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Archives: October 2012

Quote of Note | Murray Moss


Better Together. Fernando and Humberto Campana’s “Panda Banquete” and Henri Michaux’s “Composition” (1959) were among the artfully juxtaposed offerings in “Moss, the Auction.”

“My obsession with objects and my (Sergei) Eisensteinian affinity for montage (the juxtaposition of two or more disparate works which thereby create a tertium quid, or third thing, that makes the whole greater than its parts), surfaced when I was eight years old, having decided to take matters into my own hands and redecorate my bedroom. It was a nice square room in an almost-North-Side-Chicago manse, circa 1900. I decided on an ‘Oriental’ motif, due to the fact that the only ‘showroom’ I had ever visited was the Golden Pheasant, the Chinese restaurant where we ate every Sunday. The restaurant had a kind of gift shop filled with accessories. From this one resource I made my first design selections: a pair of porcelain courtiers, a clutch of bobble-head pencils, various calendars with scenes from the Mainland, a brass Pheasant (Golden, of course), and a variety of other forgotten items easily accomodated by my budget, meager as it was. An intractable problem presented itself: the wallpaper in my bedroom was a large ‘Art’ mural made of an American farm scene. Sufficed to say, I was not given the option to change it. As the saying goes, I made it work. I found the links between ‘Barn’ and ‘Pheasant,’ between the pencils and the bobbing necks of barnyard turkeys, and I remember the great pleasure doing so.”

-Murray Moss, in the catalogue for the “MOSS: Dialogues Between Art & Design” auction that brought in $5.6 million on Tuesday at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York

In Final Presidential Debate, Design Set to Share the Spotlight

Even before CNN decided to display the biorhythms of undecided voters at the bottom of the split screen, we found presidential debates unsatisfying. Sure, they occasionally result in Camelot, novel collective nouns (“binders of women”), and the further glorification of beloved muppets, but too often, the “debate” devolves into two people alternating between shouting bullet points at each other and grinning through gritted teeth. Hang on, design fans, don’t abandon the democratic process just yet. The final presidential debate, to be held Monday night in Boca Raton, Florida, will offer a couple of touches that are right of your creative alley.

Our friends at Mohawk, they of the fine papers, announced today that they’re behind the printed materials for the big event. The Cohoes, New York-based company provided the papers for everything from press releases and programs to car decals and commemorative posters at the request of Océ, a debate sponsor. And then there’s the venue itself: Lynn University’s Keith C. & Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, designed by Newman Architects. “The space is designed with flexibility in mind,” says Herbert Newman, whose New Haven, Connecticut-based firm was tasked with providing a facility that would serve both the University as a teaching environment as well as the community as an income-generating venue. “The design conveys a shared sense of participation of audience and performer.“

Design Jobs: Bath & Body Works, Pocket Gems, School of Visual Arts

This week, Bath and Body Works is hiring an art director, while Pocket Gems needs a visual designer. The School of Visual Arts is seeking a multimedia developer, and Kalmbach Publishing is on the hunt for a design director for Discover magazine. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Documenta Curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Larry Gagosian, Ai Weiwei Top ArtReview ‘Power 100’

Just as you’re putting the finishing touches on your Larry Gagosian Halloween costume comes word that the uberdealer has climbed a few notches on the just-released ArtReview “Power 100,” edging out last year’s list leader, artist Ai Weiwei, to claim the #2 slot. Leading this year’s ranking of art world stars is–would you believe?–a curator! Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev made quite an impression with her shape-shifting Documenta 13, “spanning, as it did, the cities of Kabul, Banff, and Alexandria/Cairo after sprawling over Kassel [Germany] more than ever before, and encompassing screenings, performances, talks, essays, books, and disciplines that extend far beyond the field of art,” note the editors, who have published the annotated Power 100 in the November issue of ArtReview.

So how did they go about determining that artist Theaster Gates (#56) is more powerful than both Jeff Koons (#58) and Miuccia Prada (#93), and that Cindy Sherman trumps all of them at lucky #13? Entrants are ranked according to “a combination of influence over the production of art internationally, sheer financial clout (although in these times that’s no longer such a big factor) and activity in the previous 12 months,” according to ArtReview. See if you agree with their math by perusing the full list below, and then click over to the magazine’s website, which includes all ten previous Power 100s and a portfolio of portraits commissioned for each issue, among them work by photographers Juergen Teller, Ari Marcopoulos, and Roe Ethridge.

1. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
2. Larry Gagosian
3. Ai Weiwei
4. Iwan Wirth
5. David Zwirner
6. Gerhard Richter
7. Beatrix Ruf
8. Nicholas Serota
9. Glenn D. Lowry
10. Hans Ulrich Obrist & Julia Peyton-Jones Read more

Everybody Wang Shu Tonight: Architect Among WSJ.‘s ‘Innovators of the Year’

Wang Shu is rounding out his Pritzker Prize-winning year with an honor from WSJ. Magazine. Museum of Modern Art curator Paola Antontelli will present the architect with the Joris Laarman-designed WSJ. “Innovator of the Year” award at a dinner tonight at MoMA. The other “creative, disruptive, and influential individuals” to be lauded are Patrick Kinmonth (design), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row (fashion), Theaster Gates (art), Eric Eisner (education), and Jack Dorsey (technology). Read all about them in the November issue of WSJ., which hits newsstands on Saturday, October 27, as part of the Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition.

Joe Zee on Passion, Perseverance, and Polly Mellen

Elle creative director and sartorial Superman Joe Zee learned from the best. His first job was assisting none other than Polly Mellen. According to Zee, the legendary stylist and editor (a Diana Vreeland-groomed veteran of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Allure) brought more to the fashion world than her legendary eye. She was tireless in her enthusiasm for new talent and a font of down-to-earth advice–”open your eyes, have a little humility, and let go of ego,” Mellen told Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière in a 2010 interview. “You have to always be going out to the end of the diving board and diving off.” In this third and final segment of our interview with Zee, he reflects on working under Mellen, discusses how he balances editorial and ad campaign work, and offers some of advice of his own for those looking to dive into the fashion fray.

Watch Part 1: Joe Zee puts it All on the Line
Watch Part 2: Joe Zee on the creative (director) life

Quote of Note | Billie Tsien

“An important value for us is drawing together all of the various elements of architecture–materials, space, form, light, color–and producing a unified whole. We’re not at all interested in producing a collage. People’s lives are the collage and you don’t need a collage on top of a collage. You need to provide some sense of wholeness so the kaleidoscope can occur within it.”

-Billie Tsien in Laura DushkesThe Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom, out this month from Princeton Architectural Press

Wanted: Illustrator Class Instructor for Mediabistro

Attention, job seekers! Mediabistro is looking for an energetic instructor for a new Illustrator class, beginning in January.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of success in art direction or design for a major brand or agency, as well as at least three years of experience working with in-house creatives to develop ad campaigns from start to finish. Read more

Murray Moss: ‘Good Taste Doesn’t Exist’

Whatever you do, don’t tell Murray Moss he has good taste. “I know that’s meant to be complimentary, but good taste doesn’t exist,” he explains in a new series of video interviews created by Phillips de Pury & Company on the occasion of the Moss-curated art and design auction held today in New York. “It’s not what I would want if it were able to exist.” Keep reading—or at least clicking—below for the full series of enlightening shorts, in which Moss expounds on the devaluation of décor (“Let’s rename it in a more palatable way, and let’s call it collage.”), how to live with art and design, and the sensual delights of sipping Coca-Cola through the most delicate of Lobmeyr glasses.


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ELLE, Yes: Joe Zee on Life as a Creative Director

At a time when “creative director” can mean everything from head designer to heavily remunerated brand ambassador, Joe Zee is the real deal. In this second installment of our three-part interview, he peers out from his perch near the tippy-top of the Elle masthead to describe his typical day (or lack thereof). “I work with all the visuals from cover to cover, so when you read the magazine, whether it’s the model, the celebrity, the styling, the fashion, the photography, all those things come into my play,” Zee explains. “It’s really sort of helping to define a visual signature for the magazine.”

Watch Part 1: Joe Zee puts it All on the Line

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