It all started in 1937, when a young Japanese artist by the name of Itchiku Kubota, strolling through the Tokyo National Museum, glimpsed a fragment of a 16th-century kimono. He was taken with the elaborate mass of textile techniques — painting, drawing, embroidery, dyeing — known as tsujigahana, a lost art in Japan for centuries.
Trump-branded merchandise, reproductions of ISIS currency, Iranian fast-food packaging, and personal objects left in the Arizona desert by Mexican refugees are among the curious artifacts on view at Mmuseumm, a thumbnail-sized Tribeca storefront that was once a freight elevator.
In Tom of Finland's home in L.A., where he lived and worked the last decade of his life, phalluses are scattered everywhere, as erect marble statues, full-frontal paintings, penis-embroidered cushions. Nearly every surface is covered in work made by Tom or those he influenced. It looks exactly as one might expect the residence of the world's foremost homoerotic artist to look.
For over two decades, Phyllis Galembo has documented the traditional cultures of subsaharan Africa. Her primary subjects are participants in masquerades, who use costume, body paint, and masks to create characters from mythology and from their imagination.
For several years running, French artist Christophe Guinet — aka Mr. Plant — has transformed Nike shoes into a series of organic sculptures called, naturally, Just Grow It.
The assorted sneakers are adorned with flowers, grass, bark, and other plant parts. Or they act as pots, out of which poppies, dandelions, or bonsai trees grow.
Finally, a coloring book featuring Yves Saint Laurent's most iconic designs. Made with the Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent, it's truly flattering imitation.
Based on the designer's original sketches, the line drawings show the breadth and versatility of his creations, ranging from harlequins and the Carnival of Venice to Pop Art and Piet Mondrian, as well as the cultures of Asia, Africa, and beyond.