Holiday markets are like a game of Whack-a-Mole: they’re popping up everywhere and you want to hit them all. Good luck with that, because we can barelykeeptrackofthem. Here are the latest three to come our way.
Winter Warmer Gift Market Dec. 11 to 29 at Swords-Smith, 98 S. 4th St., Williamsburg; opening party Thursday from 6-9pm
Hit the Swords-Smith store for independent designers of jewelry, home goods, textiles, candles, ceramics, art, design objects, and more. Participants include Williamsburg’s whimsical, Wes-Anderson-esque textile designer Coral & Tusk, slick and inventive home accessories designer Insek, and cheeky accessories designer Welcome Companions (check out their glove coinpurse and hat handbag), just to name the first three listed on the flyer. The launch party, Thursday from 6 to 9pm, promises drinks by Brooklyn Brewery and music by Mike Crash. More →
From Tommy Ramone to Philip Seymour Hoffman, we lost a lot of legends this year, and one T-shirt aims to honor them all. For his annual “Faces of Death” project, Brooklyn portraitist Michael Hambouz — whose 3D record crate paintings are kind of awesome — has gotten dozens of artists to draw the likenesses of “fallen icons” like Pete Seeger, Shirley Temple, Robin Williams, HR Giger, Don Pardo, Lauren Bacall, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez so they can coexist on a t-shirt that’s now available for . More →
Last week, there was no shortage of artists out to make a statement about the orgy of excess that is Art Basel and Miami Art Week – Josef Pinlac’s “This is Not a Cliché” (a cheeky commentary on the abundance of neon found at the fairs) comes to mind. Some of those critiques were more dubious than others. But unlike the guy who got arrested for whipping out a dildo, a “project” by Bushwick street artist Plasma Slug at least had a practical purpose. More →
Ibiza, Scandinavia — with all these geographically themed pop-ups, why even leave New York to go shopping? Oh, wait, yeah: this shitty weather.
No way is it going to be 70 degrees and sunny like it will be in Texas this weekend, but you can at least soak up someof that Marfa vibe at a three-day pop-up that’ll pair some of the artsy oasis’s makers and designers (and we don’t mean Prada) with some of NYC’s coolest indie brands. Not to mention, gin cocktails at the opening party, Thursday from 6pm to 9pm. More →
Snowmen have become a bit of a thing on the Lower East Side, but it usually takes a snowstorm for them to appear. Not in this case. Portland-based artist Bruce Conkle has been creating frosty fellows inside of refrigerators since 2002, and last week he brought a so-called “Captive Snowman” to frosch&portmann on Stanton Street. (And you thought the Art Basel crowd was having all the fun.) More →
It’s safe to say “Spain’s sexy little island” has jumped the shark with this Times write-up, so go ahead and forget about the Ibiza pop-up we told you about and focus, instead, on this chance to look like you jet to Sweden and Denmark on the regular. Kelly Peterson Cielensky tells us she’s bringing an IRL version of her online Scandinavian boutique, Carl & Ebba, to the Lower East Side this weekend. And there’ll be drinks and Scandi snacks. More →
Matthew Stone’s introducing the piece. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)
Dressed in head-to-toe white, London-based artist Matthew Stone took the stage at Soho Studios in Miami on Saturday night to introduce what he promised would be “a momentary pause within ordinary life” – a new audiovisual installation, Other Worlds, featuring music by Dev Hynes. More →
For me, Peak Basel came sometime around midnight Saturday, when a young man toting a volume of F. Scott Fitzgerald strolled into Nobu flanked by a pair of semi-naked women with disco-ball pasties and lampshades for heads; the dining room burst into adoring applause as the trio briefly presented itself to a corner booth occupied by Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger. More →
If you dug Fort Tilden as much as we did, you’ll be psyched to hear that a couple of its creators are involved in a new film opening locally at Cinema Village today. Co-produced, co-written, and starring Tilden‘s executive producer Ariana Bernstein and edited by its writer-director Sarah-Violet Bliss, Delusions of Guinevere lacks some of the earlier film’s satirical edge, but it has a similarly dark take on the New York dating scene and the staring-at-their-reflection-in-the-iPhone-screen narcissism of kids these days. More →
If you were too busy, oh, say protesting police brutality on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t worry — you’ve still got a couple more awesome opportunities to grab some gifts for the ones you love. In addition to the initial 10 holiday markets, and the ones we’ve added to the list here and there, two latecomers just came down the pike. More →