March 11, 2014, 2:59 pm
Pablo Bronstein’s “Four Alternate Designs for a Lighthouse in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor” is a study for his sculpture project at the Folkestone Triennial
The Folkestone Triennial, a public art festival that takes place in the namesake town in southeastern England, announced its 2014 lineup yesterday, with a bevy of architecture-related figures on the list. Architectural illustrator Pablo Bronstein will design a monumental sculpture in the manner of 18th-century Baroque architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, as an homage to the development of English architectural vocabulary; sculptor Gabriel Lester will build a beachside bamboo hut inspired by Chinese bamboo scaffolding, which visitors will enter to view the nearby harbor; and Yoko Ono will create a text-based artwork about urban ruins, to be projected onto facades across Folkestone. Ooze Architects will also work with artist Marijeta Potrč to build a viewing platform on top of the town’s main redbrick industrial aqueduct, and muf Architecture/Art are building a new public park in the town center for the festival. The program’s many emerging architects and artists were selected for their shared dedication to producing work for display outside galleries and museums: “I have been careful to invite only artists whose works fits the opportunity; who want to be in dialogue with the urban context, who have something to say about contemporary life in a wider world,” as opposed to artists who show primarily in the gallery setting, says Folkestone Triennial chief curator Lewis Biggs. [Artlyst]
— Anna Kats (@fortunaviriliis)
Image courtesy of Pablo Bronstein and Herald St.
March 11, 2014, 8:42 am
JOHANNESBURG — Abandoned industrial relics often find themselves reincarnated as homes for art (see London’s Tate Modern, Cape Town’s future Zeitz MOCAA, or any studio/loft in Bushwick for examples), but it’s a rarer thing for such structures to actually become art themselves. For that reason, the Orlando Water Towers of Johannesburg township (and Nelson Mandela birthplace) Soweto are exceptional.
Johannesburg, land of myriad superlatives (builder of Africa’s first skyscraper and tallest building, the only major global city not built near water, home of the only street in the world where two Nobel laureates have lived, etc…) is also home to South Africa’s largest mural and the world’s first bungee jump between two cooling towers.
March 10, 2014, 1:00 pm
NEW YORK — Frank Gehry has done his fair share of curation and exhibition design, from selecting works by craft legend Glen Lukens for a 2010 group ceramics show in Santa Monica to composing the layout of LACMA’s 2013 Alexander Calder survey. Gehry’s latest show however, “PHOTOGRAPHS 1984 – 2014 PETER ARNELL” on view at Milk Studios Gallery through April 1, takes on a decidedly more personal subject matter.
Arnell is a former ad man, an occasional fashion photographer, and the branding expert behind Donna Karan’s iconic New York cityscape logo, but the show marks his first foray into the fine arts. The retrospective, put on at Gehry’s bidding, comprises what the architect refers to as Arnell’s “personal, private note-taking method” from various travels, photo shoots, and personal interactions: close-ups, snapshots, and other one-offs. “These he didn’t share with many people,” Gehry’s wall text reads. “I encouraged him when I saw those photographs to take personal vector in that direction and see where that goes.”
March 7, 2014, 3:54 pm
Barcelona-based illustrator Federico Babina is now wowing the Internet with his “Archist City,” a series of graphic designs that depict what “what buildings might look like had they been designed by 27 famous artists in their signature styles,” according to Co.Design, or more accurately, what modernist buildings might look like had 27 artists been allowed to paint their exteriors. For the most part, the 2-dimensional renderings are basic examples of the artists’ work sprinkled with little silhouettes of people to convey their scale—Mondrian’s is a geometric collage of primary colors, while Lichtenstein’s is a geometric collage of primary colors with polka dots. Despite their minimal amount of architectural features, their cheerful palettes make them pleasant to look at nonetheless. And as a surprise highlight, it turns out the late sculptor Tony Smith would have erected Beijing’s CCTV Tower long before Rem Koolhaas dreamed up its impossible cantilever.
To see more of “Archist City,” see Babina’s site. [Co.Design]
— Janelle Zara (@janellezara)
Image by Federico Babina
March 7, 2014, 12:32 pm
Detroit will host Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, London-based architect David Adjaye, and São Paulo-based industrial designers Fernando and Humberto Campana in a conversation hosted by Brooklyn-based designer and author David Stark on subject matter essential to a city facing financial and cultural tumult: “regenerative design in urban areas,” the topic of this year’s edition of Culture Lab Detroit.
The Detroit Institute of Arts, whose collection faces uncertainty as the city struggles with bankruptcy
March 6, 2014, 4:00 pm
Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg has been unanimously chosen by a Norwegian jury to design the memorial sites commemorating the country’s July 22, 2011 massacre by Anders Breivik, the most violent in modern Norway’s history. The two-part memorial will be located on both of the sites where Anders killed 77 people, with one branch among the Oslo government buildings bombed by Breivik and another at the forested Utøya island on the Norwegian coast, where Breivik fired on campers and local teenagers.
March 6, 2014, 2:39 pm
Those who didn’t make it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art this past weekend to catch a final glimpse of the magnificent Carlo Scarpa glassware retrospective — the show closed on Sunday — still have a few options for enjoying his work. If a trip to Venice, where Scarpa completed nearly all of his architectural work, isn’t in the cards, the latest monograph about the midcentury designer is the next best thing. Penned by architectural historian Robert McCarter and published by Phaidon, Carlo Scarpa features eight years of exhaustive archival research — and new, richly-hued photographs of everything from the architect’s Murano glass to his adaptive reuse and museum design projects. Continue Reading
March 4, 2014, 3:56 pm
Norman Foster has begun construction on a long-delayed skinny skyscraper in New York City, located directly alongside Mies van der Rohe’s 1959 Seagram Building, reports Dezeen. Though renderings for the Foster residence were originally released in 2005, the project was delayed with the onset of the 2008 financial crisis. The luxury condos, located at 425 Park Avenue, are now slated for completion in late 2017. Continue Reading
March 4, 2014, 12:05 pm
Beatrice Galilee is now the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, the museum announced Monday.
“This is a new position at the museum, and a timely appointment that will enhance a vital area of scholarship as we build the collection and plan our programming for the Breuer project,” said Department of Modern and Contemporary Art chair Sheena Wagstaff, referring to the Met’s upcoming move to the Marcel Breuer-designed Whitney Museum building. The position is named after museum chair and art historian Daniel Brodsky, who with wife Estrellita B. Brodsky recently gave the museum an endowment for two new curatorships. (The future Estrellita B. Brodsky curator will focus on 20th- and 21st-century Latin American art.)
Galilee joins the museum after directing the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and co-curating the critically acclaimed 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale directed by Ai Weiwei and Seung H-Sang. She was Icon Magazine’s architecture editor from 2006-2009, and has since contributed to Domus, Abitare, Pin-Up, Building Design, and Architect’s Journal. Based in London, she is also an associate lecturer in the spatial practices program at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She’s scheduled to start at the Met in the spring. [The Met]
— Janelle Zara (@janellezara)
Image via Beatrice Galilee
March 3, 2014, 6:00 pm
CAPE TOWN — Thomas Heatherwick has been chosen to transform a heritage-listed grain silo on Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred waterfront into a major institution of African contemporary art, the London architect revealed at a Design Indaba press conference Thursday.
Founded by German collector and ex-Puma CEO Jochen Zeitz, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) will be housed in the 1920s Cape Town Grain Elevator, an industrial complex of factory spaces and a cluster of 42 108-foot-tall, 18-foot-wide silos that’s been left derelict since it closed in 2001. While the 80-gallery museum’s nine floors are slated to feature all the standard amenities—white cubes, a rooftop sculpture garden, a coffee shop, and bookstore—Heatherwick’s radical proposal also includes slicing through the interior concrete columns to create an ovoid central atrium. Preserving the historical, cylindrical facades, however, remains his priority.