30 articles, 2016-07-05 06:00



Gregg Albracht, 2016 Spotlight Artist (0.02/1)

Fine art photographer Gregg Albracht’s passion for photography started in the summer of 1969 when he saw a portfolio of fine art photos. “I was mesmerized by their richness and beauty,” Albracht says. “It was in that moment that photography took a hold of me and I discovered what was to become my life’s work.” Starting decades ago with black-and-white images, he has evolved his craft over time and, today, uses all means of photographic technology to adapt his images for his new Dream Series. Many of Albracht’s photographs are considered a window to the west—a timeless place where human beings live in deep connection to the animals and the land. He’s not after a uniform look, which would tie his photographs together, but rather approaches each new image as if it’s the first he’s ever done.
Albracht has had more than 80 shows all over the west and has won more than 25 regional and national awards. His photographs are exhibited in museum collections throughout the country including collections in Montana, Santa Fe, Nebraska, and Washington, D. C.
A much-anticipated programming element of Redwood Media Group’s other art shows, the Spotlight Artist Program is being featured for the very first time at Artexpo New York in 2016 and will continue to be a highlight at the show in future years. Gregg Albracht is one of four esteemed artists selected for this year’s Spotlight Artist Program.




Saturday at Artexpo marked the show’s busiest day yet, drawing thousands of attendees eager for artistic invigoration to the halls of Pier 94. Boasting booth after booth of extraordinary paintings, sculpture, glassworks, and photography, the 38th annual Artexpo New York offered something for everyone.
Visitors to the show were captivated by live demonstrations from artists hailing from around the globe, and enjoyed Art Talks such as “The Journey of a Working Artist” by Crista Cloutier, “Six Spheres of Success” by Michael Joseph, “Stewardship: Insuring the Legacy” by Jeannie Stanca, and a discussion with three successful artists—Tristina Dietz Elmes, Julia Carter, and Jeanne Bessette—about their respective careers.
Showgoers will get one last chance today until 6 p.m. to peruse the fine art displayed at this world-renowned show. Here’s the lineup of events scheduled for Sunday. Not in New York? No worries—you’ll get an inside look at what it’s like to be at the show with our exclusive videos. Check them out here!
Last but not least, make sure to check out Artexpo New York on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for fun tidbits throughout the show and leading up to next year. And check back soon for a full show roundup, including top sales, a full list of award winners, and more!



From Startup to Industry Star: Litsa Spanos, President and Owner of Art Design Consultants

Founded in 1992, ADC, Art Design Consultants, Inc. has grown from a one-woman operation started in a 500-square-foot basement to a successful multi-team-member venture running in a gorgeous gallery space with stunning views. The woman who made it all happen? Litsa Spanos.
In the last 24 years, Spanos has not only built ADC to be the booming business that it is today, helping clients select the perfect artwork for their corporate or residential spaces, but she has also received several honors along the way, including the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce & WE Celebrate’s “Woman-Owned Business of the Year” award in 2013. The accolades couldn’t go to a more deserving person—Litsa gives back as much as she receives, supporting numerous regional non-profit organizations and causes in addition to nurturing her clientele, ADC team, and family.
Always with her finger on the pulse of what’s next in the art market, Litsa provides a valuable perspective for trade buyers and artists alike. We got to talk with her about her path to success as well as her tips for those rising in the industry:
What have been some of the challenges in your career, as well as some of the highlights?
The challenges are similar to what all small businesses face—finding new clients or talent and then bringing everyone together in an impactful way. Highlights of my career include being named “Woman-Owned Business of the Year”; publishing a beautiful art-filled book (Blink Art Resource); landing incredible new corporate, healthcare, and residential projects; and being able to work with creative and talented people every day.
Any pleasant surprises or memorable experiences on your path to success that you’d like to share?
A pleasant surprise was finding our incredible location in downtown Cincinnati during the recession. It’s a light-filled, 10,000-square-foot gallery with sweeping views of the city. It beautifully showcases all types of art, from paintings and sculpture to photography and mixed media. Our clients never want to leave, and we are all inspired every day!
What do you think are the most essential qualities one must have to succeed in the art world?
Perseverance, the willingness to take risks, honesty, and ethics.
What do you see coming up in the art market, trendwise?
Many of our clients want something different, unusual, and unexpected. Artists need to think outside the box and create works that no one else has. Whether it’s a new way to print photographs or painting on unusual surfaces, think fresh, new, and exciting. Starting a conversation and creating an interesting dialogue between the buyer and seller is what makes sales happen!
ADC has several exciting things coming up this year, starting with the launch of the 2016 Blink Art Resource at Artexpo New York. This stunning, image-rich guide for designers, galleries, and consultants features work from hundreds of exceptional artists in a wide variety of mediums for sourcing work with ease and efficiency. Ask Litsa about it at while you’re at the show, or check out the details at In addition, ADC will be hosting the Artist Success Summit this June 3–4, an inspiring two-day conference and networking event that equips artists with everything they need to succeed in today’s competitive art market. For more on the Summit, visit ADC also proudly sponsors Art Comes Alive (ACA), an annual fine art contest and exhibit that awards over $250,000 to the brightest and best artists working in North America. For more information, visit



AENY 2016 – Art Talks & Seminars

Planning your trip to the show? Be sure to attend one of our Art Talks or Seminars! Here are some highlights from our Education Schedule. For the full schedule click here.
Award-winning photographer Doug Menuez will share his cautionary tale about taking a personal project and making it into a lasting legacy through print and exhibitions. Joining the conversation will be fine art photographer and gallery owner Michael Joseph of Artblend.
In this talk, Cory Huff of The Abundant Artist will explain the difference between the ways that artists think art is sold and how artists who make a living from their work actually do it.
Speaker, author, and market researcher Pamela N. Danziger is internationally recognized for her expertise on the world’s most influential consumers: affluent Americans.
Join Jennifer Townsend from Larson-Juhl as she reviews the essential design elements for creating memorable rooms. As home building trends have evolved over the past few decades, home furnishings and design have kept pace. Custom frames have also adapted to relate to those changes.
In just five key questions, we’ll uncover the strategies and secrets behind the successful careers of three fine art photographers.
Generate sales, increase awareness, and brand your business as the premier destination for art and framing. Litsa Spanos, President of Art Design Consultants (ADC), will share creative marketing ideas that can take your art gallery to the next level.
Crista Cloutier explores the journey of the artist, how one finds a voice, develops it, and uses it to create a professional career as a working artist. Cloutier uses her own background as an arts dealer, curator, publisher, writer, and artist to illustrate her message of the importance of practice, authenticity, and the coupling of tenacity with audacity.
In just five key questions, we’ll uncover the strategies and secrets behind the successful careers of three artists.
The “Six Spheres of Success” is a fact-proven concept in attracting art buyers and each of the elements that makes up a successful art career. The strategic plan is designed to help artist build a brand, nurture a long sustaining career, add value, and increase art sales.
Get the scoop from an expert on what is needed in today’s world to protect your artwork collection. What is personal property? What is stewardship? And what is needed to protect your art investment? Stanca will answer all those questions in this informative seminar.
Learn the data backup strategies, tools, and copyright protections necessary to ensure that your artwork is protected and available decades from now.
In just five key questions, we’ll uncover the strategies and secrets behind the successful careers of five artists.
To license or not to license—that is the question. How do you decide if licensing is right for you? In this seminar, we’ll cover where to begin in today’s fast-paced licensing world.
Art is important; it challenges the status quo and leads to innovation and change. Crista Cloutier of The Working Artist encourages artists to claim their rightful role as leaders.




Friday at Artexpo brought throngs of visitors through the gates of Pier 94 to see artwork from over 400 exhibitors from around the world, comprising more than 1,000 artists in total. The doors opened early for the event’s Keynote Presentation by Pam Danziger, “Marketing Art in Today’s New Luxury Style,” during which the renowned speaker, author, and market researcher provided tips for artists and gallery owners in attendance.
The day was filled with inspiring Meet the Artist events and live art demonstrations, giving attendees the chance to see featured exhibitors in action and learn about their paths to becoming successful artists.
Showgoers also enjoyed mingling with exhibitors and other art lovers alike at the night’s two parties: the Meet & Greet Reception sponsored by Art Brand Studios, and the Focus on Design Friday Reception sponsored by Art Design Consultants. It was another fabulous day and evening at Artexpo—and we know Saturday and Sunday will continue the trend!
Don’t forget to follow Artexpo New York on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on all the fun happening at the show this weekend!



AENY 2016 Recap: Highlights from an Incredible Year

That’s a wrap! Artexpo New York has taken the fine-art scene by storm yet again, and we’ve got the sales, stories, and gorgeous collection of photos and videos to prove it. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who played a part, from our extraordinary exhibitors and generous sponsors to our ever-eager attendees. Read on to find out more about 2016’s show—we’re proud to say it was another phenomenal one!
Moments to Remember
Throughout the four-day weekend, attendees enjoyed a number of exciting events, from the VIP Opening Night Preview Party featuring the unveiling of this year’s Poster Challenge winner to inspiring Art Talks, Meet the Artist sessions, and more. Famed dance photographer Jordan Matter wowed us all with his live photo shoots, and painters from around the world gave us a peek at their creative process during live art demonstrations. On Friday, author and industry leader Pamela N. Danziger gave the Keynote Presentation to a rapt audience of exhibitors and trade attendees.
2016 Artexpo Award Winners
Over a dozen artists and galleries were given special recognition during Artexpo this year for their work that went above and beyond. Here’s a full list of 2016 award recipients:
Top Sales & Success Stories
Here’s a sampling of some of our exhibitors’ top sales and feedback for the event. See more testimonials here ! 
Media Buzz
Artexpo New York garnered tons of attention in media outlets in New York and beyond, with coverage including a shout-out in  PAPER  magazine, which dubbed our show as a “must-see,” a segment on CBS New York , and  many others. We also reached tens of thousands of fans via social media, offering followers around the world up-to-the-minute event tidbits and photos on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram. Thanks to everyone liking and following us on our social media channels—we love keeping you engaged!
Exhibit in 2017
Inspired by this year’s event to give exhibiting a shot yourself, or want to return to Artexpo after having a successful show this year? Apply for 2017 here , or contact our helpful sales team —they’ll be happy to help you.



seattle design nerds inflate refractor, a mobile event space

seattle design nerds inflate refractor, a mobile event space
(above) a nighttime pop-up of the ‘refractor’ on seattle’s waterfront
all images by trevor dysktra
recognizing that lesser used public spaces can be highlighted using programming, the ‘refractor’ as conceived by the seattle design nerd‘s, is an installation that could quickly bring a variety of activation to the public spaces of seattle. because activities happen on a temporary basis and at a moments notice they require a structure that can be delivered by hand and installed quickly. the inflatable structure expands into a 315sf circular room with a 16-feet tall ceiling that is transported in a 3ft x 2ft cart. capitalizing on the ad-hoc nature of the space, the inflatable was constructed from scavenged cardboard, painter’s plastic and space blankets cut into triangles to standardize the building blocks. each element serving a distinct programmatic purpose; cloudy plastic to diffuse light and provide glimpses of the interior, shiny mylar to reflect the exterior surroundings, and cardboard to provide a resilient walking surface that also served as a mural space for artist lina cholewinski. by using a malleable form and materials the refractor takes on the personality of each location or use thus integrating an otherwise foreign object.
the ‘refractor’ is a mobile event space, here it plays home to a performance from a dance troupe
the organic form and inflatable construction means the installation can pop-up virtually anywhere
on this occasion, artist lina cholewinski created a lounge space with inflatable tubes and a cardboard floor mural
here the ‘refractor’ acts as an interactive lighting installation with color changing LED’s
the installation serves as a space activator, drawing a crowd and illustrating potential uses of public space
the roof of the inflatable used as a projected display
a nighttime pop-up of the ‘refractor’ on seattle’s waterfront
closeup detail of the plastic and reflective mylar assembly
designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.



Bernie Sanders Turns Up at Fourth of July Parade in Vermont

With 120 guests taking in all the red, white and blue festivities from the expansive lawn of her home there, Monika Tilley, a fashion industry pillar, watched closely as the unofficial guest of honor arrived. “The parade started at 10 [a.m.], and five minutes before all access to the town is closed to vehicle. Everyone was walking into town. Two beige SUVs came through the covered bridge, looking very strange and “not at all Vermont-ish,” Tilley said. “Before you knew it, he emerged and people went crazy. He more or less started the parade before the military man and the canon.”
Tilley, who has welcomed 100-plus friends and neighbors to her annual Fourth of July bash since 1974, was bowled over. As Sanders marched past the 9,000 people who lined leafy Main Street, there was “a wave of voices and applause, people were chanting ‘Bern-ie, Bern-ie!’ The amount of emotional support here was unbelievable,” Tilley said. “It’s not as if he is a politician or a celebrity. He is like part of the people. They are not impressed with him as a celebrity or the fact that he is running for president. They genuinely like him. It’s quite a different thing.”
Sanders, a former mayor of Burlington, Vt., was known to buzz by the parade when he was more widely known as “the humble state senator” than as Hillary Clinton ’s presidential opponent, Tilley said. In a robin’s egg blue-colored polo shirt and a khaki baseball cap, the politician was affable as ever, graciously greeting well-wishers, and stopping to shake hands. He was also “very well-protected” with security, Tilley said. Sanders didn’t make it up the hill to mingle with her Independence Day guests, who roam the lawn and linger over coffee, orange juice, Champagne and “whatever goes with it,” she said.
But his presence was pitch perfect, according to Tilley. “It was spontaneous and very nice of him to come to this little village of 1,600. It’s rather nice that he did make the effort. Warren is certainly not along the campaign route. But at the town meeting, we voted for him,” she said.



'AK 2' workspace divider lamp by ivan kasner + uli budde for de vorm

the ‘AK 2′ workspace divider lamp by de vorm has been specifically designed for shared office spaces, reading tables and open offices. the large rectangular design provides privacy, allowing individuals to work in a relaxed and concentrated manner.
the versatile lamp designed by ivan kasner and uli budde for de vorm – uses PET felt made from recycled PET bottles. the material is soft, yet a strong durable fabric which is UV stabilized and contains excellent sound absorbing qualities. the ‘AK 2′ shines light on both sides, creating a separate workspace on each side of the divider. the large shape shields users from their environment, providing room for isolation and privacy.
the AK 2 creates a separate workspace on each side of the divider
designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions  feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.



Deadly Attack in Dhaka Shakes Up the Bangladesh Garment Center, Causes Security Concerns

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Nine of the 20 hostages who lost their lives in a Dhaka restaurant Friday were Italians, most of whom worked in the garment business. The attack, which took place at the Holey Artisan Bakery around 9:20 p.m. in the Gulshan area, an upscale neighborhood frequented by foreigners that had been considered safe even during the previous years of election-ridden violence, has caused shock and trepidation among retailers and executives with global brands.
The international scope of the deceased included seven Japanese citizens, one U. S. citizen, one from India and two who were believed to have been from Bangladesh. The 12-hour siege ended when commandos broke into the restaurant early Saturday morning, killing five gunmen and arresting one more. Two policemen were killed in the exchange as well.
“The terrorists used sharp weapons to kill the hostages brutally,” Brig. Gen. Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury said on Saturday.
This is the first time foreigners have been targeted on this scale in Bangladesh, and business leaders are concerned about the effect this will have on the $24.5 billion garment export industry in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is the second largest garment exporter in the world, after China, and employs more than four million workers.
“The hostage attack heightens security concerns while presenting a serious threat to the economy,” said Sarah Labowitz, cofounder and codirector at the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. “The fashion industry has been a boon to Bangladesh’s economic growth, but this kind of attack will surely keep buyers away in the months leading up to the holiday shopping season. Five million workers depend on jobs in the ready-made garment sector. This attack has the potential to jeopardize Bangladesh’s developing economy and the prosperity of its people, which only exacerbates an economic environment in which homegrown extremism can take root.”
Describing it as a “horrific incident,” Siddiqur Rahman, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said the killings would “put pressure on our business,” adding that it was hard to estimate the extent at this time as buyers were still stunned by the development.
Responding immediately to the situation, Fast Retailing has suspended all unnecessary business travel to Bangladesh for the month of July. “Unnecessary means if the purpose for travel is not critical or urgent, it is suspended,” a spokesman for the company said.
In addition, Fast Retailing’s 10-person Japanese staff in Bangladesh, four of whom are with Grameen Uniqlo and six of whom work in a Fast Retailing production office, have been asked to stay home until further notice.
There are nine Grameen Uniqlo stores in the Dhaka area, all of which are open for business as usual. The stores will close for the upcoming Eid ul-Fitr holiday, as was planned before the attack. Eid-ul-Fitr is expected to be celebrated in Dhaka on Wednesday.
The garment industry has been caught up in the anguish of the incident in other ways. Tarishi Jain, a 19-year-old student from University of California, Berkeley, who was killed in the incident, is the daughter of Sanjeev Jain, who runs a garment business in Dhaka. Two of her friends, Faraaz Hossain and Abinta Kabir, who were also killed, were students at Oxford College in Atlanta.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted the citizens of “Crusader countries.”
Speaking of the horrific event, Chowdhury said there was a huge cache of AK-22 assault rifles and IED explosives, as well as intense shooting at the location.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced two days of mourning and vowed to fight future terrorist attacks. “Anyone who believes in religion cannot do such [an] act. They do not have any religion, their only religion is terrorism,” she said in a televised address.
Although there have been more than 20 killings of prominent bloggers, priests and social activists over the last two years, the government has been slow to act in bringing down random violence.
Industry analysts on Monday said Bangladesh was just beginning to recover from the tragic incident of Rana Plaza where more than 1,130 garment workers were killed when a nine-story building collapsed in April 2013 could go through a period of severe crisis once again in the coming months.
Economist Omar Rahman, contended that the garment industry had proved resilient over numerous situations over the last decade, and  while the situation was grave, it was no reason for panic. He cited the 30 people killed earlier in the week at Istanbul’s airport, and the car bombings in Baghdad that killed more than 200 people on Sunday, for which ISIS had claimed responsibility, and said that clear thinking and solidarity might still win the day. “We have large-scale factories that have been considerably modernized over the last two years, as well as the low-cost labor — among the lowest in the world — the industry will be able to weather this crisis,” he said.
Meanwhile, government officials said security would be ramped up as the holiday period for Eid-ul-Fitr begins.
The impact of the incident has been felt around the world, and grief and solidarity is being expressed. Japan’s tallest building, Tokyo Skytree, was illuminated in white on Sunday, in memory of the seven Japanese nationals who lost their lives. All of them worked for Japan International Cooperation Agency. The Japanese government asked that the names of the dead be withheld out of respect to the families.



BMW intel self driving vehicles with intel and mobileye

BMW teams up with intel and mobileye to make self-driving vehicles a reality
BMW teams up with intel and mobileye to make self-driving vehicles a reality
BMW group, intel, and mobileye are joining forces to make self-driving vehicles and future mobility concepts become a reality. the three leaders from the automotive, technology and computer vision and machine learning industries are collaborating to bring solutions for highly and fully automated driving in five years time.
BMW ‘iNEXT’ model will be the basis for the autonomous vehicles
the future of automated driving promises to change lives and societies for the better. but the path to get to a fully autonomous world is complex and will require end-to-end solutions that integrate intelligence across the network, from door locks to the data center. transportation providers of the future must harness rapidly evolving technologies, collaborate with totally new partners, and prepare for disruptive opportunities. together with intel and mobileye, the BMW group will develop the necessary solutions and innovative systems for highly and fully automated driving to bring these technologies into series production by 2021. the BMW iNEXT model will be the foundation for their autonomous driving strategy and sets the basis for fleets of fully autonomous vehicles, not only on highways but also in urban environments for the purpose of automated ridesharing solutions.
‘today marks an important milestone for the automotive industry as we enter a world of new mobility. together with BMW Group and intel, mobileye is laying the groundwork for the technology of future mobility that enables fully autonomous driving to become a reality within the next few years’, said mobileye co-founder, chairman and CTO professor amnon shashua. ‘mobileye is proud to contribute our expertise in sensing, localization, and driver policy to enable fully autonomous driving in this cooperation. The processing of sensing, like our capabilities to understand the driving scene through a single camera already, will be deployed on mobileye’s latest system-on-chip, the EyeQ 5, and the collaborative development of fusion algorithms will be deployed on intel computing platforms. in addition, mobileye road experience management (REM) technology will provide real-time precise localization and model the driving scene to essentially support fully autonomous driving’.
amnon shashua shares his vision of integrating technology in collaboration with BMW and intel
the companies are convinced that automated driving technologies will make travel safer and easier. the goal of the collaboration is to develop future-proofed solutions that enable the drivers to not only take their hands off the steering wheel, but reach the so called ‘eyes off’ (level 3) and ultimately the ‘mind off’ (level 4) level transforming the driver’s in-car time into leisure or work time. this level of autonomy would enable the vehicle, on a technical level, to achieve the final stage of traveling ‘driver off’ (level 5) without a human driver inside. this establishes the opportunity for self-driving fleets by 2021 and lays the foundation for entirely new business models in a connected, mobile world. they have now agreed to a set of deliverables and milestones to deliver fully autonomous cars based on a common reference architecture. near term, the companies will demonstrate an autonomous test drive with a highly automated driving (HAD) prototype. in 2017 the platform will extend to fleets with extended autonomous test drives.
the intention is to move from level 3 to level 5 driving removing the need for a human passenger
‘at the BMW group we always strive for technological leadership. this partnership underscores our strategy number ONE > NEXT to shape the individual mobility of the future’, stated harald krüger, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG. ‘the combined expertise of intel, mobileye and the BMW group will deliver the next core building block to bring fully automated driving technology to the street. we have already showcased such groundbreaking solutions in our VISION NEXT 100 vehicle concepts. with this technological leap forward, we are offering our customers a whole new level of sheer driving pleasure whilst pioneering new concepts for premium mobility’. 
the goal is to have autonomous vehicles by 2021, five years from now
BMW intel self driving vehicles with intel and mobileye



lucas cultural arts museum (LCAM) chicago

international architecture studio OMA have put forward their proposal for the lucas cultural arts museum (LCAM) to be sited in chicago, america. the museum will be dedicated to the art and design of storytelling through a combination of three collections: illustration and storytelling art; digital art and art in motion—complemented by educational and outreach programs.
‘it is a museum that aims to be porous and open. spread across the site, the museum’s program would claim a vast swath of land at the waterfront, while simultaneously appearing as a supplicant to the enormity of soldier field. tied to the ground, the building in this form is neither iconic nor civic; its generosity is thwarted by its breadth, its grandness swamped by the bombast of its neighbor.’
the horizontal plate and vertical tower will be enveloped within a dome-like membrane
all images © OMA
led by architect shohei shigematsu, OMA‘s proposal creates a vertical gallery on the site, an atrium tower that elevates the traditional, horizontal galleries that accommodates LCAM’s three collections. the tower suspends the galleries above the city but also connects them to it; lifting the main galleries enables the site below to be preserved as a new urban park, while simultaneously providing maximum flexibility within the horizontal gallery plate itself.
the scheme sees the horizontal plate and vertical tower enveloped within a dome-like membrane that expands the museum’s physical and emotional presence within the city. this membrane—a cloud of ETFE pillows—creates a sheltered, lifted public space for chicago (sky park). like a park, it is freely accessible like an urban plaza, it is a flexible territory that accommodates a range of activities and in turn, evolves into a social space that engages the public to share and create.
the ETFE membrane is fritted to accept projections both from within and from the outside. inside the sky park, projections can be used as an integral part of larger displays and presentations. meanwhile, at the ground level, projects can transform the museum park into an outdoor or drive in cinema. the museum’s theater and lecture spaces are located at the base of the tower, allowing for separate ground level entry and expansion to the museum park at ground level. a series of escalators lead visitors up to the gallery levels and lifted sky park above. from these levels, elevators presenting views of the vertical gallery show visitors to the offices, event space and observation deck at the top of the tower. lifted, the building offers eight times the public space it occupies. the park space that surrounds the building—a flexible surface that can accommodate both grasses and parking. the museum park can be used for a range of public events and activities, casting the building as the backdrop for new programs for local residents of the neighborhoods throughout chicago.
the park can be used for a range of public events and activities, casting the building as the backdrop for new
programs for local residents
the museum is sited close to the water
lifted, the building offers eight times the public space it occupies
the museum park can be used for a range of public events and activities
at the ground level, projects can transform the museum park into an outdoor or drive in cinema
inside the sky park, projections can be used as an integral part of larger displays and presentations



Hungarian Photographers in Focus

Robert Capa
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
Andre Kertesz
Endre Tot
In the Alma Gallery’s exhibition “Echoes: City, Society, Conflict & Self in Hungarian Photography,” the influence of Hungarian artist and photographer László Moholy-Nagy is hard to miss. Moholy-Nagy was a sort of spokesman for experimental and modern art, as an instructor at the Bauhaus, in Germany, and founder of the Institute of Design, in Chicago. Self-taught, he constantly challenged standard photographic practices, embracing ambitious cropping, double exposures, tonal variations, and alternative perspectives in his work. “Echoes” curator Gary Van Wyk demonstrates how Moholy-Nagy’s “new vision” of the world, expressed in geometric compositions, influenced a generation of Hungarian photographers who drew from his diverse practice to establish their own unique styles.
“Echoes” has a very impressive line-up of photographers, among them, Brassaï, Éva Szombat, André Kertész, Robert Capa, Ákos Czigány, and András Bánkuti. Czigány pays homage to artist Hiroshi Sugimoto by shooting upward views while standing in Budapest courtyards. Anikó Robitz, with his architectural close-ups, takes abstraction even further than Moholy-Nagy. And Milán Rácmolnár, in his 2013 “Capa Corrupted #3,” has restaged Robert Capa’s iconic D-Day photograph using actors and digital filters to reflect on both the omnipresence of conflict and the power of technology to corrupt reporting about that conflict through manipulation of images.
For his part, Endre Tót reflects on the ways in which artists in Soviet-era Hungary strove against censorship with wit and irony, often using their own bodies to drive home their points: In his “Communism Made Me Glad,” Tót poses nude, with the red Communist star covering his genitals, against a stark red backdrop. Lenke Szilágyi, meanwhile, is represented by gender-fluid self-portraits that she sent to a few friends every day, symbolizing the new wave of artistic exploration.
The show also contains works by the legendary Kertész, whose impeccable eye and aesthetic sense defined an era of photojournalism that stepped into the world of fine art. His “Reflection,” through its experiments with form and content, inspired other photographers in the show, like Szilvia Mucsy, Tomas Opitz, Karina Horitz, to look at ordinary life and elevate it to the realm of the surreal.



SoKo, Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Marie-Ange Casta Party With Miuccia Prada in Paris

Miuccia Prada returned to her nightclub concept for her Miu Miu resort collection, hosting a sprawling party at an opulent mansion on the Champs-Élysées, the Hôtel de la Païva, famed for its yellow onyx staircase.
Prada picked that color for her party outfit: a satin Miu Miu parka with Velcro fasteners. She waved off questions about her colorful, hyper-embellished collection, returning to a favorite word: “fun!” Then she capitulated and offered: “energetic and positive. That’s what we need in these times.”
She displayed the clothes on mannequins — some propped on tables, other sprawled on the floor, which gave guests time to drink in all the dizzying details and candy colors: yellow plumes spewing out of the vamp of crystal pumps; swirling sequin embroideries on gleaming coats in fuchsia or lapis; jewels scattered on the bodice of long T-shirt dresses in loud curtain prints. While dress shapes were reminiscent of pre-war eras, the large-scale and vaguely psychedelic prints tempered the retro feeling. Giant rave pants, metallic leather cheerleader skirts, stacked plastic bangles, platform ballerinas and spangled satin bucket hats all broadcast the same youthful zing.
While overcharged and eccentric, the looks lost some of their zaniness when worn by models mingling with guests at the busy party, which included Marie-Ange Casta.
“I have a movie coming up in January. It’s an Édouard Bear [film], named ‘Ouvert la nuit,’” she said.
Miu Miu regular Marc Jacobs said he’s hard at work on his spring collection, focusing on fabrics with his team in Paris right now, plus “working on the accessories and stuff like that.”
No summer holidays are in the cards for the designer.
“We’ve been having a ‘staycation’ at the Plaza Athénée, which has been great,” he joked and added, in reference to the ongoing poor weather in Paris : “We’ve been wearing winter clothes and parading around our suite.”
SoKo has a lot on her plate. She’s been busy doing promo for “The Dancer” and “The Stopover,” two movies opening in September. The singer-actress is also incubating her third album. “That’s meant to come out when it’s ready,” she said. “It’s getting all the ingredients together.”
Singer Petite Meller is focused on her new album, “Lil Empire,” due out Sept. 8 on Island Records. She also has two new videos coming up, one for a song called “The Flute,” which was why she sported a big wooden flute thrown over her shoulder, that was just shot in Senegal. The other, up next, will be lensed in Mongolia.
In one of the rear courtyards, there was a large TV broadcasting the France-Iceland quarterfinals of the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer competition. Among those glued to the screen were Maurizio Cattelan and actress Roxane Mesquida.
She has a new movie breaking Wednesday. “I play a singer, who is a little bit intense and crazy, extremely jealous and ready to do anything to have her man back. It’s called ‘Despite the Night,’ and directed by Philippe Grandrieux,” she said.
Mesquida is also gearing up to shoot an independent American movie in Paris in about a month. Its name is “Thirst Street,” and Nathan Silver is to direct it.
“I actually play a singer again,” she said. “I didn’t sing until the [first] movie; I had to learn the songs in order to sing. And so now I’m like singing again.”
“I felt like it was really showing my soul, and I thought it was more difficult than being naked in a movie, for example,” continued Mesquida. “Singing is like very intimate.”
Elsewhere, Emma Greenwell was playing backgammon. She will be filming the second season of the TV series “The Path” in New York until the end of October. Sitting on the floor chatting next to her were Stacy Martin and Dianna Agron.
“I’ve just finished a film, called ‘3 Way Junction,’” said Martin, adding that shooting for the movie directed by Juergen Bollmeyer took place in South Africa. “And I am about to start my new film in a few weeks with Michel Hazanavicius about [Jean-Luc] Godard’s relationship with his second wife Anne Wiazemsky.” [based on the books that Wiazemsky wrote and how their relationship disintegrated after the filming of “La Chinoise.”]
Agron has two films in post-production now. “I have a movie where I am looking for my brother on a mountaintop, it’s a survival movie, and then I have a movie that I shot about nuns in the Sixties,” she explained, adding this was her fourth time in Paris in six months.
At 10:30 p.m. a large crowd gathered in a large salon, where Kate Moss deejayed for an hour straight. The crowd went wild – not to mention snap-happy – as they danced to songs including “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and “No More Tears.” Other VIP attendees included Giles Deacon, Amber Valletta, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis and Aymeline Valade.



RIGI design reconstructs office space in shanghai to host an independent lab

RIGI design reconstructs office space in shanghai to host an independent lab
multi-disciplinary studio RIGI design have reconstructed the interior of their office in shanghai, china, to accommodate room for a lab area, meeting room and small show space. the building which was once a former factory, has been redesigned in order to reflect the firms clear vision and personalised aesthetic which they have grown since they first established the agency in 2006.
RIGI design needed an office which would convey their concepts and ideas to potential customers in a clear and dynamic way. the studio was originally a standard rectangular space which only allowed natural light to enter from one side of the building. the reconstruction process allowed the firm to divide the open layout into various sections that would each cater towards a different function.
to create a spacious studio, the ceiling was exposed in order to form a light open space. each area is color coded using different colored blocks and boxes which indicates the function of every room. a lab named ‘LKLAB’ is built inside the office, which is used by designers to build models and to convey their ideas and concepts to clients in a fun and interactive display.
kai liu, the founder of RIGI states that ‘sometimes a space is like a book, when turning pages and finding the sentences you like, you may label or mark them; while in a space, you have to walk through it and try to feel it and understand it, this is another kind of reading.’
the reconstruction process allowed the firm to divide the open layout into various sections
kai liu added words numbers and phrases printed on the walls, objects and sign posts in order to communicate scale and proportion. ceramic tiles, cabinets, flower pots, lamps, electrical outlets and cord holes all follow a similar pattern. presented in a geometric fashion, each object is used as a vital component within the carefully structured assemblage.
each object is used as a vital component within the carefully structured assemblage
each area is color coded to indicate the room’s function
words numbers and phrases have been printed on the walls, objects and sign posts
designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions  feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.



Patrizio di Marco Joins Dolce & Gabbana Board

Sporting a full beard, a smiling Patrizio di Marco appears on Stefano Gabbana ‘s Instagram account with the designer; Alfonso Dolce, who is Domenico Dolce’s brother, and Diana Zanetto, a former executive vice president and chief merchandising and licensing officer at Gucci , who now works at Dolce & Gabbana.
Asked whether he, too, has joined the Italian fashion brand, di Marco confirmed to WWD that he is now a member of the company’s board and an independent adviser.
In January, sources had said the former chairman and chief executive officer of Gucci was set to join D0lce & Gabbana after honoring his one-year non-compete agreement. Sources in Milan later said di Marco and the company had not reached an agreement over his role and the company’s structure.
Di Marco left Gucci on Jan. 1, 2015, followed shortly afterward by creative director Frida Giannini , who is married to di Marco. The executive joined the Florence-based firm in 2009, succeeding Mark Lee. Prior to that, di Marco played an instrumental role in turning around Bottega Veneta as president and ceo for eight years.
Sources in Milan speculate that di Marco’s arrival at Dolce & Gabbana could be preparatory to a public listing.



AmfAR Throws Dinner in Paris

“This is an opportunity for us to just say thank you,” said amfAR chief executive officer Kevin Frost, noting that the foundation that raises money to combat HIV and AIDS, has many supporters in the City of Light and elsewhere in Europe. “This [event] is quite different [from the big fund-raisers], but we couldn’t pass up putting a couple of things on auction. Don’t you love the Willy Rizzo picture [depicting Yves Saint Laurent in August 1960]? And the Terry O’Neill one [of David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor in Los Angeles in 1974] is so pretty,” he said at amfAR’s second such event in Paris. “Coming up next, the foundation is traveling to Milan in September and Los Angeles in October. We’re honoring Jeffrey Katzenberg.”
“Versace is family,” said Campbell, who was honored by amfAR last month. She’s to start filming in September, explaining it’s “as an actress, not as director — not yet.”
Is acting something she has always wanted to do?
“She’s an actress, come on. She was born an actress. Nobody models like her. Nobody has the charisma like Naomi. Period,” said Elson, who has a second record slated to come out next year. “I gonna tour and do all that,” she said, describing her music as “dark and mysterious.”
Murphy, who was with her 15-year-old daughter Dylan, closed the Atelier Versace show. “I was the bride the last time 17 years ago. Gianni was alive. I hadn’t walked [the Versace show] since then. It’s a long time. It was fun,” she said.
The 43-year-old model is launching a magazine, which is slated to hit newsstands on Nov. 1. “It’s photojournalism and journalism about American culture.” On it, she works with Shinola, the Detroit-based company known for its American-made watches, bicycles, journals and leather goods, and Stephen Shore is among contributors. Another part of the staff comes from Colors Magazine, she explained.
“I just got back from Biarritz,” explained the latter.
“My husband is a surfer, growing up in California. He wants to go [to Biarritz] all the time,” Hériard-Dubreuil said.
“That’s awesome; is that yours?” asked Brody about Burch’s fish-shaped statement necklace.
“No. That’s J. W. Anderson,” she replied. “Cool. You know I paint. My whole painting series is called ‘Hooked.’ It’s all fish.”
Brody has a solo art exhibition opening on July 16 at Galeries des Lices in Saint-Tropez, France.
Redemption creative director Gabriele Moratti was one of the two happy bidders who scooped up the limited-edition boxed set of 23 images of  Studio 54 by the legendary nightclub’s in-house photographer Sonia Moskowitz. It went for 55,000 euros, or $61,206 at current exchange.
“I was born in 1978, around the era of Studio 54. I love the Seventies, the fashion, the movie, the music.…I listen to Led Zeppelin and Janis Japlin. Plus, it’s for good cause,” Moratti explained.
Other lots included a trip to the 70th Cannes Film Festival running from May 17 to 28, 2017, which went for 75,000 euros, or $83,463, and an invitation to attend Leonardo DiCaprio’s fundraising gala in Saint-Tropez on July 20.



Edda Gimnes Wins Germany’s Designer for Tomorrow 2016 Competition

For some designers, fabric is the starting point of their collections. For others, it’s their initial sketches. But for Edda Gimnes, it’s neither. Or actually both.
The Norwegian born, London College of Fashion graduate begins by creating graphic drawings executed with her left hand though she is right-handed, and which possibly adds to their naïve charm. Blown up across canvas or reworked in fur, these drawings, inspired by an eclectic collection of found vintage photographs and objects, animate her living fashion cutouts. While this approach earned her more trouble than praise as a student, it has now paid off, earning her the 2016 Designer for Tomorrow title, sponsored by German specialty store chain Peek & Cloppenburg and its online shop Fashion ID, and this year under the patronship of Alber Elbaz.
Watching the live-stream of the show, and together with the eight member jury board choosing the winner, Elbaz said he saw a lot of potential in Gimnes. “She captured my imagination and I’m keen to find out how her talent will evolve,” he said. The young creative will soon be meeting Elbaz in person, a trip to Paris to meet the designer the next step in the one-year sponsorship program.
Design competitions, like wine, have their good years and bad years, and this year’s DFT crop was especially strong. The other finalists included David Kälble, whose cross-cultural South African-inspired collection mixed fur trims and cable tie fringes; Elisa Kley’s ultra linear compositions; Marc Morris Mok’s geometry in motion (and Sponge Bob footwear) ideas, and Ancuta Sarca’s plasticized fashion wardrobe.



Rupert Sanderson Unveils Fall 2016 Campaign

Among the highlights is a pair of leather ankle boots with fringe detailing, classic burgundy court shoes and block-heel pumps in a graphic coral-and-white print. The overall collection features a variety of colors and textures.
Model Lisa Onysko is pictured in the background in a series of frozen dance moves. Photographer Adam Whitehead used special lighting to highlight the footwear and keep a sense of the model’s movement in the shots.
“I wanted to get the primary focus on to the shoes, whilst still emphasizing the body and silhouette of the model,” Sanderson said.
The company plans to use the visual assets of the campaign in its stores and web site.



Lehmbruck Museum Explores Surface vs Superficiality in Sculpture

Auguste Rodin
Georg Baselitz
Works by Auguste Rodin , Julian Opie and Georg Baselitz are among those included in a new sculpture show entitled “On Surface” at Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg.
The exhibition explores how sculptures are defined by their materiality. Organized as a historical survey, it also provides insights into how the perception and connotation of surfaces — and of superficiality — have changed since the pioneers of modernity liberated form in sculpture.
Key works presented in the show include the life-sized bronze sculpture “Eva” (1881) by Rodin and Medardo Rosso’s wax sculpture “La Portinaia” (1883/84), as well as a wide array of contributions from the 21st Century, including works by Baselitz and his large-scale BDM group, Carsten Nicolai, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Opie, and Rebecca Horn.
According to the organizers, the show was “inspired by the omnipresence of the surfaces of digital devices, by the aesthetics of smoothness and the desire to penetrate the surface.” At the same time, it critically reflects the ambiguity of the matter: “The title plays on different associations with the term surface,” the organizers explain, “it is primarily about the manifestation of the surface of an artwork as one of its essential artistic qualities. The second reading suggested by the title is that of superficiality — that which seems to resist any attempt to discover a deeper meaning. The superficial is that which can be grasped immediately, it is the first impression that will linger in our memory.”
“On Surface. From Rodin to de Bruyckere. The Surface as a Carrier of Meaning in Sculpture”, through October 23, 2016. Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg, Germany. Click here   for more information.



Manhattan Gallery Faces Lawsuit Over Fake Warhol Prints

Scandal has rocked the prominent Lower East Side Woodward Gallery as the art dealers now face a lawsuit from an irate former investor.
85 year-old Oregon resident Nira Levine claims the gallery’s owners, John and Kristine Woodward, doctored authenticity documents for 90 Andy Warhol prints from the “Space Fruit” series they sold her in 2008.
Now Levine has filed a suit against them to discover whether the details of her other investments with the gallery, which include stakes in over 50 modern masterpieces, were also falsified, reports the New York Post .
The petition, filed in New York Supreme Court on June 30, stipulates that Levine either purchased the pieces outright or co-owned them with the Woodwards, who then resold them and evenly split the proceeds with Levine.
According to Courthouse News Service , the gallerists drew suspicion in 2014 when Levine learned the couple had overcharged her through a restorer’s condition report, which detailed that 63 out of the 76 prints in the “Spacefruit” collection had been deemed inauthentic by the Warhol Authentication Board.
When Levine asked the Woodwards to produce receipts for the collection confirming that they had purchased the works for $180,000 in 2008, Kristine Woodward confessed that there weren’t any, prompting Levine to conclude that the Woodwards had invented the 2008 transaction in order to swindle her out of $90,000.
The retired psychologist conceded that she had never actually seen the artwork or related documentation, citing her trust of the Woodwards’ expertise by way of explanation.
$90,000 is a hefty sum, but the bigger fear for Levine is that she may have been duped on a number of further works. Since 2002, Levine invested in around 140 paintings with the Woodward Gallery, the combined value of which totals nearly $1 million and includes masterpieces such as Pablo Picasso ’s Green Hair Woman , and Keith Haring ’s Subway , as well as a Jean-Michel Basquiat and a half dozen paintings attributed to Alexander Calder.
Levine is seeking a discovery order to gain access to the paperwork related to the purchases. In addition to the documentation, she also seeks a court order for John and Kristine Woodward to provide depositions on the purchases.
According to the Courthouse News Service, Levine says she intends to pursue a civil action against the couple on counts of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary, fraud and conversion.
The Post reports that Kristine Woodward declined to comment on the specifics of the allegations, saying the suit “has no merit,” and that the gallery “has continued to have integrity in all that we do in the last 23 years.”



Make New York Great Again with This Street Art of a Punk George Washington

All images courtesy the artists
New York visual artists Mint+Serf , known for elevating their graffiti into desirable objects for consumption, want to spin the image of the iconic patriot. To launch their latest silk charmeuse scarf with a street art patina, the duo enlisted artist and curator Richie Shazam to take on the spirit of an American leader or what the duo calls the new George Washington of Downtown New York by donning a powdered wig.
The silk scarf is a replica of a painting by Mint+Sefr titled Young, Dumb and Full of Cum  and digitally printed by Software Studios. Yet, their campaign to release the elegant piece is anything but young or dumb. The concept of the campaign was inspired by the 90s political magazine George , published by the late JFK Jr. wherein each cover featured a celebrity reinterpreting American politics and prowess.
Mint writes, “With this election year, becoming so vigorously contested, I wanted to revisit this idea but with something radically different in mind. Something that once again reinterpreted the idea of an American in 2016. We wanted something bold, aggressive, and punk rock. A big 'fuck you' to all of the bigots of our great country. A middle finger to everyone who hates minorities and won't acknowledge reproductive rights and equal pay for women. This is a celebration of individuality, masco-femininity and ethnicity.”
To release the campaign shot by Lorenzo Fariello, the artists will turn the facade of the Wallplay gallery building in the Lower East Side into a painting (before the space becomes a 12-story luxury condo). Mint tells The Creators Project, “Everyone with the willingness and desire to pick up a can are welcome to transform the gallery into a social vandal sculpture.” You will also see the posters of Shazam dressed as George Washington spattered about the city.
The artists want you to take note and reconsider “What kind of Americans do we want to be? Do we want to hate and exclude or do we want to love and embrace? Do we want to isolate and regress or do we want to evolve and progress? Do we want to actively do nothing or do we want to take action and be active?” 
To learn more about the artists click here . 
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An Audio-Visual Installation Grows Like Insect Shells In Nature

All images courtesy the artist.
This article was originally published on May 15, 2014 but we think it still rocks!
In human life, the ego is born, grows, takes hold, and eventually disintegrates. Mary Franck  aims to replicate the ego's life cycle in Carapace , an audio-visual installation featuring organically-created and algorithmic forms.
Developed in residence at the  Society for Art and Technology  (SAT), the installation's name is not arbitrary. A carapace is a shell found on the exteriors of arthropods and arachnids, amongst other organisms. While algorithms lie at the heart of software, the DNA of the dynamic, computer-generated forms could be interpreted as shells. Yet, Franck sees a more important metaphor in the carapace. For her, it's a good analog for the human ego.
"The concept preceded the word,” says Franck. “It started when I saw the Statosphere dome.” Later, when Franck was lying on a beach looking up at the stars, she was struck by the concept of layers of self or identities shedding over time. “We construct the ego as a way of expressing ourselves, but it's also how we protect our self,” with the ego becoming more and more elaborate—a shell that continually unfolds. "
“The other line of inquiry that's really interesting to me is form and morphology, or how organisms actually have the form that they have” said Franck. “Why does the zebra have stripes? Most people would respond that it allows them to blend as a herd and not get eaten, but the actual reason is much more complicated.”
The complicated explanation has to do with chemical diffusion gradients. Alan Turing, an early computer scientist and cryptoanalyst, developed his reaction-diffusion model , where chemical diffusion gradients lay down a mathematics of patterning in organisms.
These organic patterns and forms, like those found in shells or plants, always piqued Franck's interest. And this interest expanded into curiosity about how they form. “The complexity of these processes is beautiful to me,” she says. “The pattern in which a tree branches is a product of hormone diffusion gradients. "
On a biochemical level, everything about us is a product of form [morphology], of how organic molecules fit together and diffuse, including consciousness,” Franck added. “Consciousness is this biochemical phenomena that we don't really understand. It's this incredible thing that comes into being, is a universe unto itself, then winks out.”
This all suits Franck's visual interests, which cut across algorithmic forms, spaces, and 3D environments and objects. “My style is a hybrid of organic and algorithmic processes,” she says. “I draw lines or model surfaces, manipulate them procedurally, analyze them, and use that as source for algorithmic animations and forms.”
As for software tools, Franck uses a mix of  Derivative Touch Designer , Python, and  OpenGL Shading Language  (GLSL), though most of the drawing is done with Rhino. Her audio collaborator,  Kadet Kuhne



These Kinetic Geometries Were Crafted By A Graffiti Artist

Images courtesy of Soze Gallery & Moneyless
This article was originally published on May 6, 2014 but we think it still rocks!
Since his days bombing the same bricks that birthed the word graffiti , the Italian-born, mathematically-educated artist  Moneyless  (real name Teo Pirisi) has seen his work rise from vandalism to the vanguard of contemporary abstract art. His collection of work titled  Paper Teller , at Soze Gallery  is a testament to the artist's evolution. 
According to the show's press release,"Moneyless' art is characterized by an investigation on the rawest elements of life and focuses on a process of continuous evolution. Moneyless' aesthetic seems to quote a Platonic vision where geometry is represented as the structure, the foundation upon which all nature is built. Fire, air, water and earth are the basic elements of existence and they come out from the multiplication of the main geometrical figure, the triangle: we'd better say division rather than multiplication, because it's through subtraction that Moneyless looks into evolution. "
Paper Teller opened to rave reviews. In honor of the stellar showcase, the folks over at Soze Gallery were kind enough to send us an exclusive video that documents Moneyless' creation process, as well as the triumphs of opening night:
Below, check out a few of the exquisite kinetic geometries currently on display at Soze Gallery:
Learn more about Moneyless by clicking here.
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An Instrument Translates Landscape Paintings Into Music

This article was originally published on May 14,2014 but we think it still rocks!
In an ongoing series that stretches as long as some vistas, multidisciplinary artist  Barbara Bartos  uses a mechanical music box to transform paintings of landscapes into sweet melodies. With her Soundscape Instrument, Bartos can translate the heights of Toffia, Italy into a serene summer-time tune. After painting detailed accounts of her travels, Bartos perforates each gouache according to the prevailing features of its landscape: a Finland forest, gets punched through the contours of its greenery and tree trunks, a watery depiction gets perforated along the coastline.



Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman“ Named Best International Film at Munich Festival

Cannes Film Festival 2016
Cannes Film Festival
“The Salesman” (“Forushande”) by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi received the Arri/ Osram Award for Best International Film at the 34th International Munich Film Festival last weekend. The French-Iranian production had already received the Palme d’Or for “Best Actor” (Shaba Hosseini) and “Best Screenplay” earlier this year in Cannes.
“The Salesman” tells the story of young couple, both professional actors, who are forced to relocate and confronted with a challenging situation beyond their control. In the movie, the two protagonists perform in a production of Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman”, which becomes a meta-allegory for the decay of a social class, told here in the context of the family home.
“We choose to give the award to a film that we found contemporary and yet universal and, most importantly, an opening to the future,” the Munich Jury explained in a statement. “‘The Salesman’ presents us with an alternative to the predominant masculine approach of attempting to solve problems with violence and revenge. The beauty we found in the film is that it shows a path towards solutions through the feminine way of thinking and feeling, with an intelligence not only or always of the mind, but also the heart.”
“The Salesman” is Asghar Farhadi’s seventh feature-length film. The Iranian director rose to international acclaim in 2012, when his drama “A Separation” won the Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film, as well as the first Golden Bear ever to be awarded to an Iranian film at the 61st Berlin Filmfestival Berlinale, among many other international accolades and prizes.
The 34th International Film Festival ended last weekend in Munich, after having opened on June 23 with Maren Ade’s Cannes celebrated comedy “Toni Erdman.” This year’s Cine Merit Award went to American actress Ellen Burstyn; the festival’s Cinevision Award for the best international newcomer was awarded to Houda Benyamina’s French Young Adult film “Divines” (with a special mention for “Lost And Beautiful” by Italian director Pietro Marcello). The German Cinema New Talent Awards went to Jana Raschke (Best Production, for “Haus Ohne Dach”,) Mareille Klein (Best Script for “Dinky Sinky,”) and Florian Eichinger (Best Director for “Die Hände Meiner Mutter”.)



Ronny Sen’s Polish Winter Of Color in Mumbai

The very stylish and dramatic ‘The Three Colors Trilogy’ by Krzysztof Kieślowski explored a whole range of emotions in his three films under the collective title — from tragedy to light comedy and then very intense drama, much like the speculation about the idea of Europe then. Shrouded in strangeness and voyeuristic fascination, the colors were central to the film, based on the French republic’s ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity.
Last year, photographer Ronny Sen was dealing with his own baggage of being from the city of Calcutta (now Kolkata), where Communists had ruled for the past three decades, while he was in the middle of his residency at the Gdańsk City Gallery in Poland in 2015. The residency led to “New World Chronicles of an Old World Colour,” an exhibition due to open at TARQ, Mumbai, in collaboration with the Polish Institute, New Delhi, on July 7, 2016.
During Sen’s three weeks in the old city by the Motlawa river in Gdańsk, he was drawn to the burden of the city’s communist past. Visually, there was a need to respond to his disillusionment by attaching himself to the unnoticed and the unseen. Inspired by Kieślowski’s trilogy, Sen wanted to strike using color as a narrative, even if it were fading when it came to certain depictions of mundane life in the very harsh and melancholic landscape of the Polish winter.
His photographs of Gdańsk are very cinematic, often drawing from the idea of a remembered past and its location in the present. His response to the trilogy and the fading of the Left in Poland and in Kolkata is marked by his interpretation of the fading color, red. Its invisibility is gradual, but not unnoticed. The photographs are dream-like glimpses into the past and present of Gdańsk’s streets, which serve as a microcosm of Europe’s present political landscape. Movement is blurred on intention and Sen seems impersonal in his engagement with the street, but not unmoved by its rhythms. His wanderings are more like brief encounters ­— perhaps real, perhaps imagined. Like Kieślowski’s trilogy, Sen’s photographs are about different people in different locations bound by a collective memory and a shared past, both having changed color over the years.



Mami Kataoka Will Direct the 2018 Biennale of Sydney

Today the Biennale of Sydney revealed that it has tapped Mami Kataoka, the chief curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, to be artistic director of its 21st edition, which will take place in 2018.
“As one of the region’s most accomplished curators, Mami will bring a truly fresh perspective and an Asian sensibility to the exhibition in 2018,” Kate Mills, the biennale’s chairman, said in a statement released to press, “enabling biennale artists and audiences to explore in greater depth our relationship with the Asia Pacific region and challenge conventional wisdoms.”
Kataoka’s CV is long. She started as chief curator at MAM in 2003 and also served as international curator at the Hayward Gallery in London from 2007 to 2009. She was an adviser on the 2016 Biennale of Sydney and one of six directors on the 2012 Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, titled “Roundtable.” Before joining MAM, she was chief curator at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.
“As artistic director I am interested to ask how we can test the biennale’s significance given the growing understanding of multiple modernities; the many socio-political contexts and accelerated complexities in the world conditions today,” Kataoka said in a statement of her own. “I am thrilled to work together with great artists from Australia and around the world for the coming biennale to find ways to engage in depth with its history, diverse communities, and contexts.”
The Biennale of Sydney has a strong track record of appointing women to lead its recent editions. Four of the last five have been curated or co-curated by women: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in 2008, Catherine de Zegher with Gerald McMaster in 2012, Juliana Engberg in 2014, and Stephanie Rosenthal this year.
Kataoka told The Australian , in an interview for an article that provides some nice background about her curatorial work, that she is still in the early planning phase of her biennale and has not yet decided on a theme or artists. “My baby is still being made,” she said . “I don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl.”



Andreas Gursky Explores Rhythms of Abstraction in Düsseldorf Show

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K20
Andreas Gursky
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is presenting new works by Andreas Gursky. The German photographer, himself a Düsseldorf resident, studied at the local Kunstakademie with Bernd Becher in the 1980s. Alongside Thomas Struth, Jörg Sasse, Candida Höfer, and Thomas Ruff, he developed a distinct style that has become known as the Düsseldorf School of Photography. In his thematic exhibition “Nicht Abstract” (“Not Abstract”) Gursky is presenting 20 works dedicated to formal questions of abstraction.
Famous for his monumental landscapes and architecture photographs, Gursky has always been interested in photographic means of abstraction and composition, subjects he has been more intensely revisiting in recent years. In his new Düsseldorf show he presents studies — or rather simulations — of abstract compositions in the vein of American postwar painters such as Robert Rauschenberg , Ellsworth Kelly , Mark Rothko , and Barnett Newman , whose works Gursky confronts in an intriguing artistic dialogue. Opening the show to yet another dimension, the photographer, a passionate lover of electronic music, has invited Canadian DJ and producer Richie Hawtin to contribute a minimalist sound installation, whose abstract electronic rhythms and patterns are juxtaposed with the rhythmical compositions on the museum’s walls.
Many of Gursky’s photographs resemble abstract compositions from afar, only revealing their documentary nature under closer scrutiny. This effect is especially impressive with his latest series of tulip fields photographed from a great distance – the illusion seems almost perfect here. To stress his formal interest in abstraction and seriality, Gursky chose to give these works numbers rather than titles, thus negating any documentary interest and highlighting his purely aesthetic motivation.
Andreas Gursky was one of the first photographers to digitally enhance his works in the 90s and thus create ‘compositions’ closer to painting or music than to conventional photography – this was also one of the reasons for his enormous success: his large-scale landscape “Rhine II,” 1999, remains the most expensive photograph to be sold at auction to date, realizing $4.3 million at Christie’s, New York, in 2011. By including both painting and music in the Düsseldorf show, Gursky now unites his three major interests, positioning his own work in a conversation of artistic creation.



VIDEO: A Trip with the Beat Generation at the Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou
Allen Ginsberg
Jack Kerouac
Liliane Lijn
Allen Ruppersberg
Curated by Philippe-Alain Michaud, Jean-Jacques Lebel, and Rani Singh, the “Beat Generation” exhibition opened last week at Centre Pompidou in Paris and runs through October 3, 2016. This retrospective is dedicated to the iconic, literary, artistic and cultural movement borne in the late 1940s by writers William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.
Scattered across fifteen rooms, and organized geographically, the “Beat Generation” comprises audio-visual recordings, manuscripts, ephemera, historical documents, photographs, artworks and reproductive machines to give insight into the Beat Poets’ nomadic spirit, experimentation with new technology, interdisciplinary collaboration and collective imagination, demonstrating how pivotal an antecedent to today’s counterculture they were.
Blouin Artinfo met with Jean-Jacques Lebel and Rani Singh, exhibition co-curators, to have a walk through the “Beat Generation.” Click on the video above to take a trip.

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