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Archives: September 2011

Neville Brody Named New Vice President of D&AD


It’s been a red letter year for the relationship between the D&AD and Neville Brody. Just a few months back, he was handed their annual President’s Award, and now he’s just been named the organization’s upcoming Vice President for 2012. The legendary designer-turned-rabble-rousing-dean of the Royal College of Art, will serve in the position under new President and ad industry vet, Rosie Arnold, the second woman ever to hold the position. It appears to be fairly nice timing to have such a high-profile executive branch, given that next year the D&AD will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Here’s a bit about Brody’s ascendancy and a brief bio:

At the Executive Board meeting, Neville Brody was ratified as D&AD Vice President by unanimous vote. Neville is one of the world’s most renowned designers, and is the Dean of the Royal College of Art. Neville rose to promincence in the 80’s as the Art Director of The Face, before moving to Arena in 1986. He is a designer, typographer, art director, brand strategist and consultant, and his agency Research Studios has clients all over the world.

Sotheby’s Launches Your Art World Web Series

The auction house Sotheby’s would probably like you to just ignore Teamsters Local 814, their fight against the now eight-week long lockout of the union-affiliated art handlers, or the videos posted, like this one where protestors stormed a recent auction as part of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Instead, they’d most likely prefer that you shift your attentions to this week’s launch of Your Art World, a four part series spread out with one per week, documenting all the parts that make up the Sotheby’s whole. Up first, and just launched yesterday, is “The Artist” episode, featuring conversations with the likes of Jeff Koons, Ronald Ventura, Cai Guo-Qiang and Amy Granat. Well shot and interesting (though Koons’ quiet voice is still vaguely creepy for some reason), it’s certainly worth a watch. Whether it makes you decide to ignore all that other business is up to you. Here’s a preview of the first episode:

City Museum Founder Bob Cassilly Killed in Bulldozer Accident

If you’ve ever visit St. Louis and not gone to spend an afternoon at The City Museum, you’ve missed an opportunity to visit one of the strangest, most interesting destinations on the planet. Less a museum than just a strange collection of miscellaneous things, usually made of metal, patched together across multiple-stories, it’s a fascinating and utterly bewildering place to spend time in. Unfortunately some sad news this week about its founder, Bob Cassilly. The artist was killed on Monday in an apparent accident involving a bulldozer on his follow-up to the City Museum, a much larger public art project re-purposing a former cement factory called Cementland. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has more details about the accident and his work on both projects. Here’s a bit about what investigators have released thus far:

Bruce Gerrie, curator of architecture at the City Museum and Cassilly’s friend for more than four decades, arrived at the accident scene after Cassilly’s death. Gerrie said it appeared the bulldozer had slid off a rocky hill and flipped a few times before landing upright.

“He’s lived on the edge,” Gerrie said. “Bob lived a life of excitement and I’m glad that he didn’t have to suffer from anything. He went out as he was.”

Is Bruce McCall’s Latest New Yorker Cover Too Similar to Jeff Greenspan’s ‘The Tourist Lane’?

Has veteran artist Bruce McCall swiped, unintentionally or otherwise, the idea for his latest New Yorker cover? The October 3rd issue of the magazine features McCall’s illustration of Times Square, with a portion of the sidewalk cordoned off for tourists and another two sections dedicated as a “No Tourist” zone. Per usual for the magazine, it’s a clever, fun image. However, it’s also remarkably close to artist Jeff Greenspan‘s 2010 collaboration with Improv Everywhere. Entitled “The Tourist Lane,” Greenspan spray painted sections of New York sidewalks, labeling one side “Tourists” and the other, “New Yorkers.” On one hand, McCall certainly could have come up with the idea himself, explaining on the New Yorker‘s site how he came up with the concept after getting out of a cab in Times Square and being overwhelmed by the out-of-towners. On the other hand, Greenspan’s stunt garnered international press, with copycats painting variations in cities across the world, and the Improv Everywhere video receiving more than a million hits. So we suppose it isn’t inconceivable that McCall could have been aware of it and had it land somewhere in his subconscious. We’ll leave it up to you to decide. Whatever the case: interesting.

This Week on the Job Board: Women’s Health, Perseus Books, Modea

This week, Women’s Health magazine is looking for a new art director to join its team, while Perseus Books is hiring a designer for its Basic Books Group. Modea needs an art director; Outside magazine is searching for an assistant photo editor; and Beauty Blitz Media is seeking a creative director. Get the details on these jobs below, and find more design gigs on

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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Amazon’s iPad, Putin’s Pecs, and Romney’s E. Coli Problem

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we unveil our new tablet device (which many of my roommates are calling an “iPad killer”) and discuss the future presidents of Russia and the U.S., among other things.

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Details Emerge About Denver Airport Redesign Post-Santiago Calatrava Exit

It’s been a few weeks now since starchitect Santiago Calatrava announced that he would be walking away from the Denver airport’s massive South Terminal Redevelopment Program, in which he’d laid out preliminary designs for the estimated $650 million project that is set to include things like “a commuter-rail station, a public plaza that links with the existing terminal, and a 500-room Westin hotel.” When we first learned of the exit, we knew some time would have to pass before the typical pleasantries and reported words of amicable separation made way for things to get a bit more rough and tumble. And how right we were. The Denver Post‘s Eric Gorski has filed this great recap of the situation as it stands now, with questions being raised over what exactly the city received after paying $12.9 million to Calatrava for what’s described as work “still in the conceptual phase”, how the architect spent that money and how it was billed, and the item we think would be the most interesting to watch from the start: the debate over who exactly owns all the plans and ideas the architect had put together. As the Post reported upon news of Calatrava’s exit, the architect’s “initial contract for the project stipulates that the design and intellectual property rights belong solely to Calatrava and his firm.” We’re guessing this is only the start to an issue that should last some time (anyone remember how drawn out the Chicago Spire debacle was?).

As Urbanized Begins Its Long Tour, Reviews Follow

Although it premiered earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival, Gary Hustwit‘s latest documentary, this time about city planning and entitled Urbanized, is just starting to kick off its worldwide tour, meaning it’s apt to become the subject of nearly every design-based conversation for the next few months, like with Helvetica and Objectified were before it. Starting in New York last week with a screening as part of the Urban Design Week, Hustwit is personally taking the film around to cities around the US (and one stop in London), out until early November. If you happen to live near a major metropolis, and can get tickets quickly enough (thus far every screening has sold out), you should be able to catch it. In the interim, you should start seeing a bevy of reviews from both bloggers and traditional media outlets. The LA Times‘ resident architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne, just filed his review, saying that it’s “a sharp, good-looking documentary” and that it “ranks among the smartest recent analyses of mass global urbanization and its discontents,” though he’s a bit miffed that the film doesn’t even include a second about Los Angeles, something the critic finds a glaring omission. Though we wouldn’t be surprised at all if this happens in any number of cities, given that there are only a finite amount Hustwit could cover (“What about Cleveland?!” we’re imagining the Plain Dealer‘s critic is, albeit perhaps wrongly in comparison to LA, already thinking). Here’s the trailer:

The Architecture Critic Has Left, Long Live the Architecture Critic: Michael Kimmelman Files His First Review and Introduction in His New NY Times Role

For those, of which there were many, who either regularly disagreed with, or outright despised, one of the country’s most high profile architecture critics, the NY TimesNicolai Ouroussoff, their red letter day finally came at the end of June, when he left the paper to pursue writing books. Now it’s come time to judge the new guy: Michael Kimmelman. As we told you back in early July, upon his hiring, Kimmelman was an internal transfer at the paper, moving both from its “Abroad” section (he’d also previously worked reviewing music and was the Times‘ lead art critic for a stint) and from Berlin, where he’d been living since 2007, to take on the new post. Yesterday marked both his first review for the paper in the new position (a look at a new housing project being built in the South Bronx), as well as penning a short introduction for himself for the Arts Beat blog. Here’s a bit from that:

…I’m interested in urbanism, city planning, housing and social affairs, the environment and health, politics and culture — in all the ways we live, in other words, and not just in how buildings look or who designs them, although those things are inseparable from the rest. The influence on architecture of social scientists and medical experts now investigating how actually to quantify the success and failure of buildings, to establish criteria of proof, an increasingly important word, in terms of, say, the claims of green and healthy sites, seems no less urgent than Zaha Hadid’s or Norman Foster’s latest undertaking. Who uses works of architecture, and how, and who benefits from them and who doesn’t, also matters, obviously, and from Colombia to Coney Island, Dubai to Detroit, ways of rethinking these issues have already begun to reshape thinking in architecture schools and offices and beyond.

It’s early days, for sure, but we’re certain there’s already lots of speculation on how he’ll differ from his predecessor. Tangentially related, the NY Observer made note that Kimmelman’s first review made the front of the Times‘ homepage, something very rare for architecture criticism, and something they wonder might be a sign of either lending more importance to the subject or was just a on-off passing mention because they have someone new steering the ship.

‘Artists for Haiti’ Auction Raises $13.7 Million

Ben Stiller and David Zwirner’s Artists for Haiti mega-auction was all that and a Nate Lowman flag cake (a late entrant to the sale, the 2011 canvas “Birthday Cake Painting #2” sold for $140,000, a new auction record for the artist). Christie’s waived all fees and commissions for the charity sale, which raised $13.7 million that will go directly to selected charities in Haiti. “We far exceeded the $7.5-$10.5 million pre-sale estimates, which is no small feat in these uncertain times,” wrote Zwirner in an e-mail following the Thursday evening sale of 27 works, many of which were created for Artists for Haiti. “With thousands of schools still waiting to be built, we are confident that the great results of the auction will truly make a difference.”

Frenzied bidding also resulted in new auction records for artists Adel Abdessemed ($350,000), Raymond Pettibon ($820,000), and Glenn Ligon, whose 2011 painting-cum-text “Stranger #44” was snapped up by Jennifer Aniston for $450,000, more than twice its high estimate. Stiller himself scooped up three lots: the aforementioned Lowman, Martin Kippenberger’s “Kippenblinky” (1991), and Jeff Koons’ 2001-2011 “Bikini (Desert),” a disembodied, stainless steel swimsuit bottom silkscreened with dueling landscapes. Fetching the top price of the evening—$2 million—was “My moeder voor sy my moeder was (My mother before she became my mother),” a 2010 painting (pictured) by Marlene Dumas. In the auction catalogue, the South African-born, Amsterdam-based artist recalls her recent conversation about mothers with a girl of Haitian descent. Obeying her own late mother’s wish not to paint her at an advanced age, Dumas based the portrait on an old photo. “It is an homage to a good spirit,” she notes. “A spirit that makes you smile.”

(Photo courtesy David Zwirner)