I saw this compelling installation by Barry McGee (aka Twist) at SFMOMA while I was in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. Born and raised in SF, McGee has been a significant figure in bringing street art into mainstream galleries. His mixture of graffiti, colourful geometric graphics, and photography are displayed together in a distinctive style he adopted following a trip to Brazil, where he was inspired by a similar arrangements of artworks in churches.
You can check out my SF photo set on Flickr.
Filed under: Art, Exhibitions, Graphic Design | Tags: Constructivism, Popova, Rodchenko, Tate Modern
While I was in London, I also went to the Rodchenko & Popova Defining Constructivism exhibition at Tate Modern. The exhibition comprises 12 rooms documenting the works of renowned Russian artists Alexandr Rodchenko and Liubov Popova. Whilst it was their graphic design work I was mostly interested in, the body of work on display covers an impressive range of disciplines, including their abstract paintings, architectural drawings, sculptures, textiles, book designs, and poster advertising. I particularly like Rodchenko’s Spacial Constructions (c.1920) comprising a series of hanging three dimensional objects. During his lifetime he deemed these kinetic sculptures too radical for public viewing. He later went on to destroy them after documenting them in photographs. Below are replicas of the work on display:
Filed under: Exhibitions, Graphic Design, Product design, Sculpture | Tags: Designs of the Year
I spent a couple of days in London this week and took the chance to check out all 91 designs shortlisted for this year’s Brit Insurance Designs of the Year. The award, which pays homage to outstanding international design, went to Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama Poster. Here’s a round up of some of the nominations that put a glint in my eye:
Merry-go-round cloakroom at Rotterdam’s Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, designed by Wieki Somers
Chase & Galley’s Is Not Magazine, which is published as a bill poster on the streets of Melbourne and Sydney.
Kinetic Sculpture by ART+COM for the new BMW Museum in Munich. The sculpture is made from 714 metal spheres hanging from thin steel wires attached to individually-controlled stepper motors. See it in motion here.
Designer Singihh Susilo Kartono picked up the award for best product design for his Magno Wooden Radio, which is manufactured by locals in Java, Indonesdia.
Clever, practical and environmentally conscious design for jar tops by Jorre van Ast
22 meter long electroluminescent installation, designed by the art and design practiceTroika for British Airways Heathrow Terminal 5.
Not just any shabby trophy will do for the design greats. These beauties were created by Michael Marriott and Anthony Burrill.
Filed under: Exhibitions | Tags: Caitlin Urquhart, Glasgow 1999 Design Medal, The Lighthouse
While I was in Glasgow last week I went to see the exhibition of the annual Glasgow 1999 Design Medal at The Lighthouse. The twelve designers shortlisted for the award cover the full spectrum of creative disciplines from jewelery and ceramics to product design and visual communication. I was particularly taken with Glasgow School of Art graduate, Caitlin Urquhart, whose fabrics embellished with acrylic, wood and leather shapes appealed to my love of bold geometric design. The exhibition is on till the 3rd May and well worth a visit.
I was in Paris this week and one of the most unmissable exhibitions I went to was Superdome at the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum. Curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler, the exhibition comprises five solo art works including Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni’s menacing choir of Darth Vader masks, Daniel Firman’s gravity-defying elephant, and Arcangelo Sassolino’s air-gun exhibit that fires empty beer bottles into a wall at a speed of over 600 km/hr, responding to spectators’ anxious anticipation with a shock-inducing bang.
Filed under: Exhibitions, Photography | Tags: exhibition, Photography, vanity fair
This week I went to the Vanity Fair exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition celebrates 95 years of the famous faces that have graced the cover of this iconic magazine. From Edward Steichen’s striking black and white portrait of screen star Gloria Swanson, taken in 1924, to Annie Leibovitz’s gate fold cover shot of Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley posing nude with fashion designer Tom Ford in 2006, every photograph in the collection exudes an air of glamour. The exhibition runs till 21st September 2008.