Primordial: SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirralPrimordial: SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral

01 August 2014

Primordial: SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral

Exhibition, opening today, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK, 1 August – 23 November.

Acclaimed contemporary Australian artist Danie Mellor devises an intriguing exhibition that navigates between his own highly evocative works on paper developed from selected objects in the World Cultures Collection of National Museums Scotland, and his own indigenous and European heritage. The historical and colonial obsessions present in Mellor's work respond to an array of wonders from the worlds of science, technology, and nature, suggesting ways of appreciating the complex intertwined narratives of Scotland and Australia.

Detail from Bayi Minyjirral 2013 Mixed media on paper, nine panels, overall 300.0 x 360.0 cm Private collection © Danie Mellor

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Yokohama Triennale - ART Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the sea of oblivionYokohama Triennale - ART Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the sea of oblivion

31 July 2014

Yokohama Triennale - ART Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the sea of oblivion

Exhibition, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan, 1 August – 3 November

Haven’t we left behind something that is fundamentally important? Have we moved on without realising it, or simply left it behind, while knowing all along? This year’s triennale is a voyage into the sea of oblivion. It makes us recall things that have been inadvertently lost from our lives, things perpetually forgotten, and in particular, things that have been lost in contemporary times. Let us wander, feel perplexed, become inspired, broaden our imaginations, and stop and contemplate. Comprised of two introductions and a total of 11 chapters, the triennale provides us with an o..

Yokohama Triennale: The Bachelor's Ashtray, by Alina Szapocznikow, 1972, © ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2014; photo: Fabrice Gousset

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Urban RoutinesUrban Routines

30 July 2014

Urban Routines

Publication, Institute Strelka, Moscow, Russia.

The traditional view of urban space through the prism of statistics is incapable of grasping all the complexities of the processes and phenomena of the megalopolis.  Its data are often self-contradictory and fail to take into account many phenomena that are important in the daily lives of the citizens, their habits and perspectives of the city.  Without ignoring the figures, students of the Strelka Institute set out, over a nine month period, to rethink the routine practices of Moscow’s inhabitants; how they work, live, make purchases and move around town.  In their res..

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Air Up! Construction of the US Pavilion EXPO 70 OsakaAir Up! Construction of the US Pavilion EXPO 70 Osaka

29 July 2014

Air Up! Construction of the US Pavilion EXPO 70 Osaka

A film screening and Q&A with Jack Masey, Storefront for Art and Architecture, NY, USA, today July 29th, 7pm.

In 1967, in an effort to attract the most talented architects and exhibition designers in the United States, the United States Information Agency's design chief Jack Masey organized a competition to design the US Pavilion at Asia's first Category One World's Fair -- Expo '70 Osaka. The winners were the New York team of architects Davis & Brody, and exhibition designers Chermayeff, Geismar & deHarak. Air Up! Construction of the US Pavilion EXPO 70 Osaka is a film that documents the construction of the US Pavilion at EXPO' 70 Osaka.   ‘Ai..

Still frame from

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100 Showrooms100 Showrooms

29 July 2014

100 Showrooms

Architecture & Design fair, Casapiedra Convention Center, Santiago, Chile, 31 July – 02 August 2014

100 Showrooms is held for a period of three days in Santiago, Chile. The main objective of this international expo is to bring together architects, designers, decorators, landscape architects, and real estate and construction industry professionals. It offers the chance to discuss current trends and opportunities associated with the sector of architecture and design. The significance of business opportunities and strategies that help in the overall betterment of the architecture and design industry are also highlighted in this event. 100 Showrooms assists professionals with gathering useful information and sharing an in-depth knowledge.

8th Liverpool Biennial: A Needle Walks into a Haystack8th Liverpool Biennial: A Needle Walks into a Haystack

28 July 2014

8th Liverpool Biennial: A Needle Walks into a Haystack

Multiple venues in Liverpool, UK, until 26 October.

Liverpool Biennial, the UK Biennial of Contemporary Art, is a platform for the research, commissioning, and presenting of international art, education, and debate. It is the moment when the world engages with Liverpool. Curated by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman, the event takes place across the city at impressive venues, and this year’s edition also features the John Moores Painting Prize, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and exhibitions at Open Eye Gallery and LJMU’s Exhibition Research Centre. In addition, there are works by artists and curators in solo and group shows ..

8th Liverpool Biennial: Bloomberg New Contemporaries, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; photo: Mark Blower

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Christopher Williams: The Production Line of HappinessChristopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness

27 July 2014

Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness

Exhibition opening today, MoMA, New York, USA, 27 July – 2 November.

The career of one of the most influential cinephilic artists working in photography spans an impressive 35 years. Williams studied at the California Institute of the Arts in the mid to late 1970s under the first wave of West Coast Conceptual artists, including John Baldessari, Douglas Huebler, and Michael Asher, only to become his generation’s leading conceptualist and art professor. Deeply invested in the histories of photography and film, architecture and design, Williams has produced a concise oeuvre that furthers a critique of late capitalist society in which images typically function as agents of spectacle.

Christopher Williams: Untitled (Study in Yellow and Green/East Berlin), Studio Thomas Borho, Düsseldorf, 2012; inkjet print on cotton rag paper; courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery.

Subaltern Urbanism?’Subaltern Urbanism?’

26 July 2014

Subaltern Urbanism?’

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?

Photo: Rehabilitation project in Dharavi.

The World c. 1914. Colour Photography Before the Great WarThe World c. 1914. Colour Photography Before the Great War

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..

Albert Kahn, Les Archives de la planete. Stephane Passet. China, Beijing, 26 May 1913 © Musee Albert-Kahn, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine

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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..

Adrian Ghenie, The Darwin Room.

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Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932–1957Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932–1957

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.

Still, The Reckless Moment, 1949, Max Ophuls.

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Focus BeijingFocus Beijing

23 July 2014

Focus Beijing

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..

Zhang Xiaogang, Girl, 2008, Collection De Heus-Zomer. Design by Thonik

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Aero-X, the hoverbikeAero-X, the hoverbike

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 ..

Aero-X during a test ride in the desert.

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Exposed: A History of LingerieExposed: A History of Lingerie

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.

Walter Van Beirendonck, man’s ensemble, raffia, white organdy, orange cotton, and multicolor embroidery, Summer 2006, Belgium, gift of Walter Van Beirendonck.

Archigram’s Los Angeles: A Sentimentality for the FutureArchigram’s Los Angeles: A Sentimentality for the Future

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.

Image: Warren Chalk (Archigram), Santa Monica Beach, teaching slide, c. 1968.

Earthly DelightsEarthly Delights

20 July 2014

Earthly Delights

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. 

Lari Pittman Untitled #14, 2003 Oil, lacquer and Cel-Vinyl on gessoed canvas over wood panel 76 x 102 in. (193 x 259.1 cm) Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange, 2003.25 © 2003 Lari Pittman Photo: Nathan K

Regarding WomenRegarding Women

19 July 2014

Regarding Women

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 ..

© Regarding Women by Elliott Erwitt, to be published by teNeues in August 2014, € 79,90, Photo © 2014 Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos. All rights reserved.

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Vasily Kandinsky – Teaching at the BauhausVasily Kandinsky – Teaching at the Bauhaus

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..

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An Evening with Artist Nir EvronAn Evening with Artist Nir Evron

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. 

Nir Evron and Omer Krieger, Rehearsing the Spectacle of Spectres, 2014 (still). Dual screen HD video; 9:40 min. Courtesy the artist and Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv