This recycling artist gives dead trees new life in the most popular borough for dead New Yorkers

Art, East, On View, Urbanism
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
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#suspendedforest (banana999 / Instagram)

#suspendedforest (banana999 / Instagram)

The holidays are here when the Coniferous Tree Exception kicks in. This New York City ordinance allows dead pine trees to be sold on city sidewalks in the weeks leading up to Christmas. One true marker of the season’s end is the Christmas trees that line those same sidewalks in January, awaiting DSNY pickup.

In years past, one artist has revivified these trees, albeit illegally, creating semi-real pine forests from discarded trees in marginal urban spaces. This year, the trees will have a second chance at life in the most popular place for dead New Yorkers: Queens.

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Move over, Jesus: skateboarders convert a historic Spanish church into a “temple of urban art”

Art, Interiors, International
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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Santa Barbara Church, before and after (Courtesy Red Bull Media)

Santa Barbara Church, before and after (Courtesy Red Bull Media)

The Spanish Church of Santa Barbara, designed by Asturian architect Manuel del Busto in 1912, faced severe deterioration from years of abandonment, until Church Brigade skate collective slid in. The collective’s transformation, Kaos Temple, is a skate park completely immersed in geometric street art.

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On View> Luminaries at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden

Art, Design, East, Interiors, Lighting, On View
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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(Courtesy Rockwell Group)

(Courtesy Rockwell Group)

Luminaries
Brookfield Place Winter Garden
10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
230 Vesey St., New York
Through January 10, 2016

New York–based architecture and design practice Rockwell Group is lighting up New York City this holiday season with Luminaries, an interactive lighting display inside the ten-story, glass-vaulted pavilion Winter Garden Atrium at Brookfield Place New York. Read More

On View> The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré

Art, On View, Southwest
Monday, December 28, 2015
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Milonga shirt, F/W 2005, prêt á porter, look 1. Materials: Serikos (Como) silk taffeta, nylon tulle, cotton passementerie. X-Ray simulation image. (Courtesy Leonardo Salvini)

Milonga shirt, F/W 2005, prêt á porter, look 1. Materials: Serikos (Como) silk taffeta, nylon tulle, cotton passementerie. X-Ray simulation image. (Courtesy Leonardo Salvini)

The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré
Phoenix Art Museum, Steele Gallery
1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Through March 6, 2016

Gianfranco Ferré, the “architect of fashion,” probably loved white as much as Le Corbusier did, but thankfully that’s where the comparisons between the Italian fashion designer and modernist pioneer end.

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On View> Mapping the Information Age: Microchips become high art at the Pacific Design Center

Art, Design, On View, Technology, West
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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SYNAPTICS, INC., DIAGRAM FOR NEURAL NET (1990) DETAIL (COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER W. MOUNT GALLERY)

SYNAPTICS, INC., DIAGRAM FOR NEURAL NET (1990) DETAIL (COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER W. MOUNT GALLERY)

If the adage is true that “God is in the details,” then the current exhibition at Christopher W. Mount Gallery in West Hollywood might grant the venue some status as a holy site.

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Taipei activates space below a rail viaduct with 1,000 twinkling balloons

PROMENADE UNDER 220. (COURTESY CITY YEAST)

PROMENADE UNDER 220. (COURTESY CITY YEAST)

In November, Taipei was overtaken by a giant anemone lurking beneath a rail viaduct. One thousand six-foot-tall, cylindrical balloons wobbled under the city’s Shilin Metro Station. The 650-foot-long, inflatable, public art installation, Walking in the Balloons, was built for the Shilin Light Festival. City Yeast, a Taipei-based design firm, executed the project.

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Review> AN’s William Menking looks back on Miami design week 2015

Art, Design, East, Review
Thursday, December 17, 2015
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Gianni Colombo's Spazio Elastico cycle.

Gianni Colombo’s Spazio Elastico cycle.

Large fairs like Art Basel/Miami always include a few galleries selling works by master architects as well as younger artists whose concerns cross into architectural, urban, and spatial territories. The just-concluded 2015 Miami fair didn’t have a great deal of architectural work this year but enough to keep architects pushing through its seemingly endless hallways of gallery stalls.

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On View> Theaster Gates’ Stony Island Arts Bank showing art and architecture in Chicago

Art, Midwest, On View
Monday, December 14, 2015
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(Courtesy Rebuild Foundation)

(Courtesy Rebuild Foundation)

Stony Island Arts Bank
6760 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago
Carlos Bunga, Under the Skin, through January 3
Frida Escobedo, Materials Reservoir, through January 3

The Stony Island Arts Bank is a project of Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates’ nonprofit Rebuild Foundation. The foundation converted a vacant former savings bank on the South Side into an archive, exhibition space, and community center to encourage artist-led, community-driven revitalization.

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The Triforium Project wants to restore “polyphonoptic” sculpture in Downtown Los Angeles

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Joseph Young’s interactive Triforium celebrates its 40th birthday on Friday. (Courtesy The Triforium Project)

For four decades the Triforium, a six-story, 60-ton public artwork by Joseph Young, has stood in Fletcher-Bowron Square in the shadow of Los Angeles City Hall. The piece is a hallmark of technology, a “polyphonoptic” kinetic sculpture that when designed included 1,494 multicolored Murano glass cubes that were intended to glow in synchrony to music from a 79-note glass bell carillon.

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“Non-artist” collective Assemble wins the 2015 Turner Prize

Art, Awards, International, News, Newsletter
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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(Courtesy Assemble)

(Courtesy Assemble)

At a ceremony in Glasgow on Monday, the 18-member, London-based architecture and design collective Assemble was awarded the Turner Prize, for Granby Four Streets, its collaborative, community-engaged renovations of Victorian-era homes in Liverpool. The annual award is Britain’s most prestigious honor for contemporary artists under 50. This is the only the second time the Turner Prize has been awarded to more than one artist (Gilbert & George won in 1986).

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Live: Postmodern Procedures at Princeton

Architecture, Art, Design, East, Other, West
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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Post-modern Procedures poster by Kevin Pazik for Princeton SoA.

Post-modern Procedures poster by Kevin Pazik for Princeton SoA.

Postmodern Procedures is a two-day conference at Princeton School of Architecture that offers an alternate history of Postmodernism. The goal is to find something that is less about signs and symbols or historic references, and more about longer-form processes that produced the visual syntax of some of the most interesting projects in architectural history. Follow along as AN will be posting updates all day on Saturday, December 5.

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On View> Robert Motherwell, Pierre Chareau and the Quonset House of 1947

Architecture, Art, Design, East
Friday, December 4, 2015
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One of the great joys of art and art and architecture fairs is the energy they create for specialized focused architecture exhibitions at alternative sites away from the main venues. This is true for all Venice Art and Architecture Biennales and the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy. This week’s Art Basel/Design Miami, perhaps because it is still a relatively young event and focused on art and design and not architecture, is short on these sorts of serious ancillary events. But there is one small yet highly focused and detailed exhibit that stands out this week.

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