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Design Clothing for Charity Fashion Show

The Washington, D.C., area event tasked architects to design clothing with building materials.

The team from McLean, Va.-based Davis Carter Scott preps Kristen Melton before the show. The firm's used the back of a Herman Miller chair for the John Tyler-inspired dress.


Cards Against Urbanity: Getting Snarky About Cities

“The card game for horrible places” brings together gamers and a new generation with an interest in cities and a smart sense of humor

A typical hand in Cards Against Urbanity encourages players to get creative and/or silly with their responses (in white) to prompts (in black).


More New Museums!

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won an international competition to design and construct the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan.

Located in Taiwan’s cultural capital, the museum aims to promote arts, culture, and tourism while encouraging history, literature, arts research, and local talent.


Jean Nouvel Reveals Design for the National Art Museum of China

French architect Jean Nouvel has unveiled the official design for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Inspired by the idea of a brush stroke, the art and calligraphy museum will become the centerpiece of a new cultural district at Olympic Park and will contain collections dating to the Ming Era.


Ai Weiwei Transfers to Alcatraz

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.

The psychiatric-observation area of the Alcatraz hospital, one of the sites for Ai’s exhibition at the former prison. JAN STÜRMANN/COURTESY FOR-SITE FOUNDATION, SAN FRANCISCO


‘@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.”

Designer Jen Burke cross-references one of the 176 faces that make up "Trace," the signature artwork of "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz" that's made of Legos. Photo: Leah Millis, Staff / The Chronicle / ONLINE_YES


FOR-SITE Foundation

“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

Ai Weiwei, Refraction (studio installation detail)


Art Museums and the University

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.

A David Smith sculpture and Franz Kline painting are among the key works collected by the Peninsula's Anderson family. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle


What #isamuseum?

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.




Travels to Baltimore

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.

Howdy Sign



Chapter 2: Park City and Jeff Koons

Thoughts on Bjarke Ingels Group’s Park City Defeat

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….”



What Architects Can Learn from Jeff Koons

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

"Tulips," 1995–98.


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.”