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Studio Life—Diane Simpson
"Usually there’s something that hits me that I love about an image. And then I use the drawing process to change it into my own. The way I’m going to construct something really makes a difference in how the form changes. One of the things I struggle with is that I want the final product to be related to my initial source of inspiration in terms of retaining the excitement it gave me, but I don’t want the source to be conveyed literally."
From Studio Life by Sarah Trigg, available now.
ALSO - Don’t miss Simpson’s show at JTT gallery in New York City, up through December 15, 2013:
Paul Rand: Defining Design
October 27, 2013 - January 26, 2014
Museum of Design Atlanta
Paul Rand: Defining Design examine the trajectory of Rand’s career by juxtaposing his iconic designs with discussion of the design principles by which they were informed. In addition, short films, interviews, and Rand’s own writings will further illuminate his thoughts on the design process. The exhibition is curated by Daniel Lewandowski, creator of the website www.Paul-Rand.com.
Designer and author Steve Heller will give a lecture called “Learning from Rand” on November 7th at 7pm in the Hill Auditorium of the Woodruff Art Center and will be followed by a reception at MODA.
For more on Paul Rand, don’t miss Paul Rand: Conversations with Students published by PAPress in 2008.
Robert Indiana: Beyond Love
Whitney Museum of American Art
Through January 5, 2014
Opening today at The Whitney Museum, this long overdue retrospective promises to go beyond Robert Indiana’s best known work to reveal the emotional poignancy and symbolic complexity of his art. So forgive us as we take one last shot at LOVE. Here’s Robert with the lesser-known blue/green version, taken from the pages of our 2010 book Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s.
Later today Doug Aitken’s “nomadic happening” Station to Station will leave the east coast for the west by train. A changing cast of artists, musicians and creative pioneers will collaborate in site-specific events at station stops and onboard.
Don’t miss our recent collaboration with Aitken and DFA Records The Sleepwalkers Box. Nylon magazine called it “a trippy mishmash of print, audio, and film—kind of like the coolest mystery gift ever." Intrigued?
Casey Reas: Ultraconcentrated
Bitforms Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, Chelsea, NYC
Through October 12, 2013
Casey Reas, co-author of our design brief Form+Code, has a solo exhibition opening today at Bitforms Gallery in NYC. Using a variety of materials, his new projects explore the behavior of television signals and entropy. Live video-driven software systems are featured in ULTRACONCENTRATED, as well as c prints, laser-etched anodized aluminum pieces, and an illuminated sculpture created with Form+Code contributorsAranda\Lasch.
Francis Cape’s finely crafted benches and new book have earned some nice praise as of late. Be sure to check out these exhibitions and while you are there sit down, read the book, and take a break from the heat.
"Francis Cape’s latest work is an extraordinary gathering of faith-based furniture—further proof that God actually may be in the details….Mr. Cape tracked down, carefully measured and recorded the benches, emerging from the process with enough knowledge and enthusiasm for a beguiling, informative book….If St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome represents one end of the spectrum of faith-based design, these benches must surely be the other. They form a revealing meditation on design as history and expression…."
The New York Times
"One of New York’s most surprising and rewarding summer gallery exhibitions….[a] highly entertaining book….Even taken purely as objects, the benches are awe-inspiring. Built to endure, often with a bare minimum of materials, they stand as testaments to the ingenuity of anonymous craftsmen.”
The New York Observer
"Francis Cape may be the first person to physically investigate how different designs facilitated different social practices."
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Murray Guy Gallery, 453 W 17th Street, Chelsea, NYC
Through Aug. 2
AGAINST THE GRAIN:
Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design
The Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, NYC
Through Sept. 15
Two PAPress authors are featured in the current Folklore group exhibition at the Joshua Liner Gallery (540 West 28th Street, Chelsea, New York). Folklore, curated by Evan Hecox, is a collection of “handcrafted works that celebrate the simple and direct experience of visual enjoyment”. Among the contributors are Nigel Peake, showing drawings of the urban environment from his forthcoming book In the City, and Stephen Powers, whose documentation of his large-scale public art projects A Love Letter to the City will be published in spring 2014. The exhibit is on view through August 2, 2013.
We sat together last night at the Murray Guy Gallery on Francis Cape’s remarkable utopian benches. The gallery opening was also the launch of our new book We Sit Together: Utopian Benches from the Shakers to the Separatists of Zoar. The benches will be on display until August 2nd so if you are in the neighborhood, stop by and take a load off.
Only a few days left to catch the Lebbeus Woods exhibit at SFMoMA!
This Thursday AIGA/NY and MAD present “A Conversation with Elaine Lustig Cohen & Steven Heller”—the lecture is sold out—but it coincides with the exhibition “The Lustigs: A Cover Story” at the AIGA National Headquarters, so be sure not to miss. Elaine Lustig Cohen was part of the recent Designers & Books Fair program “Learning from Experience: Four Graphic Designers in Conversation.” Above, a 1956 cover design from the book By Its Cover published in 2005.
A Conversation with Elaine Lustig Cohen & Steven Heller
An AIGA/NY Event
The Theater at MAD, 2 Columbus Circle
Thursday, January 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
The Lustigs: A Cover Story
AIGA National Design Center Gallery, 164 Fifth Avenue
Ends February 15
Later this month artist Bryan Nash Gill brings his stunning woodcut prints to the Chicago Botanic Garden. If you’re a fan of the book (or the new notecards) don’t miss this chance to see each arboreal ring up close. Just don’t touch—since we’re his publisher, we’d like to remind you that’s what the book (and the new notecards) are for. Enjoy the art and maybe buy an original print, too! Proceeds from work sold at the exhibition benefit the Garden.
Woodcut: Bryan Nash Gill
Chicago Botanic Garden, Joutras Gallery
January 19 – April 14
"Sometimes I wonder whether I am painting pictures of words or whether I’m painting pictures with words." —Ed Ruscha
555 West 24th Street
closes January 12
The new Art Institute of Chicago exhibition Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects is the first exhibition devoted to the Chicago-based group headed by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang. The custom-made installation, designed by Studio Gang in collaboration with museum curators, echoes the firm’s studio-like environment, allowing visitors to see material samples, full-scale project mock-ups, research materials, digital media, and films.
For the second entry in our ongoing Five Things series, we asked Visual Complexity author Manuel Lima to share what’s inspiring him these days.
1. Fabrico Próprio
As a Portuguese-turned-New-Yorker, I have my occasional cravings for our beautiful, delectable, well-crafted pastry cakes. Fortunately, a group of friends, even more obsessed than I, have recently published the mouthwatering second edition of Fabrico Próprio: The Design of Portuguese Semi-Industrial Confectionery.
One of the saddest news this year has been the passing of Christopher Hitchens, a remarkable intellect, vigorous contrarian, and outstanding writer. His last book, published posthumously, is a deep, heart-wrenching look into this extraordinary man.
3. Rubin Museum of Art
I recently discovered this astonishing museum by accident, during a Friday night birthday party at its cocktail lounge. In case you’re interested in ancient visual culture, particularly from a non-westernized point of view, or have a genuine fascination for Mandalas, you’ll fall in love with this cultural gem.
4. Fernando Botero
After spending a few relaxing days in Colombia last month, and visiting the Museum Botero in Bogotá, I felt like I was given access to the astute artistic impetus of the painter who considers himself “the most Colombian of Colombian artists”. You can experience some of Botero’s captivating paintings at Marlborough Gallery in New York.
5. McNally Jackson Books
This is one of my favorite bookstores in New York and there’s rarely a weekend in the city when I don’t try to drag my wife inside, in order to peruse every book I can get hold of. Despite being immersed in digital technology every second of the day (ed: follow McNally Jackson on tumblr), there’s nothing more soothing and satisfying to me than spending some time surrounded by old media.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and nominated by Creativity magazine as “one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009,” Manuel Lima is a Senior UX Design Lead at Microsoft Bing and founder of visualcomplexity.com—a visual exploration on mapping complex networks.
NY Art Book Fair
MoMA PS1 Performance Dome
Sunday, September 30 , 1:00pm
A multimedia collaboration between DJ/composer Daniel Perlin, designer/musician Adam Michaels, and historian/performer Jeffrey Schnapp, who have formed the group The Masses (with live keyboards by Shannon Harvey) in order to remix their recent book on experimental paperbacks, The Electric Information Age Book.
Can you dance to a book? The question was answered in the affirmative by the “first spoken arts record you can dance to”: the Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, and Jerome Agel record album “The Medium is the Massage.” The LP was released by Columbia Records in July 1967 on the heels of the mass market success of the first “electric information age” book The Medium is the Massage. Read more about the LP.