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Archives: January 2010

AnOther Magazine Breeds Another Book

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iPad, schmiPad. We refuse to give up on tangible reading material built to withstand years of attic storage and high-altitude drops. And so we’re looking forward to the latest cloth-bound, hardcover undertaking of AnOther Magazine, the visually superior fashion, photography, and art biannual edited by Dazed & Confused founder Jefferson Hack. Following last year’s smash hit Another Fashion Book (Edition 7L) comes the equally collectible and masterfully printed Another Portrait Book, for which AnOther’s creative directors David James Associates strip out the original magazine design to highlight astonishing images of famous faces including Lucian Freud, Tilda Swinton, Patti Smith, and Miuccia Prada (in a fake car!). It’s a trilogy in the making, with the third volume—Another Art Book—slated for release in August, at which time the trio will be available in a deluxe box set.

In Brief: Life, Design, and Everything in Between

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Maira Kalman, “The Glass House,” 2004-05. Don’t miss “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World),” the first major museum survey of Kalman’s work, on view through June 6 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.

  • Some people go this way, some people go that way, and some people go both ways (or so a brain-coveting scarecrow once told us), but you’ll want to go this way to watch a video of Debbie Millman, Rodrigo Corral, and former Print editor Emily Gordon discussing Millman’s latest book, Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design (How Books).
  • Ever wonder what would happen if Frank Gehry went to the UPS store? Christoph Niemann has a pretty good idea.
  • In his keynote presentation at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, Getty Images co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein announced that the company has formed strategic alliances with a number of key players in the music industry. The deals intend to help digital music companies integrate visual content into their products and services. Viva album art!
  • In New York? Head to the Museum of Arts and Design tomorrow, when your pay-what-you-wish Thursday night admission goes further with a lecture by Seattle-based architect Jim Olson, founding partner of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects. The MAD, mod fun starts at 6:30.
  • In Los Angeles? The Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair kicks off tomorrow at the Pacific Design Center (PDC) in West Hollywood. Don’t miss the sure-to-be-stellar booth of one of our favorite New York galleries, On Stellar Rays, as well as sharp-eyed locals like Regen Projects, Ooga Booga, and Honor Fraser. Make a day of it on Friday, when interior designer Juan Montoya hits the PDC for an 11 a.m. lecture and book signing. “Lavishly illustrated” doesn’t begin to describe his new tome, recently published by Monacelli.
  • In Dallas? Photographer Gregory Crewdson speaks about his work and the creative process next Wednesday evening at the Dallas Museum of Art.
  • Los Angeles Named as Third City Vying for Eli Broad’s Museum

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    Back in mid-November, we told you that art lover/billionaire Eli Broad had returned to his plans to build a new museum for he and his wife’s massive modern art collection. He had already pitted two cities against one another, vying for the museum to be built on their turf, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, with another to be thrown in the mix soon. Now it’s come out that it’s Los Angeles itself who has chosen to enter the battle. The LA Times reports that the city has pushed the formerly-planned Grand Avenue Project area for Broad’s museum. Once designed by Frank Gehry, the spot was to be a mix of residential and shopping, but eventually got cancelled once the economy went south and the $1.8 billion price tag seemed impossibly high. Broad had even been a champion of the project until recently when he coincidentally “resigned from the committee in November in order to avoid any potential conflicts of interest as the negotiations move forward.” And now that LA has stepped forward, it’s all out war, with plays like Santa Monica offering “a $1 a year, 99-year lease on 2.5 acres of city-owned land next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium” and new Los Angeleno Jeffrey Deitch, who will soon run one of Broad’s most donated-to institutions, has asked that the museum head toward Grand Avenue. So who will win? We should know sometime this spring.

    Laura Bush Joins Board of National Museum of African American History and Culture

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    Although already busy with planning her husband’s presidential library construction, Laura Bush has taken on a new job as the newest board member for the Smithsonian‘s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The former first lady and design enthusiast will take on the role to help raise money for the museum’s new building, awarded to Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup this past April, which is expected to run around $500 million in the end (though the government will be donating a batch of that) and hopefully be completed by 2015. Here’s who Bush will be carpooling with as she goes door-to-door looking for donations:

    Bush will join Brown University President Ruth Simmons and Target Corp. CEO Gregg Steinhafel as new members of the National Museum of African American History and Culture advisory board.

    Others who have been helping to raise private funds to build the museum include Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones and Citigroup chairman Richard Parsons.

    Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower Issued a ‘Stop Work’ Order

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    Although he recently landed the Signature Theater commission just a few days back, 2010 doesn’t seem to be shaping up to be Frank Gehry‘s flawless year. At least in New York. His Beekman Tower, which saw its height cut in half just under a year ago, has now landed back in the news as our pals over at Curbed report that, due to debris falling from its construction site caused by high winds, a stop work order has been issued by the city and construction has come to an abrupt halt, likely not helping the already penny-pinched development. So another new bummer for Gehry. But hey, at least it’s not another leaky building issue, right?

    A Look Back and a Scandal Before Apple Releases Their Fancy New Thing

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    If you’ve been online or even out in the streets lately, you’re sure to know that today’s the day that Apple will announce the release of a product so wonderful, so incredible, so necessary, that it will finally provide you with all your hopes and dreams. At least that’s what all the buzz has felt like. And as we’re certainly not ones to skip briefly capitalizing on the momentum, here’s two quickie related bits. First up, the good people at frog design have posted a batch of images and some backstory on “Bashful,” the prototype tablet they created for Apple back in the early ’80s, way before it was cool. A nice bit of nostalgia and one of the photos makes it even sort of look like the Xoxo Laptop, so frog could potentially claim they inspired that piece of machinery too and probably no one would give them much grief. Not so with the Baltimore Sun‘s Gus G. Sentementes who seemed to be trying to stir up some controversy where there really doesn’t seem to be any by asking if Apple’s invitation to today’s new product announcement is too similar to Wolff Olins‘ new branding for AOL. Besides both featuring a white logo on a colorful background, we’re not really seeing much to get worked up about. If anything, we’d guess it’s more likely that the AOL logo was inspired by all those already-paint splattered iPod ads Apple has been running for years. And so that concludes perhaps our first and final Apple iTabletSlate post. We shall see you again soon in the new, glorious future that is sure to begin in just a few short hours.

    There’s Still Time to Enter the ADC Awards

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    ‘Tis the season for postal carriers, FedEx deliverypersons, UPS men, and pretty much anyone involved with the midtown Manhattan mails to quietly curse the Art Directors Club, as it amasses entries for its 89th annual awards extravaganza. Is this your year to take home a coveted shiny ADC cube? You’ll never know unless you enter, and there’s still time, as the deadline for design entries—including photography and illustration—has been extended to this Friday, January 29.

    Meanwhile, the ADC has assembled a stellar design jury, chaired by Chris Campbell, executive creative director of Interbrand. Here’s who you’re out to impress:

  • Scott Dadich, creative director, Wired magazine
  • Michelle Dougherty, director and art director, Imaginary Forces
  • Vanessa Eckstein, founder and creative director, Blok Design
  • Louis Gagnon, co-founder and creative director, Paprika Design
  • Garrick Hamm, creative partner, Williams Murray Hamm
  • Tim Hetherington, photographer
  • Kate Jain, co-founder and creative director, hatch
  • Robert Murdock, chief creative officer, Method
  • Todd St. John, founder, HunterGatherer
  • Sean Saylor, regional creative director, MTV Latinoamerica
  • Omar Vulpinari, head of Visual Communications, Fabrica
  • Nate Williams (a.k.a. Alexander Blue), illustrator/artist
  • Monopoly Gets Urban with New City Edition

    Monopoly City.jpgDitch that Baltic Avenue slum, forget the B&O, and think big, because Rich Uncle Pennybags takes a page from the gilded playbook of Donald Trump in the new metropolitan version of Monopoly. In this urban twist on the classic boardgame, little green houses for you and me are replaced with more than 80 3-D structures, including industrial blocks, stadiums, skyscrapers, and parks. Players act as property developers to build their dream cities within color districts in the center of the game board. Community Chest is a thing of the past, but Chance still abounds, and a Rent Dodge card is up for grabs. As with real world real estate, sabotage is fair game: build a polluting power plant next to your rival’s prize property and watch its value plummet. This has New York Observer-sponsored game night written all over it.

    Jeanne Gang, the Anti-Zaha

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    Not recently named to the British order, but perhaps well on her way to starchitecture is Jeanne Gang, the architect behind Chicago’s Aqua skyscraper, the world’s tallest building yet designed by a woman. The New Yorker‘s Paul Goldberger, who we’ll always welcome here to Chicago, files this great profile on Gang, who he describes as something of the exact opposite of starchitects in general, including the most famous female of the group, Zaha Hadid. “Hadid,” he writes, “is a brilliant shaper of form, but her buildings are nothing if not arbitrary, and the combination of her fame and her flamboyant designs has insidiously led people to assume that female architects tend to favor shape-making over problem-solving.” The critic goes on to introduce women who are similar to Gang, bucking that misconception, along the way providing a great profile on a rising star in the industry and on the beautiful building itself. Here’s a bit more about Gang from the close of his piece:

    Gang has no interest in establishing a look that marks her buildings as hers. Her instincts are modern, but style alone doesn’t shape her work; materials, technology, and an ongoing attempt to see from the perspective of the people who will use the buildings mean much more to her. “You know, a lot of architects get into fetishized objects,” she said to me. “But when you can design anything you want without actually having to make it, you do wild things that can’t work. And that’s not what I want to do.”

    Sir David Chipperfield Newly Knighted

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    In case you missed it, starchitect, hater of library photography, and proclaimer of the death of show-off architecture, David Chipperfield joined the esteemed ranks of Paul McCartney with his being knighted just a few days back for his work in architecture and design. But before you dismiss the Stirling Prize winner‘s new “Sir” title as just mere decoration, let us tell you what that gets him. Because he was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire back in 2004, his new knighthood now places him above Jonathan Ive and James Dyson, both of whom have been awarded titles from the British Empire, but neither has two. So we believe that you will soon see Ive and Dyson slinking over to Chipperfield’s house at all hours of the day in order to do increasingly menial and degrading chores. However, it isn’t all good fun. The famous game designer Peter Molyneux was named a knight by the French Ministry of Culture back in 2007. And given the long history between the UK and France, we think it’s only a matter of time before the two are forced to fight. That important information now known to you, here’s a bit of info on some of the other high-profile recipients who will join Chipperfield on his quests for justice:

    Others included…George Ferguson, former president of the RIBA, who was given a CBE for services to architecture and the community in the South-west…An OBE was awarded to John Anderson, who has led the renewal project for the St Martin in the Fields church in London’s Trafalgar Square.

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