British street artist Banksy’s morbid amusement park Dismaland opens in the UK, drips with sarcasm

Art, Design, International
Thursday, August 27, 2015
(Courtesy Dismaland)

(Courtesy Dismaland)

Anonymous street artist Banksy’s top-secret amusement park has opened at an abandoned British seaside resort at Weston-super-Mare, UK. Billed a “bemusement park,” and designed to drip with irony, the pop-up exhibition is built by a lido that has been derelict since 2000.

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Signs of life: Artist Steve Powers tacks thought-provoking ‘ICY Signs’ around New York City

(Courtesy New York City Department of Transportation)

(Courtesy New York City Department of Transportation)

Manhattan-based artist Steve Powers is offering a non-caffeinated pick-me-up for weary NYC commuters with his pop art–style street signs mounted on light poles around the city. Bearing food-for-thought slogans with themes of life and love against a pictograph or logotype, such as “I get lost to get found” stamped on a briefcase, the signs are designed to inspire smiles and/or introspection.

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Iker Gil to curate speculative Chicago projects for city’s inaugural architecture biennial

Architecture, Art, Design, Midwest, News, On View
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Filter Island" by UrbanLab, one of the speculative proposals on display in "BOLD" at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. (UrbanLab)

Filter Island” by UrbanLab, one of the speculative proposals on display in “BOLD” at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. (UrbanLab)

As the Chicago Architecture Biennial‘s October opening approaches, its organizers are beginning to release details about its forthcoming exhibitions. The latest hint is an ad for BOLD, a show of “speculative proposals that re-imagine the design potential” of Chicago’s waterways, roadways, vacant lots and public space. Read More

Seeing Red: A run-amok artwork creates an accidental intervention in one Ohio city

Art, International
Monday, August 24, 2015

(Courtesy RedBall Project)

Adding a little excitement to the sleepy streets of Toledo, Ohio this weekend was an art installation gone rogue. Originally wedged between Ice restaurant and Roulet jewelers, the RedBall was rousted by high winds and bounced and/or rolled down Madison Avenue. Except for a street sign that was slightly damaged by the 15-foot, 250-pound vinyl sphere, there were no injuries.

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Yayoi Kusama’s infinitely immersive installation opens with The Broad in Los Angeles

Architecture, Art, West
Monday, August 24, 2015
Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013 wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls, and water (Courtesy The Broad Art Foundation)

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013. (Courtesy Broad Art Foundation)

The long awaited opening of The Broad designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler, is scheduled for September 20 in Downtown Los Angeles. In anticipation of the big day, the museum released details about the inaugural installation that will fill the 35,000 square feet of column-free gallery space on the third floor.

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

Art, East, On View
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
(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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These odd creatures and sculptures will soon fill Austin’s Circle Acres nature reserve

(Courtesy Field Constructs)

(Courtesy Field Constructs Design Competition)

The 18 winning projects shortlisted in the Field Constructs Design Competition flag a range of pressing socio-environmental issues through whimsical takes on interactive public art. The exhibits will occupy an old landfill and brownfield in Austin within the Circle Acres nature reserve, turning the site into a bizarre outdoor museum teeming with site-responsive sculptures and unforeseen creatures. Here, we take a look at some of the winning proposals to be displayed from November 14–22.

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Pulitzer Foundation to reprise PXSTL design-build competition for empty lot in St. Louis

PXSTL opens May 9. (David Johnson)

PXSTL’s inaugural winner was Freecell Architecture, whose “Lots” meditated on the empty lot across from Tadao Ando’s Putlizer building. (David Johnson)

The Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis will reprise its PXSTL competition, which last year brought an airy, steel-framed pavilion courtesy of Freecell Architecture to the empty lot across the street from the Tadao Andodesigned arts institution.

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Prismatic light installation to shine a light on Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory

Luftwerk Studio's “solarise,” will be a site-specific “series of immersive light and sculpture installations" at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory. (Luftwerk)

Luftwerk Studio’s “solarise,” will be a site-specific “series of immersive light and sculpture installations” at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory. (Luftwerk)

Plants are usually the star of Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory, but a forthcoming art installation will help brighten the Jens Jensen gem with lights, mirrors and prismatic panels. Read More

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

Architecture, Art, East, News
Friday, August 14, 2015
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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Chicago Architecture Biennial adds 40 firms to inaugural festival’s roster

School Lakefront Kiosk: THE CENT PAVILIONby  Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + College of Architecture, IIT.

School Lakefront Kiosk: THE CENT PAVILION by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + College of Architecture, IIT. (Courtesy Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + College of Architecture, IIT)

The Chicago Architecture Biennial released a full list of participating designers today, bringing the total to more than 100 architects and artists from more than 30 countries.

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Temporary Urbanized Campsite for Netherlands’ Man-Made Island

(Courtesy Urban Campsite Amsterdam)

Solid Family by Boomhuttenfest. (Courtesy Urban Campsite Amsterdam)

On a man-made island in East Amsterdam, this isn’t your traditional campsite. The so-called Urban Campsite Amsterdam is an open-air exhibition that features 14 publicly accessible installations that can be booked for an evening under the stars. From trampoline roofs and hemispherical windows, each unique shelter is created by a wide array of designers, architects, and artists.

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