Archinect - News 2018-02-19T22:26:20-05:00 Renzo Piano to design new $50M art gallery for mega-dealer David Zwirner Alexander Walter 2018-01-09T18:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-09T18:22:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>That, Mr. Zwirner said, is the site of what in the fall of 2020 will become the new heart of his New York operation: a five-story, $50 million gallery designed by Renzo Piano. [...] The precise design has yet to be determined &mdash; Mr. Piano is in the early stages of the process. But it is likely to have a similarly spare aesthetic to Mr. Zwirner&rsquo;s current spaces, by Annabelle Selldorf.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In its article about art dealer David Zwirner's upcoming Renzo Piano-designed gallery and global headquarters, the <em>NYT</em> recounts a telephone interview with Piano about (early) design visions for the building: "You kill art by making just white boxes, so you need to integrate emotion in some way. You cannot be neutral, because otherwise you disappear." <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>David Zwirner's current portfolio of NYC galleries includes this 20th Street gallery in West Chelsea by Selldorf Architects. Photo: Jason Schmidt.</figcaption></figure><p>When completed in 2020, the building will be the Zwirner art empire's fifth gallery in New York and the seventh worldwide.<br></p> Instagram account animates architectural landmarks with playful paper cutouts Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-09T15:10:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>London photographer Rich McCor, who is better known by his instagram handle <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@paperboyo</a>, travels the world transforming some of the world's most notable buildings through the use of black paper cutouts. By placing the intricate, shapes in the foreground of his image, McCor playfully gives his architectural subjects a whole new life such as the Guggenheim's conversion into a bowl of ice cream.&nbsp;</p> <p>McCor's project began in 2015, after he had the idea of transforming London's Big Ben into a wristwatch. His collection of comical scenes has since earned him over 320,000 followers and a book of his work is being published by&nbsp;Chronicle Books later this year. It is currently available for <a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1515525427&amp;sr=1-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pre-order</a> through Amazon.&nbsp;</p> <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br> Some of the most exciting new museum spaces opening in 2018 Alexander Walter 2018-01-08T14:02:00-05:00 >2018-01-08T14:09:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>2018 will see a number of high-profile museums finish remodeling and expanding as well as new institutions open promising spaces to the art-hungry public.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Art Newspaper</a></em> rounded up a few exciting ticket items, including the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Academy of Arts transformation</a> in London by&nbsp;David Chipperfield, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Institute for Contemporary Art</a> in Richmond by Steven Holl, the Getty Villa in Los Angeles by&nbsp;Frederick Fisher and Partners,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lafayette Anticipations</a> in Paris by OMA, and Kengo Kuma's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A Dundee</a>, among others.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Kengo Kuma's V&amp;A in the Scottish city of Dunee will be opening in late summer 2018. Image: V&amp;A Dundee, via</figcaption></figure><p><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Spaces</a></em> also just released its list of upcoming museum openings, featuring some additional projects such as the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guardian Art Center</a> in Beijing by&nbsp;B&uuml;ro Ole Scheeren, Herzog &amp; de Meuron's&nbsp;Tai Kwun Center for Heritage &amp; Arts in Hong Kong, the redesigned spaces for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fotografiska London</a> by&nbsp;Fletcher Priest, and DS+R's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Image &amp; Sound</a> at Rio de Janeiro's Copaca...</p> Architectural historian to manage Queen of England's vast art collection Alexander Walter 2017-12-22T13:56:00-05:00 >2017-12-22T14:03:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Queen has appointed Tim Knox, 55, the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, to be the new director of the Royal Collection Trust. He has been the museum&rsquo;s director since 2013 and is an architectural historian and country house curator. [...] His early career was spent at the Royal Institution of British Architects. He then served as the head curator of the National Trust (2002-05), from which he went on to be the director of the Sir John Soane&rsquo;s Museum (2005-13).</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The Royal Collection is one of the world&rsquo;s greatest, comprising more than a million objects from all aspects of fine and decorative art," <em>The Art Newspaper</em> writes. "It is not the personal property of The Queen, but is held in trust by Her Majesty for her successors and the nation."</p> 10 exhibition spaces from around the world for your Friday inspiration Archinect 2017-10-13T19:57:00-04:00 >2017-10-13T19:57:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the <strong>NEW</strong> board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exhibition Spaces</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Louvre Modernization</a> in Paris, France by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Design Art and Architecture [MODAA]</a> in Culver City, CA by&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPF:a - Studio Pali Fekete architects</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ghost Gallery</a> in Oklahoma City, OK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elliott + Associates Architects</a>; Photo: Scott McDonald, Hedrich Blessing<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Republic Design Commune</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neri&amp;Hu Design and Research Office</a>; Photo: Pedro Pegenaute<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archaeological Pavilion, Elisengarten</a> in Aachen, Germany by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kadawittfeldarchitektur</a>; Photo: Jens Kirchner<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Clark Art Institute</a> in Williamstown, MA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selldorf Architects</a>; Photo: Mike Agee<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum o...</a></p> Too risqué for the Louvre, the Domestikator will be shown at Pompidou Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-13T13:36:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After the Louvre demurred, an art installation many consider to be sexually explicit will instead be displayed outside the Pompidou Center in Paris.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Louvre might not want it, but the Pompidou will take it!&nbsp;</p> <p>The 40-foot-tall, semi-building, semi-sculpture, "Domestikator," by the Dutch art and design collective Atelier Van Lieshout, was intended to be shown in the Tuileries Gardens, next to the Louvre. But the Museum cancelled the project; the Louvre's president and director, Jean-Luc Martinez explained:&nbsp;&ldquo;Online commentaries point out this work has a brutal aspect.&nbsp;It risks being misunderstood by visitors to the gardens.&rdquo;</p> <p>Joep van Lieshout,&nbsp;Atelier Van Lieshout&rsquo;s founder, replied,&nbsp;&ldquo;The piece itself is not really very explicit. It&rsquo;s a very abstracted shape. There are no genitals; it&rsquo;s pretty innocent.&rdquo; </p> <p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louvre faced censorship accusations</a>, the "Domestikator" will find asylum at the Centre Pompidou. Parisians and tourists will be able to see the work from October 18 to 22; we hope they don't misunderstand it.&nbsp;</p> The peculiar history of New Haven's 'amputated' Marcel Breuer building Alexander Walter 2017-10-09T14:09:00-04:00 >2017-10-09T14:21:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Fifteen years after IKEA demolished part of it for a parking lot, a Marcel Breuer-designed office building in New Haven has become a stage for art. [...] Now, Burr is building on those explorations in his current show, Body/Building. Spread out over the first floor of Breuer&rsquo;s gutted local icon, the show uses objects that weave together a story about himself, the site, and his city.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tom Burr / New Haven, Phase 1, 2017, installation view, Bortolami, New Haven</figcaption></figure><p>New Haven-native, and now New York-based, artist Tom Burr tells the story of one of the city's most iconic, and controversial, buildings in his current show <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Body/Building</a></em><em></em>, now on display inside the gutted belly of the 1960s brutalist Marcel Breuer-designed Long Wharf building.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I&rsquo;m interested in the fact that it&rsquo;s amputated," Burr revealed, hinting at the partial demolition that the current owner, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a>, saw necessary in 2003 to provide surface parking for its new store on the site.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tom Burr / New Haven, Phase 1, 2017, installation view, Bortolami, New Haven</figcaption></figure><p>The show can still be visited until November 11 and is free of charge but requires an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appointment</a>.</p> Architecture and the female form: Erotic collages by artist @scientwehst (NSFW) Alexander Walter 2017-10-06T21:02:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s this learned self-confidence that has&nbsp;become&nbsp;the center&nbsp;of Giulia&rsquo;s graphic collages, allowing her to&nbsp;push boundaries regarding sexuality and censorship of the female form. By strategically placing&nbsp;architectural elements onto images of the female body, Giulia is ever so slightly bypassing Instagram&rsquo;s strict censorship rules, but while the Brooklyn-based artist&rsquo;s near-pornographic collages are technically safe for&nbsp;IG, she says&nbsp;it hasn&rsquo;t been an easy road on the platform.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Highsnobiety</em> interviews Giulia, the provocative Brooklyn-based artist who is better known by her Instagram handle <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@scientwehst</a>.</p> <p>When asked what inspired her to create erotic collages by inserting architectural images in place of female genitalia: "It started with me creating random pornographic collages where I would replace genitalia with images that looked phallic or yonic, typically food. This slowly evolved into me looking for any images that resembled a female body, which was then refined into me looking for only architectural images that resembled the female form."</p> <p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read the entire interview and marvel at more of Giulia's images.</p> Having endured two major hurricanes, Puerto Rico's museums begin to reopen Alexander Walter 2017-10-05T15:11:00-04:00 >2017-10-05T15:13:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Three weeks after the category four Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on 20 September, devastating the US Island, knocking out power and killing an as yet undetermined number of residents, local museums are back to work and helping with community relief efforts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the U.S. President spent his visit in double-hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tossing</a> rolls of paper towels into the crowd like t-shirts at a Knicks game, the island's museums are busy assessing the damage and getting their institutions reopened to the public.</p> Louvre pulls "sexually explicit" architectural sculpture; faces censorship accusations Alexander Walter 2017-10-03T18:15:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Officials at the Louvre have been accused of censorship after withdrawing a work from its Tuileries Gardens in Paris for being sexually explicit. The work by the Dutch art and design collective Atelier Van Lieshout, entitled the Domestikator, was due to go on show later this month as part of the Hors les Murs public art programme organised by representatives of the Fiac contemporary art fair (19-22 October).</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Art Newspaper </em>explains: "[...] the erotic nature of the large-scale architectural structure, the outline of which depicts a couple having sex, prompted the Louvre&rsquo;s decision to bar the work from the gardens which are overseen by the museum."</p> <p>Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez tried to defend the decision by pointing to online feedback the installation had received.<br></p> Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano will get their very own statues in front of the Centre Pompidou Alexander Walter 2017-09-27T15:35:00-04:00 >2017-09-27T15:35:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The French artist Xavier Veilhan has created sculptures of the architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers that will be permanently installed next month in Place Edmond Michelet outside the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The pair designed the distinctive museum, which opened in 1977.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't miss our 2015-podcast <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview with Xavier Veilhan</a> for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>. We talked with the Paris-based artist and his&nbsp;Los Angeles-collaborator, Fran&ccedil;ois Perrin, about their series of&nbsp;interventions into some of the world's most famous modernist landmarks and the resulting book, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Architectones</em></a>.</p> Street art museum opens in Berlin and presents itself as canvas Alexander Walter 2017-09-21T14:31:00-04:00 >2017-09-21T14:31:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Street art is the ultimate form of democracy according to the curators of the new Museum for Urban Contemporary Art that has just opened in Berlin. But does street art belong in exhibition halls? [...] Construction for the Urban Nation Museum of Urban Contemporary Art began in May 2016. A late-19th century house in the Berlin district of Sch&ouml;neberg was redesigned by German architecture studio Graft.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Graft, via </figcaption></figure><p>In <em>Deutsche Welle</em>'s interview with Yasha Young, the artistic director of the new Museum for Urban Contemporary Art, Young defends the need for a permanent home for street art: "Yes, street art belongs to the street and should stay there. The label "Museum for Street Art," although we often use it ourselves, is not quite accurate. We are much more: the museum is designed to be mobile, to connect the outside and the inside.&nbsp;The fa&ccedil;ade of the house always changes, which means the art that is created out there can be dismantled, changed&nbsp;and exhibited inside."</p> The urban planning of Burning Man Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-30T16:55:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In a moment when the powers at be can't even fund the country&rsquo;s shambling roads and bridges, the 2,000 organizers and volunteers who run Burning Man put together&mdash;and then take apart&mdash;a 70,000-person city in the space of two months.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Burning Man is taking it's 31st annual round, Wired takes a look at how the famed festival occupies the land of the Black Rock Desert. While temporary and free of the bounding presence of permanent residents and buildings, it nevertheless bares some resemblance to a city. Springing out of nothing-ness with no need for professional builders, the settlement still conforms to some rules<em>&mdash;</em>the Bureau of Land Management has had a firm hand in guiding Burning Man since the mid 90's, imposing the basic half-moon grid layout, developing plans to deal with sanitation, emergency services, security, camping, traffic, parking, water, food supplies, communication, lasers, and fire. In the event of bad weather or 'social' unrest the Bureau will step in again.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image via</figcaption></figure><p>Black Rock City has essentially built up its own bureaucracy<em>&mdash;</em>the Nevada Department of Transportation helps the 70,000 attendees get in and out of the site and the Department of Public Works paints, welds, re-...</p> Ai Weiwei's massive public exhibition, set for October, receives opposition from the Washington Square Park Association Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-29T14:41:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Chinese artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a>'s newest project, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Good Fences Make Good Neighbors," is set to open in October of 2017</a>. The famous provocateur was commissioned by the Public Art Fund, in celebration of its 40th birthday, to build one of his largest public works ever. In total, the project will included ten major fence-themed installations as well as smaller works spread throughout Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the bigger pieces for the massive citywide art exhibition was set to land under the Washington Square Park Arch; however, the Washington Square Association released a statement on Friday asking the Public Art Fund to withdraw its plans to house this particular piece under the Arch.&nbsp;</p> <p>The neighborhood association's objections to the installation as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stated in their letter</a> signed by President Trevor Sumner are as follows:</p> <ul><li><em>The installation will make impossible the erection, under the arch, of our holiday tree that traditionally goes up the weekend after Thanksgiving, and stays u...</em></li></ul> The Palestinian Museum opens its first show: Jerusalem Lives Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-25T18:41:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Palestinian Museum opens its inaugural exhibition this weekend focusing on the holy city of Jerusalem, a city that both Israel and Palestine claim as their capital. The wide-ranging, overtly political show focuses on the realities of living in Jerusalem as well as the idea that despite being seen as the original global city, it also serves an example of how globalization has failed worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Palestinian Museum</a>, located in Birzeit, Palestine&rsquo;s West Bank, opened last&nbsp;May. Back then, however, the $24 million structure designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heneghan Peng Architects</a> had no exhibits to show due to a sudden resignation of the museum's former director.</p> <p>Its first show, <em>Jerusalem Lives</em> (Tahya Al Quds), on view from August 27, is participatory, consisting of four chapters that examine&nbsp;the cultural, political, economic and ideological aspects of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jerusalem</a>. The exhibit will include&nbsp;works by contemporary artists, a display of 20 large-scale commissions in the museum&rsquo;s extensive gardens 'based on ideas about land, openness and non-exclusion', featuring artists such as&nbsp;Mona Hatoum, Emily Jacir, Khaled Jarrar, and many more. Additionally,&nbsp;supporting events and programs will be held at other Palestinian institutions.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;What is going on and why are these exclusionary policies being accepted? How are people&mdash;artists, organisations and civil society&mdash;working against it? And how can we build togethe...</p> LA's Grand Ave to get a color makeover Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-23T12:43:00-04:00 >2017-08-23T13:17:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Broad</a> announced today that it will present a new work from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venezuelan</a>-born artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (b. 1923), in collaboration with the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation. Couleur Additive has been commissioned by The Broad as part of the Getty Initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=1028"></a></p><figcaption>Similar public installation done by the artist for Miami Art Basel, 2013</figcaption></figure><p>Installation of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public artwork</a>&nbsp;will take place on four crosswalks at the intersection of West Second Street and Grand Avenue from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3. The work can be experienced by the public beginning Sept. 5, 2017 and will be on view into 2018.&nbsp;As part of the installation, and in order to further deepen the project&rsquo;s ties to the Grand Avenue arts community, high school students from the nearby Ramon C. Cor...</p> Land surrounding Michael Heizer’s "City" could lose national monument protection under Trump Administration Alexander Walter 2017-07-31T14:55:00-04:00 >2017-07-31T15:11:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As City&mdash;Michael Heizer&rsquo;s vast Land Art installation in the Nevada desert&mdash;nears completion, the fate of the federally protected land surrounding it could soon be decided. Ryan Zinke, the US Interior Secretary, visited the state on Sunday, 30 July, as part of a review of 27 national monuments ordered by President Donald Trump, which could result in some of these lands being reopened to development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"A number of museums banded together to call for the site&rsquo;s preservation," <em>The Art Newspaper</em> explains the background of <em>City</em>'s current surroundings (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously also on Archinect</a>), "and in 2015, Obama created the Basin and Range National Monument, which covers 704,000 acres in southern Nevada&rsquo;s Lincoln and Nye counties, including the land surrounding City and several Native American rock art sites. The next year, he created the Gold Butte National Monument, which covers 300,000 acres in Clark county."</p> New Rooftop Observatory launched at Bold Tendencies Abigail Banfield 2017-07-25T05:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T05:36:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Peckham&rsquo;s famous multi-storey car park has a new addition; a new viewing gallery created by Cooke Fawcett. The young practice, based in London&rsquo;s creative Clerkenwell, was formed just two years ago, by directors Oliver Cooke and Francis Fawcett, after working on the Tate&rsquo;s Switch House at Stirling-prize winning practice Herzog &amp; de Meuron.</p> <p>This project, a spectacular kiosk and viewing gallery for arts space Bold Tendencies, will not only provide breathtaking views of London&nbsp;but also act as an interactive setting for installations and specially commissioned art pieces. This arts-focused structure joins (and benefits from) Peckham&rsquo;s famous rooftop hangout,&nbsp;<em>Frank&rsquo;s Bar</em>. Over the past decade, the Peckham multi-storey car park has been slowly transformed by Bold Tendancies, through a programme of culture. Immersive public space and unique views have drawn over a million visitors south of the river, to this unlikely home of the arts. &nbsp;</p> <p>Francis Fawcett: &ldquo;For an avant garde cultural institut...</p> Brutalist sculptures by David Umemoto Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-21T13:05:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>David Umemoto's modular cubic sculptures are studies of volume&mdash;at the juncture of sculpture and architecture . The miniature concrete structures are monumental and re-arrangable, conveying numerous images.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"They refer to the archaic and the ephemeral, despite the solidity and the modernity of the medium. Appearing before our eyes are pre-Columbian rock dwellings, god statues from the Andes or Easter Island, steles deteriorated by rain, remnants of modern cities having survived a cataclysm, fragments of Babylonian cities, colonial settlements brought down to their foundations, cenotaphs abandoned in the jungle&hellip;"</em></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Soma Cube IX in various configurations</figcaption></figure><p>The works are produced slowly, in imitation&nbsp;of cycles of nature, cycles of erosion and re-creation.&nbsp;<em>Lines shift, change and are in a state of perpetual mutation due to the influence of time and&nbsp;</em><em>weather. The natural architectures of geological strata and crystals stand as models: They inspire the design of the molds&nbsp;in which the concrete ...</em></p> High School Students Interpret Neutra's VDL House with Art Archinect 2017-05-19T19:31:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T19:31:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Tomorrow evening the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra VDL House</a> will host an exhibition of work by high school students (age 16-18) from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts</a>, curated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VAPA</a>&nbsp;high school student Avery Wilcox. Each artwork offers new interpretations of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra VDL House</a> expressed in a variety of mediums - film, ceramic, painting and photography. More importantly these artistic expressions, given the age of the makers, will allow all of us to see this historic house with fresh eyes.</p><p>The exhibition will take place tomorrow, May 20, from&nbsp;5-8pm.</p> Vito Acconci, pioneering artist and architect, is dead at 77 Nicholas Korody 2017-04-28T13:35:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Vito Acconci, pioneering conceptual artist and architect, passed away today at the age of 77. After starting his career as a poet, Acconci gained recognition for his influential performance and video works. A man of many parts, he then transitioned into working with audio/visual installations before beginning to work primarily as a landscape architect and designer.</p><p>During the early &lsquo;80s, Acconci created works like&nbsp;<em>Instant House</em>, a sculpture that assembles into an inhabitable structure when a person sits on a swing, with each interior wall covered in an American flag, and on each exterior wall, a Soviet flag. In 1983, Acconci made his first permanent installation,&nbsp;<em>Way Station I (Study Chamber)&nbsp;</em>at Middleburg College<em>,&nbsp;</em>a sculpture so controversial (it likewise juxtaposed the flags of capitalist countries with communist states) that it was burned down. Later, it was reinstalled.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>By the late &lsquo;80s, Acconci had founded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Acconci Studio</a> and focused on designing furniture as well as theoretical d...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Installations" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-02-24T18:26:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Installations</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glimmer</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Variable Projects</a>; Photo: Joseph Chang, Adam Marcus</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luminous Depths</a> in Singapore by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desai Chia Architecture</a>; Photo: Desai Chia Architecture, Sandy Wong, Issa Weng</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">STIK Pavilion</a> in Tokyo, Japan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Tokyo</a> Digital Fabrication Lab (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Clement</a>, Project Manager, Design Lead)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Behance</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOFTlab</a>; Photo: Alan Tansey</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANDBOXING</a> in Dallas, TX by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DSGN AGNC</a> (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a>, Designer), New Cities Future Ruins (Gavin Kroeber, Curator), Ash Studio (Fabrication)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taumascopio</a> in Zingst, Germany by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mattia Paco Rizzi</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Under Magnitude</a> in Orlando, FL by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MARC FORNES / THEVER...</a></p> Architects Alejandro Aravena and Trix & Robert Haussmann included on NYT's 2016 Creative Geniuses list Alexander Walter 2016-12-28T18:14:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>From their studios, ateliers, film sets and kitchens &mdash; and even the White House &mdash; these are the people whose inventive spirits shaped the conversation this year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It certainly was an eventful career year for Alejandro Aravena (Pritzker Prize, Venice Biennale, et al.), and the ambitious Chilean's cultural footprint can be traced throughout a handful of our <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect 2016 Year In Review</a></em> posts:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The top prize-winning architects of 2016</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How starchitect culture shifted in 2016</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top Features: Our Favorite Feature Articles of 2016</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The stories that influenced architecture culture in 2016</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From the border wall to the Pritzker Prize: the architectural controversies that defined 2016</a></li></ul> Sick of the white cube? This Hong Kong gallery is going all black Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-13T12:42:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:03:22-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[Empty Gallery] is entirely black&mdash;black walls, black floors, black fittings. When you first enter, it is completely, utterly dark. It is only when you reach the first of the main art spaces that dim lighting illuminates the works on display. &ldquo;Hong Kong is so fast; the language of advertising is so strong and loud and intense. We&rsquo;re amped up all the time... It helps you give art a chance to communicate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Boyle Heights activists want all art galleries to GTFO of their neighborhood" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boyle Heights activists want all art galleries to GTFO of their neighborhood</a></li><li><a title="New Kulapat Yantrasast-designed Gagosian Gallery to open in San Francisco" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Kulapat Yantrasast-designed Gagosian Gallery to open in San Francisco</a></li><li><a title="SANAA chosen to design NSW Art Gallery expansion" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA chosen to design NSW Art Gallery expansion</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prepare to soon spot the blackest of black materials in architecture</a></li></ul> OMA announced as ‘Creative Mediator’ for Manifesta 12 Palermo Alexander Walter 2016-11-24T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T00:56:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Manifesta, the roving European biennial, announced today that the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) will be creative mediator for its upcoming 12th&nbsp;edition, set to open in Palermo, Italy, in 2018. As creative mediator, OMA will investigate how Italian cities are governed, looking specifically at immigration, environmental issues, gentrification, and tourism. Led by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, the team will also explore how artists can intervene in places around the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In other recent OMA news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look inside London's new Design Museum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's plans for Axel Springer building officially released</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA revamps 13th c. Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice</a></li></ul> Watch David Adjaye and James Turrell discuss light, space, and architecture Alexander Walter 2016-10-14T18:40:00-04:00 >2016-10-16T23:01:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Last week, the White House held its very own arts and culture festival in D.C., South by South Lawn (SXSL). Organizers arranged a list of panel discussions and programs that brought together a diverse troupe of creatives for a "festival of ideas, art, and action.&rdquo; SXSL kicked off with a conversation between illustrious light artist James Turrell and award-winning architect David Adjaye, which was streamed live on The Creators Project&rsquo;s Facebook Page.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Over the course of their chat, which was moderated by LACMA director Michael Govan,&nbsp;the two artists unpacked their general philosophies on art, light, space, and culture, and discussed some of the influences that have driven their processes and works."</em></p><p></p><p>Video via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Creators Project</a>.</p><p>Similar stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye on Designing a Museum That Speaks a Different Language</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye is releasing a vinyl record with his brother</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Light Perception Manipulation: The Future of Architecture</a></li></ul> Zaha Hadid show coming to Serpentine Sackler Gallery this winter Alexander Walter 2016-08-30T04:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:56:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An exhibition of rarely seen paintings, drawings and digital works by Zaha Hadid is due to open at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London this winter (8 December-12 February 2017), throwing new light on the late British-Iraqi architect&rsquo;s accomplishments as an artist and calligrapher. [...] Sketches and paintings linked to major projects, both realised and unrealised, will go on show.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's repertoire is a stunning display in Venice's Palazzo Franchetti</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Celebrate Zaha Hadid's life at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on April 8th</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61</a></li></ul><p>Looking for exciting architecture and design events happening in London <em>right now</em>? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's weekly event picks</a> keep you up to date.</p> In honor of the Olympics, French artist JR installs giant athletes in Rio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-04T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:02:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The French artist who goes by JR, known for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">flyposting large-scale photographs</a> in cities around the world, has set up shop in Rio, just in time for the Olympic opening ceremony this Friday. As part of his ongoing worldwide&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Inside Out</em></a>&nbsp;project, and under the invitation of the IOC, he's installed two giant sculptures of athletes in the city, posed in such a way that Rio itself is their stadium.</p><p>One is a diver, in a swan pose over the Barra da Tijuca, the other a high-jumper, curving over the top of the Hilton Santos in the Flamengo neighborhood. The athletes are made from printed fabric stretched over a scaffolding frame, and have been under construction since June.</p><p><em>h/t&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Spaces</a></em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out more news from Rio:</p><ul><li><a title="Rio's streets clog with traffic as visitors arrive for the Olympics" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio's streets clog with traffic as visitors arrive for the Olympics</a></li><li><a title="Athletes refuse to move into Rio's Olympic Village, citing &ldquo;blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring&rdquo;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Athletes refuse to move into Rio's Olympic Village, citing &ldquo;blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring&rdquo;</a></li><li><a title="Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed</a></li><li><a title="11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 ...</a></li></ul> MEDIAN: an urbanism exhibition from "the most privileged and uninhabitable location in Los Angeles—the middle of the road." Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-26T18:28:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:34:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Now through August 25, take an immersive, tongue-in-cheeky video tour through Los Angeles at&nbsp;WUHO Gallery, with&nbsp;David Hartwell and Bill Ferehawk's "MEDIAN".</p><p>Enter the narrow, deep gallery space and be at the center of MEDIAN&ndash;an "experimental moving image installation" projected onto the length of WUHO's walls, in parallel. From the viewer's position in the middle of the gallery, atop a double-yellow line, they assume the perspective of "the most privileged and uninhabitable location in Los Angeles&mdash;the middle of the road." Through a mixture of film and animation, the projected narrative takes LA's roadside urbanity to whacky, cartoonish, stereotyped, and whimsical ends.</p><p>Take a look below:</p><p></p><p>More information on MEDIAN available <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. WUHO Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sundays, noon to 5pm.&nbsp;The exhibition is presented by LA Forum.</p> How artists, curators and architects define a great museum Alexander Walter 2016-07-18T14:18:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T22:46:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>What makes a museum building successful? Until the arrival of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s Guggenheim in Bilbao in 1997, this question might have been almost exclusively focused on the best environments in which to view art. But the Guggenheim&rsquo;s phenomenal success, which allowed the Basque government to recoup the construction costs within three years, moved the debate on to issues of branding and statement architecture. Now the discussion has moved on again.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of Sn&oslash;hetta's SFMOMA addition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion in Quebec will finally open tomorrow</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First look inside Tate Modern's new Extension</a></li></ul>