Category Archives: Art

My Favorite Room: Daniel Arsham, W Magazine December 2010

Artist Daniel Arsham’s 2,500-square-foot studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, affords him plenty of space to sculpt, paint, build set models for dance performances, and run an architecture firm, Snarkitecture, with Alex Mustonen. But when he opted to live as well as work there, he confined himself to a 90-square-foot “tree house” above the shop floor. Monica Khemsurov gets the grand tour. Continue reading

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Eye-Popping, T Design Winter 2010


The artist Tauba Auerbach deals with perception and illusion, finding moments of ambiguity between two dimensions and three. (Think of her trompe l’oeil ‘‘folded’’ canvases, at this year’s Whitney Biennial.) Which is why, presumably, she fell so hard for pop-up books. ‘‘When a page closes, you see an object kind of smush, and in that moment, it’s in a liminal state not unlike the Fold paintings,’’ she says. Continue reading

Berlin Insider’s Guide, Wall Street Journal October 2010

Berlin is electric. Two decades after the fall of the Wall, its aftershocks still reverberate through every avant-garde gallery and underground club. While the ghosts of Hitler and Stalin linger in the city’s architectural bones, Berlin’s young generation has chosen to transform the past into something liberating. Everywhere, particularly in the fashionable Mitte district, former fortresses to fascism now shelter art galleries, museums and bars. Continue reading

The Wright Restaurant, The Moment December 2009


It would have been easy to design the Guggenheim Museum’s new Wright Restaurant, which opens to the public Friday, exactly as Frank Lloyd Wright himself would have wanted it: among the 400 drawings he made for the 1959 building, a few were devoted to a ground-floor dining space, though not one particularly suited to a contemporary audience. “The layout was very simple, almost monastic, with clusters of tables aligned with the portholes,” said the architect Andre Kikoski, who designed the restaurant. But, as he explained, “it wasn’t conducive to social interaction, and it certainly wasn’t about the integration of art.” Continue reading

Space Invaders, Manhattan December 2009


It’s probably just a coincidence, but some of the most seminal moments in the history of Creative Time—the New York City non-profit foundation for commissioning public art—have happened on the beach. Continue reading

Seeing Is Believing, T Men’s Fashion Fall 2009


The first time Luc Tuymans exhibited in the United States, in 1994, he showed a painting called ”Tracing,” depicting an embroidered bouquet of flowers. Simple, pleasant enough — until you learned that the pattern was taken from a chair in which someone was brutally murdered. Typical Tuymans: his most famous piece is an empty, otherwise-anonymous room with the chilling title ”Gas Chamber.” Continue reading

Minneapolis at Peres Projects, The Moment July 2009


In the last few years, Minneapolis has becomes a mini-mecca for art and architecture with Herzog and de Meuron’s addition to the Walker Art Center and the Guthrie Theater, designed by Jean Nouvel. So it seems appropriate that the Los Angeles gallery Peres Projects would pay homage to this Midwestern culture capital with the group show “Minneapolis,” which opened last week. But Richard Lidinsky, the exhibition’s organizer, cites not starchitects and experimental art but rather the city’s “high rate of literacy and racially tolerant atmosphere” as key inspirations. Wait, what? Continue reading