October 20, 2010

Has the art market thawed? Frieze thinks so.

5081576167_1d4cb53b79photo above from Everyday Lifestyle

Just in case you don't have your finger on the pulse of the art world, here's the skinny.  There are a series of "Art Fairs" in major cities all over the world that take place annually or biannually.  Galleries apply and pay a substantial amount of money to rent a "stall", and in turn sell artwork to the public. These fairs are massive cultural meccas - full of art, talks, panel discussions, performances, awards, and contemporary musings on current educational platforms and art-making in general. In short, it's a total playground for new and emerging ideas and practices as well as established ideas and concepts.

5079153001_9b52803812 photo above from Everyday Lifestyle

Each year, thousands of collectors come in droves to these fairs - so smaller fairs have popped up around the bigger fairs and are populated by the galleries who were rejected from the bigger fairs, or simply didn't want to pay the premiums. These smaller fairs have leveled the playing ground somewhat, but there is a status symbol to being included in the big-deal fairs like Basel, The Armory, Frieze, Cologne,...

For example, the Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. The fair showcases new and established artists to an international audience (the complete list of exhibitors is here) over 170 galleries were exhibiting work this year, with miles and miles of labyrinth-like temporary walls studded with works - some hung so heavily that you wonder how the wall stays vertical.

5092542699_b50e00448d_b photo above from Visionet

There are more galleries than ever this year and a higher quality of applicants,' says Frieze co-founder Amanda Sharp, who, when she set up the annual art fair eight years ago, never in her wildest dreams thought it would become such a London blockbuster. (from Wallpaper magazine)

Stories like this one are not uncommon: "New business is what makes fairs worth it, otherwise we could just stay in our galleries and work on our shows,” said Rachel Lehmann (B13). The gallerist sold only to new clients, including Jennifer Steinkamp’s Orbit 8, 2010 (shown below) (all three editions plus the artist’s proof), for $55,000 each." (From TheArtNewspaper.com's article here)

1286654223_4f5ba118_iphone(above: Jennifer Steinkamp, Orbit 8, 2010)

Andreas Geiger at Sprüth Magers (B9) summed up the overall feeling: “People are acquiring, but there’s no more five-minute buying. The market has found a good pace, it’s not crazy, but it’s solid.” (The Art Newspaper)

But it's not all about selling - it's about seeing and learning. There are a series of talks and educational events, concerts and performances, and prizes awarded to Artists and Galleries. There are also a series of Artist Projects - including Jeffrey Vallance among others.

"The coveted Cartier Award is open to artists living outside of the UK, up to five years from graduating from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or under thirty years of age. The Cartier Award is organized by Frieze Projects, sponsored by Cartier and presented in collaboration with Gasworks. The recipient of the prize will have the unique opportunity to present their work at Frieze Art Fair 2010, guaranteeing a major international audience. Additionally the prize will cover production costs of up to £10,000, an artist’s fee, per diems, travel expenses and a studio residency at Gasworks in London from August to October 2010." (from Art Knowledge News)

Bridget Riley was one of the featured "conversations" of the Frieze Art Fair, she spoke with Michael Bracewell about her lifetime of artmaking and development of her signature style. Many of the talks are available here as podcasts.

Riley_largeweb(above: Bridget Riley)



September 19, 2010

The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus Ohio, Mark Bradford, and me.

Happy Monday - Blog2Modern Readers,

I haven't had a chance to post an entry in a while, due to the fact that I am currently in Columbus, Ohio at the Wexner Center for the Arts (!!!)  I was invited (in August) to do a large-scale solo installation in the lobby area of the Deconstructivist gem, designed by Peter Eisenman - one of the New York Five.  (For you architects out there, you've probably seen the Wexner every contemporary Art History and Architecture book out there.)

(Below: Main façade of The Wexner Center for the Arts)

Thanks Wikipedia for summing up the mission of the Wexner and doing all my links for me:
"The Wexner Center for the Arts is The Ohio State University’s multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. Through exhibitions, screenings, performances, artist residencies, and educational programs, the Wexner Center acts as a forum where established and emerging artists can test ideas and where diverse audiences can participate in cultural experiences that enhance understanding of the art of our time. In its programs, the Wexner Center balances a commitment to experimentation with a commitment to traditions of innovation and affirms the university’s mission of education, research, and community service. The Wexner Center opened in November 1989, named in honor of the father of Limited Brands founder Leslie Wexner, who was a major donor to the Center."

Currently on view is Mark Bradford's mid-career retrospective.  They don't allow any photos in the galleries, but he did an installation in the lobby (below)


Bradford and his assistant projected his name onto the wall, traced it and then painstakingly removed portions of the wall, exposing the myriad of past colors that the wall has been painted.  This wall will be removed and will travel to each of the venues (
Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) following its debut at The Wexner Center for the Arts.  Bradford is a recent recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award. (new recipients to be announced September 28).  His show is on view at The Wexner until October 10.


My installation will run concurrently with the remainder of Mark Bradford's show as well as the next round of exhbitions titled Six Solos which will open in November and run through February. I'm particularly excited to be showing with Erwin Redl, who works with LED lights and will be outdoors on the grid-façade.  I absolutely adore his work. I'm also excited for the Tobias Putrih/MOS show too!

(below: Erwin Redl, "Flow" 2007)


I am working directly with the lobby, which is known for its "floating column".

(below: Eisenman's "floating column")


We're still working on the installation, which was designed spontaneously on-site via 3D modeling software. Here are some teaser shots of my work in progress, title is still in the works.



My website will have photos upon completion of the project. The installation opens on Tuesday, please come and see if you are in the Columbus Ohio area, or like to travel or drive.

This installation was inspired primarily by the supposed "death of print" and therefore, CMYK design. Thus my selection of cyan, yellow and magenta as my palette. The "off register" look of the striped walls was highly inspired by mis-printed cartoons, the printing process, mathematical progressions, the use of lines to create space, and the inherent translucency of the material, flagging tape. 

Oh, and "Go Bucks!"

And just in case you wanted some gift ideas - Check out this really rad CMYK inspired dishes and this neato pen "for designers" - I want all of the above!

September 04, 2010

Charting Information as Art

Informational drawings - please comment at blog2modern with more information or diagram info/links. I will post best of the links before Xmas/holiday breaktime. T minus. 3.5 months and counting, tick tock!

August 16, 2010

Win $10,000 from CB2 and Todd Selby!

We just found out that CB2 is holding a contest for the most creative space. Looks pretty easy to enter to win:

- Submit three photos of your most inspired living space and then try to get all the votes you can.

- The top 50 vote-getters will advance to the next round to be judged by CB2 and Todd Selby for their creativity and originality.

- The Grand Prize winner will receive a $10K CB2 Shop Card and will also be featured on Todd's blog, TheSelby.com

- Qualifying Runners Up will get CB2 Shop Cards ranging in value from $500 to $2,500.

- Top vote-getter will receive $2,500 CB2 Shop Card.

The Selby 
Click the graphic above or HERE to enter.

Good Luck!

July 28, 2010

Win an Angela Adams Rug!

Please help us improve our Blog by taking a quick survey (probably 3 minutes of your time). It will really help us to become a better resource for you!

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Plus...you are automatically entered to win a 3' x 5' hand-tufted Angela Adams Ocean/Sand rug (valued at $349). 

Angela adams ocean rug

Ocean rug angela adams

"The Ocean is one of my biggest inspirations— the rocks, the waves, the tides. Living in Portland, Maine we feel the presence of the ocean every day— the smell of the salty air, the sounds of seagulls, watching busy ferry boats in Casco Bay. Within walking distance from our studio, the Eastern Prom on Munjoy Hill is a beautiful place to picnic + visit the ocean."

"The underwater world is one of my greatest inspirations and the Ocean rug just feels like you are swimming through it. I love the sand color as much as the seaglass color. The sand just feels like the water’s about to roll back in over your toes." —Angela Adams

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July 27, 2010

The Prince Chair

Louise Campbell designed this extraordinary chair for a by-invitation-only competition to create a chair for His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Denmark. With its laser-cut, wool-covered, black rubber seat on a powder coated steel frame, it provides a stunning focal point for any room.


June 23, 2010

Win a Thomaspaul Pillow


Sendomatic Online Invitations will be giving a Thomaspaul Pillow to one lucky follower. Check Sendomatic's Facebook Page on June 30th to see if you won! Good Luck!

To enter:

  1. Go to the Sendomatic Facebook Page
  2. Click on LIKE.
  3. Comment on the Pillow Post on the Sendomatic Facebook Page.

June 08, 2010

2sday's Giveaway on 2Modern's Facebook Page!


2sday's are 'giveaway' day on 2Modern's Facebook page. Have you checked it out lately?

Post a comment under the prize each 2sday and you may win! Winners are drawn randomly and announced on Wednesday.

...pass it on!

May 26, 2010

2Modern's Sweepstakes Winners Are Announced!


The winners of this months sweepstakes on 2Modern have been announced! We are excited to award all three of these great prizes!

GRAND PRIZE: a Modern Office by MASH Studios to: Marne Maykowsky.

SECOND PRIZE: limited edition art by Parvez Taj to: Bob Ganser.

THIRD PRIZE: a Koko floor mat to: Jennifer Hagler.

A GIGANTIC thank you to everyone who participated in and retweeted this successful sweepstakes!

Thank you to our sweepstakes sponsors for making such incredible modern product that 2Modern fans love...and of course a big 'thank you' to Danielle Hirsch for her contribution!

Look for our next sweepstakes this summer!


May 25, 2010

Final chance to win a Modern Office from 2Modern & MASH Studios!


It is the final day to enter the Modern Office Sweepstakes! 2Modern & MASH Studios are giving away thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and a one hour color consultation from renowned colorist and TV Host, Danielle Hirsch. All you have to do is sign up for one of our monthly newsletters for a chance to win. Entrants get an instant 10% off coupon code! *Contest ends today : May 25th, 2010. Winners announced on Facebook, Twitter and the 2Modern Blog on May 26th, 2010. Winners must be in the continental US. Please read contest rules.

Enter Now To Win!


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