season 1)

Sunday October 5 at 9:30PM | FOX

Upcoming Seinfeld-esque stand-up-punctuated sitcom created by comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney, who stars as a fictionalized version of himself.

Wednesday October 8 at 10PM | FX

Set in 1950s Florida and based on one of the last legitimate freakshows in history, Freakshow marks the fourth season of the soapy-camp horror tale from writer Ryan Murphy.


Sunday October 12 at 9PM | AMC

Post-apocalyptic horror drama series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series. Sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a world dominated by flesh-eating zombies.

THE NEWSROOM (Final Season)
November 2014 | HBO

Jeff Daniels plays irreverent news anchor Will McAvoy in the final episodes of the acclaimed political drama.

Premiere: Hear SomeKindaWonderful’s New Single ‘Reverse’

The world hasn’t seen a band like SomeKindaWonderful in some time, and it’s what we’re missing from the musical landscape. A group that can blend so many genres so seamlessly is rare, and their single “Reverse” is a perfect example of how to do it.


The Cleveland-born and LA-based alternative band are just beginning their career as a group, and what a start it’s turning out to be. The group started recording just hours after they met and formed a band, and “Reverse” was one of their first songs. The song is an emotional one, telling of a heartbreak so intense the singer can only discuss it in reverse.

While it’s easy to see that the song is catchy and well put together, it’s genre and origin are a mystery. “Reverse” mixes everything from rock to pop to 60’s soul and contemporary R&B. The band expertly combines so many different influences and styles, creating something entirely original in the process.

The recently-released black and white video was directed by Marc Klasfeld, who has worked on clips for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, and the Foo Fighters.

About the video, lead singer Jordy Towers said:

We wanted to create something that not only represents the song itself but also establishes who we are as a band and reflects our creative vision.

A sign of a good band is immediate chemistry, and any group that can churn out singles of this quality after knowing each other only a number of hours is destined to continue their streak.

Brett Ratner, Jackie Stewart, and Roman Polanski: On Speed (Part II)

A conversation with Formula 1 legend Jackie Stewart and Hollywood mogul Brett Ratner, and a noticeably absent Roman Polanski.

Watch Part I here.

With apologies to James Agee, let us now praise famous dead men: Jo “Seppi” Siffert, Jochen Rindt, Lorenzo Bandini, Piers Courage, Francois Severt. These are just a few of the dozen Formula 1 racers who died in the eight years that Grand Prix legend, Jackie Stewart was dubbed the Flying Scot for his remarkable run at the top of the world’s fastest, most dangerous sport. “We were killing between four and eight drivers a year,” Stewart has said of the era in which he was king. “If you raced for five full seasons, there was a two-in-three chance that you were going to die.

Motor racing is still the fastest sport, but it’s no longer the most dangerous—the NFL and the World Boxing Federation can fight over that dubious distinction. No one has died in a Formula 1 Championship since Ayrton Seena in 1994, and much of the change was lead by Stewart, who witnessed so many friends die on Europe’s treacherous courses that he dedicated his life to making the sport safer.

Stewart, who won 27 Grand Prix titles in eight years, stood out as a loquacious dandy sporting a black Corduroy cap and long sideburns. “The longer they got, the faster I got,” he wisecracks. A working class kid from near Glasgow, he once described himself as “completely uneducated by traditional standards,” and had such severe dyslexia he couldn’t recite the alphabet. Yet by the time he was 30, Stewart was as famous at home as The Beatles and Twiggy. It was that mix of celebrity, sex, and danger that drew another global superstar, Roman Polanski, to shadow Stewart as he prepared to race the Monaco Grand Prix in 1971. The resulting documentary, Weekend of a Champion, was never released at the time, and might have been left moldering in a cupboard if it wasn’t for a phone call from Polanski’s old lab in London.

“They contacted me asking what I wanted to do with the negatives of the film, whether they should destroy it,” Polanski recalled during a recent interview. “So I looked at the film and I liked it, after 40 years almost. I decided to give it a new life.”

After showing the film to Rush Hour director Brett Ratner, a long-time friend and mutual fan of the sport, the idea of giving a proper release to Polanksi’s time capsule took shape. To do that, Polanski and Stewart returned to the same hotel room, at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco where much of the original documentary was filmed in (the first time around Stewart is in his underwear; the second time—wisely—in a suit). The result is a great snapshot of two men—friends—at two moments in their lives: at pinnacle of their young success, and then older, more reflective, with the added hindsight of 40 years.

Like Polanksi and Stewart, Brett Ratner has a powerful biography of his own. As a child he shared a room with his great-grandmother—a Holocaust survivor—in a four-bedroom house in Miami. The other rooms were divided between his mother, his grandparents, and his uncle. He didn’t get to meet his father until his 16th birthday. “One day, I got the courage to ask him why he never visited me as a child,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012. “He explained that he made the difficult decision to stay away because he was embarrassed since he had been disowned by his family, had abused drugs for many years and knew he couldn’t provide for me or my mom. Holding a job was impossible for him.” A few years later, Ratner ran into his father on the street, homeless but fiercely independent. “He would occasionally call to check in, but it pained him to ask for help, so he stayed away,” he recalled. “My father died a few years later, alone, without me or any family member by his side.”

Now a newly-minted Hollywood mogul on the back of a $450 million deal with Warner Brothers, Ratner sat down with Stewart to talk about Polanski, Monaco, and the common denominator between motor racing and film making: adrenalin and passion.

The Most Adorable (And Moving) Argument For Vegetarianism Ever

I have to confess that I am an unrepentant carnivore. I like my burgers and my steak tartare. Whenever someone tries to convey how horrific slaughterhouses or chicken farms are, I actually get hungry. So you can imagine how I wouldn’t expect little Luiz Antonio to challenge my long-held position, but that’s just what he did.

Luiz is having a disagreement with his mother about eating dinner—not so unusual, right? Except Luiz’ reasons for not wanting to eat his meal have a bit more philosophy behind them than typical little-kid crankiness. Within minutes he has his mom weeping by asking her why the animals have to die to feed humans. He prefers when the animals don’t die and can stay “standing.”

 Be sure to turn on the English close captioning here, unless you’re fluent in Spanish:

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BlackBook Exclusive: ELEW And Rachel Brown Bring Piano Soul To Rihanna Cover ‘Stay’

Throw the fiercest rockjazz pianist, the honeyed voice of a Harvard grad with Bermuda roots, and Rihanna & Mikky’s aching hit "Stay" into a recording studio, and you get an acoustic, summer rendition that transports you to a late-night beachside bonfire. The stripped-down version – a collaboration between musician ELEW and singer Rachel Brown – showcases ELEW’s signature tender vivacity at the keys, and Rachel’s soulful dive into a song known for its yearning Rihanna-in-a-bathtub video. 

And when you’re done watching the video, get to know ELEW in our very special interview. He’s ecstasy.

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