The sign industry is making a comeback, restoring brush and paint into our contemporary landscape of sameness. From the new book Sign Painters, portraits of America’s best sign painters and their work, with an essay by artist (and former sign painter) Ed Ruscha.
New paintings where time periods and people shift within the frame, and everything and everyone is unsteady.
To the uninitiated, they’re just paintings of ships on the ocean. Curator Joe Vallejo explains what makes the tradition of marine art romantic, enigmatic, celebratory.
In a meta-exploration of the “struggling artist” myth, Joe Fig paints portraits of artists—Basquiat, Rembrandt, Kahlo—as portrayed in classic films.
Galaxies and night skies constructed entirely from ashes, creating a tangible connection to notions of death and what lies beyond our atmosphere.
Gallery owners don’t often show up in the art they sell—probably because they’re too busy having meetings to pose. But an art gallery itself turns out to be as much a theatrical diorama as a place of business.
Intimate, candid portraits that capture the intimacy, private moments, and self-sufficiency of girlhood, from the riveting book Girl Ascending.
Americans have always regarded their cars as more than vehicles, and nothing demonstrates that aspiration better than the typography and proper nouns used to name those dreams.
Glossy paintings of Iranian young women—drawn from the artist’s family and friends—that are inspired by Playboy magazines found in the artist’s father’s closet
Portraits of jets at play in the Italian Alps, children posed like adults, and adults bobbing in the sea.
Large-format abstract photographs that use light to create celestial shapes we recognize—in some cases because they began as Christmas lights.
Vivid, fun, and surprising photographs where sex is mysterious and playful. Some images may not be safely viewed in an office environment.