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Skyscraper Soars Over Brooklyn

Beth Morrison is  producing Croatian-born artist, Danijel Zezelj‘s large multi-media concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from November 9-12.  Brooklyn Babylon has music by grammy-nominated composer, Darcy James Argue and his big band, Secret Society. The visual and narrative world/scene-stopper is created by Danijel who is up on scaffolding painting a 40-foot...

Relational Aesthetics with a Waiver

Tomorrow, “Carsten Höller: Experience,” the New Museum’s mid-career survey of the 50-year-old German artist, opens to the public. Among the highlights: an ambling mirrored carousel with swings; an ethereal sensory-deprivation pool; and a three-story steel slide that worms its way through the galleries. It was the latter that had, a few minutes into this...

AIGA National Conference's Top Four Moments of "Self-indulgence"

A graphic artist can gain fame while defying client expectations. German Expressionism can still inspire fine artists. Smart-ass sarcasm can baffle design judges. Oh, and Michele Bachmann and Dick Cheney are “DoucheBoobs.” “Pivot,” last week’s AIGA National Conference in Phoenix, covered many other topics. Environmental sustainability and social responsibility were the most recurrent refrains....

Collaging Together an Exhibit

Charles Wilkin is the curator of an exhibition about new trends in collage, All That Remains presented by Ugly Art Room at Picture Farm in Brooklyn. Picking from a large number of collage artists, the show opens Oct 21st, with a reception from 7-9pm at Picture Farm  (338 Wythe Ave.) Here are some of...

Design Celebrating the First 2000 Years of Computing

As the world looks back on the outstanding innovations Steve Jobs gifted our society, a small San Francisco-based design firm knows first-hand just how far we’ve come tech-wise. Creative Directors Erik Schmitt and Julio Martínez of studio1500 have spent the last three years working with Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum, rebranding this major institution...

Sorel on Sorel

There are over 300 images in Edward Sorel’s SVA Masters Series Exhibition (“Nice Work If You Can Get It”) at the Visual Arts Gallery (601 West 26 Street, 15th floor) (curated by Francis Di Tommaso). Each one of them is conceived and crafted with Sorel’s signature wit and intelligence. Don’t miss it. And as...

Baseline At 60

  To coincide with the 60th issue of the British design magazine, Baseline, the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Maidstone and the international typographics magazine Baseline is mounting of a new exhibition. In the last 17 years Baseline has employed 20 students and graduates from UCA Maidstone’s Graphic Design: Visual Communication and Illustration...

City of Deco

The Empire State Building did not start out as the jewel in New York’s Art Deco crown. Rather it was conceived so that fincancier Jacob Raskob could turn a real estate profit in an underutilized part of midtown Manhattan. What began on the drawing board as a stubby, thirty-story office building soon grew exponentially...

Urbanized: Q&A with Filmmaker Gary Hustwit

More than six years after he started working on a movie about a font, director Gary Hustwit has now tackled the gargantuan topic of urban design. Hustwit is currently touring with his third design documentary, Urbanized, which premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. His first film, Helvetica, was released in 2007,...

You Might Want To Brush Up On Your Macbeth

By Meg Paradise, Senior Designer, Creative Development I lined up in the rain with friends on a Friday night outside a warehouse in Chelsea and waited for the doorman to usher us in, one small group at a time. As the doors closed behind we found ourselves in a long, pitch black hallway. Hesitantly...