October 24, 2010

Warhol copies Brillo, someone copies Warhol: Hijinks ensue!

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Over 100 of Andy Warhol's "Brillo Boxes" have been found to be "different" from others...
Yes it's a rather strong claim - The board avoids using words such as “fake” or “inauthentic” in its report, nor would it say whether or not it will stamp any boxes presented to it as “denied”, or revoke existing letters of opinion.

 

The short story:

Two series of boxes produced by Pontus Hultén, the founding director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Hultén claimed that Warhol authorised the production of the boxes for the seminal exhibition that Hultén curated in Stockholm in 1968.

But in 2007, the Swedish newspaper Expressen discovered that no wooden boxes had been displayed in the show and that cardboard boxes from the Brillo factory had been used instead. It set out to research the date and manufacture of Hultén’s boxes, many of which had entered the market.

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Anyhow - the prices climb and climb and climb - are auctioned off (they had letters of authenticity and papers and important people saying they are real). Ten were sold through Christie’s shortly afterwards to a UK buyer for £475,650, who turned out to be the art dealer Anthony d’Offay.

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The board now says there are two sets of Hultén-­produced boxes: a small number (about 10 to 15) made in 1968, straight after the show. The board refers to these as “Stockholm type boxes”. The rest, 105, were produced at Hultén’s request by carpenters for a 1990 exhibition in Russia. The board refers to these as “Malmö type boxes”.

Full story here at The Art Newspaper

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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!

October 06, 2010

Patricia Urquiola: Vieques Island

An earlier post at 2Modern design blog covered Patricia Urquiola's tile work which was delightful! Her focus on creating industrial products with personality and her approach to integrate layers of history into the memoriable patterns surely trigger sensation and success.

Patricia Urquiola's advise for new designers is to find “a few cultural references and people who can give you guidance to develop your personality,  try to defend your ideas and projects, create your own formula.”

She created a great formula for herself; her interiors are sensible, orginal and moving. The colors are plenty but they are relative and pleasing within the context of its surrounding.

The dynamics of colors in Urquiola's interiors can be explained by intuition and observation.

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The corners are created with a sense of comfort which drives its energy from colors, lighting and patterns.

  

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The outdoor furniture fits well into the nature's color scheme and also constitutes a lively drop within the earthy tones of the outdoor structure.

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The colors of the pillows intensify each other with hues that complement and contrast in design. The lightness of colors gets affected by neighboring tones. The light source brightens the overall affect.

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The colors and patterns in the living room are not used in a limited manner.

The color design develops around the amount, shape and placement of each design element in an interactional manner: The relativity makes the design pleasant and harmonious. 


 

2Modern Design Brief

Modern Art moments...all kinds of art make me happy. I have a soft spot in my heart for people who can express their words in this type of medium. Funky, classic, off-beat, simple-I love it ALL!

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Design Milk featured NY interior designer, Laura Day . This image reminded me of my fondness for art...read the whole story here. LOVE the skate decks above the bed. Back in the day, I had a few above my bed and always loved that look. 

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Even the word 'ART' makes my heart tingle...if I ever have a son, his name just may be Art...

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Social Networking sarcasm...spotted on MocoLoco. Art by Filippo Minelli.

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Stunning Paper Artworks by a German artist, Simon Schubert. See the whole feature here on Wallpaper.

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Installation art is one of my favorites. Pushing limits and boundaries is always the mark of an interesting artist.... Found this one on dornob. 1600 Stacked chairs...curious why she stopped at 1600...She IS the artist- it's all up to her!

 

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 27, 2010

The Sheer Kitchen...

With a futuristic design, the Sheer Kitchen by Gatto Kitchens is surely a conversation starter. 

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The upper half of the sphere of the Sheer Kitchen automatically rises and attaches to the ceiling, where it provides lighting and ventilation. The lower half contains a circulator work top, a double sink, four burners (including a lava stone burner), three bottle coolers, a pullout table, two electric outlets for small appliances, and storage space for rolling trolleys. However, a freestanding wall unit contains the refrigerator, an oven, cabinets and four folding chairs. The best part of it all, the kitchen is made of partially lightweight and durable carbon fiber so that you can take the kitchen with you when you move. Enjoy !!!

September 22, 2010

Murakami in the Wonderland of Versailles

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Takashi Murakami has been around for a while bridging the gap between the low and high art, synthesizing the east and west influences, and producing the -kawaii- cute cartoon characters with bright colors and big smiles for his prints and paintings.

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 An exhibition, which has recently opened, by Takashi Murakami in the Chateau de Versailles, has joyful and witty pieces which contradict with the sophisticated and elegant rooms of Versailles. An earlier post  focused on the photoshop colors of the pictures from the exhibition.)

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Murakami sees himself like a Cheshire cat in this marvelous setting, wandering around the chateau with a grin on his face. Murakami explains:

Just as French people can find it hard to recreate in their minds an accurate image of the Samurai period, the history of this palace has become diminished for us in reality.
So it is probable that the Versailles of my imagination corresponds to an exaggeration and a transformation in my mind so that it has become a kind of completely separate and unreal world. That is what I have tried to depict in this exhibition.”

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The literary nonsense genre of the Alice in Wonderland summarizes the outline of this exhibition: a fantasy created by Murakami in a world of elegance, style and high art.

 

  

   

Tires Rock...and Roll

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Tire by Roy Lichtenstein 1970 image source: ElissaSCA

photoRob Pruitt 2010

Pattern and Degradation Opening reception at Gavin Brown's Enterprise and Maccarone, New York image source: VernissageTV Didier Didier

Tires are in.

Ever since we had the car tires balanced 3 weeks ago and found out they had weather cracking, it has been nothing but tire research and obsessive e-gathering of info by Tom. Including tread designs and compounds, you tube videos of tires being tested in Sweden near the Arctic circle, images of tires so zoomed in they fill the entire screen. When we opened up the NY Times art section last week and saw the huge picture of Rob Pruitt's new gallery show in NYC I was as Tom puts it "surprised to see that someone else saw the art in tread design" or as I put it "amazed to find his same recent obsession made manifest in the NY art scene." The tire has been used often in modern art. I found Lichtenstein's portrait of a Tire. I like it, even though Tom says it's old tech. When I think of tire that's the image that comes to mind, a big outdated symbol of power! It's been nothing but tires tires tires everyday, I don't think I've ever been so keenly aware of tires, everyday we go out we stop to look at people's tires, they must think we're vandals. As Tom puts it, "black and commonplace and taken for granted, hissing beneath your car seat is a work of art!"

Literally there's hundreds of tires going by outside our window right now, we hear tires, we see tires, I'm sure Tom dreams about tires, and smells them too. We also just heard, involuntarily, John Lennons' I'm Just Sitting here making the wheels go round and round(no doubt with tires mounted!!) Snow treads, summer treads, rain treads, treads that wear fast, treads that last! With tires black is the new black! You may recall BMW's ad for a car freak, using the tire tread as brush. Set up on a giant canvas the Z4 powerslides across the surface to create a unique work of art. Their campaign was dubbed "an expression of joy" I think it's an expression Tom is all too familiar with!!

September 21, 2010

2Modern Design Brief

Brains of designers working hard lately.... Is it me or is there an exciting amount of good design these days?

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I spotted this on Cool Hunting but you can check out the whole enchilada over at the designer's site, Knife & Saw. You should really just check out the whole site...Brains on overload over there....

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Finally! Because it's something I have always hoped to see - shopping carts repurposed into good design. Found on Dornob

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Grain Edit featured a piece from Semigood Design..the ironic part is that it's Allgood Design!

September 20, 2010

2Modern Design Brief

Spectacular finds that simply must be shared...

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Everything about this space is beyond words. I don't know where to start...This would make an amazing guest house...but it's just so good, I want it as an art studio and my escape place...and that rooftop garden-it's just the perfect 'cherry on top' of it all! Great find-courtesy of DigDigs.

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Pouring over the pages of Ruemag.com...I have spotted several great features in their debut publication. Dying to use the rich hue of peacock blue on my next project-Paird with natural elements - this duo is charming my socks off.

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I will never get bored with this look. 'Industrialized Organic' just clicks for me. This a perfect example shows a harmonious blend-too delicious not to share. Found on Design Therapy.

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It's seems natural that I am obsessed with Rachel Zoe the Fashion Stylist...Her home is decorated in my taste-Simple, clean and sprinkled with moments that 'make you feel fabulous...' Love her style! Featured on Apartment Therapy.

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