A WEEKLY CURATED SELECTION OF NEWS FROM ARCHITECTS, DESIGNERS & ARTISTS WORLDWIDE:
Every week, we collate information from press releases and articles across the worldwide web in order to give you a curated selection of hot news from the wonderful world of art, design and architecture. Scroll down and find out more about what’s been happening this week.
KATHARINA GROSSE AT GAGOSIAN NEW YORK:
A prominent figure on the international art circuit, Katharina Grosse will hold her first gallery exhibition in New York and at Gagosian, following a series of significant public commissions in the U.S. in recent years. The exhibition will run from 19th January until 11th March at Gagosian West 24th Street, New York.
Grosse approaches painting as an experience in immersive subjectivity. With a spray gun, she disconnects the artistic act from the hand, stylizing gesture as a propulsive mark. The resulting pictures are distinct, but never predetermined. Spatial tensions rise through shifts in chromatic temperature. Challenging boundaries, she reintroduces her body as an active agent within a vision of contemporary existence that is at once physically isolated and densely networked. (Find out more: Gagosian)
CONCRETE ART GALLERY AND STUDIO IN BANGKOK FEATURES FOUR-STOREY ATRIUM:
Thai studio ASWA has placed a four-storey atrium with a huge gridded skylight at the centre of this concrete art gallery and studio in Bangkok. Local studio ASWA, which stands for Architectural Studio of Work-Aholic, designed the building for an artist who wanted a series of galleries and studios that maintained privacy from the outside world.
Made of reinforced concrete slabs, the building features no openings on its street facing side, and only one external doorway.The building is named the Solid Concrete Gallery as Living Artwork because the gridded black steel frame covering the roof light creates changing patterns of shadow and light across the exposed concrete walls. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
BACON AND FREUD – GRAPHIC WORKS AT MARLBOROUGH FINE ART, LONDON:
An exhibition of prints by Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud will take place at Marlborough Fine Art Gallery in London, from 18th January until 24th February. The selected works provide an overview of the artists’ graphic output and demonstrate the different approaches each took to printmaking. Friends who rose to prominence in London in the 1950s, Bacon and Freud are widely regarded as the leading figurative artists of the 20th century.
Marlborough Graphics was formed nearly 50 years ago, and is a leading publisher and dealer in modern and contemporary prints. As well as publishing work by artists including Francis Bacon, Victor Pasmore, Frank Auerbach, R.B. Kitaj and Paula Rego, Marlborough Graphics deals in prints by Picasso, Matisse, Moore, Nicholson, Hockney and Riley. Marlborough Graphics published a catalogue raisonné of Lucian Freud etchings in 1993 and holds one of the largest collections of Freud etchings for sale in the world. (Find out more: Marlborough Fine Art)
MAPPED OUT – EXPLORE THE STREETS OF BERLIN THROUGH BAUHAUS AND BRUTALISM:
Tourists and locals alike will delight in a new map which tracks Berlin’s modernist architecture across the city. Published by Blue Crow Media in collaboration with journalist and film-maker Matthew Tempest and photographer Simon Phipps, the map shines a light on 50 modernist masterpieces of the 20th century, exhuming Berlin’s political history along the way. (Read full story: Wallpaper*)
STUDIO GANG REVEALS TIERED RESIDENTIAL TOWER FOR ST. LOUIS:
Chicago architecture firm Studio Gang has released a teaser image of a high-rise for St Louis, Missouri, made up of four-storey tiers with faceted slanted sides. The 385-foot tower will be located at 100 North Kingshighway Boulevard, at the northeast corner of the Midwestern city’s Forest Park, but simply known as One Hundred. (Read full story: Dezeen)
MERCEDES-BENZ PUBLISHES A VISUAL MANIFESTO BY GORDEN WAGENER:
These days, a luxury car company is nothing without a dedicated in-house design consultancy. As well as steering the shape and form of future products, these departments are increasingly encouraged to spread their wings and move into the thrusting world of furniture, bikes, yachts, aircraft and even architecture.
Mercedes-Benz is no different. Under the stewardship of the German designer Gorden Wagener since 2008, Mercedes’ ‘Mercedes-Benz Style’ studio has chalked up an impressive portfolio of non-automotive projects, including helicopter and a speedboat – both built to order – as well as conceptual ideas for both a new-style private jet interior and a visionary yacht. (Read full story: Wallpaper*)
WHITE HOUSE HOLIDAY DÉCOR THROUGH THE YEARS:
With the arrival of a new administration in the White House comes a whole new look for the private quarters—and the holiday decorations. In fact, each year the official White House Christmas tree gets a fresh theme that inspires the ornaments and garland gracing the boughs (for 2016, it’s “the Gift of the Holidays”).
Architectural Digest looked back to see the different ways in which First Families, from the Roosevelts to the Obamas, have approached decking the legendary halls. Decorations have run the gamut from nutcrackers and pinecones to musical instruments and military medals, but the result is always the same: striking surroundings that spark the holiday spirit within us all. (Read full story: Architectural Digest)
CONSTRUCTION WORK STARTS ON KENGO KUMA’S TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS STADIUM:
Building work has begun on Kengo Kuma’s National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – the design that was controversially selected to replace Zaha Hadid’s competition-winning scheme.
The ¥149 billion structure is expected to complete in three and a half years’ time to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed the building as an oval structure with a huge oculus above the track. (Read full story: Dezeen)
RETURN TO THE FOLD – G.F. SMITH CRAFTS A PAPER PALACE IN LONDON:
In an increasingly digital world, a company like G.F. Smith is a testament to the enduring and unique appeal of paper. Founded in London in 1885, the Hull-made paper brand has spent 131 years building its reputation on quality and service to become the UK’s largest specialist paper company. This month, the opening of its first ever showroom, sees the G.F Smith brand turn the page to an exciting new chapter.
Located just off Oxford Street, the new 4,000 sq. ft. space promises to be more than just a showcase for the brand’s paper collections, framing and binding services; an ever-changing backdrop of displays and exhibitions across its two floors will also educate and entertain. (Read full story: Wallpaper*)