Prison Art, a Dark Place Where the Muse Never Leaves

A Drawing Center show makes a soulful statement about the nature of creative expression and what it means to be imprisoned.
Tags: Art, News, Ny, Mine, FELIX, Honore, Courbet, Okubo, Nussbaum, Gustave, Daumier, Drawing Center (Manhattan, Prison Art, Ho-na-nist-to (Howling Wolf

i-Blason’s Marble-inspired cases give your AirPods some serious bling

Designed to resemble a fancy lighter or a case for your cigar-cutter, i-Blason’s Cosmo Airpods cover looks pretty goddamn fantastic. With its interplay of marble-inlay and gold, each case has the appearance of a literal jewel. The cases (available in black, green, and pink) are relatively easy to install, as they slip on with a pretty snug fit. They even come with a patterned PU leather strap, the ability to charge wirelessly if you’re using the 2nd generation AirPods, and a cutout for pluggin...
Tags: Deals, Music, Design, Audio, Gold, Case, Product Design, Marble, Cosmos, General Gifts, AirPods, Blason, i-Blason

Is A Banana And Duct Tape Art? Maybe That’s The Wrong Question

If you don’t like something that’s presented as art, if you think it’s offensive or stupid, go ahead and say it’s offensive and stupid. I’m an art critic, I will be right there with you. But to say simply that it’s not art is, for me, a cop-out. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, 12.12.19

LEGO Tesla Cybertruck

Detailed miniature replica of Tesla Cybertruck polarizing electric pickup truck made out of LEGO bricks. LEGO Tesla Cybertruck designed by BrickinNick can become a real set if enough Elon Musk and LEGO fans support the project. Also check out: LEGO Ferrari Formula 1 Ca
Tags: Elon Musk, Design, Tech, Lego, LEGO Tesla Cybertruck

Berlin’s Biggest Art Fair Is Canceled

Berlin’s most prominent art fair evolved out of its previous iteration, Art Berlin Contemporary, and was held for the past three years in the historic Tempelhof airport each September, showing mostly contemporary art. But the fair’s owner which also runs Art Cologne, has decided after months of discussions that the conditions in Berlin are too unpredictable for its liking. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Berlin, Visual, Tempelhof, Art Cologne, 12.10.19

Ingrana’s Modular Synth Days Calendar gives you a new sound everyday for 15 years

Giving you a new sound to associate with each day of the year, Ingrana’s Modular Synth Days Calendar is a great way to understand synesthesia or cross-sense experiences. The modular synth comes with multiple modules, 24 keys, and two 3/4″ cables. The modules correspond to a day, date, month, and year going all the way till 31st December 2034, and each module sports a series of 3/4″ inlets you can plug your cables into. Modeled on a Moog synth, the Modular Synth Days calendar takes a funky approa...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Calendar, Product Design, Synthesizer, Ingrana, Modular Synth, Modular Synth Days

English Music? Why Do We Think Of It As Nostalgic?

Since the 2016 Brexit referendum, the UK has suffered a collective breakdown over national identity and our relationship to Europe, and it should perhaps be no surprise to see the 48/52 divide reflected in our musical tastes. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, UK, 12.11.19

Live Resin Project, a Cannabis Brand Focused on the Plant’s Purest Essence

Focusing on the complexity of fresh frozen flowers, the brand brings forth each strain's specific flavor, aroma and character Long subject to unfair and ill-informed legislation and policing—and thus massively underserved regarding clinical research studies—cannabis seems more poised than ever to see widespread legalization and proper acknowledgement of its medicinal and recreational value. An increasingly crowded marketplace sees new brands and products introduced daily; some …
Tags: Design, Smoking, Weed, Interviews, Marijuana, Flower, Herb, Cannabis, Culture, Innovation, Vaping, Dabs, Oils, Extraction, Cannabis Culture, Cannabis Concentrate

Los Angeles – Kiko Kostadinov: “OTTO 95.8″ at Morán Morán Through December 21st, 2019

Kiko Kostadinov, OTTO 95.8 (Installation View), via Moran Moran Currently on view at Los Angeles’s Morán Morán, London-based, Bulgarian designer Kiko Kostadinov presents a series of works unified under the title OTTO 95.8. Kostadinov’s practice, inspired by everyday uniforms and utilitarian work wear, includes objects that he creates to run parallel to his design work. Incorporating readymade […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Otto, Moran Moran, Kostadinov, Kiko Kostadinov, Kiko Kostadinov OTTO, Morán Morán London

Companies Jump on Board for Cattelan Banana Send-Ups

A piece in Ad Age this week looks at the number of companies and advertising agencies piggybacking on a massive popularity of Maurizio Cattelan’s banana sculpture Comedian.  Read more at Ad Age
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Maurizio Cattelan, Board for Cattelan Banana Send Ups

Tequila Casa Dragones Joven

Sophisticated and exquisitely crafted, Casa Dragones Joven is a small-batch, master blend of 100% Blue Agave silver and extra-aged tequila. This liquid is complex and nuanced, but soft, smooth and satisfying; ideal for sipping slowly on its own or pairing with food. With notes of citrus, florals, spice and vanilla, it’s a bright and elegant tequila. Not only is the liquid impeccably made, but each …
Tags: Sponsored, Drinks, Design, Mexico, Alcohol, Drinking, Bar, Tequila, Casa Dragones, Casa Dragones Joven, Tequila Casa Dragones Joven

Bloomberg Offers Support to Save Venice Foundation

Bloomberg is throwing its weight behind the Save Venice foundation, fielding donations to help combat the effects of climate change on the lagoon city. “We’re worrying about the foundations of the buildings, as well as the stonework,” says Melissa Conn of Save Venice. Read more at Bloomberg
Tags: Art, News, Bloomberg, Venice, Art News, Minipost, Melissa Conn, Save Venice Foundation

The Importance Of Stalin Jokes

“By the 1980s, Soviet political jokes had become so widely enjoyed that even the US president Ronald Reagan loved to collect and retell them. But, 50 years earlier, under Stalin’s paranoid and brutal reign, why would ordinary Soviet people share jokes ridiculing their leaders and the Soviet system if they ran the risk of the NKVD (state security) breaking down the door to their apartment and tearing them away from their families, perhaps never to return? … And yet, countless diaries, memoirs an...
Tags: Art, US, Ronald Reagan, Issues, Stalin, NKVD, 12.11.19

Work Appearing to be Stolen Gustav Klimt Found in Gallery Wall

A painting believed to be a Gustav Klimt stolen 23 years ago has been discovered in the wall of the Ricci Oddi gallery where it had previously been on display.   “It is very strange, because, immediately after the theft, every single inch of the gallery and garden was checked with a fine-tooth comb,” says Jonathan Papamerenghi, a member […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Gustav Klimt, Gallery Wall, Ricci Oddi, Jonathan Papamerenghi

The Limits Of Truth

There is a real risk that scientific fact will eventually be reduced to just another opinion, even when those facts describe natural phenomena—the very purpose for which science was developed. – The Scientist
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.01.19

Sotheby’s Re-Organizes, Amy Cappellazzo Heads Expanded Fine Arts Division

Sotheby’s has reordered its auction house around two divisions, Fine Arts and Luxury, Art and Objects, with Amy Cappellazzo taking on an expanded role as head of the Fine Arts division. The strategy will look to “reduce the current silos that exists between fine arts, business development and regional organizations,” according to a statement. Read more at Art […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Sotheby, Amy Cappellazzo

The Feedback Loop Of Notoriety: How ‘Punk Organist’ Cameron Carpenter Ran Aground

Just a few years ago, he was getting intrigued, often admiring press for his rocker persona, uninhibited commentary, and astonishing technical skills. (Video of his manically flying feet at the pedalboard made him something of a YouTube star.) And he’d spent hundreds of thousands of dollars (and gone into debt) developing his Virtual Touring Organ, the electronic instrument to end all electronic instruments. Then, in 2014, Sony Masterworks released a documentary about him that became, frankly, ...
Tags: Art, Music, Sony masterworks, 12.11.19, Cameron Carpenter Ran Aground

Founders Of Chicago Theatre Leave. Theatre Erases History Of Their Involvement

“They indicated that they didn’t want to be associated with the theater any longer after they had departed, so we did that.” When I asked if they said they wanted to be excised from its history, he said, “We interpreted it in that fashion.” – Chicago Reader
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, 12.10.19

Experimental, net-positive energy development in India is a prototype for future sustainable housing

Communities around the globe are struggling to find feasible options for affordable and sustainable housing to meet the needs of growing urban populations. Now, one forward-thinking firm, Auroville Design Consultants, is leading the charge with Humanscapes, an 18,000-square-foot, net-positive energy, experimental housing complex located in Auroville, India. Designed to house up to 500 residents, the sustainable housing complex will be studied for years to come in order to create a future model ...
Tags: Design, London, India, Auroville Design Consultants, Auroville India, Suhasini Ayer, Auroville Design Consultants Humanscapes, Akshay Arora, John Mandeen

Art News Publishes Top 200 Collectors List

Art News has published the 30th edition of its Top 200 Collectors List, with a number of familiar faces and new names included. Read more at Art News  
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost

Friedrich Petzel Profiled in Art News

Friedrich Petzel gets a profile in Art News, as he discusses his vision for his gallery and business model. “My imagination does not allow for 80, 90, 100 artists,” he says. “I think there’s a certain expectation of precision from people who enter the gallery.” Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Friedrich Petzel

At What Point Does Memoir Become Biography And Biography Become History?

“[Biography] was once thought, as Michael Holroyd called it, ‘the shallow end of history’, unable to provide sufficient context and with a tendency to exaggerate the role of individuals in the passage of time. … Many a biographer still falls in love with his or her subject, making the hope of objectivity even dimmer than for conventional history. And arguably the whole conceit is flawed.” – History Today
Tags: Art, Words, Michael Holroyd, 12.11.19

San Francisco Opera’s Hiring Of Eun Sun Kim As Music Director “Historic”

Kim’s appointment doesn’t just bring a musician of obvious artistry and interpersonal gifts to the company. The hiring of an Asian woman is also a historic advance for diversity, a badly needed development in a field where white men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions. – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, Kim, San Francisco Opera, Eun Sun Kim, 12.11.19

Kansas City approves free public transportation for all

Last week, the city council of Kansas City unanimously voted for free public transportation via the Zero Fare Transit proposal. The program will boost ridership of city transit systems, allaying concerns about equity and the challenges of global greenhouse gas emissions and the climate crisis. Kansas City’s streetcar service is already free, and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) likewise provides free services to veterans. But approval of the resolution is a historic move all...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Rome, Missouri, City Council, Kansas City, United States Department of Energy, Federal Transit Administration FTA, Nashville Portland, Quinton Lucas, Zero Fare Transit, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority KCATA, Citizens for Modern Transit, Missouri Public Transit Association, AARP Missouri

Lighting Up Sales With The Lixie II

Side Hustle Success—Using Laser Cutting To Build A Viable Business There are dreamers, and there are doers. Then there are people, such as Connor Nishijima, who are both. What began as a DIY project to find an alternative to making an expensive Nixie clock for himself has turned this hardware engineer’s life in a completely new direction—one that has him calling all the shots. When we last talked to Connor in April 2018, The post Lighting Up Sales With The Lixie II appeared first on Ponoko.
Tags: Design, Connor, Nixie, Product & Design Ideas, Maker Success Stories, Connor Nishijima

How Reese Witherspoon Remade Herself Into A Genuine Multimedia Mogul

“Tired of dreadful scripts and degrading magazine spreads, the Oscar-winning actress, producer, entrepreneur and activist built an empire on her own taste and work ethic. Now she plots projects all over Hollywood and responds to critics of her paychecks: ‘Does it bother people when Kobe Bryant or LeBron James make their contract?'” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Reese Witherspoon, People, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, 12.11.19

Park Avenue Green is the largest Passive House building in North America

But Passive House is so expensive! How can you build housing for the homeless and low income families this way?
Tags: Design, News, Passive House, North America, Park Avenue Green

How The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Balanced Its Budget

The chamber orchestra is known for its low ticket prices; half go for $15 or less. That’s partly thanks to two programs: With a Netflix-style membership, people can pay just $9 a month to attend unlimited concerts. And, since 2016, children and college students get in for free. About 19.8% of the nonprofit’s income in 2019 was “earned,” a category that includes ticket sales, down from 22.4% last year. About 62.8% of its income came from contributions from people, companies and foundation...
Tags: Art, Music, SPCO, 12.11.19, St Paul Chamber Orchestra Balanced Its Budget

IUCN finds ocean oxygen levels dropping at record rates

Marine life is in serious trouble if ocean oxygen levels continue to plummet. A new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reveals that ocean oxygen levels have decreased by about 2 percent since the middle of the 20th century, and continued deoxygenation will put wildlife and human survival in danger. The report, which involved work from 67 scientists in 17 countries, was released Saturday at the COP25 UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid. “Urgent global action t...
Tags: Design, Ipcc, Earth, Madrid, UN Climate Change Conference, Iucn, Minna Eps, IUCN Global Marine, Grethel Aguilar

Steve Martin on How to Look at Abstract Art

The standard “anyone could do that” response to abstract art generally falls apart when the person who says it tries their hand at making something like a Kandinsky or Miró. Not only were these artists highly trained in techniques and materials, but both possessed their own specific theories of abstract art—the role of line, color, shape, negative space, etc., along with grander ideas about the role of art itself. Few of us walk around with such considered opinions and the ability to tur...
Tags: Google, Art, Youtube, College, Bbc, Steve Martin, Museum of Modern Art, Jackson Pollock, Moma, John Waters, Martin, Manet, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Moran, Piet Mondrian

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