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.
MARLBOROUGH CHELSEA IS NOW MARLBOROUGH CONTEMPORARY:
Under the leadership of Max Levai, a single program will align gallery spaces in New York and London. Effective immediately, Marlborough Chelsea will be known as Marlborough Contemporary. This change signals the alignment of Marlborough’s contemporary programs in New York and London under the leadership of Max Levai and Pascal Spengemann.
The New York space will continue to present a robust calendar of diverse exhibitions. This 4th March, in New York, Marlborough Contemporary will open The Exile at Home, a comprehensive exhibition of paintings by R.B. Kitaj. The first season of London programming will focus on a diverse group of living artists, primarily from the U.S., all of whom will be making their first solo exhibitions in London. (Source: Marlborough Contemporary)
NEWPORT STREET GALLERY TO EXHIBIT ASHLEY BICKERTON SOLO SHOW IN APRIL 2017:
Newport Street Gallery has announced a solo exhibition of work by American artist Ashley Bickerton, which opens to the public on Friday 21st April and will run until 20th August 2017.
The exhibition spans more than three decades of Bickerton’s career and features almost 50 works, including both new and previously unexhibited pieces. The show will present examples of Bickerton’s earlier consumerist work as well as his tropically-coloured mixed-media paintings, which explore themes varying from fantastic eroticism and nightmares, to ‘the end of the world’. (Source: Newport Street Gallery)
DOUG AITKEN INSTALLS ENTIRELY MIRRORED CABIN IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN DESERT:
American artist Doug Aitken has built a small house-shaped structure, clad top-to-bottom in mirrors, in the desert outside Palm Springs. The Mirage sculpture is modelled on a ranch-style suburban American house. But it is composed of mirrored surfaces, which reflect the surroundings and camouflage the structure.
“Mirage distills the recognisable and repetitious suburban home into the essence of its lines, reflecting and disappearing into the vast western landscape,” said Aitken. His design is based on the California ranch style of architecture. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
WHY DESERT X IS THE WORLD’S NEWEST MUST-VISIT ART FAIR:
With a lineup of famous headliners — Richard Prince and Doug Aitken among them — this just-launched exhibition promises to become a vital part of the art-world circuit.
The Coachella Valley has long resisted easy categorization: iconic mid-century houses and dingy roadside diners, extravagant wealth and devastating poverty, and the refined aesthetic of Modernism Week and the grittiness of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. To this mix has now been added Desert X, a newly launched arts exhibition that commissions artists to create site-specific works throughout the desert landscape. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
Danish studio Elkeland have released a new range of geometric mirror mobiles. Suspended on wax-treated flack string, the slim shapes (including half-moons, ovals, and gradated triangles) are made from double-sided plexi mirror and brass sticks. Catching light as they gently twist, the mobiles throw subtle plays of light against surrounding walls, floors and ceilings. (Find out more: Wallpaper*)
KOREAN CULTURAL CENTRE UK ANNOUNCES THE VISUAL ARTS KOREA/UK SEASON:
Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) announces the visual arts element of the Korea/UK season 2017-2018, a programme of extensive cultural activities taking place across the UK. The season will see multiple UK institutions present exhibitions, performances, residencies, workshops and public art installations from contemporary Korean artists.
Leading the Korea/UK season 2017-2018, KCCUK will support and co-produce external projects as well as hosting a series of exhibitions programmed by their in-house curator Je Yun Moon in collaboration with institutions in the UK and Korea.
KCCUK is a leading institution devoted to promoting Korea’s vibrant cultural scene to UK audiences. Holding exhibitions across the visual arts, dance, music and design fields, KCCUK also runs an education programme which seeks to develop knowledge of Korean heritage, history and culture. (Find out more: KCCUK)
SONY LAUNCHES XPERIA TOUCH PROJECTOR THAT TURNS ANY SURFACE INTO A TOUCHSCREEN:
Floors, tables and walls can be transformed into iPad-like touchscreens using Sony’s new projector, which launched at this week’s Mobile World Congress. The Xperia Touch is an interactive projector that Sony’s innovation division, the Future Lab, first previewed as an experimental concept at SXSW last year. Now Sony Mobile is gearing up to release the product to consumers from spring 2017.
The projector turns any flat surface into a 23-inch high-definition touchscreen. It is able to detect movement corresponding to clicks and swipes, using a combination of infrared light and its built-in camera. (Read the full story: Dezeen)
GEORGE RICKEY: SCULPTURE FROM THE ESTATE:
Marlborough Fine Art has announced an exhibition of works by renowned American sculptor George Rickey (1907 – 2002). On view for the first time in London, and the first time in the UK since 1982, are 16 sculptures from the private holdings of the George Rickey Estate. This comprehensive exhibition includes works from the artist’s personal archive, some which have never been shown before, offering a new insight into his artistic process and prove Rickey as an intelligent and profound interrogator of kinesis in art.
An iconic and influential sculptor represented in major museum collections internationally, Rickey’s kinetic works developed as a result of experimenting with a range of materials during his service in WWII as an engineer in the Army Air Corps. Rickey, along with Alexander Calder, was a pioneer in introducing kinetic sculpture to America in the mid-twentieth century. He was also one of the first artists to create outdoor-specific work, and is well-known for his stainless-steel sculptures that respond to the natural elements. (Source: Marlborough Fine Art)
WHAT A $20,000 MODEL CHAIR COLLECTION LOOKS LIKE:
The first thing you notice upon stepping into Anthony Sosnick’s apartment is the art. Sosnick, the founder of men’s grooming label Anthony, counts among his collection Gilbert & George‘s large-scale, colour-punching Streeters, which graces his dining room, Jeff Koons’s Pail, which he puts in storage during social gatherings to prevent any misuse, and, in his sons’ room, Tim Beg’s Enjoy It . . . While It Lasts, a playful work depicting the various stages of eating a creamsicle.
Of all the museum-quality pieces throughout the home, though, it’s an unexpected one that often draws the most attention: a collection of miniature chairs displayed in his foyer. Counting about 75 pieces, only half of which are on display at any given moment, the collection was inherited in part from Sosnick’s father. (Read the full story: Architectural Digest)
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