August 31, 2012

Gainsbourg: The Biography Launch Party at ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase

Gainsbourg: The Biography

Last month, on July 17, ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase, Book Soup, and Tam Tam Books hosted a tribute to Serge Gainsbourg, the French singer, songwriter, poet, composer, artist, actor and the country’s most beloved pop export since Edith Piaf.

The evening featured Gainsbourg videos, music and a discussion with the biography author, Gilles Verlant, the biography translator, Paul Knobloch, and Tam Tam publisher, Tosh Berman.

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August 24, 2012

Remembering Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal was impossible to categorize, which was exactly the way he liked it.

The reading public knew him as a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels —from the historical “Lincoln” to the satirical “Myra Breckinridge” — and volumes of essays critics consider among the most elegant in the English language. He also brought shrewd intelligence to writing Broadway hits, Hollywood screenplays, television dramas and a trio of mysteries still in print after 50 years.

When he wasn’t writing, he was popping up in movies, playing himself in “Fellini’s Roma,” a sinister plotter in sci-fi thriller “Gattaca” and a U.S. senator in “Bob Roberts.” The grandson of a U.S. senator, he also made two entertaining but unsuccessful forays into politics, running for the Senate from California and the House of Representatives from New York.

In other spare moments, he demolished intellectual rivals like Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley Jr. with acidic one-liners, establishing himself as a peerless master of talk-show punditry.

“Style,” Vidal once said, “is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” By that definition, he was an emperor of style, sophisticated and cantankerous in his prophesies of America’s fate and refusal to let others define him.

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August 9, 2012

Enough FSC Certified Trees To Fill all of Portugal and More

Resolute Forest Products and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are pleased to announce that Resolute has become the largest manager of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests in the world.

The company recently certified 3.2 million hectares (7.9 million acres) of forestlands in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec to the FSC Boreal Standard. This certification raises the total area of Resolute-managed FSC-certified forests in North America to 10.3 million hectares (25.6 million acres), an area twice the size of Nova Scotia and larger than Portugal, Hungary or South Korea.

“Becoming the world’s largest FSC holder is a major milestone in our efforts to become a positive force for sustainability within the forest products industry,” stated Richard Garneau, Resolute’s president and CEO. “Resolute’s growing commitment to FSC complements other key sustainability initiatives, including the company’s membership in WWF’s Climate Savers Program, which helps companies set and achieve ambitious emission reduction targets, as well as membership in the landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.”

August 8, 2012

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August 2, 2012

Magazines Boost Revenue in Publishing Market

Consumer magazines in the United States will put an end to four years of overall revenue declines in 2012, a new report projected.

Total revenue will edge up 0.1% as advertising increases 2% and consumer spending on circulation slips 2.5%, according to the annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook from PricewaterhouseCoopers, which was released on Tuesday.

“There are now signs that the economy in both the United States and Canada is improving, and we expect an expanding economy to have a positive impact on print advertising in consumer magazines, which will continue to fare much better than print advertising in newspapers,” PricewaterhouseCoopers wrote in its report, which was composed before last Friday’s discouraging jobs report. “Consumer magazines benefit more from an expanding economy than do newspapers, whose classified advertising — which would benefit from economic growth — is migrating to the internet.”

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July 31, 2012

Hot Off the Press: Mike Mills Posters for Commune Design!

Paper Chase prints a limited edition poster series for multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker Mike Mills in collaboration with renowned design group Commune. The posters use bright colors and bold imagery to address the theme of civil disobedience.

Mike Mills is an artist, filmmaker, photographer, musician, handsome gentleman and multi-disciplinary imagination vessel. His recent film Beginners arrives on the heels of decades of nimble, idiosyncratic and hella special work like his other films Thumbsucker and Paperboys(among others) and his music videos for Yoko Ono and Air, as well as album covers for Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. If you saw him in that seminal documentary of outsider art, Beautiful Losers, you probably remember what an eloquent voice he has on behalf of his craft, and on behalf of being human. That voice, carried over into his film, print and other work, is what moves us so deeply.



To purchase a poster, click here.


July 13, 2012

Always Read the Fine Print

David Strick, the photographer who last spring sued the Los Angeles Times and its parent, the Tribune Company, for more than 500 individual acts of copyright infringement, has suffered a setback in his battle to have the case tried in a Federal District Court, and Strick is in danger of seeing his case dismissed on a technicality. In April, the court refused to hear Strick’s suit because his contract with the Times stipulated that any disputes would be decided through private mediation and arbitration. Now, an arbitrator has dismissed Strick’s case on a technicality.

Strick’s case should serve as cautionary tale for photographers entering into agreements with corporations that insist that disputes be settled by private arbitrators rather than a court of law. “I am devastated by today’s ruling by Judge Lichtman, our JAMS arbitrator, and feel that I have truly been denied ‘my day in court’ as the merits of this case have yet to be heard,” Strick said in a statement issued following the arbitrator’s ruling.

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June 28, 2012


A personal message is more and more often sent digitally. Intangible, floating in the air, only readable on a screen. The Cryptographer generates pattern by translating words to a code. Bleached into fabric the message becomes tangible. Invisible words, with a physical impact. Controlled by text messaging each character is transformed into a specified icon, resulting in ever changing patterns, depending on the users input.

The bleach process is applied by a pen attached to the print head of the Cryptographer. Reacting differently on each textile dye the bleached shades vary. Size and scale of the pattern is determined by the amount of words send to the printer. The project will be presented for the first time at Dutch Invertuals ‘Retouched’ during Salone del Mobile in Milano from 17-22nd of April.

To read more about this aesthetically and conceptually beautiful project, click here.

June 22, 2012

Toshiba Cancels National No-Print Day

According to a special announcement sent out by Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing Industries of America, “Toshiba has agreed to abort its National No Print Day!” Makin shared details of of his correspondence with Toshiba in the following letter to association members:

June 20, 2012

Dear Member:

I am pleased to report that as a result of protests by Printing Industries of America, its members, and the industry as a whole, Toshiba has agreed to abort its National No Print Day!

Last evening I had a lengthy conversation with Bill Melo, Toshiba USA’s senior vice president of marketing, services and solutions regarding its ill-conceived initiative.

Mr. Melo was quite “concerned” with how the campaign had been received by the commercial printing industry and stressed it was never the intent of his company to disenfranchise or insult our industry. He explained that the campaign was always directed at the office marketplace where he opined there was needless waste.

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June 15, 2012

A Weekend of Art at Bard

This summer, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College commemorates its 20th Anniversary year with a program of new exhibitions, a curatorial conference, a series of performances in the CCS Bard Galleries and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, and the launch of a new publication: Interiors, the first edition of the new CCS Readers Series.
Having opened its doors in 1992, CCS Bard now has more than 200 graduates worldwide, and has developed into one of the world’s most innovative research and exhibition centers dedicated to contemporary art and its role in our society. Please join us this June as we celebrate two decades of curatorial education and contemporary art programming. All events are free and open to the public.

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