Art + Design in Miami: Comic Aggression

Disgruntled artists mingle the cute with the profane

Artists have plenty of cause for complaint: politics, sexuality, war, the commercialization of the art market. Too witty for sincere criticism, the discontents at Art Basel 2012 and surrounding Miami fairs decided to childishly air their respective gripes with obscene humor. The result isn’t the inflammatory art of old, but a comic voice that mocks the nature of societal outrage. See below for highlights of …

This Is Not an App

Spark your imagination or just kill time

Turn your iPhone or iPad into a journal, a dream catcher, a sketchpad or even a thought recorder with This Is Not an App. Designed as an interactive adaptation of Keri Smith’s thought-provoking “This Is Not a Book,” the imagination-driving mobile app from Penguin Group for Apple and Android devices proclaims to be whatever the user makes it. With 50 varied prompts, the exhaustive app …

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Pratt Institute celebrates star alumni and faculty from 1887-2012

Over the past 125 years New York’s Pratt Institute has continually graduated and employed some of the world’s most influential free thinkers in art and design, including Robert Mapplethorpe, Ellsworth Kelly, George Lois, Paul Rand and Richard Meier to name just a few. While many have risen to fame, others remain behind the scenes designing products and making art we all subconsciously know and love. …