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David Zwirner Gallery's Expansion in Chelsea, New York

When the David Zwirner gallery decided to expand their Chelsea presence, they turned to a familiar face. Architect Annabelle Selldorf had completed the renovation of both their 19th street location and London outpost and last month the five-story, 30,000 square foot gallery of her design opened. The inaugural show features Dan Flavin and Donald Judd, deceased artists on Zwirner’s roster, whose minimal art allows the new building to showcase itself to the public.
March 13, 2013
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Emerging Voices Lecture Series: graciastudio & SO – IL

Last Thursday, the Architectural League hosted the first in a series of lectures from the recipients of the 2013 Emerging Voices program. Selected for the promise they have shown in forging unique paths in architecture, the eight firms will be presenting lectures on their personal philosophies each Thursday this month. On deck last night were Jorge Gracia of graciastudio and Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu of New York City-based SO – IL. With an introduction by architecture critic Thomas de Monchaux, the two firms spoke to a packed crowd at Cooper Union’s Rose Auditorium.
March 12, 2013
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The Bay Lights Begins Tonight!

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area tonight, you won't want to miss the debut of The Bay Lights, the largest scale LED light installation in the world to date.
March 5, 2013
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TOTEMISM: Memphis Meets Africa at Design Indaba Expo

Kinship in design is often viewed as simply a matter of showing relations, both formally and historically, between objects that share color, pattern, and local craft strategies. Totemism, however, often takes a "system of belief" one step further by introducing supernatural connections and avant-garde expressions that blend the folkloric and iconic in stirring ways. In this spirit, we reached out to Li Edelkoort, world-renowned trend forecaster, to describe some of the layered creations in her artfully curated exhibit,'TOTEMISM: Memphis meets Africa' at this past weekend's Design Indaba Expo. The Memphis movement burst onto the scene in 1981 when its designers made waves at the Milan Furniture Fair with irreverently bold, Pop-style designs that challenged Modernist notions of good taste and functionality. Created as a language that challenged the aesthetic of clean lines, the market appeal of the understated, and the usefulness of design coherence, Memphis rippled out to ceramics, glassware, furniture, interior design, and urban architecture, specifically building facades. The movement embraced the unexpected in design as well as the ubiquitous in life.
March 5, 2013
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Lenbachhaus Gallery and Museum in Munich

All it took was a new copper-clad addition, the installation of a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, and some LED lighting to transform an elegant yet out-of-date 19th century building in Munich. When architect Ulrich Hamann of the London-based architectural firm Foster + Partners undertook a four-year $79 million dollar renovation of the Lenbachhaus Gallery and Museum in Munich, Germany, the results were both beautiful and smart.
March 4, 2013
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Where to See Art in Portland, Maine

Guide yourself through downtown Portland’s gallery district.
March 2, 2013
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Artist Spotlight: Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko, apparent muse to Fall 2013 runway shows, has entered into the current design conversation in a major way (Nail polish company Butter London has even created a manicure style after his paintings). Famous for his color pairing and graphic, yet soft color blocking, we learn more about the artist and his work. Associated with the New York School group of painters in the 1940s, his work is characterized by its shapes, colors, depth of hue, and scale. His classic painting style, a series of stacked rectangles for which he would become best known, emerged in the early 1950s. He explored other themes such as surreally rendering of the anxiety over WWII, and then total abstraction of shape, but continued to return to his initial rectangular shapes. For more artist spotlights, see our exclusive video on minimalist sculptor Carl Andre.
February 28, 2013
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Beaux Meets New

The St. Louis Art Museum has announced the June 29th opening of its recently completed expansion, the East Building. The walls are up, the lights are on, and all that remains to be done is the lengthy process of hanging artwork. The David Chipperfield-designed building will bring together new and old as it connects to the Cass Gilbert-designed Beaux Arts building that has housed a top tier collection of art since 1904.
February 28, 2013
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A+D Museum’s Never Built: Los Angeles Onstage at Dwell on Design

From Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry, many noted architects have dreamed of a better plan for the architectural fabric of Los Angeles. For the first time, these lofty utopias, in the form of drawings, renderings, and sketches, will be presented together as the subject of a study and exhibition at A+D Architecture and Design Museum July 11–September 13.
February 25, 2013
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