Architects and artists want to turn this vacant Detroit home into a community opera house

(House Opera)

(House Opera)

Detroit‘s 90,000 vacant homes and residential lots have proven to be fertile ground for artistic exploration, giving rise to verdant floral installations and canvases for sought-after graffiti artists. Now architects and artists from The D and beyond hope to turn an abandoned property at 1620 Morrell Street into something truly surprising. Read More

Obama’s new national monuments preserve landscape and protect Michael Heizer’s “City”

Art, Preservation, West
Monday, July 13, 2015
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45°, 90°, 180° from City sculpted out of concrete and dirt. (Triple Aught Foundation. Courtesy LACMA)

45°, 90°, 180° from Heizer’s City sculpted out of concrete and dirt. (Triple Aught Foundation. Courtesy LACMA)

In an act that preserved more than a million acres from development, President Obama designated three new national monuments in California, Nevada, and Texas. While the monument in central Texas protects an archeological site where Columbian Mammoths fossils were unearthed, and Berryessa Snow Mountain, the California location, staves off potential suburban encroachment, it is the Nevada monument that holds the most excitement for those with an interest in Land Art.

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Ennead unveils $200 million expansion plan for Peabody Essex Museum

PEM's planned expansion. (Courtesy Ennead)

PEM’s planned expansion. (Courtesy PEM)

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts has unveiled its Ennead Architects–designed expansion that it will build as part of a $650 million “Advancement Campaign.” Along with $200 million for new facilities, the campaign allocates $350 toward its endowment, and $100 million to improve existing infrastructure on the museum’s campus.

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It could happen to you: Scultpor Thomas Doyle contemplates domestic life through miniature scenes of destruction

Art, International
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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(Courtesy Thomas Doyle)

(Courtesy Thomas Doyle)

Sculptor Thomas Doyle offers a profound, if morose, take on domestic life and interpersonal relationships by repurposing playthings into artwork that speaks. Using materials and miniatures originally used for the backdrop of model train sets, Doyle creates miniature dioramas enclosed eerily in airless bell jars.

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On View> “David Hartt: Interval” at the Art Institute of Chicago

Art, Midwest, On View
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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(David Hartt)

(David Hartt)

David Hartt: Interval
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Through October 11

Canadian artist David Hartt examines the culture and built environment of a given locale through the changing needs and values of its community. For this essayistic series of films and photographs, Hartt selected two economically and geographically isolated sites: Whitehorse in the Canadian Yukon and Sakhalin Island, a Russian territory at the tip of the Japanese archipelago.

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On View> Sculptor Michael Parker’s disco ball sauna steams up this Pasadena gallery

Art, Newsletter, On View, West
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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A field trip encounter with Michael Parker’s Steam Egg II (which was not heated during the student’s visit) at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. (Ruiqi Li)

A field trip encounter with Michael Parker’s Steam Egg II (which was not heated during the student’s visit) at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. (Ruiqi Li)

On a recent Sunday in Pasadena, a half-dozen visitors strolled barefoot across the finished wooden floors of an art gallery, some wearing swimming trunks, others in bikinis or cut-offs, beach towels draped casually across their shoulders as they viewed the work on display.

The occasion for this unlikely scene was a steam session hosted by sculptor Michael Parker at the Armory Center for the Arts, part of the exhibition After Victor Papanek: The Future Is Not What It Used to Be.

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Boston’s ICA looking to expand out from its Diller Scofidio + Renfro home

Architecture, Art, East
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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ICA Boston. (Flickr / Alun K. Wu)

ICA Boston. (Flickr / Alun K. Wu)

Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is apparently getting a little too big for its Diller Scofidio + Renfro–designed home along the Boston Harbor.

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3D projection technology fleetingly brings back the Bamiyan Buddha that was destroyed by the Taliban

Art, International, Preservation
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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(Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Before and after (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The hollow in the sandstone cliffs of Bamiyan, central Afghanistan, still harks back to the looming Bamiyan Buddha statues that once emerged from the cliff-face, before they were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. A Chinese couple has created 3D projection technology to holographically recreate the destroyed statues which, standing at 180 feet and 120 feet respectively, lorded over the Bamiyan valley for 1500 years.

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ON VIEW> Grimanesa Amorós sketches lines on water

Art, Lighting, On View, West
Monday, June 29, 2015
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Golden Waters, Grimanesa Amoró's light installation on Soleri Bridge. (Courtesy  Grimanesa Amorós)

Golden Waters, Grimanesa Amorós’ light installation on Soleri Bridge. (Courtesy Grimanesa Amorós)

In 2010, at 91, architect and Arcosanti founder Paolo Soleri saw the opening of the Soleri Bridge in Scottsdale, Arizona. The cable-stay pedestrian crossing was the culmination of 60 years of bridge sketches and drawings. Peruvian artist Grimanesa Amorós continues Soleri’s dedication to experimentation with Golden Waters, an art installation extending from the bridge into the Arizona canal. Read More

AN Video> Richard Meier shows us around his model museum

Richard Meier. (AN)

Richard Meier. (AN)

Once a week, Richard Meier can be found at his model museum in the expansive Mana Contemporary arts complex in Jersey City. This is where he comes to work on collages, collaborate with screenprinter Gary Lichtenstein, and visit with his daughter Ana, who runs a furniture showroom next door.

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Impossible architecture: Spanish artist’s acrylic-on-wood paintings feature gravity-defying, Escher-esque scenes

Art, International
Friday, June 19, 2015
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(Courtesy Cinta Vidal Agullo)

(Courtesy Cinta Vidal Agullo)

The impossible architecture depicted in paintings by Spanish artist Cinta Vidal Agulló are immersive M.C. Escher-meets-Dr. Seuss dreamscapes of multi-dimensional planes inhabited by tiny, doll-like figures.

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French artist Julien Salaud creates enchanting constellations from thread coated in UV paint

Art, International
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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(Courtesy MyModernMet)

(Courtesy MyModernMet)

Awe-inspiring and mystic, French artist Julien Salaud’s constellation-like thread art evokes teeming scenes of nature, mythologies, and prehistoric cave paintings. And lasers.

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