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Archives: December 2013

Watch: Sebastian Junger and Ron Haviv Talk ‘Testimony’

What is like to be on the front lines, armed with only a camera and surging adrenaline? Ron Haviv has 23 years worth of answers. The photojournalist’s work across 18 countries unfurls in “Testimony,” an exhibition on view through January 31 at New York’s Anastasia Photo gallery. “I believe and have dedicated my life to witnessing history in an attempt to create a body of evidence that holds people accountable,” Haviv has said. In this video, the first in a new series produced by the gallery, Haviv is joined by Sebastian Junger for a discussion about war, stories, pictures, emotions, and what happens when those things collide.

Happy Holidays from UnBeige

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A Christmas card created by Dan Flavin and sent to artist Andrew Bucci in 1962. (Photo: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

The word from the FAA is that Santa’s sleigh has cleared American airspace, and so as design lovers of all ages get to the business of unwrapping their bottles of Helvetica perfume, radiant orchid plants and foodstuffs, pewter wishbones, cut-paper Shakespeare classics, and 2014 typography calendars, we at UnBeige HQ wish you the brightest of holidays.

Fred Armisen Is MOCAtv’s Ambiance Man

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Fred Armisen dressed like Beau Brummel and helping people to overcome awkward situations. Don’t be confused by the period dress or 1990s-Canadian-sitcom-level production values, this modern-day superhero is Ambiance Man, a new series created by artist Alix Lambert for MOCAtv, the YouTube channel of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ambiance Man is a series about a superhero who fixes what we really need fixed in our day-to-day lives,” says Lambert, who previously teamed with MOCAtv—and Sam Chou of Toronto’s Style5—for CRIME: The Animated Series. “While most superheroes are focused on preventing the end of the world, Ambiance Man is focused on transforming the moments that feel like the end of the world.” The 13-episode series also features Jack Black, Jibz Cameron, Peter Macon, and Atsuko Okatsuka.


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Design Jobs: Hearst, Cultural Vistas, Spark

This week, Hearst Magazines is hiring a creative director for Cosmopolitan for Latinas, as well as a design director for Country Living. Meanwhile, Cultural Vistas is seeking a designer, and Spark is on the hunt for an art director for motion graphics. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Paul Chan, Charline von Heyl Among Artists Shortlisted for 2014 Hugo Boss Prize

hugobossprize.jpgFive artists have received a swell Christmas present [cut to photo of Richard Armstrong in a Santa suit]: a spot on the shortlist for the Hugo Boss Prize. Administered by the Guggenheim Foundation, the $100,000 prize is awarded every other year to an artist who has made an important contribution to contemporary art. Past winners include Danh Vo, Emily Jacir, Matthew Barney, and Pierre Huyghe. The finalists for the prize’s tenth incarnation are Paul Chan, Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot, Hassan Khan, and Charline von Heyl. The winner will be selected by a jury chaired by Guggenheim curator Nancy Spector and announced next fall. In addition to a cool tetrahedral trophy (pictured) that resembles the coveted Triforce from The Legend of Zelda, the winning artist also gets a show at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2015.

Our hunch? The momentum, if not the medium (painting—this prize tends to favor conceptual types), is on the side of von Heyl, who recently pulled off a powerful triple play of shows at New York’s Petzel gallery, Tate Liverpool, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. She also happens to be the wife of Christopher Wool, whose retrospective fills the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum through January 22.

Farewell, William Drenttel (1953-2013)

If you awoke yesterday with the sense that the world had, overnight, become a little less creative and thoughtful, there’s a simple but terribly sad explanation: Bill Drenttel died on Saturday. He was 60 years old. The incisive, charismatic design mind is being mourned and remembered throughout the design world, and we call your attention to this video portrait of Drenttel and his wife and partner, Jessica Helfand, created earlier this year by Dress Code to commemorate the couple’s matched pair of 2013 AIGA Medals.

Wanted: Designer to Go Country

country_livingIf you, like one Oliver Wendell Douglas, have long suspected that farm livin’ is the life for you (The chores! Fresh air!) but are more interested in how the countryside translates into, say, festive do-it-yourself wreaths and citrusy mulled wine than livestock and tractors, take a gander at this good ol’ fashioned job opportunity. Hearst’s Country Living is on the hunt for a design director to join its Birmingham, Alabama-based team. Applicants are advised to have at least seven years of experience—and a passion for “upcycled” crafts wouldn’t hurt you none.

Learn more about and apply for this Design Director, Country Living job or view all the current mediabistro.com design/art/photo jobs.

Quote of Note | James Dyson

“You learn from [negative feedback]. Often it starts a line of development: Well, yes, that person said they want a light vacuum, which is impossible, because motors are very heavy. So you say, ‘We might develop light electric motors—no one’s ever done it before; we must do it.’ About eighteen years ago, we set off on that journey. It took us fifteen years before we launched a revolutionary small, light motor. Negative feedback is really interesting. I enjoy it in a masochistic way.”

-James Dyson, in Bloomberg Businessweek

Illustration of James Dyson and his trusty Air Multiplier by Adrian Tomine for The New Yorker.

LUSH Teams with Vivienne Westwood for Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap

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knot wrap vivBefore you run to the store for another roll of glitter-flecked snowflake paper, check out the sustainable solution cooked up by LUSH. The Canadian handmade cosmetics juggernaut teamed with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood to create the Knot-Wrap, a square of organic cotton that can be re-used as a scarf or drawstring bag after the presents are long gone. Profits from the knot-wraps, available online and LUSH stores while quantities last, go toward Westwood’s Climate Revolution initiative.

Quote of Note | Ralph McGinnis

paeoi“I’ve been blogging since 1999 so I’m neither [a print publication nor a website]. But there is a difference. Magazines are about editing and choice, while the Internet is about immediacy. The art of making a magazine is editing. You have to make a choice, stick with it, then it’s out in the world and it’s done. That’s why I don’t believe print is dead. It’s not just old people, it’s young people too. A 20-year-old photographer doesn’t care if their photograph is posted online. But if that photo gets in a magazine, they love it. They understand it’s a big deal.”

-Ralph McGinnis, co-founder of tasty zine Put A Egg On It, in an interview with author Jeremy Leslie in The Modern Magazine: Visual Journalism in the Digital Era (Laurence King)

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