Best in Books
by Genevieve Bahrenburg for Assouline
Re-Releases this September
Pairing the advice and witticisms of past icons with portrait’s of today’s new ingenues, this glossy tome encapsulates a century’s worth of American style as epitomized by more than 100 trendsetters, from scenester musician Solange Knowles to equestrian socialite Georgina Bloomberg, Vogue editor Margaret Melling Burke and multifaceted model Lily Aldridge.
Cult director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, All the Real Girls) says he based his new indie bromance on an Icelandic film, and on two characters he knows very well: “me and me.” Pitting Paul Rudd as an austere ruminator against a mousy Emile Hirsch in the middle of wildfire-ravaged Texas, Green allows for an unlikely friendship to develop between the two as they immerse themselves in their shared occupation: painting traffic lines along the highway. Intimate and sly, Prince Avalanche is our pick for the summer’s sleeper hit.
Closes August 10
A mini-galaxy of the best of the left coast’s experimental leanings is on display at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York, featuring works by more than 30 Los-Angeles-based artists from sculptor Hannah Greely to conceptual artist Michael Decker, as curated by Angeleno heavyweights Laura Owens and Peter Harkawik. Engendered, in part, as a reaction to New York’s artworld egomania, the group show reflects Southern California’s ever-expanding cosmos of established and emerging artists.