The design team at Nendo knew they’d need a way to connect the three generations—and eight cats—living inside a newly constructed home in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, so they created an enormous staircase. Spanning from the outdoor garden to the third floor, the steel-and-concrete structure isn’t designed for climbing between floors but does serve as a multi-level garden area and space for the cats to lounge. It also conceals bathrooms and the staircase residents actually will use, while the white-paneled walls hold additional storage. More Continue reading
She was one of the core members of the Hairy Who group during the 1960s. Continue reading
Most of us will never get to touch the moon’s outer crust, but a new project by DeskSpace lets people pretend they’ve got a little portion of the crater-covered satellite sitting on their desks or hung up on their walls. Designed using data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Lunar Surface is a square piece of portland concrete that’s natural bubbles form ridges and dips that mimic the divets caused by meteorites.
The astronomical project commemorates humans’ first steps on the moon. More Continue reading
Berger died earlier in the week of coronavirus-related causes. Continue reading
When Eindhoven-based designer Pao Hui Kao realized she was allergic to some of the pigments and coatings used in household furnishings, she decided to construct her own minimalist collection. The result is a line of tables, seats, shelves, and a light fixture made almost entirely of tracing-paper tubes soaked in rice water.
To ensure the sturdiness of her mostly-white designs, Hui Kao varies the size of her paper rolls. As they dry, the rice water binds each wrinkled piece together. More Continue reading
Norris was one of the first heads of L.A.’s Cultural Affairs Commission, having been approached for the role in 1984. Continue reading
Coronavirus Postponements Hit Biennial Circuit as Africa’s Biggest Exhibition Delays Opening of 2020 Edition
A biennial in Latvia has also been postponed, while the just-opened Biennale of Sydney remains open. Continue reading
Art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson, LACMA contemporary art curator Rita González, Baltimore Museum of Art chief curator Asma Naeem, and more offer some suggestions. Continue reading
Covered in full-face masks of fringe and knotted details, threadstories (previously) explores the tension between contemporary portrayals of public and private life. The Irish artist poses in front of gray backdrops for her self-portraits that obscure her face and only sometimes reveal a set of eyes or a mouth through the crocheted exterior.
threadstories tells Colossal that the process for creating each piece is similar. She begins by crocheting the balaclava—sometimes adding space for further detail like pointed ears or a hand-drawn face—before crafting various tufts and dense patches. More Continue reading
During the first frost in the southern region of Finland, Christoffer Relander (previously) shot dense patches of branches, ferns, and blades of grass as part of a new set of double-exposure photographs. Titled We Are Nature Vol. 6, the monochromatic project merges human figures with nature to generate a portrait of a woman whose forehead is substituted with overflowing brush. Another image shows two kids whose features are obscured by leaves and vines. More Continue reading
Despite Early Technical Glitches, Galleries Report Steady Sales in Art Basel Hong Kong’s Online FairMarch 18, 2020
For the first 25 minutes, the online viewing rooms were down, but that did not dissuade collectors. Continue reading
In an effort to merge the past, present, and future in a single work, Tokyo-based French architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux (previously) hung 168,000 paper numbers in rainbow-like rows to create her latest piece, “Slices of Time.” The suspended project contains 100 hues, in addition to white, that are formed into a vibrant cylinder meant to serve as a visual representation of Earth. “She uses colours as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, not as a finishing touch applied on surfaces. More Continue reading
The ARTnews Accord: Anthony Haden-Guest and Matthew Yokobosky Talk About Studio 54 and New York Nightlife Lore
A club-hopping bon vivant and a curator discuss an exhibition whose future is for now unclear. Continue reading
Coronavirus-Related American Museum Closures Continue Rolling In, As MoMA, National Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum Reveal Plans to ShutterMarch 12, 2020
The Smithsonian Institution also closed 19 museums in Washington, D.C., and a couple more in New York. Continue reading
During the last four years, the Royal Bank of Scotland launched a democratic project to capture what one collaborator termed “the more ordinary aspects of Scottish identity including otters, midges, mackerel and tweed.” The result is Fabric of Nature, a series of recently released banknotes that feature illustrated wildlife and portraits of some of Scotland’s most influential women. This week, the third installment of the project was released, presenting a new £20 note featuring a pair of bushy-tailed red squirrels. More Continue reading
To celebrate spending one billion seconds on Earth, Daniel de Bruin created a gear system that represents the number googol (that’s the digit 1 with 100 zeros behind it). Every time the first wheel completes 1,000 rotations, which happens in about an hour, the second gear turns 100 notches and the third 10. Each following wheel is reduced by 10, meaning in order to turn the last and 100th one, the system would need a googol of energy, which the Netherlands-based designer says is “a number that’s bigger than the atoms in the known universe.” He tells Colossal that when working perfectly, each gear is perpetually in motion. More Continue reading
The works were consigned from the collection of fellow artist and O’Keeffe confidante Juan Hamilton. Continue reading
Tomohiro Yasui is best known as the creator of the paper robot wrestlers called kami-robo, but that’s not the only medium his imagination has conquered. Using wire and cheap rubber duckies, squirting frogs, and plastic hammers, the Japanese artist builds posable action figures that deserve their own Saturday morning cartoons and comic books.
Having spent the past 35 years designing paper robots and plastic toys, Yasui is an expert when it comes to humanoid anatomy in dynamic poses. More Continue reading
Museum Closures, Fair Postponements, and More: A Continually Updated Guide to the Coronavirus’s Impact on the Art WorldMarch 6, 2020
Read a comprehensive look at how the international art world has been affected. Continue reading
TEFAF, Art Basel, SP-Arte, and Art Paris said plans for the next few months remain, while others announced adjustments. Continue reading