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Archives: March 2011

Around the Design World in 180 Words: Photo Edition

  • Fair use? No way. A federal court judge has ruled that Richard Prince and Gagosian Gallery infringed on the copyrights of photographer Patrick Cariou in creating, exhibiting, and selling Prince’s “Canal Zone” series of paintings, for which the artist used images from Cariou’s 2000 book, Yes Rasta. A May 6 hearing will determine damages. In the meantime, Gagosian was ordered to notify those who bought the paintings (for about $1 million a pop) that the works cannot lawfully be displayed.

  • Submissions are open for the 2011 New York Photo Awards. Winners will be chosen in a dozen categories, and one big winner will take home a $5,000 cash prize for best overall picture or series. Winners and honorable mentions will be featured in an exhibition at Brooklyn’s powerHouse Arena during this year’s New York Photo Festival. The deadline to enter is April 25.

  • Ready to sell your photos? Click here to request a copy of Photoshelter’s How to Sell Prints, the latest in a series of free e-books created to equip photographers with the tools needed to succeed in today’s marketplace. The 44-page guide outlines basic and intermediate business strategies and considerations through case studies and expert advice.

  • Wanted: Executive Editor for California Home + Design

    If you’re passionate about architecture and have nothing but love for the Golden State, California Home+Design needs you. The magazine is on the hunt for a new executive editor for its San Francisco office.

    In this role, you’ll be the editorial lead for print and online, managing a small group of staff and freelance writers. You’ll be responsible for planning the editorial calendar, editing copy, packaging story ideas and writing features as needed.

    The ideal candidate should have considerable experience leading an editorial team at a lifestyle magazine, and be knowledgeable about the design industry. You should be a skilled writer and editor with an understanding of art direction and photo styling, and be familiar with California’s geography, history, arts and culture. Interested? Apply here.

    For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

    The Always-Closed Marfa Prada May Soon Close for Good

    It’s been six years since the world’s loneliest Prada shop opened up in Marfa, Texas (or should we say “closed” since the doors are always locked?). The project, which was assembled by the German artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, has been the subject of a number of reports of vandalism over the years, including the one that took places just a few days after it “opened,” when someone yanked the doors off and stole all the prop merchandise. While nothing so dramatic as that has happened since, and its windows have been replaced with “panes of three-eighths-inch-thick bullet-resistant polycarbonate,” along with video surveillance, it’s regularly been the target of spray paint, rifle and shotgun blasts, and seemingly all other forms of vandalism. After all these years of having to make costly repairs, the artists aren’t sure if they’ll be able to keep up with the expense on a project that was originally intended to naturally “disintegrate over time,” not at the hands of gun-wielding locals. For the immediate future, assuming they can raise enough money, they’ll keep it going, but it does sound a bit like the Marfa Prada may not be long for this world.

    Eco-Mansions Proposed by U2′s The Edge Demonstrate LEED’s Failings Claim Critics

    We received a number of emails and comments on our post back in January wherein we wrote about Alec Appelbaum‘s Fast Company piece on the growing backlash against LEED certification. While long-perceived as the Earth-saving solution to building, the eco-friendly veneer has been tarnished somewhat over the past couple of years, with some saying the imposed LEED building codes “are producing dud buildings and that taxpayers are footing the bill through subsidies” and that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) behind all of it often muscles its certification demands into developments of all kinds. And now another, new complaint has surfaced, this time involving U2 guitarist, The Edge. As the AP reports, the musician has plans to “build a cluster of mansions overlooking the Pacific Ocean” in Malibu, California. While he’s sought extra-green LEED-certification for each of the houses (“averaging 10,500-square feet each”), critics have complained that this is the sort of invasive development that the USGBC should be trying to stop before anyone even starts thinking about how green the new buildings will be. In its own defense, the Council says it doesn’t have the authority to tell people what private properties they can and can’t build on, as that’s an issue for local government. However, it does have the ability to lean on the system when it believes a project risks jeopardizing the environment, something critics of The Edge’s development don’t think the organization is doing enough of. As of now, the project is at a standstill, awaiting a decision from California Coastal Commission sometime over the next two months. In the mean time, those opposed will continue to fight, the development’s site will likely get more defensive than it already is (surprisingly so, we think), and either a lot of green houses will be built or nature will stay nature. Here’s video of the project:

    Portuguese Architect Eduardo Souto de Moura Wins 2011 Pritzker Prize

    Like we said last week when the shortlist was released for the Mies van der Rohe Award, ’tis the season for big architecture prize announcements. Early this week and we already have a winner named for one of the biggest. Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been named the winner of the 2011 Pritzker Prize. His name might not be immediately recognizable to Americans, compared to former Prtizker winners like Renzo Piano or Rem Koolhaas, as most his work has largely been in his native Portugal (though you may remember back in 2005 when he collaborated with his former boss and now-fellow Portuguese Pritzker-winner, Alvaro Siza, on that year’s temporary Serpentine Gallery Pavilion). To get you up to speed on his work, Architectural Record has posted a quick slideshow of some of his work, as well as the full jurors’ statement about Souto de Moura’s win. Here’s a bit:

    Pritzker Prize jury chairman, The Lord Palumbo, spoke from his home in the United Kingdom, quoting from the jury citation that focuses on the reasons for this year’s choice: “During the past three decades, Eduardo Souto de Moura has produced a body of work that is of our time but also carries echoes of architectural traditions.” And further, “His buildings have a unique ability to convey seemingly conflicting characteristics — power and modesty, bravado and subtlety, bold public authority and a sense of intimacy — at the same time.”

    New York Times Magazine, Fast Company Debut New Design Columns

    Off with a bang: One third of the flashy little numbers featured in “Purse Pistols” by Chee Pearlman in The New York Times Magazine‘s new “Nine of a Kind” column.

    Good news, design fans: two of our favorite publications have launched fresh design columns. Over at The New York Times Magazine, reimagined under the editorial helm of Hugo Lindgren, there is “Nine of a Kind.” The new visual design column will explore cultural trends through nine specimens. Chee Pearlman inaugurated Nine of a Kind in the magazine’s March 20 issue with “Purse Pistols,” a look at the more feminine and handbag-friendly guns appearing on the market as more states allow citizens to carry concealed weapons (the $3,000 Dark Hello Kitty Sig Sauer is one of a kind, as Sanrio was none too happy to see its star feline make a cameo on the handle of a 9mm). Pearlman tells us that the new column will have a variety of contributors. Meanwhile, over at Fast Company, senior editor Linda Tischler is also off with a bang. Her new column, “Big Bang Design,” debuts in the April issue with a look at what creativity might erupt if design were taught in middle school—and the potential payoffs for kids and businesses. The ongoing series will focus on the potential of design to create big impacts.

    Shanghai Art Museum Holds Global Logo Contest

    A rendering of the Himalayas Art Museum’s new home in Shanghai.

    The Himalayas Art Museum is taking crowdsourcing to the extreme. The Shanghai-based institution, which in 2009 changed its name from the Zendai Museum of Modern Art, has launched a global contest to find its new logo—and, uh, plan its future. “…[T]he museum is not simply searching for a logo design, but for your vision for the future of the institution,” notes the call for entries. “What are your hopes and desires? What challenges do you think we will face? These are the questions we must ask as we move forward in new directions. Thus, we hope to have a logo that will adequately transmit this vision of a new institutional format in a global context.” Say what? As best we can discern, the idea is to channel those “hopes and desires” into an “eye-catching, simple, original, and creative” logo that embodies the theme of “Himalayas for the Future” while communicating the museum’s “keywords”: “continuity, innovation, diversity (multicultural), nature, environmentally conscious.” Oh, and be sure to include the museum’s name in both English and Chinese. Up for grabs is €10,000 (about $14,000 at current exchange) and a trip to Shanghai, among other prizes. The deadline for entries is April 30, which gives the Himalayas Art Museum just over a month to call off the contest, take a cue from New York’s Rubin Museum of Art, and hire Milton Glaser to design an identity that will look to the future of the Himalayas and stand the test of time.

    ‘It’s a Wonderful Creative Act’ Says Artist Kane Cunningham About Having His Paintings Stolen by Thieves

    Speaking of art crime as we were in that last post, here’s another one, but concerning one of our favorite topics: art thieves. Granted, we don’t revel in knowing that people are having their art stolen, but who doesn’t like an occasional bit of “true crime” (we devour this anthology every year)? And besides, they’re always so wonderfully different (see from last year: moss man and the captured stuffed bird swindler). Today’s tale, found by way of ArtInfo, comes from artist Kane Cunningham, whose country house was broken into and 15 of his paintings, and 10 others by artist Mik Godley, were stolen. The interesting/strange part is how well Cunningham has taken it, deciding that the theft just adds another story to the house’s legacy:

    The wrath of Godley is unlikely to descend, however, and there’s little prospect of Kane raising Cain. He tells me in an email: “I am in total shock, but to be honest its also rather exciting, it’s a wonderful creative act and simply part of the narrative of the House.”

    …”It’s a beautiful moment in the history of the House and something to paint about. In these difficult financial times I can only guess they intend to sell them. I do not believe they are International art thieves but more likely local entrepreneurs seeking to cash in on my recent world wide publicity.” I don’t think there’s any insurance company involved, sadly. They would treasure a letter like that.

    The BBC reports that the broken-into house is also not long for this world, as it teeters precariously close to a rapidly crumbling cliff and will likely fall into the North Sea in not too long a time. So we suppose it is better if thieves have the art instead of losing the pieces to the ocean.

    Robert De Niro Testifies Against Former Salander-O’Reilly Gallery Director

    This month marked the ongoing fallout of the Lawrence Salander gallery fiasco, wherein the man who was once considered the owner of the greatest art gallery in the world quickly became “the art world’s Bernie Madoff” and is now serving multiple years in prison. Recently, it was the director of the former gallery on trial, Leigh Morse, and one of the people who testified was actor Robert De Niro, brought up to discuss how Morse stole “$77,000 from the sale of two paintings from the estate of Robert De Niro Sr.” among many other things. While the New York Observer reports that her trial has been nothing of the angry circus that was Salander’s, the actor’s appearance on the stand was all the talk both inside and outside the courtroom. Here’s a bit:

    Friday was Mr. De Niro’s show, and he knew it. He held his face in his hands, considered the questions, worked his jaw as he put forth his recollections. Asked by the prosecution to identify Ms. Morse, Mr. De Niro turned his right hand into a gun, thrust it at her and recoiled. Ms. Morse, a blond woman wearing a teal tunic and boots, hardly looked at him, though she was the only one in the room who wasn’t transfixed. His last words on the stand were an attempt to engage the defense lawyer without having been questioned: “I’m going to suggest …” The judge shook his head and signaled for him to stop. Mr. De Niro put up his hands as if to say “Whoops!” and smiled.

    Rose Art Museum to Close for Major Renovations


    Now roughly two years removed from the high-profile controversy that almost saw it shut down for good, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is closing down. However, unlike last time, it isn’t because the school wants to stop paying its operating expenses and wants to sell off all of its art collection to pay bills. Instead, it’s just a temporary closure so the museum can undergo some major renovations as it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary this fall. All of the rehab is being paid for by hotel tycoons and a pair of ARTnews‘ “top 200 art collectors in the world,” Sandra and Gerald S. Fineberg. The Rose is set to close at the end of April, with temporary exhibitions and openings planned during the work. Here’s the full list of what’s to be done:

  • Replacement of the front curtain wall with new, more energy-efficient glass
  • Creation of a vestibule area to better maintain stable interior temperatures
  • Relocation of the current reception desk and entryway wall so that, in Feldman’s words, “when you walk in you will really see the museum open before you.”
  • Installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system
  • Removal of the shallow pond on the lower level of the building
  • New railing around the main staircase
  • Installation of new ceilings, floors and LED lighting systems