Tag Archives: Architecture

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Two Histories of the World: Part Two

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Two Histories of the World: Part Two

Caroline Picard looks at “Two Histories of the World,” a two-part exhibition taking place at two different venues and at two different points in time.

After restoration, night view of the north west wall of Milton Glaser's mural, "Color Fuses," 1975. Image by Mark Williams, Imagenation, LLC. Property of the U.S. GSA.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Restored and Renewed: Milton Glaser’s 1975 Artwork, “Color Fuses”

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Restored and Renewed: Milton Glaser’s 1975 Artwork, “Color Fuses”

Mitlon Glaser’s 1975 art installation in Indianapolis, “Color Fuses,” recently underwent a dramatic restoration and can now be seen as the artist originally intended.

Rob Carter, "Faith in a Seed," 2012. Mixed media installation. Courtesy the artist.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | From Seeds to Sprouts, Greens Across Manhattan

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | From Seeds to Sprouts, Greens Across Manhattan

Nicole Caruth looks at current projects by Rob Carter and Jenna Spevack that re-imagine the possibilities of farming and food production.

Perfomance by Yuki Higashino at Skånes Konstförening Malmö, Sweden

The Unholy Trinity of Postmodern Architects, Black Metal, and Holy Minimalism

The Unholy Trinity of Postmodern Architects, Black Metal, and Holy Minimalism

What do postmodern architecture, Black Metal culture and ‘holy minimalist’ musical compositions have in common? Read on to find out.

Exterior view of Bunker Berlin.  Courtesy The Boros Collection

On View Now

On View Now | Art as Palimpsest: The Boros Collection and Bunker Berlin

On View Now

On View Now | Art as Palimpsest: The Boros Collection and Bunker Berlin

Located on a relatively quiet street in fashionable Berlin-Mitte stands a hulking, imposing building known as Bunker Berlin.  With its stark concrete façade, the daunting structure contrasts sharply with the …

At Occupy Wall Street. Photo by Tricia Van Eck.

What Is To Be Done?* Conversations, Commerce, and Collaborations

What Is To Be Done?* Conversations, Commerce, and Collaborations

Canceled: Exhibiting Experimental Art in China, presented at The Smart Museum of Art in Chicago in 2000, was a metaphorical representation of It’s Me, a 1998 Chinese experimental art exhibition that was …

Daniel Ostroff Inspects the Underside of a Customized Eames Compact Sofa at the Miller House and Garden. Photo by Tricia Gilson.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Following the Eames Legacy: A Discussion with Daniel Ostroff [Part II]

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Following the Eames Legacy: A Discussion with Daniel Ostroff [Part II]

Richard McCoy and Tricia Gilson talk with Eames expert Daniel Ostroff about his ongoing work in studying, collecting, and exhibiting the designs of Charles and Ray Eames [Part II].

Development of Aluminum Chairs, with Ray and Charles at left, circa 1958, photograph from Library of Congress.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Following the Eames Legacy: A Discussion with Daniel Ostroff [Part I]

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Following the Eames Legacy: A Discussion with Daniel Ostroff [Part I]

Richard McCoy and Tricia Gilson talk with Eames expert Daniel Ostroff about his ongoing work in study, collecting, and exhibiting the designs of Charles and Ray Eames [Part I].

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Calling from Canada

Calling from Canada | RealTime UnReal

Calling from Canada

Calling from Canada | RealTime UnReal

It’s late summer in Montreal, and many of the major museums and even smaller art galleries are doing what they often do during the summer months: exhibit works from their …

Theaster Gates leading a tour of a once-abandoned home that is now central to his creative rehab efforts in Hyde Park, St. Louis. Image courtesy of the Rebuild Foundation.

Creative Rebuild: Theaster Gates in Hyde Park, St. Louis

Creative Rebuild: Theaster Gates in Hyde Park, St. Louis

Artist Theaster Gates likes systems. And what he likes more than a system itself is knowing how to leverage it. Though formally trained in handling clay, Gates also uses the …

Saint Louis skyline with Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch in the foreground and Minoru Yamasaki's Pruitt-Igoe housing development in the back right.

Of Monuments and Memorials: St. Louis Modernism and Juan William Chávez’s Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary

Of Monuments and Memorials: St. Louis Modernism and Juan William Chávez’s Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary

Notable attention has turned to what many consider the golden age of modern St. Louis—the 1950s—when the city reached its highest population and garnered international attention for its architectural contributions. …

St. Louis population in the 1950s. According to the 2010 census, the city currently has a population of 319,294. Film still from The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.

Testing the Limits: Cultural Activism in the Gateway City

Testing the Limits: Cultural Activism in the Gateway City

When the 2010 U.S. Census figures were released in February of this year, many in St. Louis were alarmed. According to census data, the city’s population declined eight percent in …

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Calling from Canada

Calling from Canada | Surrey Art Gallery’s “Dwellings”

Calling from Canada

Calling from Canada | Surrey Art Gallery’s “Dwellings”

As part of the exhibition Dwellings at the Surrey Art Gallery, Sitely Premises is a group show of works by artists who have examined the exterior of Lower Mainland residential …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Threading Infrastructure: An Interview with Anne Wilson

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Threading Infrastructure: An Interview with Anne Wilson

When I asked Anne Wilson if I could interview her for Art21, she sent me a preview copy of her book, Anne Wilson: Wind/Rewind/Weave—a catalogue published collaboratively by White Walls and …

Reyner Banham, the Silurian Lake south of Death Valley in San Bernardino County, California. Photo: Tim Street-Porter. Via archpaper.com.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Architects on Bicycles

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | Architects on Bicycles

Reyner Banham, the British architectural historian whose blatant enthusiasm for Los Angeles nearly got him blacklisted in an era in which the cultured loved to hate this city, revered crisps, …

Rachel Whiteread, "Long Eyes," installation view, 2011. Courtesy Luhring Augustine Gallery.

On View Now

On View Now | Rachel Whiteread: Light Matters

On View Now

On View Now | Rachel Whiteread: Light Matters

In the vast inventory of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there is a painting that I seek it out whenever possible.  It a painting of modest size, yet it is …

Will Corwin, 'The Last Judgement' (2011). Image courtesy the artist and George and Jorgen gallery

Letter from London

Letter from London | Grave Architecture

Letter from London

Letter from London | Grave Architecture

There’s a long history of painters becoming architects and carrying their pictorial imaginations with them. Bramante’s Tempietto in Rome and Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library in Florence are examples of the painter’s …

Mark Dion gets set to give the keynote at the NAEA annual conference in Seattle. Over 3,000 people were in attendance!

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Wrapping Up Art21 at NAEA 2011

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Wrapping Up Art21 at NAEA 2011

It was suggested that perhaps the TWCA column could provide a a wrap-up of the National Art Education Association’s annual conference in pictures this year, and while I would like …

A group of Detroiters gathers on the lawn in front of Michigan Central Train Station, image courtesy of Imagination Station

Living in the Present

Living in the Present

The abandoned buildings in Detroit have an air of nostalgia and a visceral seductiveness. When encountered for the first-time, they can be overwhelming. No building represents the affects of ruin …

A spot of bird-watching. From markdionbartram on Flickr.

What Ever Happened to the Dilettante?

What Ever Happened to the Dilettante?

In June, the contemporary art podcast Bad at Sports (and regular columnists on this site) featured an interview with artist Mark Dion. Dion said something in the interview that has …

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown in Las Vegas, 1966 © Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc., Philadelphia

Las Vegas Studio

Las Vegas Studio

“…We look backward at history and tradition to go forward; we can also look downward to go upward. And withholding judgment may be used as a tool to make later …

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Translating Ai Weiwei: Bringing Chinese Social Media Art to the English Twittersphere, Part 2

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Translating Ai Weiwei: Bringing Chinese Social Media Art to the English Twittersphere, Part 2

Ai Weiwei. Sunflower Seeds, 2010. Installation view, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London. Photo courtesy of Aaron Chen. An Xiao follows up on yesterday’s post and continues her discussion with Bird’s …

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Art 2.1 | Translating Ai Weiwei: Bringing Chinese Social Media Art to the English Twittersphere, Part 1

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Art 2.1 | Translating Ai Weiwei: Bringing Chinese Social Media Art to the English Twittersphere, Part 1

Artist Ai Weiwei in conversation with Tate Modern curator Katie Hill, October 2010. Photo by An Xiao. This past summer, Jennifer Ng and I launched Bird’s Nest: Ai Weiwei in …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Is Locale Needed? Netart in the Midwest

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Is Locale Needed? Netart in the Midwest

Since moving away from Chicago this past summer, I’ve seen how Chicago and the Midwest have influenced my work, as well as  my work ethic. The spirit of experimentation and …

The west wall of Caseros Prison two months after Wulsin completed his onsite work.

Interview with Seth Wulsin

Interview with Seth Wulsin

This is the second of three posts by Daniel Quiles that are loosely based around contemporary art from/in Latin America. — Ed. Born in 1981 in Spring Valley, New York, …

Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, "Bright White Underground," Installation view, 2010. Courtesy Country Club Projects.

Flash Points Wrap-Up: When Art Becomes Your Life

Flash Points Wrap-Up: When Art Becomes Your Life

A few weeks ago, when a friend was planning a visit to New York City, he asked me which art to see. I found myself prefacing less-emphatic recommendations with, “it …

Mika Taanila, "Twilight," video installation, 2010. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Heino.

Techno-Trash: Mika Taanila and Pixelache

Techno-Trash: Mika Taanila and Pixelache

One of the best exhibitions I saw in Helsinki this summer was at Galleria Heino, a small space on the hip street Uudenmaankatu. On the recommendation of an artist friend, …

Floral design by the Hopkinton Garden Club, Flora in Winter, Worcester MA, 2009. Image via the museum website. Interpretation of “Untitled” by Ilya Bolotowsky.

The Nature of Art: Blueprints

The Nature of Art: Blueprints

As a visitor walking around an art venue, it’s refreshing and pleasing to stumble across green spaces. Open-air and enclosed courtyards featuring lush vegetation and bubbling fountains, outdoor terraces and …

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2009. Image via Flickr. Photo by Andrew Ciscel.

The Nature of Art: Footprints

The Nature of Art: Footprints

It’s hip to be high-minded these days. In the cultural spheres, showing awareness of environmental concerns can prove to be a savvy PR move, and architectural firms and museum committees …

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The Paradoxical Art of “Inception”

The Paradoxical Art of “Inception”

What is so compelling about riddles, mysteries, and puzzles?  Most people are fascinated by images and objects that are paradoxical or impossible in real life but look oddly convincing and …

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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Soon after last week’s roundup went live, I discovered a Jenny Holzer event happening in my backyard.  In this week’s roundup, CNN shows William Kentridge drawing apartheid, Scotland shows William …

Bill Owens, "We're really happy. Our kids are healthy, we eat good food and we have a...", 1971 (printed 1977). Gelatin silver print, 6 5/16 in. x 8 1/16 in. Collection SFMOMA, Gift of John Berggruen. © Bill Owens.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Feeding Suburbia

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Feeding Suburbia

In the early 1970s, Bill Owens began to document the suburban boom in the California Bay Area. Every Saturday for a year, he photographed middle-class Americans in and around their …

John Baldessari, "Tips for Artists to Sell", 1966-68. Acrylic on canvas, 68 x 56 1/2 in. The Broad Foundation, Santa Monica. © 2009 John Baldessari. Photo courtesy of The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup you’ll read about a retrospective in the Golden State, a pack of wolves in Singapore, a dreamy gift in Berlin, de-monumentalisation in Italy, Oprah culture the …

Twitpic by @MaxAndersonUSA or steel workers atop Free Basket

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Looking Back Through 100 Acres

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Looking Back Through 100 Acres

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy looks back at the documentation around the projects in 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park before it opens this weekend.

Scenery by Santiago Calatrava from Melissa Barak's Call Me Ben, (C) Paul Kolnik

Looking at Contemporary Dance

Looking at Contemporary Dance

As an art form, dance is a mixture of the visual and the auditory. While we watch dancers perform aesthetic pieces onstage, we hear music meant to enhance the experience. …

Andrea Zittel, "Indianapolis Island", 2010. Sketch of work to be installed in 100 Acres’s 35-acre lake in Indianapolis. via Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup you’ll find two island exhibitions, some curiosities of Monaco, a photographer who pushes buttons, and a group of artists who keep it real: Indianapolis Island, a floating …