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Art on the Cheap: 5 Places for Posters

Much like the realms of interior design and architecture, the art world can be an intimidating place. Weighing the cost of purchase and framing against wanting to avoid reproductions and rip offs can be tricky. Luckily, a resurgence in letterpress arts a few years back (as well as ample online storefronts) makes it easy to support artisans and score some seriously great pieces, all without going over budget.
February 22, 2013
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Lebbeus Woods: Architect at SFMoMA

Architect and artist Lebbeus Woods died late last year, leaving behind him a legacy of very few buildings, but a new vision of what architecture can and should be. His illustrations and sculptures, though they evoke a kind of post-apocalyptic fantasy land, were grounded in the kinds of upheaval (seismic, cultural, bellicose) that we experience every day. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has been an avid collector of Woods's work since the 1990s, and this week it mounted the show Lebbeus Woods Architect to celebrate the career of an architect and teacher who truly challenged not just what it is that we should build, but what it means to be an architect all together. Click through our slideshow to see Woods's strange world of the unbuilt.
February 21, 2013
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New York’s 20th Annual Canstruction

If you are in New York City this week or next, stop by Brookfield Place in the World Financial Center Complex to celebrate design contest Canstruction's 20th anniversary. Twenty-five teams of architects, engineers, contractors, and students spent months constructing mammoth sculptures from unopened cans of food. The structures will be on view until February 11, after which they will be dismantled and the cans will be donated to City Harvest and distributed to those in need.
February 5, 2013
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I Spy an Installation

The Dwell team sees scads of exhibits, pop-ups, and installations on our journeys both physical and digital, every week, from all over the globe. We're inspired by the power of such creative displays to surprise, create wonder, and sometimes simply amuse. Here are a few recent favorite installations. Look for more of our finds soon!
February 4, 2013
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A Look at Lego Bombing

You've heard of yarn bombing (as evidence of its mainstream status, yarn bombing has even shown up in a Roche Bobois ad), but have you seen Lego bombing?
January 29, 2013

State of America Print Series by Julian Montague, an online purveyor of both original and historic reproduction prints and photographs, recently commissioned the State of America graphic print series by artist Julian Montague. The collection of official various symbols of the 50 United States is both weird and wonderful: There are the usual suspects one might expect (leaves, amphibia, fruits, birds, still more fruits, still more birds), but then there are a wasp, potato, shark teeth, and a trilobite, too. (That last would be Pennsylvania's.) And who knew Connecticut goes in for the mantis, while Iowa favors a catfish? Click through to see a selection of these bright, modern prints.
December 31, 2012
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Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture Review

The 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, directed by David Chipperfield and titled Common Ground, closed on 25th November 2012, attracting 178,000 visitors. Here’s a selection of some of the most interesting installations.
December 7, 2012
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Inside Le Corbusier's Le Cabanon at Art Basel/Design Miami

During Art Basel/Design Miami this week, visitors to the Cassina Showroom were able to see - for the first time in the U.S. - a replica of the interior of Le Corbusier's 1952 Le Cabanon (Cassina has held exclusive rights to reproduce Corbu's work since 1965). A revolution at the time, Le Cabanon promoted simplistic, functional modernism over self-interested ornament in architecture.
December 7, 2012
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The Architectural Paintings of Danny Heller

Artbound by KCET is a great journal of the arts and culture in Southern California, and we're especially big fans of its videos. Dwell was down in Palm Springs last week scouting around and we were very happy to discover just what a comprehensive look at the current state of desert modernism the video "Future Perfect: The Midcentury Modern Painting of Danny Heller" offers. Check out Heller's paintings of Palm Springs, hear from local preservationists, and even get a glimpse inside the restoration of a William Krisel house. As a quick hit of what's new, and what's new with what's old, in Palm Springs, California, Artbound's 11-minute video hits it out of the park. Watch below and read the article from which the video springs here. 
December 6, 2012