26 July 2014
Workshop with Professor Anupama Rao (Barnard College, Columbia University) & OfficeUS Housing Public Good research group, today 26 July, 4-6PM, US Pavilion, Venice, Italy.
‘Subaltern Urbanism?’ examines contemporary discourses and strategies around housing projects in a global context. Experimental self-building and self-funding initiatives; the role of the state in conditions of deregulated and informalized development; the privatized planning processes and financial speculations associated with these trends… What prototypes of ‘citizenship’ do different housing models enact and (re)produce? What is the role of architecture –and architects– within these processes?
26 July 2014
The World c. 1914. Colour Photography Before the Great War
Exhibition, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, 1 August – 2 November.
This exhibition is devoted to the hitherto almost forgotten colour photographs and films which were made before the First World War, having been commissioned by the French banker Albert Kahn. Inspired by the colour photography of the Lumière brothers, he issued these commissions - at a time when the nations of Europe were already arming for the Great War - to photographers of both sexes, in order to build up the Archives de la planète with colour photos from all over the world. In this picture archive over 70,000 colour shots have been preserved. They co..
25 July 2014
photography exhibition, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria, until 21 September.
Punctum is an exhibition about the nature of photography today. Consisting of over fifty photographs chosen by artists, curators and writers, and including a series of lectures and a publication, Punctum takes its cue from the term ‘punctum’ coined by Roland Barthes in his final book Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. Used by Barthes as a linguistic device to examine the meaning of photography, ‘punctum’ refers to a striking detail in the photograph that captivates or ‘wounds’ the viewer, and completes the photograph as an object of reflection. This exhibition takes this concept and term of ‘punctum’ as a starting point for invited participants to select photographs that, for each of them, are emblematic of ‘punctum’, given today’s context for photography and aesthetics.
24 July 2014
Last days of the exhibition, Pace London, Burlington Gardens, London, UK, until 26 July.
Golems is an exhibition of new works by the Romanian figurative painter Adrian Ghenie. The Darwin Room, presented in a special chamber within the gallery space, features meticulously sourced eighteenth and nineteenth century panelling, floor boards and furniture, juxtaposed with contemporary items. Illumination comes from the light of the internal ‘window,’ a symbolic gesture to the post-enlightenment thinking. The dark passage of the installation creates a boundary, separating the present day gallery environment from the sacred space in which the academic contemplation take..
24 July 2014
Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932–1957
Movie screenings, MoMa, New York, USA, through 4 August.
Crime films were a staple at Columbia Pictures during the studio's first decades as a budget-conscious, high-volume producer of mass entertainment. This exhibition traces the evolution of the genre at Columbia, from the atmospheric whodunits that dominated the early 1930s through the moody, despairing films noirs of the 1940s and 1950s. The series includes both celebrated, A-level productions and outstanding examples of the B-pictures that were the studio's real specialty.
23 July 2014
Exhibition of the Heus-Zomer Collection, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, until 21 September.
The exhibition ‘Focus Beijing’ features the work of two generations of prominent artists from Beijing. The first generation grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. They include Zhang Dali (Harbin, 1963), Zhang Xiaogang (Kunming, 1958), Hai Bo (Changchun, 1962) and Ai Weiwei (Beijing, 1957). Their work shows a strong sense of political engagement, referring to China’s traumatic history and the social and cultural revolutions of recent decades. The second generation grew up in the 1970s and 1980s: the period of China’s Open Door Policy. Artists such as Qiu Xiaofei (Hoerbin..
22 July 2014
Aero-X, the hoverbike
Aerofex builds low-altitude flying vehicle
LA based engineering firm Aerofex Corporation built the Aero-X, a vehicle that makes low-altitude flight realistic and affordable. “Our mission is to democratize flight”, the company says. The Aero-X is flying up to 10 feet off the ground at 45 miles per hour, is fueled by automotive gasoline, takes up about as much room as a small car, and offers space for two passengers. It’s a hovercraft that rides like a motorcycle - an off road vehicle that gets you off the ground. “Because the Aero-X is intuitive to fly, you can learn to operate it safely in just a weekend ..
21 July 2014
Exposed: A History of Lingerie
Exhibition, The Museum at FIT, New York, USA, until 15 November.
As the final barrier to the nude body, lingerie is simultaneously modest and erotic – and it remains a subject of enduring fascination. The design of lingerie enhances its allure: it strategically reveals, conceals, and highlights the wearer’s form. The exhibition traces developments in intimate apparel from the 18th century to the present. There are two types of lingerie, hard and soft. Hard lingerie includes corsets, bustles, and structured bras, while soft lingerie consists of unstructured garments, such as slips, nightgowns, and panties. As the relationship between dress and the body has been redefined over time, so too have the function and appearance of lingerie.
20 July 2014
Archigram’s Los Angeles: A Sentimentality for the Future
Talk by Simon Sadler, 21 July at 6 pm, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, USA.
Architectural and urban historian Simon Sadler delves into Archigram’s Los Angeles, a city that became the new locus of the urban imaginary in the vanguard circuits of 1960s London. Sadler considers how Archigram’s projections of a future Los Angeles were perhaps nostalgic for California’s recent past, while serving London’s larger fantasy of spontaneous, populist, self-organized urbanism.
20 July 2014
Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA, until 30 November.
Earthly Delights brings together the work of eight artists who share a belief in the critical power of beauty. Made between 1949 and 2006, the paintings, sculptures, and installations in this exhibition embrace the decorative in defiance of prevailing artistic trends. By revelling in pleasure, exploring private moments, and exuding sensuality, these works challenge the primacy of rationality and logic in modernism. As they explore the connections among art, decoration, and design, the artists insist on the intrinsic value of beauty by engaging with social issues. Irreverent and playful, this eclectic group subverts the conservatism of minimalism and other 20th-century movements that eschewed making art in pursuit of pleasure.
19 July 2014
New photography book by Elliott Erwitt, to be published by teNeues in August.
Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt (b. 26 July 1928 Paris, France) has created many noteworthy portraits of womankind over the years. Regarding Women is Elliott Erwitt’s evocative personal tribute to female strength, intelligence, and beauty. Conveying respect, admiration, and sometimes awe, these photographs portray all the complex elements that make up the feminine nature, whether formidable and tenacious, or occasionally capricious and coy. The archival material spans several generations, with many images not previously published or rarely seen before. In these pages, readers will ..
19 July 2014
Vasily Kandinsky – Teaching at the Bauhaus
Exhibition, Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin, Germany, until 08 September.
Vasily Kandinsky was one of the most important teachers at the Bauhaus, but the courses he gave have so far only been documented in part. On the basis of a research project carried out by the Société Kandknsky, the exhibition presents documents and materials from international archives and collections that provide a comprehensive view of Kandinsky’s teaching work at the Bauhaus. The materials mainly consist of notes he made when preparing the classes, as well as illustrations from the fields of nature, technology, architecture, and painting that he selected from news..
18 July 2014
An Evening with Artist Nir Evron
Film evening and Q&A, tonight at 7pm, New Museum Theater, New York, USA.
Nir Evron (b. 1974, Tel Aviv) is known for his provocative meditations on the construction of political and social histories. He works across photography, video, and film, and examines specific artifacts such as derelict monuments, historic buildings, found photographs, and borrowed biographies. At this event, Evron will screen his “Architectural Trilogy,” which reflects the artist’s deep interest and research on the architecture of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and will premiere Endurance (2014), the final work in this series.
18 July 2014
The Centre For Dying On Stage #1
Exhibition, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland, 18 July – 13 September.
An exhibition with artworks and performances by Karl Burke, Dina Danish, Dan Graham, Krõõt Juurak, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Meggy Rustamova. The Centre For Dying On Stage is a research body that generates new artistic undertakings, anchored to notions of disappearance and performativity. The Centre’s online archive collects and collates instances of deaths that have occurred in performative settings in the public domain, looking at cases of those such as; Molière, Karl Wallenda, Miriam Makeba, Yoshiuki Takada, Jane Dornacker, R. Budd Dwyer, Harry Parke, Irene..
17 July 2014
Sarnath Banerjee & Natasha Ginwala
Conversation, tonight at 7:30 pm, Crash Pad c/o KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststraße 69, Berlin, Germany.
Graphic novelist, artist and filmmaker Sarnath Banerjee will discuss his recent practice with 8th Berlin Biennale’s Artistic Team member Natasha Ginwala. Banerjee's work records uncanny details of urban life traversing from Berlin to New Delhi. Drawing upon cosmopolitan history, myth and popular culture, his characters, much like himself, perform as both detective and flâneur.
17 July 2014
British Folk Art
Exhibition, Tate Britain, London, UK, until 31 August.
Steeped in tradition and often created by self-taught artists and artisans, the often humble but remarkable objects in this exhibition include everything from ships’ figureheads to quirky shop signs, Toby jugs to elaborately crafted quilts. On view is an intricate sculpture of a cockerel made out of mutton bones by French POWs during the Napoleonic wars. There is also a larger-than-life-size figure of King Alfred made out of thatch, along with examples of the mysterious ‘god in a bottle’ – votive offerings suspended in bottles of clear liquid, as well as naïve paintings, tin trays covered with ornate fragments of crockery, and much more.
16 July 2014
Rorschach Audio - Art & Illusion for Sound
Last 20 copies of the book by Joe Banks, Published by Disinformation
What are the connections between Leonardo da Vinci and Dick Whittington, between the BBC Monitoring Service and punk band The Clash, between wartime military intelligence work, visual arts theory, battle management systems, Spiritualism, radio and recording technology and criminal witness testimony? What role do JG Ballard, Osama bin Laden, William Burroughs, Jean Cocteau, Richard Dawkins, Jean Genet, William Hogarth, Pope Pius XII, Primo Levi, proto-Surrealist writer Raymond Roussel, teenage criminal Derek Bentley, Sigmund Freud and crystallographer Louis Albert Necker play in the disentan..
16 July 2014
Here And Elsewhere
Exhibition opening today, New Museum, New York, USA, until 28 September.
A major exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world. In the past 10 years, the work of artists and cultural spaces in cities such as Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Doha, Marrakesh, Ramallah, and Sharjah, among others, has established critical points of global access. This exhibition borrows its title from a 1976 film-essay by French directors Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, and Anne-Marie Miéville called Ici et Ailleurs, which was conceived as a pro-Palestinian documentary but developed into a complex reflection on the ethics of representation and the stat..
15 July 2014
Contemporary Japanese prints
Exhibition Noda Tetsuya’s ‘Diary’ series, The British Museum, London, UK, until 5 October.
Since the late 1960s, artist Noda Tetsuya (b. 1940) has created an on-going series of prints. Intimate portraits of his family, landscapes experienced on his travels, and objects from everyday life are recorded with sensitivity, wit, and a certain mystery. Spanning almost 50 years and now reaching some 500 works, the Diary series presents evocative perspectives that project one individual’s world onto a wider society. The 22 prints display the unusual technique that combines colour woodblock with photo silkscreen. Noda cuts woodblocks to print areas of colour and subtle shades of white background onto handmade Japanese paper. Photographic images have been deliberately altered by the artist to express his personal sensibility.
14 July 2014
Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol
Exhibition, TextielMuseum, Tilburg, Netherlands, until 14 September.
A fascinating overview of 20th-century textile designs from some of the world’s most renowned artists. More than 200 home furnishing and clothing fabrics trace the history of textile design, with examples from Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Modernism, Surrealism, and Pop Art. Featuring work by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Sonia Delaunay, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore, Fernand Léger, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Joan Miró, Andy Warhol, and Alexander Calder, the exhibition shows how modern art became accessible to all. This is an important and comprehensive overview of artist textiles from Great Britain and the United States produced between 1910 and approximately 1975.