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Michael Heizer – The City in the Nevada Desert

August 20th, 2022
  • Michael Heizer the City to open following half century wait

    The City, a colossal sculpture by Michael Heizer on which the Land artist has labored for more than fifty years in the Nevada Desert, will welcome visitors September 2.

    Visit New York times (Spectacular)

  • New Yorker

  • Michael Heizer – Gagosian

    When Heizer was twelve years old, his parents permitted him to take a year off school to accompany his father, a renowned field archeologist, on a dig in Mexico. As his father researched the rock sources of ancient monuments, Heizer made site drawings, an exercise that he has continued to expand upon throughout his career. In the mid-1960s he left his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute and headed to New York, where he supported himself by painting apartments, including the loft of Walter De Maria, with whom he developed a close, lasting friendship. During this time Heizer began to work on shaped canvases that he called “negative paintings.”
    In the winter of 1967 Heizer made a trip to the Sierra Nevada mountains, where he dug two large pits in the woods, lining one with plywood and the other with sheet metal. He declared this work to be “ultra-modern art,” and it was a turning point in his practice. Heizer further manipulated the landscape in Double Negative (1969), a pair of cuts fifty feet deep in facing cliff edges of Mormon Mesa in Nevada, made by removing 240,000 tons of sandstone and rhyolite.

  • Tokyo Toilets – Wim Wenders & Yakusho Koji

    August 14th, 2022
  • Wim Wenders homepage

    „THE TOKYO TOILET“ Art Project with Wim Wenders, Koji Yakusho, Tadao Ando et al.
    Wim Wenders announces a new art project which includes a short film about high-end public toilets in Shibuya, Tokyo.

    Japan’s leading international actor, Kōji Yakusho (Memoirs of a Geisha / Babel etc.) will play the lead role.
    The spaces featured in THE TOKYO TOILET (TTT) were designed by world-renowned architects like Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban,and designers like NIGO, with the idea that a pleasant public restroom could counter the common expectation of a dark, dirty and dangerous place.

    “My first reaction was: What? Toilets? Chotto mattete,” said Wim Wenders during the press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, using the Japanese expression for “wait a minute”.

    For Wim Wenders, the project has high social value and he could immediately see the potential and story behind these stylish Tokyo toilets. „Because a toilet is a place where everybody is the same. There’s no rich and poor, no old and young, everybody’s part of humanity“, he said.

    The film shooting will take place in Tokyo in October 2022.

    Ai Wei Wei, Arch Installation in Stockholm, ETC.

    July 16th, 2022

  • (Ai Weiwei’s Arch Installation Opens in Central Stockholm)

    Archdaily

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    The artwork was last seen in 2017 in New York, under the arch of the Washington Square Monument, as part of the Good Fences Make Good Neighbors installation. According to the artist, when the piece was first shown, it was about racism and the global refugee crisis caused by regional insecurity. Since then, the artwork has taken on new meanings, just as more crises and conflicts unfurl, like the collective isolation and vulnerability experienced during the pandemic, and more recently, the war between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Interview via Inews UK Rwanda Asylum Policy Racism

  • Books that inspire Ai-Wei-Wei
    Existentialism Is a Humanism – Jean-Paul Sartre (1946)
    The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx (1848)
    The Book of Songs: The Ancient Chinese Classic of Poetry (c. 11th – 7th Centuries BC)
    Salt Seller: The Writings of Marcel Duchamp (1973)
    The Classic of Mountains and Seas (c. 4th Century BC)
    Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism – Vladimir Lenin (1917)
    Gypsy Romance – Federico Garcia Lorca (1928)
    Life on the Mississippi – Mark Twain (1883)
    The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again) – Andy Warhol (1975)
    Permanent Record – Edward Snowden (2019)
    Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman (1855)
    The Trial – Franz Kafka (1925)
    Tao Te Ching – Laozi (c. 4th Century BC)
    Philosophical Investigations – Ludwig Wittgenstein (1953)
    A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking (1988)
    Heavenly Questions – Qu Yuan (c. 475 – 221 BC)

  • Siah Armajani – Follow This Line

    July 9th, 2022
  • Art News – Philadelphia Museum, Siah Armajani Floor

    Siah Armajani wiki

    Siah Armaani The Crime of Hospitality


  • Siah Armajani – Glass front porch for Walter Benjamin

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

    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

  • Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal won the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize

    March 16th, 2021

  • (House in Bordeaux)

  • Vassal
    (and Lacaton)

    Lacaton & Vassal receive the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize

    The 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s highest honor, has been granted to Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, founders of Lacaton & Vassal, the French duo renowned for their multiple sustainable housing projects and for the Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art gallery in Paris. In their three decades of work, Lacaton & Vassal always prioritized the “enrichment of human life”, benefiting the individual and supporting the evolution of the city.

  • Lacaton-Vassal com

  • RIP Pierre Cardin, Jeanne Moreau, Hiroko Matsumoto & His Bubble Palace

    December 29th, 2020
  • Hiroko Matsumoto
    Hiroko Matsumoto, more than just a model, muse.
    BBC Obit

    Pierre Cardin homepage

  • Pierre Cardin’s life in pictures

  • Jeanne M.1aaCardinJM
    Moreau with Pierre Cardin.
    She had a long affair with designer Pierre Cardin.. and a short marriage to Friedkin (director of The French Connection).
    Moreau lost a friendship with Coco Chanel after she started living with Pierre Cardin..

    J. Moreau
    (This dress is designed by Pierre Cardin, from Losey’s film Eva. )

    Jeanne Moreau with Pierre Cardin

  • Pierre Cardin

    He will be remembered for his futuristic designs – some were inspired by the space age, some were even impossible to wear.
    He carved his own way through the fashion industry. Parisian haute couture had always been exclusive – its high priests believed it should be high-end, individually tailored and eye-wateringly expensive.
    Cardin broke the mould. He launched “ready-to-wear” collections, bringing high fashion to the middle classes. His designer peers were aghast, and threw him out of their club.
    In the 1950s, men wore traditional suits which made the young look like their fathers. Cardin threw out the boxy jackets and stiff white shirts, creating a revolutionary look for a new, progressive generation.
    Gone were the bulky details; collars, lapels, tails and cuffs. Trousers were tapered and hung loosely on the hips.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Pierre Cardin showed up at Paquin, one of France’s leading fashion houses, met the legendary film director, Jean Cocteau and began working on his costumes for Beauty and the Beast. Impressed, Cocteau introduced him to Christian Dior.

    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.