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Notre Dame Refitted with LED Lights

The Notre Dame de Paris just got an electronic facelift. Last week, tech company Royal Philips supplied the 13th century Gothic cathedral with a brand new LED lighting scheme that exposes details of the church that have never been seen before. The new lighting illuminates the rose windows regardless of exterior lighting while a near-invisible spotlight reveals details of the renowned sculpture, “Virgin and Child.”

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3-D Printing Brings Piranesi Furniture Sketches to Life at London’s Sir John Soane Museum

A collection of furniture designed by eighteenth century Italian architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi has been realized for the first time using 3-D printing. Currently part of an exhibition at London’s Sir John Soane Museum titled “Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess,” the pieces were created by Madrid-based design studio Factum Arte.

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Sotheby’s Withdraws Frank Lloyd Wright Desk and Chair From Auction

The auction house Sotheby’s in New York has informed us that they’ve decided to remove from Wednesday’s important 20th century design auction a desk and chair designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the S.C. Johnson and Son Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin that were the sale’s featured items. Last week, the auction house had been sued by the maker of Windex and Pledge who sought the removal of the items from the sale claiming the desk and chair had been stolen. As per the complaint, though the plaintiffs keep meticulous records of sales and loans to museums, they didn’t have records of any sale or gift of the desk and the chair as indicated in the provenance in the Sotheby’s catalogue. The desk (lot 147) and chair (lot 148) were estimated to bring in up to $600,000 and $120,000, respectively. The items have been removed pending a conditional private sale whereby Sotheby’s will maintain possession of the items until there’s been a resolution of the litigation. (more…)

That Other Time S.C. Johnson Cried Theft Over Frank Lloyd Wright Chairs, and Failed

On December 10, Sotheby’s was sued by S.C. Johnson and Sons in an effort to stop a sale of a desk and chair that had been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as part of his historic 1938 design of S.C. Johnson’s Administration Building. However, this isn’t the first time that S.C. Johnson has cried theft over chairs designed for this building. In December 2008, the manufacturer of Drano and Scrubbing Bubbles spotted a similar chair — also in metal with circular red pads (similar to the one picture, from MoMA’s collection) — in a sale on eBay and called the police. (more…)

Sotheby’s Sued by Windex-Maker S.C. Johnson Over Frank Lloyd Wright Desk and Chair

One week before its important 20th century design sale, Sotheby’s was hit with a suit concerning its featured items: a rare desk (pictured) and chair from the S.C. Johnson and Son Administration Building, designed in 1938, and widely held to be one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic architectural works. Like the building, the furniture that was designed for it exemplifies American Modernism. (more…)

“Mad Men” and Marbled Papers: Tod Lippy on Esopus’s 20th Issue

Ten years ago, Tod Lippy founded bi-annual magazine Esopus, an ad-free experiment in publishing that featured artists projects, essays, poetry, and everything in between. The recently released 20th issue, “Special Collections,” is a whimsical look into the diverse range of materials that can be discovered in a variety of archives, from the Museum of Modern Art’s vaults to Matthew Weiner’s files. The more than a dozen articles and projects, which range in subject matter from vintage marbled papers to an artist project by Mark Dion, are each packaged in their own faux manila folders, allowing readers to explore and reshuffle as they please. We talked to Lippy about “Mad Men,” the aura of archival material, and what the next ten years will hold. (more…)

Architecture Meets the Amazon Rainforest at Cristina Grajales Gallery

In “Voyages/Explorations,” a recently opened show at downtown Manhattan’s Cristina Grajales Gallery, architectural materials meet the organic resources of the Amazon rainforest in a new show of bi-cultural handcrafted rugs, tapestries, and sculptural objects. Bogota-based weaving atelier Hechizoo, founded by self-taught weaver and former architect Jorge Lizarazo in 2000, specializes in integrating indigenous South American fibers with unexpected metallic elements. Lizarazo’s training as an architect with Santiago Calatrava and Massimiliano Fuksas informs his willingness to deploy the vocabulary of metal-edged architecture in the creation of supple fabrics. (more…)

Art Dealer Barry Friedman Announces Retirement

friedman-retiresArt dealer Barry Friedman, of Barry Friedman Ltd. and Friedman Benda, announced today at a dealers’ luncheon at “Salon: Art + Design,” which opens tonight at the Park Avenue Armory, that after 50 years in the business, he will be retiring. (more…)

Museums Designed by Starchitects May Boost Tourism, Groundbreaking Article Claims

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In a comically perfunctory USA Today article about the so-called “Bilbao Effect” — whereby cities try to boost tourism and spur urban renewal through eye-catching, starchitect-designed new buildings for major institutions, like Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao — architect and American Institute of Architects member Joyce Owens surveys a series of new projects in Denver, Tampa, Kansas City, Miami, and elsewhere. Of the trend’s origins, she writes: “In the 1990s, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation commissioned architect Frank Gehry to design the Bilboa (sic) Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa (sic), Spain.” (more…)

Meet Todd James, the Artist Behind Miley Cyrus’s Twerking VMA Bears

Perhaps overshadowed by Miley Cyrus’s prodigious display of twerking at her now-infamous VMAs performance was the sleuth of cartoonish bears that graced the stage. It turns out that those bears were the handiwork of New York-based street artist and painter Todd James, whose work was included in MOCA’s landmark “Art in the Streets” show and has also dabbled in puppet design for Comedy Central’s irreverent puppet show “Crank Yankers.” On Thursday, he will debut new paintings in a group show “Meet Your Maker” at the West Village’s Bleecker Street Arts Club. We emailed with James on the eve of his new show about the Beastie Boys, working with Cyrus, and the backlash from her performance. (more…)