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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
One of German artist Matthias Heiderich's photographs of Berlin.

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
Morrocan court architecture exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

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
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Friday Finds 11.18.11

In addition to shipping our February issue, choosing the cover for March, and beginning plans for next year's Dwell on Design, we here in the Dwell office have found a few spare moments to share our favorite web finds of the week. Scroll down for nineties favorite Third Eye Blind's homage to the Occupy movement, a video of Brooklyn-based knife maker Joel Bukiewicz in action, an LED-illuminated rollercoaster-like structure in Germany, and much more.
November 18, 2011
Fabian Debora illustration by Riccardo Vecchio

Street Smart

Pursuing his passion for painting gave Fabian Debora a means to transcend his troubled past.
November 17, 2011
Monarch Bay Homes rendering by Carlos Diniz

Return to Render

Carlos Diniz’s astounding hand-done renderings, illustrations, and screen-prints helped to push more than just a handful of buildings—they sold the very idea of modernism itself.
November 17, 2011
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Friday Finds 11.04.11

Another week has rolled on by—tempus fugit, as they say. To celebrate the moments of days past and to get a good start to the weekend ahead, we bring you our favorite finds from the interweb.
November 4, 2011
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Tom Price's Meltdown Chair

While perusing the blogosphere today, I clicked my way to this demystifying video on British designer Tom Price's Meltdown chair. Price is a practitioner of the common-materials-cum-high-design camp (think the Campana Brothers and Kwangho Lee) and in his Meltdown series, which began in 2008, he's taken scorching heat to swaths of polypropylene sheets, piles of fleece jackets, skeins of plastic rope, and yards of PVC hoses. Though his work is well known by now, his production methods were still a mystery to me. It all started when he thought about a rather simple act: singeing the end of a rope to prevent it from fraying. In this video, Price talks about how the design process starts (would you have guesed that he starts by wrapping rope around a beach ball?), the mid-century design icon that provides the form of the heated mold that deliquesces the seat, and why he's happy to sit in the grey area between design and art.
November 3, 2011