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Rare Zapotec Effigy Vessel at Sotheby’s Auction

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

Exhibition: Le Corbusier — The Art of Architecture

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

Exhibition: Spaces Etc./An Exercise in Utility

Ron Gilad’s latest body of work, Spaces Etc./An Exercise in Utility has launched its own site.

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.

Exhibition: Spaces Etc./An Exercise in Utility by Ron Gilad, April 29 – May 9, at Wright, Chicago, USA

Exhibition: Ron Gilad: Spaces Etc. / an Exercise in 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

Moon Fragment by Tokujin Yoshioka

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.

Moon Fragment by Tokujin Yoshioka, for Cartier
via: dezeen and designboom

Vessels by Jennifer McCurdy

Vortex Vessel no.5, Wheat Bottle, by Jennifer McCurdy

Exhibition: Second Nature by Noriko Ambe

Exhibition: Second Nature, works by Noriko Ambe, directed by Tokujin Yoshioka at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo

E-Cyclorama Immersive Painting

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

Exhibition: Fragiles: Porcelain Glass & Ceramics Kuwait

After successfully touring the US and Europe making stops at Design Miami 2007 and Quinze & Milan’s Gallery 113 in Belgium in 2008, Fragiles eclectic showcase of contemporary porcelain, ceramic and glass design and artwork, will travel to the Al-Sabah Art & Design in Kuwait, a contemporary art and design gallery created by Villa Moda founder Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah.

Fragiles at the Al-Sabah Art & Design Gallery has been designed to occupy the new gallery space and introduces several new works by artists not shown in the previous exhibitions. The spectrum and quality of these innovative projects shows a current generation of designers and artists just how relevant and challenging working with these traditional materials can be.

Exhibition: Fragiles: Porcelain Glass & Ceramics, June 7 – July 5, Al-Sabah Art & Design Gallery, The Corniche, Arabian Gulf Road, Shaab, Kuwait

Zaha Hadid Silver Paintings

Zaha Hadid has consistently pushed the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Silver Paintings showcases Hadid’s discipline in a new light and medium. The title of the series refers to the surface of the works, which in their raw state resemble polished metal or mirrors, an effect created with a polyester skin treated with chrome and gelatine and then di-bonded.

Initially, the images are digitally generated, then photographed in their virtual state. Once the images are printed they are hand-painted in a medium that complements the subject. This might be stained glass paint (which creates the transparent and cathedral like feel), acrylic and Chinese lacquer (Opaque and POP qualities) or UV resistant ink combined with Vinyl (highly reflective). These techniques combine to suggest a gradual intersection between reflectivity and opacity, from one architectural feature to the next.

Silver Paintings, by Zaha Hadid, at Buchmann Galerie

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