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Siah Armajani – Architect Designer from Tehran (1939-2020)

August 28th, 2020

  • Siah Arnahani – Glass front porch for Walter Benjamin

    (Read about Walter Benjamin’s tragic life from previous post)

    Artforum obit

    Iranian-American artist Siah Armajani, whose work across media bridged architecture, democracy, mathematics, and the commons, has died of heart failure in Minneapolis.

    Art News obit

    Siah Armajani, Ceaselessly Imaginative Artist with a Belief in the Power of Public Art, Is Dead at 81

    Siah Armajani at The Met Breuer press preview of Siah Armajani: Follow This Line February 19, 2019.
    Photo courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Prayer

    NYtimes

    Fraught and Fabulous: Art That Shows a Passion for Democracy

  • Tyranny of Design? Or Chairs as Characters

    August 26th, 2020
  • The Tyranny of Chair Design

    Most chairs aren’t designed to serve human bodies – but a better seat is possible. By Sara Hendren

  • Tony Cragg <> tonycragg

    Tom Friedmantomfriedman
    – his school chair, drilled into skeletal oblivion.

    Chorus of Chairs

  • See a Dragon Chair sold for 28 Millions by Eileen Gray.
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    The unique and remarkable ‘Dragons’ armchair was acquired from Miss Gray by Suzanne Talbot, the first patron to provide her with an opportunity to create a complete environment. The exotic, symbolist character of the piece situates it conceptually within the first phase of Miss Gray’s creative cycle.
    The Mad Tea Party (previous post)

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    Two chair design by Scott Burton

    Elephant Chairs collection

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    Lugar Column 2016
    Artists from Brazil

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    My photos of New Mexico Las Vegas Hotel Lobby –

  • Panda with oversized bamboo.

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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    (Ikea – photo by Fung Lin Hall)
    Weather and Warehouse

    John Cage sitting on a silent chair

    The Repetition – Retribution

    Sayonara Kansai Yamamoto, Bowie Collaborator

    July 27th, 2020
  • Bowie collaborator Kansai Yamamoto dies aged 76


  • (David Bowie and Kansai Yamamoto)


  • Kansai Yamamoto debut Vogue Shoot 1971

  • Mighty Graphic Deseigner Milton Glaser Died on His Birthday

    June 26th, 2020
  • New York Magazine obit (Milton Glaser was a co-founder)

    If Glaser had a breakout moment, it was his poster of Bob Dylan, from 1966.

  • Why Milton G was so influential, he studied under Morandi (The Guarduab obit)

  • So many people go through life with their eyes closed and don’t see anything except what they already know. Pay attention to what is, in the Buddhist sense, which means recognizing what is really going on, and not an illusion that is established to make you feel better about what you do. Self-examination, questioning whether or not you’re causing harm, whether you’re willing to lie in order to survive—all of those things are more important than which typeface you use. – Milton Glaser

    His homepage

    Milton Glaser died on his birthday

    Interview

    About Trump, Milton said.

    Art can’t be done for a client—it has to be internal. But when you’re in my profession, you’re always dealing with clients. Donald Trump came to the studio a few times [when we were working on the Trump Vodka bottle, in 2006]. He paid half the fee, and never paid the second half. He always tried to hustle out of every deal he ever made with anyone. His trick was to make you realize that if you sued him, he’d come back to you with every lawyer in his scope. He was willing to invest millions of dollars to squash you rather than pay the bill. You have to face the fact that there are going to be clients you can work with and ones with which you cannot.


    (Monet Scribble)

    Interior – Skylight & Three Chairs

    June 25th, 2020

  • Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Skylight Ideas – Home decor


  • Chairs from the doctor’s office – photo by Fung Lin Hall

  • Chorus of Chairs

  • Bat, Elephant, & Dragon Chairs

  • RIP Panamarenko (5 February 1940 – 14 December 2019)

    December 15th, 2019

  • RIP Panamarenko

  • Artist, Engineer, Poet, Physicist, Inventor and Visionary, and has for thirthy years pursued a singular course of exploration of space, movement, flight, energy and the force of gravity.

    More images from Artnet

    Web Gallery panamarenkoThermo Photovoltaic Energy Convertor

    The name Panamarenko is supposedly an acronym for Pan American Airlines and Company.

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    Raven’s Variable Matrix, 2000.

    Bunker Archeology

    November 16th, 2019
  • Nuclear bunker for sale in Arizona

  • US Nuclear Bunkers, Washington, VA. Pennsylvania

  • Paul Virilio Philosopher of Bunker Archeology

    Isamu Noguchi, Saburo Hasegawa & Yoshiko Yamaguchi

    November 6th, 2019
  • Via

    Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa: A Friendship Nearly Lost to Art History

    Even decades after Saburo Hasegawa’s death, the artist and designer Isamu Noguchi would describe his friendship with Hasegawa as an “everlasting conversation.”

    <> <>How Noguchi SF Story Transformed Asian art & culture


    Saburo Hasegawa, Isamu Noguchi and YoshikoYamaguchi at Uransenke Konnichi-an estate,Kyoto, c. 1952

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    Tea Ceremony At Eames house

    Drinking Tea Tom Sachs (see many photos, including Isamu Noguchi, Charlie Chaplin tea ceremony photo).

  • Noguchi went to the Camp to help (New Yorker)

  • Noguchi Garden
    Isamu Noguchi previous post (See his Rose Garden in Jerusalem)

  • Yoshiko Yamaguchi
    and Isamu Noguchi

    RIP I M Pei – East- West Center in Manoa

    May 16th, 2019

  • Henry Moore and I M Pei
    RIP I M Pei at 102

    Obit from Phaidon-2019

  • Jefferson Hall, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii This 1963 building was one of a handful commissioned from Pei by the US government, who viewed the East-West Center, in the centre of the Pacific as “a meeting place for the intellectuals of the East and the West,”

    “Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei was tapped to design the core buildings of the new campus on the eastern edge of the university grounds,” Bradley writes. “Pei was already coming into his own as a brilliant architect, after designing a number of buildings in Atlanta, Denver, and was also designing the new L’Enfant Plaza in DC at the time. Of course, the symbolism of having a Chinese-American architect design the buildings of the East-West Center was probably not lost on anybody.”

    The residential blocks were heavily influenced by Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation designs; (Pei was such a Corbu fan he even wore glasses similar to those favoured by the Swiss-French architect). However, the Hawaiian climate allowed Pei a little more freedom, prompting him to include outdoor communal kitchens for Honolulu students, offering them good ventilation, and even better views of the surrounding hills.

    I M Pei best buildings

    Mexican Artists, Carla Fernández & Pedro Reyes for Social Change

    January 12th, 2019

  • Photo by Fung Lin Hall (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)


    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

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    Carla Fernandez via Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

    Double Agents: Carla Fernández and Pedro Reyes
    Oct 27 – Feb 3, 2019

    Mexian artists are transforming gun violence into arts.

    Two of Mexico’s most prominent artists, Carla Fernández and Pedro Reyes, have created a joint exhibit to promote social change in Mexico.

    Charlie Chaplin – Tea Ceremony with Isamu Noguchi & Shirley Yamaguchi

    November 16th, 2018
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    Tea Ceremony At Eames house

    Drinking Tea Tom Sachs (see many photos, including Isamu Noguchi, Charlie Chaplin tea ceremony photo).

  • Noguchi went to the Camp to help (New Yorker)

  • Noguchi Garden
    Isamu Noguchi previous post (See his Rose Garden in Jerusalem)

  • Yoshiko Yamaguchi
    and Isamu Noguchi

    RIP Paul Virilio, An Aesthetic Philosopher of Bunker Archeology

    September 26th, 2018
  • Frieze

    How Philosopher Paul Virilio (1932–2018) Spoke to an Age of Acceleration and Total War


  • Claude Parent and Paul Virilio


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  • Paul Virilio (wiki) (French: [viʁiljo]; 4 January 1932 – 10 September 2018)[3] was a French cultural theorist, urbanist, and aesthetic philosopher. He is best known for his writings about technology as it has developed in relation to speed and power, with diverse references to architecture, the arts, the city and the military.
    According to two geographers, Virilio was a “historian of warfare, technology and photography, a philosopher of architecture, military strategy and cinema, and a politically engaged provocative commentator on history, terrorism, mass media and human-machine relations

  • Bunker Archeology

    Magdalene Jetelova
    – in which she laser-projected select quotations from, what else, Paul Virilio’s Bunker Archaeology onto the half-submerged fortifications found scattered along Normandy’s beaches.

    Magdalene Jetalova (Czech artist)