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    It’s Nice That Issue #6

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    Eske Rex’s featured Drawing Machine

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    William Goldsmith’s three exclusive artworks

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    Our cover star, George Lois

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    The influential Keith Haring, profiled by writer Lucia Davies

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    Marion Deuchars’ favourite books (photographed by the brilliant Qiu Yang)

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    Carl Kleiner’s exploration of the golden section

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    Publisher Nicholas Gottlund’s beautiful rural home studio

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It's Nice That Issue #6: Launch

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Featuring George Lois as our cover star, interviews with Lawrence Weiner and Asger Carlsen, essays by BAFTA-award-winning animator Mikey Please and publisher David Bennewith, and a Keith Haring profile by writer Lucia Davies (as well as a whole load of other features, interviews and articles), we’re extremely excited to launch It’s Nice That #6, our biggest issue yet. Also, it’s pink…

The magazine is available now from our online shop for £10, as well as in a number of stockists worldwide. And there is still time to subscribe to It’s Nice That, which entitles you to an exclusive Andy Rementer artwork, free of charge!

Interviews (50 Pages)

Issue #6 features a number of exciting interviews kicking off with the legend that is George Lois; the father of conceptual art Lawrence Weiner; Danish photographic manipulator Asger Carlsen; and east London-based gallerist Kate MacGarry. We also played humble witness to a conversation between designer Martino Gamper and artist Francis Upritchard.

Features (52 Pages)

BAFTA-award-wining animator and writer Mikey Please reveals his love of imperfection; Pennsylvania-based photographer and publisher Nicholas Gottlund shows us his studio and the process behind his publishing house, Gottlund Verlag; internationally-acclaimed illustrator Marion Deuchars gives us an insight into her favourite five books (which are expertly photographed by Qiu Yang); writer Lucia Davies profiles artist Keith Haring, and reveals the importance of his now-legendary Pop Shop; curator and writer Virginia Whiles celebrates the artist Shelagh Cluett, her work and her collection of international artefacts; publisher, designer and writer David Bennewith writes about New Zealand modernism, focussing on Joseph Churchward’s typeface Design; photographer Carl Kleiner gets the freedom of ten pages to present his brightly coloured exploration of the golden ratio; and finally, musician Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) welcomes us into his family home.

Work (31 Pages)

The work section features Xavier Antin; Assemble; Romulo Celdran; Dallas Clayton; Quentin Dupieux; Encyclopedia Pictura; William Goldsmith; Anna-Wili Highfield; Ill Studio; Tom Phillips; Eske Rex; Brian Nuda Rosch; Travess Smalley; Stephan Tillmans; Studio Weave; Paul Wackers; Ann Woo; and Federico Yankelevich.

Subscriptions 

A 12-month subscription will entitle you to the next three issues of the magazine (cover price £10 each), three exclusive artist prints (£8 each), and free postage and packaging (normally pricey), all for the sum of £30. It means a saving of over £25, and you get everything delivered to your door before it’s available anywhere else. For full details check the link below
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Further Details

We’re excited to bring our readers more content than ever before, in 140 pages of advertising-free content. Designed by It’s Nice That in collaboration with Joseph Burrin. Printed by Push. There is a Flickr set documenting the entire process of the magazine available to see here, www.flickr.com/itsnicethat

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