All posts tagged “Art

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City of culture

Amid the Olympic melee, I would seek refuge in Rio’s new Cidade das Artes, a massive cultural complex designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc. Wedged between the sea and the mountains, the Cidade sits atop a flat plain crisscrossed by highways, now reimagined as a… Read More

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Blooms buried

A year ago, florist Lisa Waud bought an abandoned duplex in Detroit for $250. Condemned and crumbling, the house bucked redemption: shingles peeling like scabs, bottle shards tiling the floor, leaks striping the walls, trash towering knee-high, a dead dog buried in the rubble. And… Read More

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Hardly Hirstrionics

On a quiet block in south London, a legacy of industrious creativity stretches back to the Victorian era. A theater scenographer worked here, painting theatre sets. As did a flower wheelbarrow maker. And most recently, artist Damien Hirst. But as of Thursday, Hirst has reopened… Read More

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Big love

                  A different lens on love: too big to be contained, frothing from notions of domesticity and security. Delicate white balloons spill from a suburban home somewhere/anywhere, a scene staged by French photographer Charles Pétillon as part… Read More

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Everything but

                    A chartreuse simulacrum of a bathroom. And a bedroom and a staircase. For years, Korean artist Do Ho Suh has been sculpting every aspect of his NYC apartment and studio (a former sailors’ dorm in… Read More

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Baltic bounty

              Riga ranks high on my to-travel list. And I shan’t wait: the European Union has dubbed the largest Baltic city the European Capital of Culture for 2014, a designation that finds the capital flush with cultural events. With… Read More

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Truck stop

            Twin box trucks are planted in a polo field in my hometown – cabs buried, back doors flung open to the elements. Parallel sentinels, stripped of signage, sharing the manicured expanse with a 43-foot-tall topiary Puppy by Jeff Koons.… Read More

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Think twice

                Dueling double takes: one expressed in burly wood letters, perched above a waffle joint in Pittsburgh, PA; the other, instigated by kid scratch on cotton, stretched across a chest. Both semiotically subversive, inversive. For four years, artist… Read More

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Lofty laps

                  In honor of Austrian Conchita Wurst’s triumphant win of the Eurovision Song Contest, I’m bound for a Baroque manor outside Salzburg, where modernity is a foil for history. Contemporary art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac has peppered his… Read More

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Ivy tower

  Simultaneously transparent and reflective (I can aspire to that). Or, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s description: “part garden maze, part modernist skyscraper façade” (I’m lingering in NYC). As the Met’s new Roof Garden Commission,Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout by American artist Dan Graham… Read More