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.

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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)

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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!

September 20, 2010

Panton Chair

Verner Panton has said that he started working on the Panton Chair in 1959/60, so we celebrate the 50th birthday for the Panton Chair. The chair has become one of the Danish Design Icons. Produced by Vitra in 1967 for the first time. I like that they later made a miniature version of the Panton Chair for Children.

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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)
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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)

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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)

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

(below: Eisenman's "floating column")

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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.

Enjoy!

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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 15, 2010

Di Di System

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The Di Di System is epoxy coated steel hanger system designed by Alberto Basaglia & Natalia Rota Nodari for YDF (an acronym for Young Designers Factory).

I love the idea of using the range of colors that they come in, but can also envision a range of colors one can hang on a single shade.

September 07, 2010

New on 2Modern: Knoll Kids, EVRT, FLOS, Bholu, and more

Introducing Knoll Kids

Brand new to 2Modern, Knoll Kids is a collection of spirited, modern furniture scaled for a younger generation. With the largest amount of fabrics and colors offered yet on 2Modern, we are proud to be one of the few online retailers to offer the full line of Knoll Kids products. The Child's Barcelona Chair was created in 1929 and features a pure compositional structure that now epitomizes modern architecture. The Womb Chair is GreenGuard certified and was designed by Finnish designer Eero Saarinen in 1948. The collection of Suzanne Lounge Seating is a versatile line that can be used as modular seating.

 

Introducing EVRT Studio at 2Modern.com

Introducing EVRT Studio on 2Modern! Developed by designer Brian Everett, EVRT Studio offers a collection of modern art prints, available on archival quality canvas and complete with frame. The artwork ranges from and combines elements of painting, drawing, photography and graphic design. Brian Everett has carefully selected three designs exclusive for 2Modern art enthusiasts: Atlas Oats, Birch Trees, and McGee - available only on 2Modern.com!

 

Great New FLOS Items!

2Modern is happy to introduce new modern lighting from Flos. With a mix of floor, ceiling, hanging and table lamps, we've added a wide variety. Starting with the Tab Table and Floor lamps, these items have a simple modern feel to them. We've also added the KTribe Floor and Wall lamps, the Smithfield Ceiling and Pendent, and the Chasen S2 Pendent. All these lamps have wonderful designs and will fit most contemporary styles. Last but not least, the Nebula Pendent. This is a very unique pendent that has that wow factor.

 

New Flower Powersol From Fatboy
  Fatboy celebrates the summer feel with a new peaceful and loving parasol. Overgrown with a sunny and iconic Scandinavian flower print by Marimekko, the Fatboy Flowerpowersol represents the ultimate summer feeling.

 

New Obstacle Courses from bObles
  bObles' popular Tumbling Animals are now available in cute obstacle course sets. The Small Obstacle Course is a 5 piece set featuring Fish, Crocodile, and Chicken. The Large Obstacle Course is an 8 piece set featuing Fish, Elephant, Crocodile, and Chicken.

 

Introducing Bholu on 2Modern!

2Modern is pleased to introduce Bholu - our newest vendor, featuring bold and free designs. All Bholu Rugs, Pillows, and Throws are handmade by traditional artisans from rural and urban communities in India, following Fair Trade standards. The Bholu collection of wallpaper is a collaboration with Porter's Paints, one of Australia's leading paint brands. All of Bholu's products can be mixed and matched with one another - there are no rules, so be brave and embrace Bholu's bold, free style.

 

New Tempaper Wallpaper

August 31, 2010

Modern Kids/Baby Gear

This weekend was one of my best-friend's baby shower.  

The time is coming where many friends are married; this is the fourth baby of the year.  All these showers have forced me to learn about all cacophony of baby gear that parents seemingly need. 

I am on a never-ending search for GREAT baby products.  They most certainly exist and really are show-stoppers!  I am always looking for products that I can feel excited about finding, giving, and using.  

Below are two products that I find unique, modern, and a worthy read. 

SuperWagon | Zen by Kaiku Design 


Every seat is a window seat...

Designed and engineered in California to get you and your little ones outside!Provides maximum comfort and ergonomics for riders and driver.18mos +


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Pebble Mattress by Nook Sleep Systems


Nook presents the world's most considered infant mattress. From a unique air layer that fosters oxygen flow inside the mattress, to the superior softness of all-natural eucalyptus fibers, to the unique pebbled surface that promotes air circulation, every detail is examined for maximum breathability, non-toxicity and smart design in the crib.


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Acapulco Chair

Oficina Kreativa is a creative work group within the field of art, architecture, and design. Jacob Fasting and Kirsten Krogh founded the office in 2008. It is located in Mexico City and Copenhagen. Oficina Kreativa is engaged in the design and production of furniture and in theoretical and artistic practice. It is based on an exchange of ideas between Scandinavia and Mexico – a cultural import & export.  

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Oficina Kreativa is introducing the new Acapulco Mini for the kids. Just as cool - only smaller. 

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www.oficinakreativa.com

August 27, 2010

Big Cozy Books

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Big Cozy Books designed by Erik Olofson is a great product for children! It's really novel concept. Pieces include chairs, stools, doorway entrances, wall art and accessories. The Big Cozy Books is suitable to decorate kids room, play ground and more.

www.bigcozybooks.com

August 24, 2010

Whimsically Wonderful

Have you ever found something you think so wonderful you try and rationalize when and how you can convince yourself you need one? I stumbled on this weeks ago, considered buying it for my expecting cousin and have since become completely obsessed with J Schatz Egg Lamp.  


Child-like whimsy can make its way into all our our lives.  


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To confirm my admiration for this product, and its designer, J Schatz offers the following:
    

 J SCHATZ WONDER-CERTIFIED™ 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

"All J Schatz products are incorporated into Jim’s daily life and subjected to the wonder test to become a wonder-certified J Schatz product. The wonder test is quite simple. If a product inspires wonder throughout the weeks, months and years that Jim lives with it, the product will be produced. We guarantee that you will be satisfied with your wonder-certified J Schatz purchase. "

 

August 14, 2010

Artist Designed Mini-Golf a new fad?

Through September 16, the Salt Lake Art Center boasts 19 holes of indoor mini golf - a great way to beat the heat. Club sizes come in mini through tall adult and you can pick any golf ball color you would like, they have a rainbow of choices.

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19 artists from Utah and the rest of the country designed and built the 18 holes.  The exhibit is free and you can play each of the holes!

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis did a course in 2008 - article about it here.

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Back in March 2010, students at the Columbus College of Art and Design built a course that "nclude[d] a scale model of CCAD's campus created by its students and a pirate ship by Indianapolis arts group Primary Colors, along with others that incorporate electricity, game show reverence, bad family photos, comic book panels and... a waterfall. (Holes that incorporated fire, glass bottles and gigantic ladyparts made of green carpet were nixed from the course,)" said Columbus Alive.

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The most interesting part of the article for me was this excerpt, "Future plans for a throwdown among the city's various art schools are in the works,"

As an art school graduate myself, I suspect that a throwdown between students can only result in huge leaps in innovation within art making.

Art can definitely be fun for the whole family! Go see some now!

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