Robbie Thomson’s Spectacular XFRMR (Transformer)
Imagine the spectacle of a summer thunderstorm—with its smell of ozone, flashes of lightning and the charge of electricity in the air. What if you could somehow control the power of the lightning and harness it to create an artificial performance...
UNION SQUARE CAFE
Artist Maira Kalman's Union Square Cafe Illustrations
After 30 years at the corner of 16th Street and Union Square West, Danny Meyer's celebrated first-ever restaurant, Union Square Cafe, has shifted a few blocks over—the result of his second 15-year-long lease coming to an end and an accompanying price...
A Wilder Life
Since launching in 2011, Wilder Quarterly has been rousing genuine excitement about growing and gardening in people who typically encounter more software bugs than the natural kind. Nearly five years later, the print magazine (now on a bi-annual...
MADE IN USA
OLYMPIA COFFEE ROASTERS
The Wheelhouse, Downtown Los Angeles
Tami and Chase Spenst wanted to build a one-stop shop for the everyday bicycle rider. After finding a space in the heart of Los Angeles' creative community, they designed a warm and approachable indoor/outdoor space (with a service center and coffee...
THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING
Artist Marcel Dzama and the NYC Ballet's "The Most Incredible Thing"
For the fourth year in a row, the New York City Ballet has partnered with a fine artist as part of their Art Series performances. To date, however, no artist has been quite as involved as Marcel Dzama, this year's collaborator. Not only does Lincoln...
CERITH WYN EVANS
"Spatial Illumination" at D Museum, Seoul
Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, opened by South Korea's Daelim Group in 2002, has a brand new sibling in Seoul. While Daelim has become known for its photo, design and fashion-focused exhibitions, D Museum near-literally steals the spotlight with...
MUSEUM OF AFRICAN DESIGN
ALGERIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE
NORTH AFRICAN DESIGN
Spotlight on Algeria at the Museum of African Design
We've been following the Museum of African Design (MOAD), in Johannesburg, since its inception in 2013. As the first museum on the continent dedicated to contemporary design across Africa, it celebrates the past, present and future of visual understanding...
YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK
Interview: KAWS on His First Solo UK Museum Exhibition
There's a balance between the personal and universal, and even the emotive and receptive, within the works of American artist KAWS. His sculptures and paintings exude a frequent immensity, and an always-present captivation. It makes sense, then, that...
Notes: Bar Culture
Have you ever had a Pickleback? Today, it's a shot of whiskey (commonly Jameson) followed by a pickle brine chaser. The name of the drink is attributed to a Williamsburg, Brooklyn bar circa 2006 where Old Crow bourbon was used, though some credit...
SWISS ARMY MAN
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
The Sound Design of Swiss Army Man
One week ago, just an hour after we disembarked a plane, we sat in Park City, Utah's Eccles Theater for the world premiere of "Swiss Army Man" at this year's Sundance Film Festival. No viewer knew exactly what to expect, and even now it's not easy...
LARGE SCALE ART
Artist Leo Villareal Lights Up San Francisco's Bay Bridge Permanently
We have been following light artist Leo Villareal's The Bay Lights exhibition since its announcement back in 2011. Villareal succeeded—magnificently—in setting San Francisco's iconic Bay Bridge aglow in March 2013. The visceral, undulating art...
Range Rover Evoque "City Evocation"
With the understanding that every person's travel experience is unique, Range Rover Evoque embarked on a creative endeavor: tell the stories of three cities via shape, color and sound. By way of thoughtful, engaging videos, NYC-based (via Australia...
WORLD WATER CRISIS
Crystal Moselle + Fazeelat Aslam Document Women in the Global Water Crisis
It's been one year since Crystal Moselle's documentary "The Wolfpack" won the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. And it's been four years since documentarian and producer Fazeelat Aslam won an Oscar for "Saving Face." Both of these impassioned...
Artist Cole Sternberg's Boat Voyage from Japan to Portland
Late last year, bicoastal American painter Cole Sternberg stepped aboard a bulk shipping vessel at the Shin Kasado port in Western Japan. It was the Ultra Letizia ship's maiden voyage, headed toward Portland, Oregon. And, while the boat carried...
Ecoscraps Organic Potting Soils
Though the practice dates back to ancient times, most people composting these days seem to be avid home gardeners with some time on their hands or science class students. Urging others to get in on the all-natural endeavor is Ecoscraps, a Utah...
The Real Thing at NYC's Flowers Gallery
This Thursday, the Chelsea, NYC location of Flowers Gallery opens "The Real Thing," a group exhibition featuring photography from four different artists questioning social constructs of gender, identity, femininity and more. Most of the four have...
London’s Condocomplex Hybrid Exhibition
Going to an art gallery is an experience that skeptics thought would become less and less popular, as people increasingly use the internet as their main source for art discovery. Instead, the ease with which audiences—not to mention galleries themselves...
KERO KERO BONITO
Cyber Teenage Dreams Come True at OKgrl
As teens chase screens for regular doses of endless entertainment, most traditional glossies feel outdated the second they hit the stands. But there's that nostalgia and thrill attached to teen magazines that many of us can't ever forget: from...
LONDON ART FAIR
London Art Fair 2016: Wood
Wandering the stands within the London Art Fair, which has returned to the British capital for its 28th edition this January, consistently delivers an eye-opening experience. As usual, the show features an abundance of contemporary and modern British...
Johan Deckmann's Imaginary Book Titles
Much of Copenhagen-based artist Johan Deckmann’s work has the graphic (not to mention internet-friendly) appeal of text-based art, yet it manages to be both thought-provoking and poetic, as well as visually arresting. Most striking, his made-up...
STATION TO STATION
ATLANTIC TO PACIFIC
Filmmaker Doug Aitken Goes "Station to Station" Across the United States
In 2013, artist and filmmaker Doug Aitken hopped aboard a train that he himself turned into a kinetic, nomadic light art sculpture and made his way from NYC to San Francisco. Across those 4,000 miles, Aitken was joined by world-class artists—from...
"Joining the Dots" at Lumiere, London
Old mining town Durham, in northeast England, may perhaps best be known for its university and for the light festival that the city plays host to every other year. The festival, called Lumiere, is produced by Artichoke, an organization that specializes...
Previewing Sundance's New Frontier 10th Anniversary Programming
Beyond the 120 feature-length films present at this year's Sundance Film Festival (65 films of which were selected for the US Competition, World Competition and NEXT categories), the acclaimed New Frontier program will have its largest showing to date...
Annie Leibovitz's “Women: New Portraits”
It’s been over 15 years since Annie Leibovitz and Susan Sontag created the original “Women” project, featuring a selection of women from all sections of American society. Now, Swiss bank UBS has commissioned a follow-up to that seminal work: “Women...
ROBERT DE NIRO
TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE
CONTEMPORARY ART AWARDS
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Tribeca Film Institute Awards Painter Laura Owens
Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Institute may best be known for its efforts to empower filmmakers, but in fact, the non-profit seeks to recognize and reward storytellers across all art forms. One award from the organization's roster, the Robert De Niro...