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Quote of Note | Adam Lindemann on Instagram and the Art World

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“The number of people posting images on the silly app is off the charts. Instagram is custom-made for the art world: you get a quick flash of an image with virtually no text or explanation. There’s no need to read. It’s perfect for people with zero attention span, zero education, and zero interest in learning about anything—perfect, in other words, for the art collectors of today. You could go so far as to say that the successful art of this current generation must be Instgrammable to succeed. And if it doesn’t look good on Instagram, it ain’t working in this instant-gratification art world: goldfish have longer attention spans than ‘grammers.”

-Adam Lindemann in the New York Observer

Quote of Note | Alice Rawsthorn

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“There are toxic words in every field and, when it comes to design, two of the most ominous are ‘sculptural’ and ‘artistic’. Not that there is necessarily anything wrong with design projects exhibiting either quality, but those that are described as doing so seldom do. Instead, they are very likely to be any or all of the following: bland, silly, blingy, pretentious, shoddy, derivative, ugly, ridiculous, or unjustifiably expensive. Check out the dodgier booths at a ‘design-art’ fair to see what I mean.”

-Alice Rawsthorn writing on the difference between art and design in the latest issue of Frieze

Quote of Note | Thomas Tait

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All in a Delaunay’s work. Looks from the fall 2014 colllection of Thomas Tait, winner of the inaugural LVMH Young Designer Prize.

“It seems fashion may be having a renaissance, where understanding the fragility of creative people in such a high pressure industry is vital to success. Having met some of the strongest designers in the industry through the prize, it’s inspiring and reassuring to see such an impressive assembly of successful creatives. Phoebe Philo who can direct a french fashion house via London whilst raising a young family, or Raf Simons who manages his own brand successfully whilst restoring the house of Christian Dior. To me these are just a couple of the inspiring people who have managed to find a balance at the big breaking point.”

-Fashion designer Thomas Tait in an editorial published this week in the Financial Times

Quote of Note | Kara Walker

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The Andy Warhol Museum, installation, Skulls. ©AWF (Photo: Paul Rocheleau)

“The Warhol I’ve absorbed, the Warhol who saved me, is the ambivalent cynic. Yes, human beings are worthless and life is slavery, but there is grace to be had in accepting that, loving what makes up our empty capitalist souls, plus a little tiny bit of death.

There are a lot of angles and surfaces, but when it comes to Warhol, depth is a much harder read; it lasts longer.”

-Artist Kara Walker in Thank You Andy Warhol by Catherine Johnson (Glitterati)

Quote of Note | Daniel Libeskind

Daniel_Libeskind“People used to say, ‘Why don’t you design products also,’ and I would say, ‘I am designing buildings, big projects.’ Then one day a company asked me to design a door handle, and I started laughing because it is the smallest object. But I kept thinking about it and suddenly I had a revelation—why not? I mean, it is something that is part of everyday life. So I said, ‘Sure I’ll design the door handle.’ And I did, and I thought that was it. Then months later I was asked to design a door. And I had this other revelation—first I had the door handle, then a door, then you have to open the door. Then suddenly I realized what an incredible thing I had come across, something that I had never thought about. And that’s how I began designing all type of objects. Large or small, all the things that have to do with design are things we have to use everyday. From there grows the whole idea of the environment. I was lucky to come across these opportunities. And like Frank Lloyd Wright said, ‘To design a chair it is as difficult as to design a city.’”

-Architect Daniel Libeskind

Quote of Note | Eduardo Basualdo

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Eduardo Basualdo, La Caída, 2013

“Whereas in the beginning I used to stress the viewer’s process of observation by means of miniature drawings and meticulous models, nowadays I work in human scale in order to maintain a direct relationship with the body. At first, the visitors felt the impossibility of inhabiting represented spaces. Now, through my real-scale installations, people experience the violence of architecture.

The body is what I’m most interested in. I try to highlight the limits of our bodies. I think of architecture as a kind of exoskeleton, which holds and controls us and at the same time establishes unique ways of relating to it. Like looking through a piece of glass but being unable to get the other side of it; confronting the possibility of being crushed by a stone; or finding oneself facing a jail whose walls can easily be walked through.”

-Artist Eduardo Basualdo

Quote of Note | Annie Leibovitz

chaplin“My background as a photographer is as an observer. I’m a terrible director. The performers I have the most rapport with are comedians, who make up a very special group. They’re sort of like manic depressives. I sympathize with them. They are usually also very intelligent. For me, the classic photograph of a comedian is Charlie Chaplin just leaning. That is such an extraordinarily funny picture. It’s as perfect a photograph as you could ever have of a comedian. Chaplin came from silent films. The challenge for a photographer is to create a visually funny picture without it being stupid. It’s difficult to take a funny picture.”

-Annie Leibovitz, whose images—from the black-and-white photograph of Richard Nixon’s helicopter lifting off from the White House lawn after he resigned as president in 1974 to the formal color portrait of Queen Elizabeth II taken in a drawing room of Buckingham Palace in 2007—are collected in a new SUMO-sized, limited-edition book from Taschen

Quote of Note | Elizabeth Diller

White iphone 4s using siri“Whenever I ask Siri for directions or a recommendation, I also ask her a trick question. Her answers are usually wacky. She scolds me for cursing, which I love, but she has no problem with ethics. If I say, ‘Remind me to rob a bank at 3 p.m.,’ she responds, ‘Here’s your reminder for today at 3 p.m.: Rob a bank. Shall I create it?’ She takes orders without imposing judgments, unlike some of my staff.”

-Architect Elizabeth Diller, partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in the Wall Street Journal

Quote of Note | Steven Holl

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“In China, if I say, ‘This has never been done before,’ they get very excited. When we did a hybrid of a cable stay and a rigid concrete frame for the Shenzhen ‘horizontal skyscraper’ [Vanke Center, 2006-09, pictured]—spanning 50 meters between eight cores—they were very excited to do it. This would never happen in America. When I propose something here, they usually say, ‘Have you ever done this before? We’re worried about this. Can you show us some examples?’ The mindset here is conservative, provincial. Look at this tower outside my window. What kind of a mindset builds a tower that’s trying to look like a row house? It’s gross. I think that China is a very interesting place. Japan was the same way until their economic bubble burst, and it never came back.”

-Architect Steven Holl in an interview at his NYC studio with Pierre Alexandre de Looz that appears in PIN-UP

Quote of Note | Harold Koda

Charles James ballgown“[A]t the end of his life, if you went down to the street and said, ‘Charles James lives there,’ nobody would care. But think about Anna Piaggi—she had Antonio [Lopez] do all these drawings of his work immediately after he died. The people who were really savvy never forgot him. It’s just that he was never a household name, even when he was at his peak. He was always known as being at the cutting edge of the design world. I think what will happen with this exhibition is that fashionable people will come in, and they’ll be inspired by the colors and the shapes, but they will [translate] them in a more traditional way so that [the clothes] can be easily manufactured. But I think the people who will come away with even more inspiration will be industrial designers, graphic designers, and architects, because you will see such interesting ways of thinking.”

-Curator-in-charge of the Costume Institute Harold Koda, who organized “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” with Jan Glier Reeder. The exhibition is on view through August 10 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pictured: Clover Leaf Ball Gown designed in 1953 by Charles James

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