On View> Alexander Gorlin explores the Kabbalah in his latest New York City exhibition

Art, East, On View
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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(Courtesy Sandra Gering)

(Courtesy Sandra Gering)

The Kabbalah is a Jewish mystical tradition that seeks to explain the inner workings of god and “directs initiates to an ecstatic experience of he divine.” The architect Alexander Gorlin has created Light and the Space of the Void, an exhibit that takes the idea of the tradition and focuses it on how it might be seen “either directly or indirectly in contemporary art and architecture.”

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New York Architect wins competition to modernize famed Brutalist bus station in Britain

(Courtesy John Puttick Associates)

(Courtesy John Puttick Associates)

John Puttick, a British architect currently practicing in New York City, has won an international competition to redesign and modernize an iconic Brutalist bus station in England.

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Gluckman Mayner reportedly designing new Global Contemporary Collection & Museum in the Berkshires

Architecture, Art, East, News
Friday, August 14, 2015
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An early rendering of the proposed expansion. (Montage by AN)

An early rendering of the proposed museum. (Montage by AN)

The beautiful rolling landscape of Northwestern Massachusetts has been the home to important academic institutions for over 100 years. But in the past thirty years it has also become the home of major art museums, including Williams College Museum of Art, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), and, just down the road, the Clark Art Institute.

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Friday> See how architecture measures up at the Storefront for Art & Architecture’s new exhibit

Architecture, East, On View
Thursday, August 13, 2015
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"The Storefront Impact — Measurable and Immeasurable," James Wines. Measure, 2015. (Courtesy Storefront for Art and Architecture)

“The Storefront Impact — Measurable and Immeasurable,” James Wines. Measure, 2015. (Courtesy Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Architecture today often gives shape through design to art, fashion, and real estate. But most of the most compelling architecture also gives form to thought, and, in the process, creates edifices that “houses social, political, and spatial relations.” The idea that architects make visible the functions of society in operational and aspirational terms is the theme of Measure, a new exhibition at the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

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Enrique Norten unveils expansion plans for Mexico City’s design & film school, Centro

(Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

(Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

Centro, a Mexico City–based design and film school, has just announced that Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos has been chosen to design a new expansion to its existing campus.

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Master adobe architects are looking for volunteers interested in building with little more than the earth around them

(Courtesy Adobe Alliance)

(Courtesy Adobe Alliance)

Simone Swan is perhaps this country’s most important advocate for adobe or mud brick architecture.  In 1997, Swan left her New York home and moved to “500 acres of scenic fringe of the Chihuahuan desert near Presidio, Texas. There she founded the Adobe Alliance to teach the earth building techniques she had learned from the great Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy.

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Separated at birth: A reader spots the Whitney’s carbon copy predecessor

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This “separated at birth” image came to us via architect Ken Saylor who noticed a quirky doppelganger for Renzo Piano‘s about-to-open Whitney Museum. Anyone have other Whitney comparisons? Leave them in the comments below.

On View> This might be your only chance to see this rare Le Corbusier tapestry commissioned by Jørn Utzon

Art, East
Monday, April 20, 2015
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(Courtesy Bruun Rasmussen)

(Courtesy Bruun Rasmussen)

In mid May, New York City will be over run with fairs, exhibitions, and trade shows dedicated to design and art. The big events are the International Contract Furniture Fair (ICFF) and the Frieze Art Fair, but there will be literally scores of smaller spin-off events taking place that will be of interest to the architecture community.

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You’ll want to stop by the Dia in New York City to see LaMonte Young’s “truly immersive” Dream House

Art, East, On View
Friday, April 17, 2015
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(Courtesy Dia Art Foundation)

(Courtesy Dia Art Foundation)

In New York in the 1960s and ’70s, a movement against pictorial, illusionistic, or fictive art began to favor more direct and literal figurations. This movement—now called Minimalism by many—was often spatial in nature as it was drawn on flat surfaces, sculpted, and displayed in white box galleries.

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This picture frame swaps out paintings with the wave of a hand

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In an essay in the latest Art Forum magazine, architect Rem Koolhaas focuses his current research on what he calls the “new, networked technologies that are transforming the way we experience space and time,” and, he said, “seem resolutely intangible, a universe apart from bricks and mortar.”

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Pratt Professor David Burney named interim executive director at the AIANY

David Burney at an AIANY event. (Eve Dilworth Rosen)

David Burney at an AIANY event. (Eve Dilworth Rosen)

The AIA and Center for Architecture has just named David Burney former commissioner of New York City’s Department of Design & Construction and currently Pratt Institute professor as interim executive director of the AIA New York replacing Rick Bell.

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On View> See Jean Prouvé pavilions at New York City’s Gagosian Gallery through April 4

Architecture, Art, East, On View
Thursday, April 2, 2015
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(Courtesy Galerie Patrick Seguin, Gagosian Gallery)

(Courtesy Galerie Patrick Seguin, Gagosian Gallery)

Jean Prouvé rocks! He was a designer with a sharp, clear idea of what he hoped to achieve and the ability to clearly make his point with modern materials and simple plans. If you have an all-steel pavilion with large, inoperable panes of sheet glass then open the wall instead. In his 1956 temporary School of Villejuif, for example, he did just this with aluminum wall sections featuring round holes and a sheet-metal covering to open and close the wall.

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