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2014 It's Nice That Annual
The end of the year is as much about looking back as it is moving forward. And when the holiday music kicks up, the "Best Of" lists follow swiftly behind. Our friends at London-based publication It's Nice That put together one of the most anticipated...
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Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
As part of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary celebration, the adorably cute character will be celebrated in numerous ways, including a birthday party, Hello Kitty Con and her first-ever museum retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum...
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Eric White: All of This Has Not Occurred
In the entry of Martha Otero Gallery in West Hollywood is an impressively large oil painting depicting three giant screens showing epic films with scores of theater seats facing in five directions. This massive undertaking is the work of painter...
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Dan Flavin: The Complete Lights
Presenting all of his light installations together for the first time, this is the only volume to document artist Dan Flavin's entire career. This remarkable and exhaustively researched book features a complete catalogue of over 750 of Dan Flavin's...
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Things We Made
Even if you're unfamiliar with interior design powerhouse Roman and Williams, there's a good chance you know their work. The Standard Hotel, The Breslin, The Ace Hotel, The Standard Grill, Stumptown Coffee, The Dutch, The Boom Boom Room—countless...
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Punk: An Aesthetic
Born in dungy London basements and matured in equally grimy streets, the punk counter culture of the mid 1970's and 80's defined an unrelenting angst felt by youth the world around. While many books have surfaced over the years to document its documenters...
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Hello Nature
Best known for his photographs of his beloved Weimaraners, William Wegman is an American artist with a talent for the unexpected. The recent release of his book "Hello Nature" coincides with an exhibition at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, both serving...
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Bauhaus: Art as Life
Beginning tomorrow, London's Barbican Art Gallery will kick off a several-month-long Bauhaus-themed exhibit—the UK's largest in four decades—in Bauhaus: Art as Life. The 400-piece show will cover a wide swathe of topics, from art (paintings...
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Metamorphabets
Viktor Koen takes pictures of renaissance rapiers in museum corridors. He hordes images of salmon steaks, microscopes, beheaded dolls and nautilus shells. From the thousands of archived shots, the Greek typographical artist composes unique alphabets...
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21
On display through 15 April 2012, the exhibition "21&#8212: 21 Years of Cultural Posters" celebrates the more intriguing covers of the quarterly Flemish design magazine Kwintessens since it started in 1992. Almost every issue reflects the vision...
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Studio Visit: Ouattara Watts
While we all like to tap into an artist's brain, find out exactly what goes on in their mind to make them create what they do, sometimes there isn't really more behind a work of art than simply a vision that a person is unable to explain through...
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Beatrice Wood: Career Woman
Beatrice Wood's "Career Woman" exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art celebrates more than her prolific ouevre of gorgeous ceramics, whimsical drawings and colorful paintings. As part of Pacific Standard Time, the show tells the story of Wood...
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Maps
by Maj Hartov Graphic design heavyweight Paula Scher's new book Maps covers her cartographic artwork since the late 1990s. She calls her large-scale paintings "distortions of reality," as they comment on our world of information overload in a deeply...
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Rock, Paper, Scissors by Julien Vallée
A lot of artists might think twice about issuing a retrospective before they reach 30. But the young Canadian graphic designer Julien Vallée— whom we covered earlier this year—already had a considerable body of work from which to...
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Graphic Design: Now In Production
This Saturday (22 October 2011) Walker Art Center in Minneapolis launches a new exhibition on graphic design that will run through 22 January 2012. "Graphic Design: Now in Production" is a retrospective on the evolution of the medium since 2000...
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Susan Hiller
Both intimate and cosmic in scope, as described by critic Lucy Lippard, Susan Hiller's ruminative multimedia works are the result of a career change from anthropology to art forty years ago. The U.K.-based artist, thinking of her discipline as "value...
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Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design
Saul Bass, best known for transforming the way movies begin, was in fact a designer of incredible versatility. As design historian Pat Kirkham shows in his forthcoming book on Bass (co-authored with Bass' daughter Jennifer), the legendary "visual...
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Patrick Tosani
At first glance Patrick Tosani's photographs seem like textbook examples of monolithic, clean and simple photography. But look a little closer and objects like ice cubes, spoons and high-heeled shoes reveal themselves by a trick of perspective and...
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Rafael Viñoly Architects
Many of today's up-and-coming architects are eager to design buildings with a surplus of modern bells and whistles, but even a quick study on the work of esteemed architect Rafael Viñoly shows how a true understanding of a structure's relationship...
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The Cemetery of Reason
Owner and art director of Toy Machine Skateboards, Ed Templeton's work has been most widely-seen on boards under the feet of thousands of skateboarders around the world. For fans of his skateboard graphics or those already familiar with his art...
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Claude Montana: Fashion Radical
Although regrettably most famous for bankrupting Lanvin (costing them a reported $50 million), a new book delves into why Claude Montana was one of the most sought-after fashion designers that defined the '80s and continues to be an underlying force...
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Independently Animated
At 13-years-old Bill Plympton wrote to Walt Disney asking for a job in the animation department. The young illustrator was initially rejected, but an Oscar nomination six years later for his animated short called "Your Face" led to Disney knocking...