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Erik Spiekermann Explains It All

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:40

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hello I am erikLike most beings who can have their day ruined by a sign set in Comic Sans, we’ve long admired Erik Spiekermann‘s typographic genius, but who knew he was also a master of similes? “Having a color copier in ’77 was like having a nuclear reactor in the basement,” he told a rapt audience earlier this week at Parsons, where he appeared with designer Johannes Erler to promote Hello I am Erik. The biography-cum-pictorial history, edited, written, and designed by Erler in close cooperation with Spiekermann (who designed the book’s lone typeface, “Real,” and whose son, Dylan, provided the English translation) documents the famed typographer’s projects, traces milestones in his life, and offers his personal perspectives on design alongside essays by the likes of Neville Brody and Stefan Sagmeister. Below are some of the most illuminated Spiekermann-isms of the evening.

On Hello I am Eric:
I had nothing to do with this book except I employed somebody to go through what little archives I have—because I had this big fire in ’77 and then a couple of floods and my ex-partners threw away all my archives, so there was very little there. Poor Inga had to spend a year finding stuff, which was impossible.

On the typeface he created for the book:
I kept out of the design [of the book] because I was the subject, not the doer. The one requirement I had was that I’ve always wanted to do this particular typeface that is based on the weight of Akzidenz-Grotesk. There’s a specific weight that only existed in very large wooden or resin letters, and I’ve always liked it…and this was the opportunity to do it. So I said to Johannes, OK, I’m going to design this typeface—one weight only—and you will only use one weight in this whole book.

On the fluorescent cover:
We both happen to like dayglo. I’m not much of a color person. I’m very black and white. But I’ve always liked orange dayglo.
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Barry Friedman, Richard Dupont Among MAD Visionaries

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:39

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Less than a week stands between you and the 2014 MAD Ball, set for November 11 at NYC’s Pier Sixty, when the Museum of Arts and Design will celebrate not only the one-year anniversary of director Glenn Adamson’s invigorating arrival but also the recipients of its annual Visionaries! Awards. This year’s winners, chosen for their influential creations or leadership in art, craft, and design, are Michael Aram, whose eponymous company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year; double-take-inducing artist Richard Dupont; gallerist and collector Barry Friedman; and Ligne Roset. Each will receive a new gilded-glass award created by artist and verre eglomisé pro Miriam Ellner, who was featured in MAD’s recent NYC Makers-themed Biennial. Also freshly commissioned for the MAD Ball are a series of live demonstrations by artists and makers including photographer Benjamin Fredrickson, ceramicist Zack Davis, and pastry chef Olivier Dessyn. Proceeds from the MAD Ball support the museum’s arts education programs.

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Design Jobs: National Audubon Society, Duggal Visual Solutions, Meredith

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 18:30

This week, the National Audubon Society is hiring a graphic designer, while Duggal Visual Solutions is seeking a retoucher. Meredith needs an assistant art director for More, and Zinio is on the hunt for a graphic designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Graphic Designer National Audubon Society (New York, NY) Retoucher Duggal Visual Solutions (New York, NY) Assistant Art Director, More Meredith (New York, NY) Graphic Designer Zinio (New York, NY) Marketing and Graphics Manager American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (Washington, DC)

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On the Art of the #Artselfie

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:11

artselfie“In deciding how a picture should look, in preferring one exposure to another, photographers are always imposing standards on their subjects,” wrote Susan Sontag in On Photography. “Although there is a sense in which the camera does indeed capture reality, not just interpret it, photographs are as much an interpretation of the world as paintings and drawings are.” But what about when the subject is the photographer, with his or her face jutting into the frame alongside a painting, drawing, or other work of art? Then you’ve entered the meta-interpretative world of the #artselfie. The keen cultural observers over at DIS Magazine peg the birth of this self-portrait-with-artwork phenomenon, now ubiquitous at most any museum or gallery exhibition, to 2012, “right as the recent photographic phenomenon known as the selfie reached its tipping point.” Having seized upon the #artselfie as an “aggregated mode of art-tourism and documentation” with a dedicated Tumblr, DIS teamed with Mathieu Cénac and David Desrimais‘s Jean Boîte éditions to publish a book full of them. Recently feted at Galerie Yvon Lambert in Paris, the volume includes an introduction by Douglas Coupland and a discussion between Swiss Institute director Simon Castets and DIS. Order a copy here and then take a photo of yourself reading it for an #artselfieselfie.

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Quote of Note | Frank Gehry

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:37

frank g“I’ve always talked to artists about designing art museums. I’ve always heard the same thing, which is the opposite of what Glenn Lowry [of MoMA] and those people always push for: the white pristine box. I guess they don’t know any better. Most of the artists I know complain about that, and younger artists today are refusing to be in that white box—it’s imposing a ‘purity’ that is in fact intrusive. You can see that those galleries at MoMA have failed; they have to redo them now….I’ve been listening to artists for 40 years about what galleries they want. Every artist I know loved Bilbao. Every museum director I know hated Bilbao.”

Frank Gehry, in a recent interview with Jori Finkel for The Art Newspaper

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Mark Your Calendar: Beautiful Users

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 13:34

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The countdown continues to the December 12th reopening of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Among the exhibitions that will welcome visitors to the freshly renovated Andrew Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue, which has gained 60% more gallery space in the overhaul, is Beautiful Users. Located in the sparkling new first-floor “Design Process Galleries,” the show will explore the shift toward designs that are based on observations of human anatomy and behavior, from Henry Dreyfuss‘s “human factors” to hacking. Get a sneak peek on Friday, November 21, when curator Ellen Lupton visits New York’s 92nd Street Y (tickets here) to discuss the exhibition and how users are increasingly affecting the design of the objects they use.

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Mark Your Calendar: Passport to the Arts

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 11:10

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An installation view of Master Slave System (afterglow), an exhibition of the work of German artist Klaus Merkel that is on view through December 7 at Joe Sheftel Gallery.

The New Yorker‘s Passport to the Arts returns on Saturday, November 8. The venerable magazine and its promotions department have organized a gallery crawl, evening cocktail party, and silent auction to benefit Creative Time. A $55 ticket gets you a “limited-edition passport” that each of the 25 SoHo and Lower East Side galleries and venues on the self-guided tour will stamp with a replica of a featured work of art. And with a list of participating galleries that includes Joe Sheftel, Laurel Gitlen, and Invisible-Exports, this year’s Passport to the Arts promises to be quite a trip.

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Quote of Note | Neville Brody

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 04:21

neville brody“To me, the most inspiring kind of design comes from people who are not professional designers. Things like seven-inch reggae album art from the ’70s and ’80s. These people had cheap printing and bad technology, but still made impactful work. There’s something inspiring in that innocence—raw, direct, and unafraid to make mistakes.”

-Graphic designer Neville Brody in the fifth (fall/winter 2014) issue of CR Fashion Book

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Quote of Note | Marc Newson on Carlo Mollino

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 03:52

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“I discovered the work of Carlo Mollino at the beginning of my career, about twenty-five years ago. The piece that really got me excited was the ‘Bisiluro’ (pictured), which was essentially a racing car that looked like a four-wheeled motorcycle, like two motorcycles bolted together. It was a fantastically brilliant thing: two pontoons joined by a metallic membrane. He raced them. They were his obsession, though he designed them not merely to look cool, but also to be functional and aerodynamic. What subsequently attracted me to his work, more than the furniture, was his general multitasking ability. Aviation, architecture, automotives, photography, furniture—he created all of those things, and he practiced across several disciplines at a time when not many other people were doing that. He eluded any job description.”

-Multitasking designer Marc Newson in the fifth (fall/winter 2014) issue of CR Fashion Book

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Editions/Artists’ Books Fair Returns

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 13:36

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As you bid Archtober adieu with a Halloween-themed candy binge weekend, ready your sturdiest tote bag and a swath of shelf space for New York’s Editions/Artists Books Fair. The extravaganza of contemporary art publishers and dealers gets underway Thursday evening with a festive preview (tickets here) and then runs through Sunday, November 9, at the newly-renovated Art Beam building in Chelsea. Back after a brief hiatus (see also: “Sandy, Hurricane”), this marks the sixteenth installment of the fair, which has lined up 44 exhibitors, from Michael Steinberg Fine Art and the paper maestros at Dieu Donné to Bartleby & Co. and Purgatory Pie Press (“a sanctuary for artists, designers and typographers who are seduced by the kiss of type and the touch of metal”), presenting works by hundreds of emerging and established artists. Speaking of the latter category, Enoc Perez has whipped up a limited-edition benefit print for the fair—Fontainebleau, Miami—that looks ahead to the next big event on the global art calendar: Art Basel Miami Beach.

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Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library Wins World Monuments Fund Modernism Prize

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:30

RUS-Viipuri-glass-facadeThe 21-year-long project to restore Alvar Aalto‘s Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia (né Viipuri, Finland, before Stalin and co. took a fancy to it) has clinched the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, awarded biennially to an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark. The award will be made to the Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library with Vyborg’s Central City Alvar Aalto Library. Previous winners of the prize—$10,000 and a limited-edition Barcelona chair created by Knoll especially for the occasion—include an architectural consortium that restored typhoon-ravaged Hizuchi Elementary School on Japan’s Shikoku Island and the team effort of Bierman Henket Architecten and Wessel de Jonge Architects to restore the Zonnestraal Sanatorium in the Dutch town of Hilversum.

The Aalto-designed library was completed in 1935. “An icon of twentieth-century architecture—with its distinctive sky-lighted roof, undulating wood-slatted lecture hall ceiling, and glass façade-enclosed staircase—the library at Viipuri is one of Aalto’s most important buildings from the years in which he was adventurously exploring a new modernist vocabulary; indeed, photographs of the building soon made him known around the world,” said jury chairman and MoMA veteran Barry Bergdoll, professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, in a statement issued today by the WMF. “The restoration organized and executed an impressive international campaign that has ensured the survival and revival of Aalto’s masterpiece by restoring it to its original function as a vibrant municipal library.” The prize will be presented at New York’s Museum of Modern Art on December 1 followed by a free public lecture.

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Walker Art Center Celebrates 75 Years in 150 Seconds

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:05

The Walker Art Center is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a series of exhibitions and programs that highlight the institution’s distinctively curious ways. In less than three minutes, the below video rounds up 75 such questions in evocative, inspiring fashion. Those seeking answers can head to the Walker’s mesmerizing 75th anniversary website or Minneapolis, where Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections, a special exhibition studded with greatest hits such as Edward Hopper’s Office at Night (1940), Franz Marc’s The Large Blue Horses (1911), Chuck Close’s Big Self Portrait (1967-68), and Yves Klein’s Mondo Cane Shroud (1961), is on view through September 11, 2016.

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Inside New York Magazine’s Fashion Closet

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:54

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Cubes, the MediabistroTV series that takes you inside top media companies, got a tour of the venerable New York magazine recently. The chronicler of all things New York, which now boasts some of the top news, food, fashion and culture sites around, is nestled next to the Holland Tunnel. Stella Bugbee, editorial director of The Cut, shows you the wellness room, fashion closet, and an area affectionately called Scriberia.

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Design Jobs: Jet.com, Forbes, Zinio

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:30

This week, Jet.com is hiring a visual designer, while Forbes is seeking an associate designer. Zinio needs a graphic designer, and MakerBot is on the hunt for a digital art director. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Visual Designer Jet.com (Montclair, NJ) Associate Designer Forbes (New York, NY) Graphic Designer Zinio (New York, NY) Digital Art Director MakerBot (Brooklyn, NY) Graphic Designer Piaggio Group of Americas (New York, NY)

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Don’t Miss Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Irrelevant Yet Critical Halloween Party

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:55

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Costumes from Storefront’s 2013 “corporate avant-garde”-themed Critical Halloween included, from left: Christian Wasmmann as “The Idea Man,” and Hayes Slade and friends as “Jeff Koons Retrospective.” (Photos: Cameron Blaylock)

Mere days stand between you and Storefront for Art and Architecture‘s Critical Halloween—do you know where your costume is? The theme of this year’s highly anticipated art and architecture costume party, set for Friday night at 80 Greenwich Street in downtown Manhattan, is irrelevance (but if you interpret it as “i-relevance,” you can totally shave your head, throw on a well-fitted t-shirt, and go as Jony Ive).

“Considering the dark powers of our increasingly digital world and an online culture that propels banality to stardom, this year’s event asks artists, architects, writers, and citizens to address the concepts of ‘irrelevance’ and ‘relevance’ within contemporary culture and contemporary digital platforms,” say the Storefront spooks, who have lined up live music by Hessismore, DJ sets by Sergio Rebelo and DJ N-Ron (a.k.a. Daniel Perlin), and a photo booth for costumed critical thinkers. The costume contest—prizes will be awarded for best group costume, best individual costume, and best critical costume—will be judged by Roddy Schrock (Eyebeam), Campbell Hyers (Control Group), and Bill Menking (The Architect’s Newspaper) along with artist Sebastian Errazuriz and Storefront’s own Eva Franch. Everyone who is relevant will be there, so reserve your ticket ($50) immediately and then get back to prepping your Guggenheim Helsinki costume.

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Quote of Note | John Currin

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:11

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Detail from Gustave Courbet, Apples, Pears, and Primroses on a Table, 1871-1872.

“I’ve always had this thing about yellow—I don’t like cadmium yellow. I always liked chrome yellow instead of cadmium, which are real bright, chemical-looking yellows, and they weren’t really available to painters before 1870, 1850. So I thought, it’s tacky. It’s like a polyester shirt to use those yellows. And then I was just looking at this Courbet still life and it’s filled with chrome yellow and chemical yellows. So I’m starting to realize that this whole thing about being genuine and authentic is ridiculous. And I’m not conscientious or methodical enough to work that way.”

-Artist John Currin in his recent conversation with James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, at the Getty Center. Watch a video of their entire talk below.
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Studios Kabako Wins Curry Stone Design Prize

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 13:30

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Studios Kabako performing more more more…future, set to the poems of political prisoner Antoine Vumilia Muhindo. (Photo: Agathe Poupeney)

The Congolese performance and theater studio Studios Kabako is the winner of the $120,000 Curry Stone Design Prize, established in 2008 to recognize those using design to address critical issues ranging from post-conflict development and peacekeeping to clean water access and healthcare. Past winners of the award, selected by a design star-heavy jury, include artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, Boston-based MASS Design, Architecture for Humanity, architect Antonio Scarponi, and Brooklyn’s Center for Urban Pedagogy.

Dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula created Studios Kabako in 2001 to address social memory, fear, and hope in the aftermath of civil war. The organization is based in Kisangani, the third largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “Faustin Linyekula manifests how art should be the first design component in building a better society,” said prize founders Clifford Curry and Delight Stone in a statement issued this morning announcing the winner. “Studios Kabako’s performances expose on an international platform the devastating effects of local conflicts, while in Kisangani they are assembling daily the building blocks for envisioning a sustainable future.”
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For Picasso’s Birthday, a Guernica Made of Legos

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:11

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Picasso’s Guernica made of Lego bricks by Legoland Discovery Center Westchester’s master model builder Veronica Watson. (Photo: Legoland Discovery Center Westchester)

Today marks the 133rd anniversary of Picasso‘s birth, and while some will celebrate by taking in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s spellbinding show of Leonard Lauder‘s Cubist collection, others will admire the artist’s famous Guernica—recreated in Legos in Yonkers. The blocky birthday tribute is the work of Veronica Watson, a master model builder at Legoland Discovery Center Westchester. It took her a couple of days and 800 Legos to create the replica, which is seven inches tall and just under fifteen inches wide, but little convincing: Guernica is one of her favorite Picasso works. “The style used to represent the chaotic subject matter of the Spanish Civil War makes it an incredibly powerful piece in 1937 and in 2015,” Watson told us, before answering a few of our questions about her Lego homage.

What was the most challenging aspect of making a Lego version of Guernica?
The most difficult aspect of making the Lego version was deciding how much detail to include. There is a lot going on in the painting. Rather then explicitly recreating every detail, I worked at suggesting the right forms so that the painting would be instantly recognizable.
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Exhibition Showcases Five Decades of Michael Graves’ Designs at Home and Abroad

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 18:25

The upcoming Architectural League of New York symposium is but one (aqua-hued, curvy, multi-windowed) component of the Michael Graves 50th-anniversary extravaganza happening this fall (bring your own Peeps!). A show of the architect and product designer’s paintings are on view through the end of the year at NYC’s Studio Vendome gallery. And over in New Jersey, Grounds for Sculpture has mounted a Graves retrospective. Writer Nancy Lazarus visited the latter exhibition—and then followed Graves home.

graves GFSGolden banners hung from the rafters and bearing sketches of now-famous products greet visitors to Michael Graves: Past as Prologue at the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. The retrospective, on view through April 5, is a festive tribute to Graves and his architecture and design firm as they mark their fiftieth anniversary.

Organizing an exhibit spanning Graves’ prolific and ongoing career was no easy feat. “This was planned as a series of vignettes” chronicling the practice’s interdisciplinary work along with Michael’s owm drawings and paintings, explained Karen Nichols, principal at Michael Graves & Associates, at a recent press preview. The firm’s core values: aesthetics, functionality, and humanistic design, connect seemingly disparate projects.

Few architects can claim commissions as varied as the Portland Building, Louisville’s Humana Building, the Denver Library, decorative scaffolding for the Washington Monument, various Disney Resorts, and Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. The photographs and architectural models tell the stories of Graves’ broad geographic scope.
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Ready the Creamed Corn! Canstruction Returns to New York

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:31

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“Polarized Against Hunger,” the Canstruction NY 2013 entry by GACE Consulting Engineers

Ever dreamed of recreating a Richard Serra sculpture with tomatoes from the pantry? Erecting a monumental tribute to Alexander McQueen’s armadillo heel using only canned peas and elbow grease? What about constructing a truly giant giant panda that can feed hundreds? Teams from top architecture and engineering firms will prove that they can do it, and for a good cause. The international charity competition that is Canstruction returns to New York City next month and with it the opportunity for teams of architects, engineers, and students they mentor to design and build giant structures made entirely from unopened cans of food—all of which are ultimately donated to City Harvest. The competing teams’ carefully stacked creations will be judged in categories that include Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, and Most Cans. The works will be on view from November 6 through November 20 in the Winter Garden and lobby of Brookfield Place. Bring non-perishable foods when you stop by, and they’ll be donated along with the cans used in the competition.

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