Around the Art and Design World in 180 Words: Triumphant Returns Edition

Recent releases from the Monacelli Press written by (from left) Marc Kristal, Eva Hagberg, and Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins. (Photos: Monacelli Press)

They’re ba-ack! Today we look at news of returns and do-overs:

  • The Monacelli Press is independent again. According to Publishers Weekly, founder Gianfranco Monacelli has bought back the 17-year-old art and design publishing house, which Random House acquired in 2008. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Monacelli will continue to use Random House as a distributor.
  • Actor-cum-performance artist James Franco is returning to General Hospital. His character, the creatively named “Franco,” will appear in an episode that will air in September. According to a spokesperson for the soap opera, Franco’s latest turn will be part of a long-term plot line that could have him reemerging later in the season.
  • Earlier this week, jewelry designers Monique Péan and Eddie Borgo were awarded Tiffany & Co. Grants, part of a three-year partnership between the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund (CVFF) and Tiffany & Co. Péan and Borgo, both former CVFF finalists, received $150,000 and $100,000, respectively. All jewelry designers who participated in the CVFF since its inception in 2004 were eligible to apply for the grant.