October 24, 2010

Warhol copies Brillo, someone copies Warhol: Hijinks ensue!


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.

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.


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


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)

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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August 07, 2010

Did you know that LACMA actually stands for "Lame Artists Create Most Art"?

Rainn Wilson, known best as Dwight on The Office,


took over the Twitter feed of LACMA for a project titled "I HATE LACMA," offering his personal list of "many, many reasons why never to go to LACMA." Rainn Wilson is one of the most followed celebrities on Twitter and LACMA is no-doubt hoping to expand their own twitter feed by having his fans follow @LACMA

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But this isn't just a one-off stunt, it's part of a broader project, dubbed Cell Phone Stories and overseen by artist and UCSD visual arts professor Steve Fagin, who recruited Wilson along with  writers, fashion designers, artist and critics to produce a "series of narratives and essays circulated exclusively via mobile phone technology." Fagin himself will tweet "Only for Dummies, for which he will take on the alter ego of a ventriloquist dummy who will tour LACMA, "creating a story equal parts Flaubert and Facebook."

Here are some other gems from Rainn Wilson's LACMA feed to get you to CLICK and see for yourself.

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As you can see - it's thoroughly entertaining, blasphemous, and often sophomoric, just like the actor himself. 

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above: Rainn Wilson at The Rocker (2008) premiere

The project launched on May 29 and goes through Sept. 6, 2010.

August 04, 2010

Art inspiring Art every 24 hours, or Rebecca Campbell and Nicole Walker pick up the telephone

WhisperdownthelaneThis week kicked off a game of sorts between artists that references the childhood game of Telephone. I had played it under a different name, Whisper down the lane. (Other handles the game is known under include Chinese Whispers, Grapevine, Broken Telephone, Gossip, Arab Phone, and probably played around the world under many more names.)

The basic concept is the same - someone whispers a phrase to their neighbor and so on, down a line of people. At the end of the line, the phrase is said out loud and giggles ensue as it has been radically changed from person to person along the line.  

This game of telephone is a little different

Titled "7 Days, 7 Artists, 7 Rings", the project began with a painting by Rebecca Campbell, titled "Wake Them When It's Over",


painted in response to the headline, "Wake Them When It's Over", by Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post , where the project is being hosted (all images pictured here were sourced from the main project page). 

Then yesterday, poet Nicole Walker responded to Campbell's painting with "This is not a poem".

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Campbell and Walker, both from originally from Mormon families in Salt Lake City, became friends - flash forward 25 years and you've got a project spawned by a lifetime of correspondence and collaboration between the two artists.

Confused? The Huffington Post sorts it out for us, "Each week the painter and the poet will create a work of art to begin the game. Each week they'll then invite 5 more artists from a variety of disciplines --writers, artists, musicians, etc.-- to join the conversation by making a work in turn, just as in a game of telephone. Artists will have 24 hours to respond to a previous artist's work or "Ring". Everyday on the arts page, you will see a new work of art branded as 7 rings."


Today is day 3 and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, has uploaded "Rebecca's Dream" (pictured left)

This process will continue with a new response being inspired by the work of art posted the day before (poem, painting, song, sculpture, ...).

Every 24 hours, 7 days a week a new response will be posted. The game is planned to go on for 60 days, but with the amount of support already surrounding this project, it could go on indefinitely. 

Be sure to check in every day here.

You can also follow the project on twitter.

July 28, 2010

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July 15, 2010


Don't say you didn't hear it first from 2modern, as the sign isn’t even up yet. Here in Stone Ridge, a mere 120 minutes north of the Big Apple, they do modern and they do it well. Now open weekends and by appointment, presenting: the Rural Modernist Studio. This gem of a place acts as a creative outlet for owners Jason O'Malley and J.R. Craigmile. O'Malley makes the pottery while Craigmile curates the collection of outsider art.

A former art director at Donna Karan and illustrator of 10 books, O’Malley left New York seeking a change of pace. For many, launching Handsome Devil Press greeting cards, penning the hilarious Doodle Whore blog, illustrating, gardening and dog training would have been enough. For O’Malley, this was only the beginning and after a casual dalliance with pottery class, a love affair was born.

Rural Modernist’s eye-popping vessels and bowls are definitely the main draw. Part Gio Ponti meets Beatrice Wood ala organic Whoville, the matte black and high gloss white pieces are inspired by orb-like sea life. Pottery can be used solo or grouped together to create inspired modern vignettes. Also made by O’Malley are hand-stenciled designs on wood, which can be purchased in multiples, home made soaps in creative trappings—maps, cards, graph paper—and clever greeting cards.   P1060175


Outsider art provides a welcome contrast with works by S.L. Jones, Willie Jinks, Myrtice West, M.C. (5 cent) Jones. Film production accountant by day Craigmile scours the earth literally and virtually, hunting down items before reluctantly bidding adieu. He'll curate on-going exhibitions and events at the Rural Modernist to fuel his creative mojo.

At the risk of sounding canned, once setting foot into this place, you’ll want to hang out and ditch your plans for the day. Whether it’s the original modern aesthetic, cheeky humor, meticulous detailing, great smells, and perfect tuneage-Smiths, The Velvets,Talk Talk, Nancy Sinatra and Gaga were all on rotation—you’ll be hooked. 

The Rural Modernist

3780 Main Street

Stone Ridge, NY, 12484


Photos courtesy of the Rural Modernist Studio & Jason O'Malley 

March 09, 2010

2sday's Just Got A Whole Lot Better!


2Modern is introducing 2sdays!
Each Tuesday, we will be giving away at least one Modern gift from the 2Modern store to our Facebook Fans.

To Enter:
1. Become a Facebook fan - go to the 
2Modern Facebook Page and click 'BECOME A FAN'.

2. Write a comment under the prize on our Wall each Tuesday.

Prizes will be awarded randomly and winners will be announced each Wednesday morning.
Tell your friends about 2sdays! The more popular it becomes, the more prizes we will give away!

*Please note that prizes can only be sent to locations within the Continental US.

January 27, 2010

Helping Haiti

On January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. Join recovery efforts mobilizing around the world to assist earthquake victims. Your donation will help disaster victims rebuild their lives and their communities. 2Modern will be donating 10% of our profits from all orders placed, until January 31st.

The donations will go directly to Unicef and CARE. Learn more here.

January 14, 2010

Inhabitat Design Contest

Inhabitat just completed a home makeover for the winner of a big contest they did. Jill Fehrenbacher, the editor in chief of Inhabitat did the redesign personally with several eco-friendly, modern design items (including a very cool console from Iannone Design). Good job!

December 17, 2009

Tiger Woods : Welcome to the Human Race!

Well...I think I will write some quick thoughts on Tiger Woods, since he is an icon after all and design does seem to follow him around a bit.

This is slightly off topic, however, I felt compelled to introduce a concept that many are not talking about and deserves some consideration. There is a relationship between major cultural icons, advertising, marketing, design and the human experience. I think we are seeing some of this unfold here...

If you are a public figure that makes all of their money being in the spotlight, then I am sorry, you do subject yourself to the spotlight (still) regardless if you feel that you are shown well in that light (or not).

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Nike, Accenture, Gatorade, TagHeuer, American Express...all jumped onto the Tiger Inc. bandwagon because he was very good at hitting a little white ball around. Well, of course, they want a solid, upstanding gentleman who is also of course a winner. They shaped and formed this icon into this perfect human being.

However, we all know that humans are not perfect...but regardless, advertisers still create ads with beautiful women (hide the airbrush please) and create a powerful reaction of envy. This reaction is one of the components leading to the purchase of "X" (enter product or service here). This is no secret...

Tiger ad

It is effective, that is why some are able to rake in $100,000,000 dollars worth of endorsements per year.

But humans aren't perfect. This also isn't a secret.

So...Tiger, you are human after all. Great...welcome! There is nothing wrong with being human...we all do make mistakes. Please do us all a favor and just admit to mistakes and talk to us as other human beings (we are actually a very forgiving race). I am not interested at all in some Tiger, Inc. manufactured BS like a post on your website or a "blame it on a disease/disorder" kind of thing, where you get "relieved" from some foreign ailment that you are not really accountable for.

How do you combat this contradiction of Tiger?


People think you are a hypocrite because of this manufactured image of who you really aren't. That is major corporate advertising creating that image. That isn't you. Maybe you have been so focused on golf for so long and constantly led down this path of sponsorship, that you never had the chance to even find out who you really are. Who knows? Again, you are a human being and making mistakes is not a bad thing...it is perfectly normal.

Talk to us authentically about the situation. Sure, you'll lose a few endorsements...but you will easily replace them with companies who's customers value authenticity. But that isn't much of a concern. You have more than enough dough to last several lifetimes. The main impact, and I hope this gets to you one way or another, is that you are able to reach people who really did look up to this "perfect" human (especially children) and learn that envy is indeed ignorance...that everyone is human and everyone makes mistakes. Furthermore, they will understand that being "the best" at something doesn't always equal happiness (in fact, it might be at the expense of happiness or balance in your life)...or having a ton of money doesn't always equal happiness...but being true to yourself and maintaining your integrity (as imperfect as that might be) is more important than anything. 

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