Blackman Cruz Presents An Evening of Glass
The evening will feature the work of two glass artists: Lianne Gold, a California artist and designer, and Andrew Thompson, a native of the Twin Cities.
Thomas Hayes, the founder of Noho Modern, reopens his doors as Thomas Hayes Gallery with a continued focus on mid-century decorative arts from modern Brazilian masters—Sergio Rodrigues, Jose Zanine Caldas, Joaquim Tenreiro, Oscar Niemeyer—and contemporary furniture designers such as Caldas’s son, Zanini De Zanine Caldas. The 6,000-square-foot gallery has been transformed and curated with furnishings and artwork by artists who will be exhibited throughout the year, all of whom, says Hayes, “have roots in the traditions of abstract expressionism.” The opening will reveal representational abstract paintings by Los Angeles artist Jason Fitzmaurice, hard-edge minimalist/maximalist paintings by Arizona-based Grant Wiggins, photographs and geometric paintings on Masonite by John Barbour and paintings by 1960s industrial furniture designer Arthur Ellsworth.
From October 3 through January 14, Los Angeles's premier designer antique resource, JF Chen will open its doors to the public for "Collecting Eames, the JF Chen Collection," an exhibition and book launch in cooperation with Eames Design and as part of the "Pacific Standard Time" series of art shows. JF Chen will kick off the event on Sunday, October 2 with a private preview sponsored by 1st Dibs, Herman Miller, and Nike.
JF Chen has amassed an impressive collection of work from entire Southern California design lions Charles and Ray Eames. On display: over 425 pieces of Eames objects spanning the entire chronology of their production, including an actual pavilion designed by Charles and Ray Eames, erected in the showroom, other rare Eames objects like a transistor radio and every style of Eames chairs made by Herman Miller. The iconic mid-century modern chairs will be arranged in an undulating timeline from 1939 through 1996.
In conjunction with the exhibit, JF Chen and Eames Design are publishing a hardbound monograph "Collecting Eames, The JF Chen Collection," due out in October.
Show hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12 to 5pm, and closed on Sunday.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is presenting an exhibition on Wendell Castle’s influence on form and function of furniture. Known for blurring the boundaries between art, craft, and design, and working with wood, metal, and fiberglass, Castle pursued the connection between furniture and sculpture. The event will present Castle’s various works throughout his career in honor of his eightieth birthday.
The first retrospective examination of the artist’s prolific print practice since 1988. The exhibition includes over 100 prints and five paintings. The exhibition is organized thematically in order to explore Kelly’s key formal motifs: grids, contrast and curves.
M+D+F 2009 is a juried exhibition of innovative furniture by emerging designers in the San Francisco area. Organized by the DWR Potrero Studio and juried by Derek Chen of Council Design, Peter Stathis, designer of the Tube Top and Link Lamps for Pablo Pardo, and Sarah Rich, Editor of Dwell, M+D+F provides an opportunity for peer, public and professional recognition for up-and-coming designers and firms. Stop by the Studio tonight to celebrate the winning entries.
The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957 in Beijing) participated in the Louisiana’s exhibition Made in China in 2008. In the autumn of 2011, however, he will be back, this time in the leading role in the exhibition series "Louisiana Contemporary" with works created for the occasion. Ai Weiwei was one of the central figures in the early Chinese avant-garde movement, among other things founding the artist’s group “Stars” in 1978. Today he is the Chinese artist who has achieved the greatest international recognition. He participated for example in Dokumenta 12 Kassel in 2007, and up to 2008, with the architects Herzog & Meuron, he planned the 2008 Olympic Stadium “Bird’s Nest” in Beijing.
Most recently he has aroused attention with an installation at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London. The project involves millions of individually designed sunflower seeds in porcelain. Together they form what is almost a sea or a garden spread over a large area, thematizing the idea of the individual in relation to the incalculably many.
Jiang Jun, editor of Urban China magazine, and curator Benjamin Godsill of the New Museum introduce a dynamic multimedia presentation on the history of Urban China as well as the exhibition Urban China: Informal Cities. Godsill and Jiang will discuss the rapidly changing nature of Chinese cities and what these alterations of space mean for forms of social control and organization in contemporary China. Never before seen photographs, maps, and diagrams from Urban China's extensive collection will accompany the talk.