Culture Cooler.: Weber&Anthora, Patti Smith&Mapplethorpe, Cold Brew&ATL

not your average

Bruce Weber

Bruce Weber

PRINT WORLD No, sitting on a stoop isn’t new. And, no, sitting on a stoop ,with coffee isn’t new either. However, being models sitting on a stoop with coffee in classic Anthora cups shot by Bruce Weber for a spring ad campaign is new Celebrating Webers’ love for the city of New York, the campaign in Barney’s windows and in print pages of magazines, ‘Our Town’ is about the love of ones relationship with New York. Doesn’t this image – female construction workers,  Priscilla Gibson and Shantar Gibson with Ajak Deng, have coffee – more than represent the iconoclasm of this town where the Anthora became a cultural fixture as a stoop to a brownstone? This culture thinks not.

its a cold world

First International Cold Brew Throw Down

First International Cold Brew Throw Down

It’s coffee competition season. With the heels of the United States national competitions being held in Atlanta approaching, there’s the announcement, today, of the first International Cold Brew throw down so it had to be included.  With cold brew being like a sub-subculture of the sub-culture that is specialty coffee – this inaugural event is sure to bring out all kinds of humans and their brewing stripes. Held at Chrome Yellow Trading Company in Atlanta, with a $2,000 cash prize from Pacific Barista Series, this culture speaks in the tone and affirming words of Snapchat King DJ Khaled, “I like that.”

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

coffee table dreams

Once upon a time Robert Mapplethorpe dreamed of having a coffee table book. His dream has come true in memoriam. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Archive looks at the creative process behind the photographer who became famous for his black and white polaroids and known for a cultural revolution among other things. During a recent book launch, Patti Smith spoke of his love for books and his “great dream … to have a big coffee table book.” Here’s to dreams coming true and the world getting more of the artist in archive form. The book here and an accompanying exhibition  at The Getty and LACMA.

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