Robots and androids aren’t the sole property of science fiction. Christopher Conte’s sculptures are more like old-fashioned studies rendered with today’s materials: anatomical forms on the verge of motion. You can picture them crawling around the next Star Trek movie, or under a jar in a medical curiosities museum.
Microbotic Sculpture, by Christopher Conte
Harry Bertoia is best known as a sculptor, but he also designed furniture for Knoll, who often used his pieces as props in their advertising. The “Dandelions” are made from from gilt stainless steel, brass with a slate base. This work is one of seven Dandelions exhibited at Eastman Kodak Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1964.
Sotheby’s upcoming auction of African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art includes this important vessel showing Olmec influence and symbolism in regional interpretations. It is one of the few full-bodied ceramic depictions of the omnipotent earth monster or jaguar-dragon of Olmec inspiration. The dragon zoomorph is well known in Olmec art through schematized incised motifs on blackware ceramics but it is rarely seen in three-dimensional form. This vessel is finely modeled in typical Monte Alban fine-grained grayware, and shows early forms of Zapotec iconography such as buccal snout, bifurcated fang, and scrolling brows.
A Rare Zapotec Effigy Vessel, Monte Alban II, ca. 200 B.C. to 250 A.D.
$40,000 – $60,000 at Sotheby’s, New York
Update : Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium: $92,500 USD
Le Corbusier — The Art of Architecture is the first major survey in London of the internationally renowned architect in more than 20 years. This timely reassessment presents a wealth of original models, interior settings, drawings, furniture, photographs, films, tapestries, paintings, sculpture and books by designed and written by the architect himself.
The exhibition charts how Le Corbusier’s work changed dramatically over the years from the regional vernacular of his early houses in Switzerland, to his iconic Purist villas and interiors of the 1920s, to the dynamic synthesis achieved between his art and architecture as exemplified by his chapel at Ronchamp (1950-55), and his civic buildings in Chandigarh, India (1952-64). Important works by his collaborators, such as Fernand Léger, Amédée Ozenfant, Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé are also featured.
Exhibition: The Art of Architecture: 19 Feb – 24 May at Barbican Art Gallery London, UK
Gilad refuses to be pigeonholed and is not interested in distinctions. Instead he moves with ease between disciplines and materials. Borrowing from the history of art and design, he draws references from the work of artists such as René Magritte, Giorgio de Chirico, and Marcel Duchamp, as well as a later generation of designers such as the Italian masters Enzo Mari, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, and Ettore Sottsass. Links can also be made to more recent innovators, especially the work of Jurgen Bey and Richard Hutten for Droog in the Netherlands. Like them he takes an intuitive, rather than a rationalist, approach to his practice imbuing his works with a diverse range of ideas that seek to radically alter the evaluation of an object beyond its utility.
A philosopher of the everyday object, Ron Gilad’s designs invite viewers to question and even doubt the form and functionality of everyday objects, furniture and lighting. Ceaselessly exploring and conceptualizing notions of proportion and scale; Gilad’s works do indeed (as his own website asserts) sit on the fat, delicious line between the abstract and the functional. From a Room Divider fashioned to resemble a door and blatantly reminding the user that he or she is entering or exiting a divided space, to a Freestanding Shelve, a tabletop surface that literally sits atop a pair of human-like legs, Gilad’s designs are an amalgamation of material wit and aesthetic play.
The works of Ron Gilad can be found within the permanent collections of many museums and institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Born in Tel-Aviv, Ron Gilad lives and works in New York.
Exhibition: Ron Gilad: Spaces Etc. / an Exercise in Utility, April 29 – May 9, at Wright, Chicago, USA
Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has designed two perfume bottles for French jeweller Cartier. Called Moon Fragment, the bottles each include a single diamond. They are on show at the Tokyo National Museum exhibition ‘Story of…’ – memories of Cartier creations, directed by Yoshioka.
Exhibition: Second Nature, works by Noriko Ambe, directed by Tokujin Yoshioka at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo
The E-Cyclorama is a painting, but a painting that you’re immersed in, that you view from within. Painted on the inside of a huge cylinder, using one hundred and nine separate colours on more than seven hundred square feet of canvas, the E-cyclorama surrounds its audience, filling the field of vision with a rainbow of shifting colour. The colour moves through the spectrum, but the transitions are rendered in so subtle a way, that you can never be sure where one colour ends and the next begins. The effect is dynamic, an experience almost more like music than painting, more like surround-sound painting.
E-Cyclorama, Edinburgh Art Festival 2008, by Sanford Wurmfield,
via: Art Daily