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Vanity Faith: Preachin' Ain't Easy
by Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi The move to marry modernity with sacred symbols is gaining momentum in both religious and design circles. This démarche has been a welcomed challenge for design collective Greece Is For Lovers (GIFL), as it calls for interpreting...
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The 18th Biennale of Sydney
by Alex Vitlin Since 1973 the Biennale of Sydney has presented an exciting three-month program of contemporary visual arts throughout the city. This year's 18th Biennale of Sydney is built around the theme, "All Our Relations," a deliberately rich...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Faena Arts Center
For our latest video we took a trip down to Buenos Aires to see the second exhibition of the new Faena Arts Center. We spoke with the center's executive director, Ximena Caminos, about the need for freedom in art, the opportunities the center has...
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Egg Collective
Featured in SCALE, our show at Noho Design, Egg Collective also won much praise—and the Best New Designer Award—for its debut collection at the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Using quality materials and processes...
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Compulsion
Since exhibiting "Week-End"—her last solo show at NYC's Yancey Richardson Gallery in 2010—photographer Alex Prager has been busy at work, but mostly with projects outside her own personal endeavors. Whether shooting the 1960s-inspired...
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Pavilion of Art & Design New York
Founded 15 years ago in Paris, the Pavilion of Art & Design brings together some of Europe's most interesting galleries and dealers focused on modern, decorative and tribal art. In 2007 PAD co-founders Patrick Perrin and Stéphane Custot took the...
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Nova 4th Edition
While queuing at the Nova contemporary art event Nova in São Paulo recently, a handful of half-masked ninjas went to work scribbling on nearby glass walls. The live-art act by the collective Ros Dolan and the Gang kicked off a lineup of free...
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Berliner Liste 2011
by Shawn Thomson Known for its unfiltered take on contemporary art in recent years, Germany's capital city has increasingly become an international stomping ground for artists, dealers, collectors and enthusiasts alike, all there to relish in...
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See/Saw
A concise book comparing contemporary Japanese art to renowned classics, "See/Saw: Connections Between Japanese Art Then and Now" guides readers through 5,000 years of art by showing how it shares one common trait—"the new is old, or the old...
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Cardi Black Box Vol. 1
Keeping with the family business, Nicolò Cardi and his partners chose to develop a museum-like approach to his Galleria Cardi by supporting artists in the creation of new projects and collaborating with innovative international museums and cultural...
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People's Biennial
In an effort to highlight artists from five U.S. cities not typically considered artistic hotbeds, the People's Biennial features the work of 36 artists from Portland, OR; Rapid City, SD; Winston-Salem, NC; Scottsdale, AZ and Haverford, PA. Presented...
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Chromophilia
Though not quite as spectacular of a juxtapoistion as Murakami's current show at Versailles, London-based artist and writer David Batchelor's current exhibition Chromophilia positions his colorful sculptures in the context of the historic Paco Imperial...
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Anoka Faruqee and Marietta Hoferer Exhibit
San Francisco's Hosfelt Gallery kicks off the fall season with the reception of two new exhibits,"The Longest Day of the Year" by Anoka Faruqee and "Drawings" by Marietta Hoferer. Farquee's show is her third solo exhibit at Hosfelt Gallery featuring...
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Murakami Versailles
While Versaille's latest contemporary art installation doesn't officially open until tomorrow, controversy over the show has already been brewing for months. Like when Jeff Koons' 2008 retrospective was shown at the baroque château, some see...
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Breaking The Rules: What Is Contemporary Art?
For budding esthetes, the new children's book from L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art attempts to distill the extensive roster of major modern talent into a clear, easy-to-read format. "Breaking the Rules: What is Contemporary Art?," describes each...
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How Many Billboards? Art In Stead
All images by Gerard SmulevichOn the heels of Via, the latest project to hit Los Angeles' public spaces is How Many Billboards?, an earnest strategy by MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House bringing art into the everyday discourse...
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Eat Out: Restaurant Design and Food Experiences
The upcoming book "Eat Out!" highlights restaurants that shine for their adeptness at creating the full culinary experience—from an impeccably designed interior to an equally well-planned menu, each location offers their guests a unique...
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Hue Are You
Bringing about a sense of community among American designers, the American Design Club is highlighting their talented collective with their third exhibition, "Hue Are You," a show revolving around the theme of color in contemporary design...
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X Initiative Art Project
X Initiative is a not-for-profit artistic endeavor which challenges members of the contemporary art community to think about new possibilities for experiencing and producing contemporary art. Organized into four seasonal phases during its year-long...
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New Wood Focused Furniture
Our friends over at Fast Company have put together a nice roundup of contemporary furniture, all executed in wood. These clean, simple designs allow the wood to really stand out for its natural beauty. Our favorite is the Zipshape I chaise lounge...
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Scope Miami: Asian Art Steals the Show
Work by Asian artists, and those of Asian descent, seemed to dominate the Scope Miami fair this year. The sheer volume on display confirms that Eastern art is gaining sway in Western markets, and rightfully so, as the below selections would support...
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