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How to Exhibit and Collect Design

by Natalie Hegert
With the scope of art continually expanding to include everything from film to fashion wear, the design world is finding itself on the up and up. More art collectors are including works by iconic designers into their collections, and many major art institutions—MoMA for instance—either have departments dedicated to architecture and design, or they’ve presented major exhibitions of prominent design figures and movements (David Adjaye, for example, is currently having a huge retrospective at Haus... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 4/15/15

Performing Tables

by Caroline Picard
Laura Letinsky photographs material debris left behind on tabletops. Orange peels, breadcrumbs, partially consumed cakes, wine stains, or sometimes a more theatrical octopus spread out in evocative, transitory constellations. At any moment one imagines a figure will enter the picture frame, destroying the aesthetic confluence in an effort to wipe the table down and deposit all captured remnants in a trashcan. This is partly what’s so compelling about these photographs: framed by the camera... [more]
Posted by Caroline Picard on 3/25/15

Bummer: Reflections on the Varieties of Human Folly, Aesthetics, and the 1990s

by Rob Goyanes
For some reason, in the wake of men creating darkness, they also make art: Christ gets crucified, someone paints a scene of it. War with the Japanese, a handmade game called “Kill the Jap.” Stalin shaves off and effectively enslaves a solid percentage of Russian society in order to hoist industrialization upon its weary shoulders—a porcelain plate, so you can eat off his face. Such examples are the art and design found at , a small, eccentric exhibition on view at the Wolfsonian-FIU. Adding to... [more]
Posted by Rob Goyanes on 8/13/14

Welcome to Iraq: Come in, sit down, drink tea

by Phoebe Stubbs
at the South London Gallery is a restaging of the Iraqi Pavilion from the 2013 Venice Biennale. The original exhibition was an exercise in contrast—a casually furnished home in palatial surroundings, an Iraqi apartment in Venice. Comfortable sofas were covered in beautifully embroidered, colourful fabrics, and books about Iraq were scattered over tables alongside the artwork. In the South London Gallery the exhibition has to work harder to make the vast gallery space welcoming and ripe for... [more]
Posted by Phoebe Stubbs on 3/24/14

The ghosts of the past in the paraphernalia of domestic nostalgia

by Collin Sundt
The ghosts of the past are easily summoned in the paraphernalia of domestic nostalgia. But the familiarity of quotidian objects can also mask the deep value with which they are imbued by their owners, making our own history often so difficult to catalog. After all, a family heirloom is just another thing outside the family. These vessels of the past are always tinged with a sense of loss, and that sense of loss transforms and doubles when the story and sentiment are drained away. This is what... [more]
Posted by Collin Sundt on 2/11/14

[VIDEO] Sverre Bjertnes at White Columns, New York

by Vernissage TV
White Columns in New York just opened the first solo exhibition in the United States by the New York-based Norwegian artist Sverre Bjertnes. The show is titled , and has been developed by Sverre Bjertnes in collaboration with the artist Bjarne Melgaard. The exhibition presents new paintings and works on paper by Bjertnes, as well as earlier works. Furthermore, the show includes collaborative works made with both Melgaard and the artist’s mother Randi Koren Bjertnes, as well as a group of... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 3/17/13
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