October 20, 2010

Has the art market thawed? Frieze thinks so.

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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.

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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.

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Enjoy!

October 02, 2010

Art + Design = Life

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(Etsy: ArgyleWhale)

When it comes to design, we forget that it is handmade, just in a different way.

Certainly this had some labor involved in its making.

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(NYT Logo - made of chairs)

But design can be fun and lite (or light).

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Design can be inspired from anywhere and anything.

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Ikea has put out a visually stunning cookbook (notcot.org) titled: Homemade is Best

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Is this the future? Will everything be broken down into a global visual language?

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Which begs the question:

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Design + life = unexpected delights in everyday life
(blend of hand-made, mass-produced, creative applications)


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Remember:

Everything is going to be alright

That goes for everyone. (below: Kumi Yamashita)

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And anyone.
After all, this is our world.

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(above: Richard Galpin, "Noosphere", 2006)

September 28, 2010

Modern Tea Towels

With the weather starting to change, I am starting to dream of the lazy afternoons of baking and cooking.  Here are some wonderfully architectural and clever towels from Girls Can Tell  to add to your collection.


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 Classic Holga 

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Tandem Bike

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Beer Lovers

 

 

September 14, 2010

Looking to the Past for Inspiration and Motivation

This weekend was spent participating in an annual family tradition that dates back long before anyone can remember.  The change of the season is marked by sudden cool snaps, shorter days, and a bountiful fall harvest.  Each fall in early September vine-ripened grapes make their journey from vineyards around the world to small produce markets where amateur and professional wine makers alike oggle at their beauty. 

Having finally participated in this tradition I can't help by recognize how the current economic and political climate has a lot of people looking towards traditions of the past. Many are looking to live a more simplistic life and learning to appreciate the small wonders around us. What could be more modern than that? 

Here are a few fun finds to get you in the mood to go and make your very own Vino della Famiglia. 

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 Modern Cellar - CURIO Wine Server

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MuNiMulA - Wine Tray 

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 Burlap Wine Bottle Bags

  

August 17, 2010

Lens Quencher

Saw this over at BTLD and had to share. How many of our photog-nerds have been missing this in their lives?! 

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My only complaint is that it's not a Nikon lens.

Learn more and buy it here.

July 14, 2010

Rapha Cycling Classics Visit NYC for 3 months

A Day in 10 Photos 07.01.2010 by John Prolly.

Rapha Cycle Club, NYC by dowd/hewitt.

image source: John Prolly

Rapha a British based maker of cycling clothing and gear in classical style has decided to give its NY audience a hands on experience of their gear and aesthetic. In saying hands on we mean the full blown experience including Tour de France memorabilia, their vintage Citroen delivery van from Europe, complete with Rapha logo on it's side, gobs of Eddy Merckx memorabilia, a generous collection of their cycling clothing hung on racks for touching (not just on an LED screen!), and a coffee bar serving Third Rail Coffee with flat screen tvs showing continual coverage, live and video loops, of this years Tour de France! As a cyclist one might think that heaven has come to earth if only for a 3 month period of time disappearing all too quickly like Shangrala or Oz and then puff in a cloud of smoke back to Kansas. If you are in NYC, are madly passionate about cycling and cycle racing go quickly to the Bowery, take a seat, get a coffee, and let your head float off into the mountains of France while dreaming of winning this stages jersey, hopefully one made by Rapha.

Here they come! by will_cyclist.

Image source:  will_cyclist

July 06, 2010

Into the heart of Denmark’s heritage

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Historical yet timeless: Royal Copenhagen’s very first porcelain dinner service, the Blue Fluted pattern is as graceful as when it was first adopted in 1775 as the very first porcelain dinner service. Centuries later, Blue Fluted Plain is a cultural cornerstone as well as a part of the fabric of daily modern life in Denmark – still painted and glazed by hand. Living abroad has not made me love this spectacular tableware any less... 


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July 01, 2010

Primary Shakers :: Jasco Chan

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A minimalist's dream, no doubt.  Primary Shakers: consider yourselves wish list-ed.

About:  The most primary of forms married with the most primary of colors. Automatically charming, this trio of salt, pepper, and sugar shakers recalls the good old days we all had as children playing with brightly colored geometric toy blocks imparts a new inspired setting for mealtime.

Material: Ceramic

Design by Jasco Chan for Imm Living

Available from Artful Goods: $32

June 24, 2010

Mood Mugs :: Thabto

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These new mugs from London-based design studio Thabto (short for "two heads are better than one") are pure silliness.  Not that that's a bad thing.  I'm all for more humor in the design world!

Available in three moods: "Happy as Larry", "Monstrously Moody", and "Seriously Sleepy".  All three designs make me chuckle, but my favorite is probably the little sleepy guy.  Just looking at him makes me yawn!

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About:  Mood Mugs are a range of insulated mugs with quirky facial expressions to reflect your mood. These beautifully simple hand made porcelain mugs are cleverly designed with double wall insulation to keep your drink warm and hand cool, whilst showing everybody how you're feeling.

Mood Mugs by Thabto: £8.95 / aprox. $13.50

May 28, 2010

Kitschy Kitchenwares

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