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Archives: January 2012

Mark Your Calendar: Art Fakers, Eva Zeisel Tribute, Milton Glaser, Gridlock!, and More

Art and design fans have much to look forward to in the coming weeks. Here are our picks of the latest and greatest not-to-be-missed events in NYC:

  • What’s more fun that art forgery? A talk about the colorful history of art forgery by Milton Esterow. The ARTnews editor and publisher takes to the stage tomorrow evening at 92nd St Y for “Fakes, Frauds, and Fake Fakers” (we adore that title), a sure-to-be-fascinating look at how forgers have created convincing imitations of masterpieces, as well as works that mimic the styles of great artists, duping collectors, dealers, and even the experts themselves. Don’t bother trying to forge a ticket to this talk; buy a real one here.

  • On Monday, January 30, Moleskine hosts an evening of interactive portrait-making at Exit Art. Stop by the reception (6-9 p.m.) to “explore the many ways to capture a portrait using Moleskine objects” with featured artists including Emilie Baltz and Nathan Sensel. Text-portraits, sound-portraits, taste-portraits, photo-portraits, and more are promised. RSVP here to be sure that your name in their little black (guest) book.

  • Cooper-Hewitt director Bill Moggridge kicks off a new year of Bill’s Design Talks with a tribute to Eva Zeisel, who died a few weeks ago at the age of 105. Joining Moggridge on February 9 at The Greene Space will be art critic Jed Perl (The New Republic) and the designing duo of James Klein and David Reid (KleinReid), who collaborated with Zeisel on a series of ceramics and prints. Register here to attend. There will be also be a live webcast.

  • But back to people named “Milton”! On February 16, Milton Glaser comes to Brooklyn’s terrific powerHouse Arena for an exclusive discussion and signing of his new book In Search of the Miraculous (Overlook). A $10 ticket saves you $10 off the price of the book, in which Glaser highlights work, largely created by him over the last five years, to demonstrate how one concept leads to another. Bring on the fascinating juxtapositions.
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  • Brad Goreski Sets the Record Straight on His Relationship with Rachel Zoe

    Fans of The Rachel Zoe Project may have noticed that the star stylist doesn’t take kindly to staff members striking out on their own (and isn’t above launching smear campaigns when they do so). Her former protégé, Brad Goreski, found this out the hard way. He appeared to part with Zoe on good terms toward the end of season three of her reality series, but by season four, she was lobbing criticisms and allegations of client-stealing at her once-beloved style director. In this second segment of our Media Beat interview with Goreski, he opens up about his relationship with Zoe—or lack thereof. “It’s strange that it turned into this whole thing, because to me, it’s a very logical thing to assist somebody and then, after a certain amount of time, choose to leave ad go go off and do your own thing,” says the star of the new Bravo series It’s a Brad Brad World. “I think that’s a really natural progression.” As for the alleged client swiping, Goreski sees this as a non-issue. “Can you really steal people, and especially people who are celebrities?” He asks. “They choose who they want to work with.”

    Part 1: Breakout Styling Star Brad Goreski Takes Us Inside His Brad, Brad World
    Part 3: How Brad Goreski Got an Internship at Vogue

    This Week on the Job Board: ChicagoStyle Weddings, Amour Vert, Jones Lang LaSalle

    This week, ChicagoStyle Weddings is hiring a creative director/designer, while Amour Vert is in need of a graphic designer. Jones Lang LaSalle is looking for a graphic designer, as well, and Rock Creek Strategic Marketing is seeking an interactive art director. Get all the details on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on

    For more job listings, go to the Mediabistro job board, and to post a job, visit our employer page. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

    First Banksy of 2012 Spotted in What Might be the Artist’s Most Prolific Year

    You may have considered either 2010 or 2011 to have been the year(s) that popular street artist Banksy possibly hit his career high, becoming a near-household name with his documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop and then, later, its Oscar nomination. However, with the 2012 Olympics soon arriving in his native England, some are speculating that this could be Banksy’s most prolific year. As such, spotters are on the lookout and they have recently found perhaps the first piece by the artist this year. Though it’s certainly difficult to verify such things, given that the artist is keen to maintain his mysterious recluse mystique, most it seems are considering this to be the first real deal of the year. Here are some details:

    It appears to have all of the hallmarks of a real painting by the artist and would be the first new year offering by Banksy. 2012 the Olympic year is expected to be a big year for the artist as all eyes are now focused on the capital.. The stencil turned up on the corner of an office building on Oval Street in Kentish Town (near Camden Town) and many followers of the street artist have already identified the painting as a Banksy. It possesses all of the his irreverent stencil features including a distinctly political statement.

    Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum Opening Delayed Over Ill-Fitting Glass


    Well if this just isn’t the way of the world, particularly within the building industry, then we don’t know what is. After carefully maneuvering big hurdles like raising enough money, and much smaller ones, like cleaning up some graffiti, the long awaiting opening of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and its new home designed by Zaha Hadid, has been delayed due to a factor few would have likely considered: glass. The Lansing State Journal reports that because Hadid’s building features panels upon panels of glass that make up the structure’s exterior, the builders have found that some of the 1,000 pound pieces aren’t lining up just-so and will need to be sent back to the manufacturer. The original opening was scheduled for just a few months from now, on April 21st. That’s now been pushed back to “sometime in the fall,” which is the new estimate based on how quickly they can get the correct glass. Fortunately, the paper reports that the delay isn’t expected to add to the expense of the already pricey building. To help bridge the gap until its later opening, the museum plans to launch The Virtual Broad Art Museum sometime next month.

    Breakout Styling Star Brad Goreski Takes Us Inside His Brad, Brad World

    Even if you don’t know Thom Browne from Tom Ford, you probably recognize the bespectacled visage and signature coiff of Brad Goreski. The dapper Canadian was the breakout star of Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project, which documented his rise from steamer-wielding errand boy to Oscar-night styling protégé, and now he’s striking out with a celebrity-styling career and addictive reality series of his own. It’s a Brad, Brad World, which airs Monday nights on Bravo, follows Goreski as he starts a styling business and trades quips with his longtime boyfriend, TV writer and producer Gary Janetti (Will & Grace, Family Guy). A note to design fans: glimpses of the couple’s midcentury mod home in the Hollywood Hills, along with the show’s snappy and saturated setting shots, are reason enough to tune in. “We decided we would go on a crazy ride, a wild adventure, and hopefully the audience will come along with us,” Goreski tells us in this first segment of our three-part Media Beat interview. “I’m not exactly sure what a ‘Brad, Brad World’ is yet—it’s just that you never know where you’re going to end up.”

    Part 2: Brad Goreski Sets the Record Straight on His Relationship with Rachel Zoe
    Part 3: How Brad Goreski Got an Internship at Vogue

    LA MOCA Teams with YouTube for Art Video Channel

    Get ready for MOCA TV! The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles has teamed with YouTube to create a new video channel for fresh contemporary art and culture programming. The online programming venture, part of YouTube’s new original programming push, is expected to debut in July with an identity designed by L.A.-based Studio Number One. “Contemporary art is the new international language, unifying leading creators across art, music, fashion, film, and design,” said MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch, who has always struck us as a natural VJ. “MOCA TV will be the ultimate digital extension of the museum, aggregating, curating, and generating the strongest artistic content from around the world for a new global audience of people who are engaged in visually oriented culture.” Slated for the MOCA TV line-up? Global art news briefs, programs focused on the latest collaborative projects (art and music, art and fashion), looks inside artists’ studios, the street art beat (natch), and an interactive education series called MOCA University. The musem has tapped social media company theAudience to help get the word out about MOCA TV as the launch approaches.

    Here Come the Judges: Art Directors Club, IDEA, and Core77 Design Awards

    Design awards season is upon us and with it a flurry of freshly seated juries. Here are three ways ways to get your work appraised (and possibly lauded) by design minds such as Rodrigo Corral, Jan Chipchase, and Alice Twemlow:

  • Our friends at the Art Directors Club have announced the full Design jury for the global ADC 91st Annual Awards, and it’s a doozy. The dashing Arem Duplessis, design director of The New York Times Magazine, will preside over a talented dozen of designers that includes Irma Boom, Alan Dye of Apple, and Wired design director Leo Jung (intimidated yet?). Next Friday, January 27, is the last day to submit your entry for the interactive, design, motion, photography, and illustration categories.

  • Over at the Industrial Designers Society of America, the 2012 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) program is in full swing. A jury of 19 experts from design consultancies, corporations, and universities will have their say about products, ecodesign, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research, and concepts. Leading the charge is chairperson Rhys Newman, head of advanced projects at Nokia. Other jury members include Thomas Overthun (IDEO), Carrie Russell (Procter & Gamble), and Tad Toulis (TEAGUE). The regular application deadline is February 10, but procrastinators can squeeze out another week by paying a late fee.

  • Core77 is back with the second edition of its ambitious Design Awards program. In addition to progressive categories (social impact, speculative), professional and student entry fields, globally distributed juries, in-depth video testimonials, live jury announcements, and (whew!) a swell trophy created by Rich Brilliant Willing, the 2012 awards feature two new categories: food design and writing & commentary. Among this year’s crop of jury captains are frog design’s Michael DiTullo (soft goods), curator Zoë Ryan (furniture and lighting), and Min and Sulki Choi of Sulki and Min (visual communication). The final deadline for entries is April 10.

  • Crayola Partners with ‘Doodle 4 Google’ Contest, Katy Perry to Judge

    Last spring, an out-of-this-world drawing by seven-year-old Matteo Lopez triumphed over 107,000 other entries to win Google’s annual contest to redesign its homepage logo. Now Crayola and the New York Public Library are in on the Doodle 4 Google fun as partners in the contest, which this year challenges K-12 students nationwide to doodle around the theme “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…” (Google headquarters would probably be too on the nose). Pop songstress Katy Perry and author/illustrator Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) are among the guest judges, who will evaluate top entries from all 50 states on criteria including artistic merit, creativity, and representation of the theme. So what’s in store for the winner, besides a one-day spotlight on the Google homepage and a swarm of media attention? Google will give the champion doodler a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school, and a trip to New York, among other goodies. And Crayola’s upping the ante with its promise to put the winning artwork on a limited-edition 64-box of crayons. Pass the Burnt Sienna! Get all the details and start feeding your children (or any children, for that matter) “ideas”, because entries are due by March 23.

    This Week on the Job Board: Life Is Good, TripAdvisor, Mobile Deluxe

    This week, Life Is Good is hiring a creative marketing director, while TripAdvisor is on the hunt for a senior web designer. Mobile Deluxe is looking for an art director, and Tiger Beat & BOP magazines are in need of an in-house designer. Get all the details on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on

    For more job listings, go to the Mediabistro job board, and to post a job, visit our employer page. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.