Straight out of Dubuque, Iowa, Ann Friedman is one of the brightest stars of the new band of writers and online editors harnessing the super-connectivity of the Internet (and the joyousness of the GIF) to spread the good word to sisters around the world. An alumna of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Ann earned her stripes as an editor for Mother Jones, Feministing and GOOD magazine, before co-founding the punchy, Kickstarter-funded publication Tomorrow in 2012. As well as a contributing editor of The Gentlewoman, she is a regular contributor to NYmag.com, Elle, Rolling Stone and the Columbia Journalism Review. She also co-hosts the wildly popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend, is a fervent proponent of the pie-chart, and the author of the Internet’s favourite newsletter, The Ann Friedman Weekly. Subscribe here.
Cristina Ruiz is an editor at large of The Art Newspaper, the monthly visual culture publication that she edited from 2004 to 2009. Cristina’s writing has also appeared in Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and The Sunday Times Magazine. In addition, she is the author of the illuminating Twitter account @redsea99 – a must-read for art aficionados and novices alike.
Todd Cole is a photographer, filmmaker and art director based in Los Angeles, California. Kim Gordon, Amanda Lear and Lena Dunham are just a few of the many sitters to have been featured in Todd’s stylish and sunny portraits, which have appeared in magazines such as Fantastic Man, Self Service, 032c, The New York Times, Vogue and Art Review. Todd’s photographs and films have been exhibited in museums and galleries globally from Los Angeles to Paris and all the way back. He has also shot advertising campaigns for Apple, Kate Spade, and Adidas.
David Benjamin Sherry is an image-maker from Los Angeles, California, whose work uses colour to interrogate traditional areas of photographic practice such as landscape and studio portraiture. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and also possesses an MFA in photography from Yale. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries such as the Saatchi Gallery, MOMA PS1 and Salon 94. He has also published two books, It’s Time (2009) and Quantum Light (2012).
Sophie Hastings is a freelance journalist and a contributing editor at GQ, specialising in the international contemporary art scene. She began her journalism career in the rarefied offices of Tatler and Harper’s magazines, before decamping to Paris (via south east Asia), where she got married, learnt French and had her first child. On returning to the UK, Sophie became features editor at Art Review, where she remains a contributor, as well as at the Financial Times, the Observer, the Guardian, The Times, the Independent on Sunday, Spectator Life and Christies.com. Busy.
Outspoken, political and tenacious, the American film director Ava DuVernay is the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar for her film Selma, which chronicles three significant months in the life of Martin Luther King. Her career in movies began in public relations, before she discovered her talent for filmmaking in 2004. Ava eventually closed her PR agency in 2011 to focus solely on writing and directing and by 2012 her feature film Middle of Nowhere had won her the best director prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In addition to her film work, Ava promotes and helps distribute the work of independent black directors through AFFRM. A native Los Angelena who grew up in Compton, studied at UCLA and currently resides in Beachwood Canyon, Ava also hosts a podcast called The Call-In, featuring conversations with black filmmakers.
Countess of Dartmouth, Countess Spencer, Comtesse de Chambrun, Acid Raine – these are just some of the titles and names Raine Spencer has been called over the last 60 years. In one aspect she has been constant since birth, however: being fabulous. Daughter of the romance novelist Barbara Cartland, when Raine made her entrance into London high society in 1947 she was named “Debutante of the Year”. She is, perhaps, best known as stepmother to Diana, Princess of Wales, but she is equally famous in the British press for her supremely coiffed hair, her outré tastes and outspoken statements. Raine, Countess Spencer is now director of Harrods International – an ultra-glamorous ambassador for the venerable London department store – though you may occasionally see her in the menswear department advising on shirts and ties.
Andrea Zittel is a sculptor and installation artist from Escondido, California, who studied at San Diego State University and at Rhode Island School of Design. Her work examines how people live their daily lives and is aimed at discovering what we can live without. These questions are expressed in functional objects that fulfil basic needs, such as food, shelter and clothing. Her A-Z encampment in Joshua Tree is the real-life manifestation of Andrea’s philosophy, which is open to any creative individual seeking to find a new perspective via her ascetic brand of living. For further details, please direct your attention here. For information about Andrea’s work, please contact Sadie Coles HQ or Andrea Rosen Gallery.