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In Brief: Taschen Magic, Take One/Leave One at MAD, Paul Schimmel’s Next Move


Presto. An image from The Big Book of Magic, new this month from Taschen.

• Our new favorite way to make $70 disappear is The Big Book of Magic. Newly conjured by Taschen, the century-spanning tome features hundreds of rarely seen vintage posters, photographs, handbills, and engravings as well as paintings by the likes of Hieronymus “Abracadabra” Bosch and Caravaggio.

• Take an object, leave an object. Such is the invitation of “Museum as Plinth,” an interactive exhibit that opens today in the lobby of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Consider the role of museums, curators, and the general public in validating what is and what is not design as you ponder your new souvenir–stamped “From the Collection of the MAD Museum.”

• It’s official: Paul Schimmel, formerly the chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is hooking up with Hauser & Wirth. He’s joined the gallery as a partner and will run a new L.A. arts space called Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. Expected to open in 2015, the new venue is “envisioned as a museum-like destination for experiencing art in context,” according to a statement issued yesterday by the gallery.

Saul Griffith‘s wind-turbine kite company, Makani Power, is being acquired by Google for its Google X research lab. “The timing couldn’t be better,” according to the startup, “as we completed the first ever autonomous all-modes flight with our Wing 7 prototype last week.”

• More good news for eco-friendly startups: on Wednesday Tesla was nine years early in paying off a $465 million loan that the Energy Department made in 2010.

• Summertime, and the public art is easy (to find). Don’t miss Kenny Scharf‘s “Red Scary Guy,” now showing on the plaza at The Standard High Line.

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