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Archives: November 2011

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Desert Publications, Everlane, Hearst Magazines

This week, Desert Publications is looking for a new creative director, while Everlane is on the hunt for a fashion graphic designer. Hearst Magazines Digital Media is hiring a digital photo editor, and Baruch College is seeking a talented graphic design assistant. Get the details on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on mediabistro.com.

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Download a Damien Hirst: New Site Offers Limited-Edition Digital Art

Can’t make it to Art Basel Miami Beach this year? Be a virtual art collector with s[edition], a just-launched web venture that has convinced contemporary art stars such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Shepard Fairey, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, and Bill Viola to take part in a new breed of online gallery. The limited edition works up for sale aren’t tangible—they’re digital images and videos that can be purchased for display on mobile phones, tablets, and computers, or simply hoarded in one’s virtual art “vault.” The London-based company is the brainchild of Harry Blain , founder of Haunch of Venison and Blain|Southern galleries, and Robert Norton, the former CEO of Saatchi Online. Prices range from $8 to download a Wim Wenders photograph of the side of a Safeway supermarket to $800 for one of 2,000 digital editions of Hirst’s “For Heaven Sake,” (above), a diamond-encrusted, platinum baby’s skull that slowly rotates in an HD video. The price includes a digital-watermarked edition and a certificate of authenticity. “We believe that s[edition] allows new global audiences access to works by the world’s leading artists,” said Blain in a statement announcing the site’s launch. “The digital format is one that many artists are already working in, and many more in the future will encompass as a part of their practice.”

With Trustee’s Turn Against BP Sponsorship, Another Round of Protests Awaiting the Tate?

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Last summer you might recall that, following the wake of the Gulf oil spill, a number of British museums became the target of protesters who chided those organizations for taking donations from British Petroleum. The National Portrait Gallery got hit, as did the British Museum. The Tate Britain perhaps received the largest brunt of the movement, with activists spilling oil both inside and outside of the museum. So apparently worrying were the protesters’ actions that Tony Blair even canceled a planned book party at the Tate Modern so as to not run into any trouble. But that was last year and now everyone has moved on to joining Occupy movements, right? Not so fast. The Independent reports that this week a Tate trustee, Patrick Brill, has broken ranks and come out against the museum’s association with BP, saying that what the activists are doing is a “thoroughly good thing” and that “BP is a disgrace.” Here’s a bit more:

“The relationship of BP and Tate is nuanced and complex and full of contradictions,” said Mr Brill. “I am critical of BP and yet I sit on the Tate board. I’m on that board because I believe in the power of art. Art is important; yet art is under threat. That is why I sit on that board. I will not leave the board because of protests about BP, but these protests are important.”

For their part, the Tate has responded saying it continues to value its relationship with BP, which it has had as a donor for more than twenty years. Should Brill’s comments spark another year of internal oil spills and protestors camped out front, we’ll just have to see if the Tate continues to sing that tune.

Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton Wins ‘Designer of the Year’ at British Fashion Awards

Just before the holiday weekend, we told you that Paul Smith was set to be given the outstanding achievement prize by the British Fashion Council at this year’s British Fashion Awards, which was held this past Monday in London. Smith, of course, wasn’t the only happy recipient that evening. Sarah Burton, who took control of the Alexander McQueen line last year after the eponymous designer passed away, took home the Designer of the Year award. Explaining their decision for the win, the Council writes that Burton “has allowed McQueen’s legacy to live on while still giving her own twist of creative genius to a collection that has outshone its rivals on and off the catwalk.” Stella McCartney took home the Red Carpet prize, which recognized “the quantity and quality of her designs worn on the red carpet” and Victoria Beckham was awarded the somewhat similar prize for Designer Brand, awarded to a fashion company that has “focused growth strategy with each new product range receiving media praise and achieving high levels of sell through.” A full list of all the night’s winners can be found here, and here’s video of Burton’s win:

Crackdown on Ai Weiwei Continues with Arrest and Interrogation of His Wife

With the temporary detainment last week of his assistant on distribution of pornography charges, it appeared that the Chinese government’s latest crackdown on Ai Weiwei for a full summer of the artist violating the media ban they’d placed on him in his numerous appearances where he seemed more than happy to speak ill of his native country. Now it appears the authorities have hit closer to home, with the arrest of his wife and business partner, Lu Qing. Reuters reports that she was detained for three hours and was treated as a “criminal suspect.” The crime in question appears to be related to the tax evasion charges placed upon Weiwei and his company, Beijing Fake Cultural Development. However, the authorities, who apparently burst into her home unannounced yesterday, weren’t so forthright about what exactly was being investigated. Here’s a bit:

The police told Lu that she could not leave Beijing “in the near term” but refused to tell her for how long. Lu said they also told her that they could take her back anytime for questioning.

Lu said the police asked her about the programs run by Fake and personal information such as her money transactions and bank accounts such as one in New York. But they did not mention the tax evasion case, she added.

Philip Johnson’s Glass House Launches Online Shop for Glass House-Themed Gifts

Just because we’ve now passed Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and whatever nonsense names Saturday and Sunday have been given, doesn’t mean that your window to shop has been closed forever. Sure Best Buy and Wal-Mart will still happily take your hard earned scratch, but why not purchase from somewhere a bit more worthwhile. This year, the foundation behind Philip Johnson‘s Glass House will be opening not only a pop-up shop in its native Connecticut on a handful of dates, but has also embraced the internet, now offering a whole slew of great, often Glass House-specific gifts. For the budget shopper, there are things like bookmarks and this great puzzle version of the house’s appearance on a New Yorker cover from 1967. And for those of you shopping for, say, design bloggers whose value you perceive to be unparalleled and should be rewarded as such, there’s items like this signed Julius Shulman photo of the house, or Paula Scher‘s print, Modernism USA, which blends the Glass House with the Farnsworth House (just let us know if you need our addresses). Best thing about shopping there is that proceeds support general operations, educational programs and preservation of the entire property. Here are the details:

To kick off the New Canaan Holiday Stroll weekend, The Glass House Visitor Center + Design Store, located at 199 Elm Street, will open its doors on Thursday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional shopping hours will also be held on the following days: December 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. The Glass House Design Store offers a well-edited selection of products for men, women, children and the home, featuring items that are inspired by the Glass House site and highlight the latest in eco-friendly materials, production techniques, and design concepts from around the world. Holiday shoppers can book advance tour tickets on select dates in 2012 before they are officially released to the public next February – available dates include May 4 – 6; July 4 – 6; and September 1 – 3. Ticket purchases must be made in-person.

Despite Years of Entries, Banksy Once Again Snubbed for Turnip Prize for Bad Art

Despite being one of the most well known artists in the world and selling out at auctions and exhibition and even movie theaters, sometimes the one reward that’s most wanted is the one you can’t seem to ever get. Such is the case with internationally renowned street artist Banksy. Reportedly for the fifth year in a row (we can verify at least back to 2007), the artist has submitted a piece to the Turnip Prize judges, only to see his name left off the shortlist. The prize, for those unfamiliar, is the 12 year old annual art competition in answer to the slightly more high brow Turner Prize. Its listed information on how positive marks are awarded for entries include “lack of effort” and “alliteration or pun used in title,” and with flat out disqualifications handed out for “too much effort” and “it is not sh*t enough.” This year it’s presumed that Banksy entered a frame painting of a stick figure with a though bubble wondering “Is crap art ‘art’ or is it crap?” Unfortunately for the artist, the shortlist has been released and he looks to have been bested by the likes of “a piece of cheese cut into the shape of the letter E” and “a coloured rock called Half a Stone Lighter.” However, perhaps it wasn’t even his attempt at bad art that wound up getting him kicked out in the first place, but rather for one other disqualification listed on their site for pieces that are submitted using a pseudonym.

‘Rapture Series’ of Dance Atop Frank Gehry’s Buildings Moving Forward, Launch Planned for 2013

Even if you don’t know dance all that well, it’s likely that you know the work of Noemie Lafrance, at the very least from her choreography for Fiest‘s “1, 2, 3, 4″ music video. You might also remember hearing about her project, the “Rapture Series,” when it debuted atop the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in New York in the fall of 2008. First being commissioned to dance atop that Frank Gehry building (using sets of rigs for dancers, allowing them to hang off the side of the sloping building), Lafrance planned to expand the series by choreographing dances across 10 of Gehry’s buildings around the world. Though we haven’t heard much about the project since then, in this recent video interview with the BBC, she’s released a few more details, offering a peek at what’s to come. First, she says that the completed project is set to launch sometime in 2013. Second, that launch seems as though it will be connected to a performance atop Gehry’s IAC Building in New York, where “a large amount of dancers, inside and outside of the building, and also use video mapping projections.” It’s not a ton more information, but it’s nice to hear the project is still alive and well and we’re eager to see what comes of it just over a year from now. Here are some clips from that debut performance from 2008:

Wright Stuff: Laurent House Will Go on the Block


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What do you get the design lover who has everything? The answer can inevitably be found in the sublimely photographed catalogue for Wright’s bi-annual Important Design sale, and this season the Chicago auction house has outdone itself with works that include jaw-dropping Gio Ponti pieces designed for Villa Arreaza in Caracas (Santa, we’ll take the dining table!), the largest of Bertoia’s hollow-copper gongs, and a Rembrandt Bugatti cast-bronze condor that would make an ideal Christmas surprise for the Mulleavy sisters. And grab one of those giant Lexus-style red bows for the top lot: the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kenneth Laurent House and furnishings. The Rockford, Illinois property has been consigned by its original owner, a disabled veteran who recognized Wright’s open-plan designs as a beautiful and functional fit for his wheelchair. Laurent and his wife became chummy with the architect and later commissioned interior furnishings for the home, which Wright referred to as his “little gem.” The place goes on the auction block at Wright on December 15 and is estimated to fetch between $500,000 and $700,000.

Tintin in the Land of the Splendid Automobiles


In The Seven Crystal Balls, Tintin’s ride was a golden Lincoln Zephyr.

We’re slightly nervous about the Spielberg-directed The Adventures of Tintin, an animated 3-D extravaganza that brings Hergé‘s spunky gumshoe reporter to life (the title character is played by Jamie Bell, despite our entreaties that the role be given to Burberry’s Christopher Bailey). On the bright side, the film’s imminent American debut has occasioned some swell Tintin coverage. In the Wall Street Journal, Meghan Cox Gurdon did a fine job of elucidating the enduring appeal of the brave yet fallible young Belgian, whose dramatic adventures remain at human scale. “And he is always gorgeously drawn in the distinctive clean lines of his creator, Georges Remi (whose initials reversed and pronounced in French produced the nom de plume Hergé),” she writes. “Hergé’s style is so perfectly suited to the two-dimensional medium of comics that any digital version was bound to produce howls of outrage.” Meanwhile, Fred Bierman of The New York Times calls attention to Tintin’s excellent and wide-ranging taste in cars, from a 1921 Ford Model T to a 1971 Land Rover 109. And how’s this for a kicker?

The automobile is even responsible for Tintin’s most identifiable trait: the upturned tuft of his orange hair. In the first book, Tintin’s hair was combed flat, but it was a fast ride in an open-top 1925 Mercedes that gave rise to his now-famous hairstyle. It has stayed that way ever since.

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