Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studios

Provocations Sculpture

Heatherwick Studio, Garden Bridge, London, 2012–Rendering: Arup

Currently at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Provocations delivers behind-the-scenes access to the creative process of Heatherwick Studios in London.  Beyond this individualized perspective, the exhibition offers the viewer a rare glimpse at the generally secret workings of an artist and designer. Incorporating maquettes, material testing and others elements of the design process,  Provocations does exactly what it states; it provokes insight and a deeper thought into the creative process of designing for technical and aesthetic solutions for public spaces. Continue reading

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Lucy Glendinning Sculpture

Lucy Glendinning, Feather Child 1, 2010–2011. Wax, jesmonite, timber, duck and pheasant feathers.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sometimes it seems as if art comes in two categories: good art, and the art most people actually like.  Frustratingly, the two are often perceived as interchangeable.  Yet is there really any more substance in a Bacchanal by Titian than a landscape by Kinkade?  Perhaps it’s regrettably easy for us, the illuminati of the art-world, to dismiss some art simply because it’s too popular or comprehensible.  Continue reading

Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot at Asia Society

Paik Sculpture

Installation view of Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot at Asia Society Museum, New York, through January 2015. Photography by Leise Hook/Asia Society Museum.

“People think of archives as old dusty fusty places: not dead, but not an alive space.” muses Michelle Yun, curator of Nam June Paik:  Becoming Robot, which opened at Asia Society on September 5th. Prior to her appointment at Asia Society, Yun had worked as the curator at Hunter College and for a time in Cai Guo-Qiang’s studio assisting with exhibitions and his Olympic Performance in 2008. But, where Yun cut her teeth was working under Robert Storr at the Museum of Modern Art, where she spent considerable time in the archives getting a sense of the history of the institution. Continue reading

Introducing yourself as an artist


There are times when you can assume that you will be the center of conversation – for instance, in your studio during an open-studio event, in your booth at an art fair, at a gallery opening of your own work. However, those occasions are few and far between. It’s a big world out there, and most people will have no idea who you are or what you do. Artists, like everyone else meet people all the time, and it makes sense to reach out to people you don’t know or don’t know well, finding opportunities to mix with people who might become buyers. For instance, one might join a town committee or the Rotary club or the Jaycees, volunteer at a church or public television station. Continue reading

Rocío Coppola – Organismos Industriales

Rocio Coppola Sculpture

Mantillas, 2011. Tejido en hilo, caja de acrilico, 40 x 30 cm.

La obra de Rocío Coppola nos presenta un dilema interesante de abordar. Con enorme preponderancia de las formas orgánicas y las recurrentes referencias a la naturaleza, cada una de dichas formas está trabajada en materiales que poco tienen que ver con un mundo “orgánico” sino que se entroncan en la producción industrial. La mano del hombre se hace presente en cada uno de los elementos que parecieran salir del fondo del mar o reptar por los bosques y colgar de los árboles; la factura humana se evidencia en los materiales pero también en los colores. Continue reading

Shinro Ohtake at Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London

Shinro Ohtake Sculpture

Shinro Ohtake, Scrapbook #66, detail, 2010 – 2012. Mixed media artist book, 72 x 96 x 129 cm 27.2 kg, 830 pages. Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo. Photo by Myungrae Park

As Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art in London prepares to celebrate its 10th Anniversary, the gallery has unveiled its final show for 2014. Covering thirty years of artistic practice, the new retrospective of Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake’s work now showing is curated by Parasol Founder/Director Ziba Ardalan, and looks set to cap off an incredible decade of work on an undeniable high note. Continue reading


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