What could be more chaotic than a four-way intersection in the middle of Berlin with no traffic lights? How about a four-way intersection in the middle of Berlin covered in fluorescent paint! IEPE Rubingh was the mastermind behind this piece, with the enlisted help of what he calls an “anonymous crew”. Rubingh, who has become known for his large performance pieces in public spaces, took the initiative to create modern art in a way that we have never seen.
Featured in a special issue of Design Gossip by the lighting company Flos, DWR founder Rob Forbes takes readers on a journey of visual literacy this month. From the Pantheon in Rome to a wine cellar in California, Forbes gives examples of how architects – often unwittingly – can be extraordinary lighting designers. The essay reminds me of George Nelson’s writings in How To See, in which Nelson presents his ideas on how to read the man-made environment. Like Nelson, Forbes carries his camera everywhere and is a master at recognizing and evaluating the things that surround us every day. Learn more about how Forbes sees the world in “Light and Magic.”
In 2010, Forbes founded PUBLIC, with a mission to help improve the quality of our public spaces and our public lives.
Assuming that the chicken and cat are not living together, you may be surprised to learn which one has the longer lifespan. Find the answer on this very cool animal longevity chart by Otto and Marie Neurath, who pioneered the International System of Typographic Picture Education (ISOTYPE).
Our good friend David Lynch stopped by our LA Beverly Blvd Studio yesterday to test-drive Saarinen's classic Womb Chair and Ottoman before making his final decision to purchase the set in Crimson (although, we think he looks incredibly handsome in the aegean blue). David is a true artist and inspiration. His 2009 book signing at DWR was standing room only. Did you know he released an album in 2011 and has his own brand of coffee too?
Not long after arriving in New York City in 1953, a young artist named Andy Warhol began to make his way in the world of commercial illustration. Edelman Leather was one of Warhol’s first clients and over the course of several years he worked closely with owners Arthur and Teddy Edelman, producing everything from advertisements to showrooms. Their relationship culminated in a coloring book that could have only come from the mind of Warhol, created especially for clients' children for Christmas in 1961. Now back in print, A Coloring Book: Drawings by Andy Warhol (1961/2011) will amuse and charm a new audience, both young and old.
We recently had opportunity to speak with the Edelmans (if the name sounds familiar it's because they're our CEO's parents) about Warhol and what is was like working with the young commercial illustrator who would go on to become the most famous pop art artist in the world.
Located in Pacific Palisades, the Eameses' Case Study House is an extension of their consummate performance, decorated with objects from their adventures and Ray's carefully considered vignettes. Its interior has remained virtually untouched since her death in 1988, until recently, when the living room was meticulously packed up and moved – a little more than 12 miles away – to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for inclusion in its exhibition California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way". It’s a daunting task to imagine, but thankfully, we don't have to. As the Eameses' living room was disassembled and reassembled, the LA Times'Bryan Chan captured the entire process on film and compiled it into a beautiful time-lapse video.
On Thursday evening, DWR Beverly Blvd Studio in conjunction with Artworks Gallery Pasadena, showcased the black and white photography of subject Muhammad Ali by National Portrait Gallery artist Michael Brennan. “The original image [“1977”] resulted from a unique intimacy between Michael Brennan, and Ali, who wanted to be helpful to the young photographer."
Join us at DWR SoHo Studio on Thursday evening as we host photographer Bonnie Edelman. The artist will showcase her photographs and speak about the inspiration behind her book "Sermo Per Equus," a collection of expansive black and white images of horses that she has been documenting for over 10 years. Edelman was working as the travel editor for Sports Illustrated when she realized that she'd been on the wrong side of the lens throughout her distinguished magazine and fashion career – she's been shooting her artistic vision with a camera ever since. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the Northeast, and privately collected by celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Rob Thomas, and Nate Berkus.
We look forward to seeing you!
Meet the Artist: Bonnie Edelman Thursday, November 10, 7–9pm 110 Greene Street (between Prince and Spring) New York, NY 10012 Phone: 212.475.0001
Impress us with your knowledge of post-modern art and you could attend Conversations in Context at the Glass House. One winner will receive 2 tickets to the October 13 with David Salle. Winner is responsible for their own transportation, parking and any other costs. Ticket value $300 ($150 each).
Here’s how to enter:
Watch“The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984,” a short video review of the 1999 Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit to learn about David Salle and this artist collective, whose work appropriated pop culture images and photography to create dramatic social commentary in reaction to the rise of mass media in the late 70s.
Write a brief statement about which piece of artwork featured in the video review is your favorite and tell us why.
Email your entry to email@example.com. Include your name, city and state of residence, as well as your age, phone number and email address.
Originally from Brazil, Dalton Ghetti is now based in Connecticut, where he transforms the tips of pencils into his amazing micro sculptures. Using a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife (and no magnifying glass), each piece takes several months, and he once spent two and a half years working on a pencil with interlocking chains. When a piece breaks, he adds it to his Cemetery Collection. “People think it’s weird that I keep them but they’re still interesting. I worked on them for months so they might be dead now, but at one point I gave them life.” While many collectors have tried to buy his work, none of it is for sale. Ghetti gives his sculptures to friends as gifts.
Indulge your love of modern art at Vassar's "A Taste for the Modern" exhibition. The show highlights 48 outstanding paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and photographs, including works by Cézanne, Picasso, Klee, Matisse, Marin, and Stieglitz. All 48 were gifts to the Art Center by three Vassar alumnae with names as intriguing as the art they collected: Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, Edna Bryner Schwab, and Virginia Herrick Deknatel. Shown above: Le Chapeau Fleurs by Pablo Picasso.
We were thrilled to see coverage of Bonnie Edelman's photography on the New England Home blog. Her collection Sermo per Equus (Conversations with Horses) was shot on Bordoneo Farm in Uruguay and is featured in the summer issue of New England Home Connecticut – it's also available at DWR.
Tulsa, OK: Through May 14, this traveling exhibit explores how "sleek aerodynamic styling embodied a new and modern beauty." The show presents 180 objects by such designers as Henry Dreyfuss and Russel Wright. As reported in Antiques and The Arts Weekly, "objects in diverse new materials, from Bakelite to stainless steel, are organized thematically around the spheres of American life in the 1930s–50s." If you can't make it to Oklahoma, there is a book by David A. Hanks and Anne Hoy to accompany this exhibit.
From 12-2am, Chen includes "ghost trains" for lines that no longer exist, such as the 8 train or the 3rd Avenue El.
Based on Massimo Vignelli's 1972 subway map, Alexander Chen's MTA Conductor engages both the transit geek and the indifferent commuter. The digital representation of the New York City subway system updates in real time and speeds up as time lapses, eventually cycling through to a 24-hour loop of transit patterns.
The highlight of the piece (and the rationale as to why Chen calls the Conductor an interactive string instrument) occurs when the train lines intersect, producing a reaction much like a cello string in both sight and sound.