07 July 2015
Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
Exhibition, MoMA PS, New York, USA, until 31 August
Shown are 15 steel sculptures, 85 watercolours, and a few videos. The duo makes tragic, comic, and silent portraits of the human condition. They are drawn to all domesticate, and they create a perverse caricature populated by amateur actors, faces, dolls, animals, and other speechless objects. Their work is deadpan, in all senses of the word: funny and blank at the same time. It tastes like cardboard. Standing nine-feet tall but only eight-millimetres thick, the sculptures resemble cut out figures or pixelated bodies. Watercolour faces, traced from anonymous images found online, are pinned to each. Appearing throughout a series of eight carpeted gallery spaces, the sculptures are visitors to an exhibition of portraits.
07 July 2015
Design Fair, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan, 8-10 July
Design Tokyo is a specialised event that showcases the latest design products and brings together leading designers from across the world, catering to the interior, fashion, textile, dining, and outdoor living sectors. Focusing on the need of individuals for diversity in design, this event aims to bring to the fore all the latest tools, materials, and accessories that help create extraordinary creations. Awareness is brought to modern design products that are made using traditional techniques, rendering the event of prime significance for all those who are interested in such products.
06 July 2015
Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal
Exhibition, The Bowes Museum Barnard Castle, Co Durham, UK, 11 July – 25 October
Highlighted are the defining elements of Yves Saint Laurent’s vision, and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear. After heading up the Christian Dior fashion house from 1957 to 1960 as Artistic Director, the designer created his own fashion house with partner Pierre Bergé. For 40 years, Yves Saint Laurent focused entirely on the creative side, defining a new style and composing the quintessential elements of the modern woman’s wardrobe: the pea jacket and&..
06 July 2015
Young Architects Program 2015
Exhibition, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, until 7 September.
The winning project of the 16th Young Architects Program (YAP) is a unique construction by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation, called COSMO. It's a moveable artifact, made out of customized irrigation components, to make visible and enjoyable the so-far hidden urbanism of pipes we live by. An assemblage of ecosystems, based on advanced environmental design, COSMO is engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water, eliminating suspended particles and nitrates, balancing the PH, and increasing the level of dissolved oxygen. It takes four days for the 3,000 gall..
05 July 2015
Mary Reid Kelley
Exhibition, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA, until 27 September
Trained as painter, Mary Reid Kelley creates narrative videos set within her own stylised black and white drawings. In her works, her characters – all roles usually played by the artist – move through black-and-white scenery and speak in poetic verse written by the artist. Beginning with a video exploring the Greek myth of the Minotaur, a second video tells about the Minotaur’s family history, rich with bawdy double-entendres and visual language. The third work of the trilogy premiers in Reid Kelley’s Hammer Project. A mix of Greek cartoon, slapstick, and multidimensional wordplay, the artist’s videos explore the roles of women, sexuality, language, and art historical tropes.
05 July 2015
Individual Stories: Collecting as Portrait and Methodology
Exhibition, Kunsthalle Wien, Museums Quartier, Vienna, Austria, until 11 October
Photographs, books, and knick-knacks: artists collect a variety of objects. Their interest may lie in the formal, the aesthetic, or the conceptual. While they generate personal collections regardless of their artistic practice, they also create collections based on artistic methods. The collection may itself reach the status of a work of art. Individual Stories considers the collection a portrait of its collector and also an artistic method, an expression of curiosity, transforming discovery, or a systematic approach to certain worlds of objects. The result is a compilation of individual collections that could not be more different.
05 July 2015
David Adjaye selects
Exhibition, Cooper Hewitt, New York, USA, until 14 February 2016
Architect David Adjaye mines the museum’s permanent collection for the 12th exhibition in the on-going Selects series. On view in the Marks Gallery, the exhibition features 14 West and Central African textiles from the museum’s textile holdings, including an Asante kente cloth from Ghana, a bògòloanfini mud cloth from Mali, a Dyula ikat wrapper from Ivory Coast, a Yoruba indigo dyed wrapper from Nigeria and men’s hats from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Cameroon.
04 July 2015
Michael Van den Abeele
Exhibition, M Museum Leuven, Belgium, until 4 October
Michael Van den Abeele experiments with optical effects, texture, the use of colour, and various materials. This exploration treats specific themes: from science fiction to exoticism and from palaeontology to camouflage. In his abstract works – often reproductions of digital compositions – Van den Abeele pursues this experiment further. In a new series of paintings, he depicts dinosaurs and landscapes in outer space. At M, he presents this series in conjunction with an animated film and some earlier works, in the form of a spatial installation.
04 July 2015
Exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK, until 18 October
Over the past 15 years the Serpentine Pavilion has become an international site for architectural experimentation, presenting inspirational temporary structures by some of the world's greatest architects. This year the honour goes to Spanish architects selgascano, an award-winning studio headed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano. The design is an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fabric membrane (ETFE) woven through and wrapped like web..
03 July 2015
Michael Anastassiades for FLOS
Flos, legendary for its superior Italian lighting craftsmanship, just launched a table lamp providing diffused light: Copycat. The lamp created by Cypriot-born designer Michael Anastassiades is made of two touching spheres that hold up each other in a delicate and poetic balance. The smaller sphere, available in several finishes, hides an LED source that radiates the lighting beam inside the glass sphere, thus delivering a smooth and uniform light.
03 July 2015
Ode to Osaka
Exhibition, Nasjonalmuseet – Arkitektur The Fehn Pavilion and The Vault, Oslo, Norway, until 13 September
In 1970, Sverre Fehn took part in a competition to design the Nordic Pavilion for the World Expo in Osaka, Japan, which he did not win. Fehn’s proposal has now been recreated here, inside the exhibition pavilion that was also designed by Fehn. His concept for the breathing pavilion in Japan consists of two inflatable forms in which fresh air stands in contrast to Osaka's heavily polluted outside air. Seventy-seven countries contributed to the exhibition, the main theme of which was Progress and Harmony for Man..
03 July 2015
Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children
Exhibition, Design Museum Copenhagen, Denmark, until 30 August
From junk playgrounds and Odder’s perambulators to Winther’s tricycles and LEGO blocks. As well as reflecting the prevailing attitudes towards children at various points in history, this exhibition reflects the phenomenon of childhood itself. Here you can explore 20th century Nordic art, architecture, and design for children. The presentation covers all aspects of child-centred design, from posters, toys, and children’s books to furniture, schools, and playgrounds – with a particular focus on Danish design.
02 July 2015 by Anna Sansom
Tapestry? From Picasso to Messager
Exhibition, Musée Jean-Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, Angers, France, until 31 October.
The question mark in the exhibition's title is a deliberate provocation that is intended to invite reflection on the status of tapestry. The assembled works exemplify how, over the course of the last century, diverse techniques have been developed resulting in textile pieces becoming sculptural and collaged.
02 July 2015
ECAL Appartement 50
Exhibition, Cité Radieuse, Marseille, France, 4 - 19 July
Twelve Master Product Design students of ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne were invited to reflect on a collection of objects to meet everyday needs in the Cité Radieuse in Marseille. The outcome of this research is being displayed as part of an exhibition staged in Apartment 50.
01 July 2015
DESIGN PARADE #10
The festival brings together exhibitions and exchanges around an international competition open to young designers. In a manner similar to its fashion and photography festival, design parade furthers the assistance the villa Noailles provides towards young artists and unites designers, industry professionals, journalists and the public.
30 June 2015
Aldo Bakker: Containing Content
Exhibition, Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam, Netherlands, until 26 July.
Containing Content’, is a solo exhibition focussing solely on Dutch designer Aldo Bakker's pouring vessels, of which three will be presented for the first time. Looiersgracht 60 is a non-profit exhibition centre for art, design and architecture located along its namesake canal in Amsterdam’s gallery district. Previously a cardboard and bottling plant built in 1850, the space has been repurposed to facilitate a dynamic programme focusing on projects that defy traditional categorisation.
29 June 2015
Facing East : Chinese Urbanism in Africa
Exhibition, Storefront, New York, USA, until 1 August.
Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa investigates the impact of Chinese development on fast-growing African cities. It is built around personal stories of individuals involved in the urbanization process, based on local interviews with over a hundred Chinese and African architects, politicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, students, developers, artists, and individuals who are involved in or touched by Africa's rapid process of urbanization. Facing East is curated by journalist Michiel Hulshof (Tertium, Amsterdam) and architect Daan Roggeveen (MORE Architecture, Shanghai), based on ..
29 June 2015 / DAMnº50
Exhibition, El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba, until 6 August
The Bronx Museum of the Arts and El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana (MNBA) have announced an unprecedented joint arts initiative that is the culmination of years of planning and collaboration. Featured are works created from the 1960s to the present that reveal how contemporary artists are addressing questions of identity, urban life, and community. More than 100 works from the Bronx Museum’s permanent collection are on view. The title – Wild Noise – is taken from a Victor Hugo poem, “Ma vie est déjà dans l’ombre de la mort”, and refers to the sublimity and chaos of urban spaces, the wild noise where infinity begins.
28 June 2015
Exhibition, House of Cyprus, Athens, Greece, until 3 July.
In times of growing unrest, reshaping human lives, no matter who we are or where we live, boundaries in all their forms, are challenges and limits which continuously define the world, ourselves, and our place in it. Borderlines reflects different approaches of investigating in and around existing territories as well as ways of perceiving the unstable relationship between identity, territory and boundaries.
27 June 2015
Every inclusion is an exclusion of other possibilities
Art event, SALT, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey, until 2 August.
Every inclusion... brings together aspects of 3 private, independent collections in order to open a dialogue and critique around the act of collecting and to publicly share the works they have come to hold. "We live in a country where there are no public collections of contemporary visual practice overseen by the city or the state. We also lack publicly funded collecting institutions. The material memory of contemporary art in Turkey resides in various degrees of privacy. Less than a handful of privately run institutions both bear the burden and delineate the field of the contemporary. Save for a few, personal collections are either unwieldy, short of clear vision, or remain out of sight in storage or on the walls of private residences." The works in the exhibition have been selected from the private collections of Bilge and Haro Cümbüşyan, Ayşe and Saruhan Doğan, and Tüten and Agah Uğur.