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Exhibition: Eero Saarinen at Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts jointly present this first major museum retrospective of architect Eero Saarinen’s short but prolific career. Saarinen was one of the most celebrated, unorthodox, and controversial masters of 20th-century architecture. In many ways he was the architect of what has been dubbed “the American century,” the post-World War II era when the United States emerged as an influential world superpower.

Exhibition: Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, September 13 – January 4, at Target Gallery The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA

Jeff Koons Does Paris

Jeff Koons invades …the gilded chambers and sculpted gardens of the Château de Versailles …in recent years has displayed only a few select works of contemporary artists. The exhibition of 17 Koons sculptures marks the first time that the chateau built by Louis XIV has organized so ambitious a retrospective of one contemporary artist.
Not everyone here was as pleased by the installation. Several dozen people demonstrated outside the palace gates early Wednesday, a protest organized by the National Union of Writers of France, a little-known, right-wing group dedicated to artistic purity in France. The group’s chairman demanded that the exhibit be canceled.

Exhibition: Jeff Koons at Versailles
via: New York Times

Field, Terracotta Figures by Antony Gormley

Field, Terracotta variable size, approx 35,000 elements, by Antony Gormley

Rare Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen Chair up for Auction

Among the most important furniture designs of the 20th century, Eames’ and Saarinen’s prize-winning entry for seating in the famous Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1941 was comprised of various armchairs, a sectional sofa and the present side chair. With their single-piece compound-moulded plywood seat shells, the chair designs were exceptionally innovative and signalled a totally new direction in modern furniture.

Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen chair from the Museum of Modern Art Organic Design Competition 1940 manufactured by Haskelite Corporation/Heywood-Wakefield (Estimate: $15,000–20,000) at Wright

More Than Good Errors by Michele De Lucchi

Since the introduction of CAD drawings everything has been easier and more precise, but simultaneously more rigorous and rigid. What could never have been possible by hand can now be done with digital drawings. Even the most complicated forms and daring joints have become simple.
These are the More than good errors, sought not to make mistakes but to stimulate the search for fresh forms and slight distortions, minute misalignments, missing symmetries and so on. Because making mistakes also means searching when the answer is not clear; it means wandering in order to arrive. Error as the spring of composition can give rise to more surprising, sensitive and exciting objects.
The technique, dating from Etruscan times, is called bucchero. Using dark grayish clay, it is done in three exclusively manual phases. The piece is worked on the lathe, smoothed with boxwood sticks to polish its surface and baked at a high temperature.
The evident imprecision’s in the showcases are not only deliberate in their structure, but actually pursued with great effort, for they are very difficult to achieve. The attainment of slight obliquities entailed the use of advanced manufacturing technologies such as laser cutting and other numeric control systems normally adopted to get straight and absolutely regular lines. We had to examine them so carefully and to understand them so thoroughly that we could bend them to the accomplishment of our own more than good errors.

More Than Good Errors, Limited Editions, by Michele De Lucchi, for Design Gallery Milano

Studio Job at Z33

Z33 has presented an extensive exhibition entirely devoted to Studio Job. The Belgian gallery is continuing its journey exploring the edges between visual art and design.

Exhibition: Studio Job, at Z33

Georg Jensen Eel Dish Sold for $102,000

Georg Jensen silver from Denmark has a tactile quality all its own, probably because it is handmade. It gets only better with age, and the prices fetched at auction are also improving with age. Time to take a closer look of that Scandinavian silver tucked away in your closet.

Eel dish, model 1054, sterling silver, 1957, by Henning Koppel, sold at Objects D’affection auction for $102,000, at Wright

Jeff Koons Puppy Vase Available for $7,500.00

 

Gagosian has released an edition of 3000 porcelain puppy vases signed and numbered by the artist Jeff Koons. Having first made a splash on the contemporary art scene back in 1998, the design took cues from Koons’s mongo-sized puppy sculpture (1992), which was filled with over seventeen thousand flowers. “The vase is a symbol of love, warmth, and happiness,” says Koons.

Puppy Vase, $7,500, by Jeff Koons, re-issued by Gagosian Gallery
via: V Magazine

Gallery Sakuranoki by NAP

A quirky gallery space in Japan with very thin walls.

Gallery Sakuranoki, Nagano, Japan, by Designer, for Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

Exhibition: Ampelphase at Vitra Frankfurt

Selected architects and the class of the Städelschule art academy present a personal installation showing their associations with a red room. Each participant worked separately on their own presentation.

Exhibition: Ampelphase 3: raumrot, Vitra Showroom, Frankfurt am Main, Germany,
August 13 – September 6

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