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Friday Finds 01.13.12

It's Friday the 13th, friends! Scroll through our favorite finds of the week: one of the coolest Rube Goldberg pieces ever, a blog dedicated to identifying mid-century fonts, and a few photos that combine two of our greatest loves, architecture and Ryan Gosling.
January 13, 2012
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Chris Burden's Big City Dreams

Judging from the ecstatic mood, it may as well have been Christmas morning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as Angelenos finally got a much-awaited first look at Chris Burden’s Metropolis II, a magnetically powered kinetic sculpture of 1,100 hot wheels-like cars zipping through a futuristic version of the City of Angels. “It’s like the toy car set that I’ve always wanted,” commented one press person gleefully to another. Indeed, everyone traveled a few years (or decades) back into their childhood at the sight of it, including me. When asked how he feels finally seeing the exhibition on public view after seven years of working on it and struggling to finance it, artist Chris Burden briefly replies, “Good. Real good.” The exhibition opens to the public on January 14th, but click through our slideshow for a sneak peek.
January 13, 2012

Boisbuchet as a Canvas

The Spanish architect, artist, and designer Luis Urculo once said, "I no longer know what an architect is and what an architect should do...." This past summer Urculo led one of the design seminars put on at the pastoral French estate Boisbuchet, where he and a group of students investigated some of the limits of the discipline. Their work, captured in the video below, took them out of the studio and into the landscape, allowing them to imagine a strange and magical intersection between art, architecture, sculpture, and performance. Their canvases were no longer paper or galleries or sites, as such, instead bodies of water, existing structures, and sound were the points of departure for the work. We hope Urculo never does full figure out what an architect is meant to do. We also hope he never stops searching for the answer.
January 12, 2012
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Friday Finds 01.06.12

We're back this New Year with the first Friday Finds of 2012. Scroll down to find out more on New York's lost subway stations, Dutch designer Thomas Eyck, an art installation made up of thousands of stickers, and a clip from one of our favorite IFC shows.
January 6, 2012

Gifts for the Euro-Obsessed

December 20, 2011
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Artist Carl Andre's Process

Last night I read this wonderful profile of minimalist artist Carl Andre in the New Yorker. I wasn't nearly as familiar with Andre as some of his contemporaries like Sol LeWitt or Donald Judd or Richard Serra, but immediately went racing to the computer to look him up. His major works are sculptures made of a host of woods and metals arranged on the floor of a gallery or museum. The viewer can walk on and around the sculptures (thrilling transgression) in a style that Andre calls "sculpture as place." As you can imagine, there's not loads and loads of information or videos online about Andre's work from the 60s and 70s, but I did come across this video from Phaidon Press that has both a long shot of one of his sculptures installed in Dusseldorf, Germany, and narration from Andre himself describing the genesis of the work. Fasincating stuff from an artist who has fared well in Europe in the last decades but not terribly well in America. The scandalous death of his third wife, artist Ana Mendieta in 1985, accounted for a shift in the public's perception of Andre, but he is finally getting a big show at Dia Beacon in spring of 2013. I'm not sure this video alone with tide me over until then, but it's a start.
December 7, 2011
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Friday Finds 12.02.12

In this installment of Friday Finds, a new look for Burger King in Singapore, Star Trek fan fictions in 140 characters or less, and an artful look at Berlin.
December 2, 2011
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Friday Finds 11.25.11

Not quite ready to brave the masses headed out on this Black Friday? Sit back, help yourself to some Thanksgiving leftovers, and scroll through this week's installement of Friday Finds.
November 25, 2011
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The Met's Moroccan Court

In reaching out to Moroccan architect Adil Naji and his network of artisans to develop the new Moroccan Court, the Metropolitan Museum of Art developed a fascinating permanent installation that elevates the New Galleries for Art of the Arab Lands. Most of the wing is arranged as an exhibition of objects, but in contrast, the Moroccan Court, completed over the course of nine months—Naji likens this to the birth of a child—is an example of what museums can do using global connections: create an encapsulating installation that transports visitors across the world and 500 years ago.
November 18, 2011