Politically charged installations by Ai Weiwei land on Alcatraz Island
Since his release from an 81-day detention by Chinese authorities in 2011, Beijing-based artist and activist Ai Weiwei has not kept silent, despite stipulations that prohibited interviews and other activities.
‘@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz’ preps for big prison break
In August, a cargo of Legos arrived at the Palace of Fine Arts. Box after box of the tiny toy building bricks were unloaded into a workroom at the old Exploratorium, where trained volunteers began snapping them into place to form flat human portraits…..The panels were then arranged like the pieces of a puzzle to form 176 faces, in square portraits ranging from 2 feet to 4. Each is a real person with a story of political imprisonment, and together they form “Trace,” the signature artwork of “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz.”
“The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned. This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.” — Ai Weiwei
The Art Museum and the University: Expanding a Shared Vision at Yale University and Beyond
University museums occupy unique positions in cultural environments: they operate at the nexus of campus and community, accessibility and rigor, lived experience and scholarly expertise. Particularly as the broader museum field asks questions about its future and seeks new approaches to education, public engagement, and inclusive museum practices, the university museum offers an intriguing laboratory for these questions.
Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature
When the Anderson Collection at Stanford University opens to the public this Sunday, visitors will be rewarded with a breathtaking introduction to one of the world’s most important private collections.
With five compelling questions installed on the fencing surrounding the construction site of the University of California Berkeley Art Museum future home, it asks: Is a museum fun? Truthful? Political? Visit the site of the new BAM/PFA building at the corner of Center and Oxford Streets in downtown Berkeley to see a new installation by multimedia artist Sam Durant.
Born to Run: Ditching New York for Baltimore, and Nicholas Buffon’s Little Revelations
Buffon’s remarkable, touching exhibition is about long journeys on the open road, and the images that define them
American Visionary Art Museum
Like love, you know it when you see it. But here’s the longer definition, straight out of the Mission Statement:
“Visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.”
In short, visionary art begins by listening to the inner voices of the soul, and often may not even be thought of as ‘art’ by its creator.
After the local government rejected two BIG proposals, America will not experience the Bilbao Effect with the Kimball Art Center in Utah. Here’s how the initial proposals would have impacted the Utah City.
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What Jeff Koons has wrought by Eric Gibson
(Leisure & Arts Features Editor of The Wall Street Journal)
“…In the end, “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” is profoundly depressing, the first time I have experienced such a feeling in a lifetime of visiting museums. The show is suffused with the atmosphere of cold calculation, of a career advancing as the result of a series of carefully thought-out moves and strategizing rather than proceeding naturally, without premeditation, as artists normally do. The work feels the same way….”
An exhibit at the Whitney Museum showcases the broad portfolio of America’s ultimate pop artist.
“There is no reason that you can’t make pop architecture that is comfortable, firm, and delightful. All it takes is a little more acceptance of a world not made by architects. It’s time to stop worrying about Le Corbusier or Palladio would have done and start learning from Jeff Koons.” – Aaron Betsky
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (Whitney Museum of American Art) through October 19, 2014
“Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular, and controversial artists of the postwar era. Throughout his career, he has pioneered new approaches to the readymade, tested the boundaries between advanced art and mass culture, challenged the limits of industrial fabrication, and transformed the relationship of artists to the cult of celebrity and the global market. Yet despite these achievements, Koons has never been the subject of a retrospective surveying the full scope of his career. Comprising almost 150 objects dating from 1978 to the present, this exhibition will be the most comprehensive ever devoted to the artist’s groundbreaking oeuvre.”
Shapes of an Extroverted Life
(New York Times Review JUNE 26, 2014)
“There are so many strange, disconcerting aspects to Jeff Koons, his art and his career that it is hard to quite know how to approach his first New York retrospective, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s largest survey devoted to a single artist.”
Alvar Aalto Foundation Launches Google Street View Tours
The Alvar Aalto Foundation has partnered with Google to present 8 of Aalto’s Finnish projects through Google’s Street View feature: visit the foundation’s museum as well as the interiors of several of Aalto’s most prominent buildings.
In addition to the interactive building walkthroughs, Google and the Aalto Foundation have produced a pair of exhibitions for Google’s online Cultural Institute: A look at the restoration history of Aalto’s Vyborg Library, and a web-based version of a Museum-produced exhibition entitled A Stool Makes History, which examines Aalto’s iconic three-legged Stool 60. Stool 60 was popular enough to be reproduced by Artek on the occasion of its 80th anniversary.
A Stool Makes History
“My furniture rarely, if ever, arises as the result of professional design. Almost without exception, I have designed it in conjunction with architectural projects, a mixed bag of public buildings, aristocratic residences, and workers’ huts. It’s great fun to design furniture in this way.” – Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto Foundation
On-line Exhibitions: DESIGN TOP 10 + 1