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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:
“Adam Lerner has probably written the most provocative story of our time about goofballs trafficking in modern art.”
—Mark Mothersbaugh, artist, musician and composer, cofounder of the new wave band Devo.
Artist unknown, n.d.
Oil on canvas, 31.5 x 25.5 inches
“An incredible story, Adam Lerner’s book beautifully illuminates the mysterious possibility of objects and the people and histories that they connect us to. A must read for anyone who loves art, spy novels, and the ineffable act of looking.”
—Dana Schutz, Artist
Artist unknown. In the style of László Moholy-Nagy, n.d.
Oil on canvas, 27.5 x 20.75 inches
Opening reception: Thursday, November 14, 7–9 pm
7–8 pm: conversation about the book with author Adam Lerner and Cabinet magazine’s Sina Najaf
8–9 pm: reception and book signing
Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY
In 2010, Adam Lerner, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, did something unheard of in the museum world: he mounted a large exhibition of paintings without first knowing whether they were real or fake. Painted in the Suprematist and Constructivist styles of early twentieth-century Russian avant-garde masters, the 181 canvases had been acquired by amateur collectors Ron and Roger Pollard from a mysterious seller in Germany. The man, who they met on eBay, claimed that the paintings had been found in an abandoned shipping container held in German customs since the 1980s.
This event—which celebrates the publication of From Russia with Doubt, (Princeton Architectural Press)—Lerner’s book on the making of the exhibition and the stakes involved with showing unauthenticated artworks also marks the opening of an exhibition co-organized by MCA Denver and Cabinet featuring a selection of paintings from the Pollards’ collection. The evening will include a discussion with Lerner about the value of inauthenticity and the benefits of not knowing within the modern cultural institution.
Exhibition dates: November 18–29, 2013 (closed Thanksgiving)
Gallery hours: Monday to Saturday, 12–6 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and Cabinet
Our vintage-inspired Pocket Dept. notebooks are featured in New York Magazine this week as part of their “Best Bets/New Stuff” section! Available in a multi-pack and as individual 3-packs, they’re made to fit a range of pockets (shirt, pants, backpack, messenger bag). Start jotting down your on-the-go thoughts today.
Richard Hollis / through November 10
Artists Space : Books & Talks / 55 Walker Street
Not to be missed! Hollis is one of our favorite designers over here in the PAPress design dept. This survey of the seminal British graphic designer is long overdue - glad we’re able to catch it here in NYC.
Some Los Angeles Apartments, 1965 — Ed Ruscha
We’re big fans of Ruscha—check out Ed reminiscing about his sign painting days in the foreword to Sign Painters.
Graphic Design Internship
Princeton Architectural Press, East Village, New York City
Bunker: Unloaded, Edizioni Periferia, 2003. From the PAPress Design Dept bookshelf.
A fascinating alternative approach to understanding art—includes 100 artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, video artists, and performance artists, among others) from the established to those beginning their careers. Artists include William Wegman, Pat Steir, John Baldessari, Carol Bove, Rashid Johnson, Peter Halley, Fred Tomaselli, Tony Oursler, Jim Shaw, Michelle Grabner, Tauba Auerbach, Theaster Gates, Dana Schutz, and David Altmejd, among many others. Available now.
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
Shadow Type presents a broad spectrum of examples—advertising, shop signs, billboards, posters, type-specimen books—featuring the most popular, rare, and (nearly) forgotten dimensional letters from Europe and the United States. Compiled by the leading historian of graphic design Steven Heller and renowned graphic designer Louise Fili. Hardcover available this September from PAPress!
First edition of the classic Modern and Historical Typography (1946). English edition published by Paul A. Struck, New York. From the PAPress Design Dept bookshelf.
Sign Painters, Faythe Levine & Sam Macon
A Guide to Archigram 1961–74, by Dennis Crompton, is a compact history showcasing the groups most interesting and influential schemes, from walking cities and plug-in universities to inflatable dwellings and free time nodes. This book, the most comprehensive guide to Archigram’s voluminous output, collects the critical responses of the period, in addition to hundreds of drawings and photographs. Available now from PAPress.