Tag: architecture

From a Pineapple to a Six-Pack, 23 Buildings that Resemble the Things They Sell

Hyperallergic

A combination of roadside attraction novelty and greater architectural freedom resulted in some very strange 20th-century buildings. Claire Voon recently covered the saga of the Longaberger Company basket building, shaped like a seven-story version of the company’s maple picnic basket.

‘From a Pineapple to a Six-Pack, 23 Buildings that Resemble the Things They Sell’
Hyperallergic | July 26, 2016 | Allison Meier

Artist Loris Cecchini Turns Gallery Walls into Vibrating Pools of Liquid

Colossal

In his ongoing series of relief sculptures titled “Wallwave Vibrations,” artist Loris Cecchini appears to liquify the walls of art galleries by turning them into pools of undulating waves caused by sound.

‘Artist Loris Cecchini Turns Gallery Walls into Vibrating Pools of Liquid’
Colossal | Christopher Jobson | July 26, 2016

See Le Corbusier’s Iconic Marseille Building Transformed by Stunning Installation

Artnet

Paris-based Swiss artist Felice Varini has created a new art installation titled “À Ciel Ouvert” (Open Air) on top of late world-renowned architect Le Corbusier’s 1952 building La Cité Radieuse in Marseille.

‘See Le Corbusier’s Iconic Marseille Building Transformed by Stunning Installation’
Artnet | Carol Civre | July 13, 2016

China’s 12-Story ‘Toilet’ Building Defies ‘Weird’ Architecture Ban

Artnet

A building that resembles a 12-story “toilet” was unveiled in Henan province recently, despite a ban by the Chinese government, announced this past February, on structures that are “oversized,” “xenocentric,” or “weird,” according to a brief report in The Independent.

‘China’s 12-Story ‘Toilet’ Building Defies ‘Weird’ Architecture Ban’
Artnet | Eileen Kinsella | July 13, 2016

Must Sees: July 11 – 17

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LONDON

Alasdair McLellan & Lev Tanju: The Palace | ICA
WEBOP16002_AM_Palace_Book_136London Southbank is their home, their palace. Alasdair McLellan has been documenting the PWBC (Palace Wayward Boys Choir) skate team since 2009, when they first came together. Through his photographs he shows not only their skills, but more importantly their friendship and lifestyle. There is a DIY feeling throughout the whole exhibition. A collection of old and new photographs, accompanied by a video of PWBC’s founder: Lev Tanju.

12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH | July 8 – 24, 2016 | https://www.ica.org.uk

Ragnar Kjartansson | Barbican Centre
ragnarRagnar Kjartansson is an Icelandic performance artist. There is happening a lot in this exhibition. Be prepared to see a mix of music, film, drawing, painting, sculpture and live performance. Every visit will be different, so choose wisely. Or visit the exhibition multiple times. On Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 4 pm a boat performance on the lake is planned. There will be Edwardian costumes and women. I that doesn’t convince you, maybe the ‘ten troubadours singing for eight hours a day’ will.

 

Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS | July 14 – September 4, 2016 | http://www.barbican.org.uk

Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity | The Photographer’s Gallery
800x450_02_PressImage-MUL-l-Hassan-Hajjaj,-Afrikan-Boy,-2012Have you already heard of the ‘black Dandy’, not to be misstaken with the Dandy. When Oscar Wilde and Salvador Dali were only showing their flamboyant sense of style, black Dandies are all about politics. Politics and fashion, two worlds apart one would think. Although more alike than expected, as proven by this exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Ekow Eshun.

6-18 Ramillies Street London W1F 7LW | July 15 – 25 September 25, 2016 | http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Reliquaries | Coates & Scarry
coatesHenry Hussey discovers a traditional way of art making versus the contemporary craft. All his works are textile based. Embroideries and digital prints on found (political) fabrics. Hussey has a lot of ideas, but only a few of them make it to the end of the time consuming process of embroidery.

8 DUKE STREET, ST JAMES, LONDON. SW1Y6BN | July 12 – 30, 2016 | http://www.coatesandscarry.com

Thrush Holmes & Jonathan Lux: Modernist Lunch | Beers London
beersArtists with both their own practices are now put together, their work is so similar that matching them could be a bizarre thing to do. Holmes and Lux make their paintings very colourful bold and big. Two works almost become one, their only border being the end of the canvas and the piece of wall in between, they even start to tell a story together. What is most prominent in both oeuvres is food, so a Modernist lunch it is.
The two artists have a totally different approach to art and the process, that could maybe make the difference.

1 Baldwin Street, London EC1V 9NU | July 15 – August 20, 2016 | http://beerslondon.com

NEW YORK

SITE:LAB: NOTHING IS DESTROYED | Open Source Gallery
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A collection of voids, gaps and leftover spaces related to architecture, or “anarchitecture” is the best way to describe this exhibition. Gordon Matta-Clark’s work ‘nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed’ shows his idea of “anarchitecture”.
The Rumsey Street Church in Michigan is where it al begun. The project where objects are extracted from that particular church, or projects related to the church. The exhibition shows architectural artifacts and work by Paul Amenta, Lora Robertson and Nick Kline.

306 17th Street, Brooklyn | July 9 – 30, 2016 | http://open-source-gallery.org

En Foco Presents Mask: Photographs by Frank Gimpaya | Bronxmuseum

Frank Gimpaya, #7 Mask series, 2009. Archival pigment print.

Frank Gimpaya, #7 Mask series, 2009. Archival pigment print

Frank Gimpaya was inspired by painter Georges Seurat, more specific by his 1882 rendering of The Veil. The painting stuck into his mind, so he decided to use it as work material for the photography classes he was teaching. This resulted in a photographic interpretation of The Veil. Not just one photograph, no a series of photographs that questions identity and changing personas, with a half mask as an accessory. Or not? “A mask does not hide an identity. It is an identity”, according to A. Eric Arctander.

1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10456 | 13 Jul 2016 – 25 Sep 2016 | http://www.bronxmuseum.org

BOYS AND GIRLS CAN STILL DRAW | Nathalie Karg

Amir Nikravan, Untitled (Trowel/Blue/Wall), 2016, Acrylic on fabric over aluminum, 48 x 36 in

Amir Nikravan, Untitled (Trowel/Blue/Wall), 2016, Acrylic on fabric over aluminum, 48 x 36 in

This group exhibition is put together by looking for parallels and differences in paintings and drawings. Where does a painting stop, where is the drawing taking over. I would say there is a vague overlapping middle. All artists ( Marina Adams, Joe Andoe, Peter Barrickman, Steve Dibenedetto, Gaby Collins-Fernandez, Andrej Dubravsky, Andreas Fischer, Joe fyfe, Margrit Lewczuk, Erica Mahinay, Amir Nikravan, Joanna Pousette-Dart and Kristen Schiele) were asked to submit paintings and drawings on paper. The gallery brought together a good  variety of artistic styles, mostly part of a ‘minimalistic’ category.

291 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002 | July 6 – August 26, 2016 | http://nathaliekarg.com

Paul Inglis: Chroma City | Turn Gallery
763d0a6788900140-Turn_Installation_June2016-2816Paul Inglis explores the process of building and printing with wood, resulting in geometric, abstract, colourful sculptures, ‘Urban Forms’ he calls them, and woodblock prints with the same visual features. His works are about repetition and recreating shapes from memory.

37 East 1st Street New York, NY 10003 | June 22 – August 14, 2016 | http://turngallerynyc.com

Group Exhibition, AIRspace 2015–2016, Abrons Arts Center

Daniel Bejar "Operation Guest (Pool #1)" site-specific performance (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX), archival pigment print

Daniel Bejar
“Operation Guest (Pool #1)”
site-specific performance (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX), archival pigment print

Another groupshow and a definite mus see is AIRspace, a project of Abrons Art Centre. As the final of the exhibition season 2015-2016, the Centre creates a residency for artists and curators. A mix of both emerging and mid career artists. Next to creating and displaying, they get the chance to teach certain school groups. Participating artists are Daniel Bejar, Doreen Garner, Maria Rapicavoli, George Terry, Jaimie Warren and Joshua Lubin-Levy.

466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), New York, NY 10002 | June 29 – August 28, 2016 | http://www.abronsartscenter.org

London floors: sebastian erras and pixartprinting unveil the city’s hidden treasures

Designboom

German photographer sebastian erras has uncovered a patchwork of different floors from around the world – including paris, venice and barcelona. his latest venture in collaboration withpixartprinting, brought him to london where he discovered an exciting landscape of different colors and textures, all found beneath the tip of his toes.

‘London floors: sebastian erras and pixartprinting unveil the city’s hidden treasures’
Designboom | July 6, 2016 | Hollie Smith

Russia’s Richest Man Is Building a Venice Art Institution to Combat Nationalism

Artsy

It’s not that Venice lacks private art collections: There are the Punta Della Dogana and the Palazzo Grassi, owned by French luxury commodities magnate Francois Pinault, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, all which show in vaunted architectural environs.

‘Russia’s Richest Man Is Building a Venice Art Institution to Combat Nationalism’
ARTSY | ANNA KATS | JUL 6TH, 2016

Icons of Design: Shenzhen’s Monumental Building Projects

Architizer

Few cities have undergone radical urban transformation like Shenzhen. Designated as China’s first Special Economic Zone in 1980, this market town of 30,000 people experienced an explosive population increase to 10,000,000 inhabitants over the last 30 years.

‘Icons of Design: Shenzhen’s Monumental Building Projects’
Architizer | July 6, 2016 | Eric Baldwin

From a Bank Vault to a Deli, These Young London Gallerists Are Finding Room for Art Where You’d Least Expect It

Artsy

“It only lasted 10 days; we had to run generators off the roof, and it was incredibly cold,” says the young curator Alex Meurice, who works under the moniker Slate Projects. He’s describing the revelatory project, staged in an abandoned villa opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum, through which he uncovered the untapped potential for showing art in West London’s empty mansions.

‘From a Bank Vault to a Deli, These Young London Gallerists Are Finding Room for Art Where You’d Least Expect It’
ARTSY | LAURA PURSEGLOVE | JUL 4TH, 2016

Optical Illusion Graffiti Creates Portal to a Parallel Universe on the Side of a Building’

My Modern Met

Parisian graffiti artist Astro contorts flat architectural facades into illusory vortexes with a vibrant graphic twist. His painted patterns combine smooth, swirling curves and calligraphy with sharper shapes in dynamically detailed designs that are eye-catching on their own; and, as if to suck his viewers farther into each piece, he adds the appearance of dark, receding chasms, tunneling deep into the walls.

‘Optical Illusion Graffiti Creates Portal to a Parallel Universe on the Side of a Building’
My Modern Met | July 2, 2016 | Leah Pellegrini

12 Saudi Arabian Artists Explore the Kingdom’s Future

The Creators Project

Using video, sculpture, painting, installation, and performance to explore the politics that shape modern life and culture inside the theocratic kingdom, the newly mounted group exhibition, Parallel Kingdom: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston Texas, gives a glimpse into life in the Persian Gulf.

’12 Saudi Arabian Artists Explore the Kingdom’s Future’
The Creators Project | Antwaun Sargent | June 29, 2016

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE ?

Widewalls

Concrete monstrosity, the architecture we love to hate – that’s how people used to describe brutalist architecture. There was probably not a single architectural style (and whether it is a style or not is yet to be discussed) that was demonized and hated as much as Brutalism, especially during the 70’s, the 80’s and even in the 90’s as well.

‘WHAT DO WE MEAN BY BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE ?’
Widewalls | June 26, 2016 | Natalie P

A look inside the £260m New Tate Modern that opens this weekend

It's Nice That

The New Tate modern will open to the public this Friday. The Switch House, designed by the architects of the original building conversion Herzog and de Meuron, increases the size of Tate modern by 60% and provides ten storeys of spaces for art and learning.

The opening will be marked with a weekend of free live performances, new commissions and special events. For the following three weeks, live art will animate the spaces with works including Tania Brugrera’s police on horseback and Tino Sehgal’s gallery attendants bursting into song.

‘A look inside the £260m New Tate Modern that opens this weekend’
It’s Nice That | June 14, 2016 | Owen Pritchard

Curving Pavilion of Brilliantly Stacked Bricks Invites Visitors to Interact with Architecture

My Modern Met

Each year London’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, locked in the heart of Kensinginton Gardens, is transformed in unexpected ways by legendary names in the field of architecture.

‘Curving Pavilion of Brilliantly Stacked Bricks Invites Visitors to Interact with Architecture’
My Modern Met | June 13, 2016 | By Kristine Mitchell

CITY PHOTOGRAPHY – THE ALLURING BEATS OF THE URBAN LIFE

Widewalls

It was early one morning in either 1838 or 1839 when the world got its first example of city photography. We all know the story ofthe oldest photograph ever taken, a rooftop scenery captured by inventor Nicéphore Niépce, but this particular image is believed to be the first ever to feature a human figure as well.

‘CITY PHOTOGRAPHY – THE ALLURING BEATS OF THE URBAN LIFE’
Widewalls | June 9, 2016 | Angie Kordic

tetro+a presents 160 installation by trafik at river nights festival

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Celebrating 50 years of independence, the second annual river nights festival — located in three quays along the singapore river — was dedicated to the continuation of franco-singaporean diplomacy. in honor of the special occasion, the event selected various french artists to realize works.

’tetro+a presents 160 installation by trafik at river nights festival’
Designboom | June 8, 2016

Joseph ford sets a mind-bending match of tennis in an abandoned swimming pool

Designboom

Inside a derelict swimming pool in glasgow, photographer joseph ford worked with seven assistants, two anamorphosis artists, two parkour athletes and 2.5 kilometers of blue tape to make one mind-bending match of tennis.

‘Joseph ford sets a mind-bending match of tennis in an abandoned swimming pool’
Designboom | June 3, 2016 | Nina Azzarello

Awesome Architecture GIFs Channel Tetris And Bend Reality

The Creators Project

A large prismatic column plummets to the ground, lining up perfectly with surrounding cubes, which vanish in an instant to make room for more, an unending cycle of creation and destruction. While that sounds like an overwrought description of the classic arcade game Tetris, it also summarizes the beauty of Mirador Building, an art GIF created by French architecture student Axel de Stampa in a series called Architecture Animée.

‘Awesome Architecture GIFs Channel Tetris And Bend Reality’
The Creators Project | June 2, 2016 | Beckett Mufson

“Vivid Sydney” Cloaks the Australian City in a Spectacular Display of Vibrant Lights

My Modern Met

For the eighth year in a row, Vivid Sydney has bathed the Australian city with a spectacular display of lights. Combining illumination, music, and ideas, it brings Sydney alive with large-scale installations and projections across cultural centers like the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, and Royal Botanic Garden.

“Vivid Sydney” Cloaks the Australian City in a Spectacular Display of Vibrant Lights
My Modern Met | May 31, 2016 | By Sara Barnes

Zaha Hadid’s Only NYC Penthouse Hits Market for $50 Million

Artnet

If you’re in the market for a swanky new penthouse in New York City, then you may want to check out the building on 520 West 28th Street. The nearly 7.000-square-foot apartment, which stands as the crown jewel of Zaha Hadid‘s first residential project in New York, is up for grabs—if you have $50 million to spare.

‘Zaha Hadid’s Only NYC Penthouse Hits Market for $50 Million’
Artnet | May 24, 2016 | Rain Embuscado

Watch JR disappear the Louvre’s pyramid

Phaidon

Though the Parisian artist JR’s work can be viewed as an update of the French Humanist tradition, his projects are multiplied by audience interaction, particularly on social media.

As he told us last year, this form of social interaction is, ultimately, the greater work. So, while his Louvre exhibition opens next Wednesday, 25 May, it has in a sense, already begun as Instagram is currently alive with shots of the show’s central work, his adaptation of the Louvre Pyramid. JR work being pasted up at the Louvre.

‘Watch JR disappear the Louvre’s pyramid’
Phaidon | May 18, 2016

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Robots Weave a Carbon Fiber Forest in London

The Creators Project

A high-tech robot is spinning an insect-inspired installation in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s courtyard. The Elytra Filament Pavilion is a canopy of 40 tree-like hexagons made from transparent glass fibers and black carbon fibers woven by an industrual robotic arm. Inspired by the wings of the elytra beetle, a team from the University of Stuttgart developed a process for weaving fibers around a metal frame and curing them to get ultralight structures. Each piece in the 650 sq. ft. installation weighs just under 100 pounds.

‘Robots Weave a Carbon Fiber Forest in London’
The Creators Project | May 18, 2016 | Beckett Mufson

NEW BUILDING OF TATE MODERN WILL BE OPENED ON 17 JUNE 2016

World Architecture

Tate Modern has announced that the new building of Tate Modern designed by Herzog & de Meuron will officially be opened on 17 June 2016. In the new Tate Modern building, Tate will display a greater variety of artworks and show more artists from around the world, presenting an increasingly international view of modern and contemporary art.

‘NEW BUILDING OF TATE MODERN WILL BE OPENED ON 17 JUNE 2016 DESIGNED BY HERZOG& DE MEURON’
World Architecture | May 16, 2016