Betsy Mead is an Associate Editor of Artlog. New-York born and London-raised, she has been fortunate enough to be exposed to the vibrant artistic scenes on both sides of the “pond.” Betsy graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. Hons in History & Literature and served as Senior Editor at The Harvard Crimson. Since then, she has written numerous pieces on art and culture for several New-York based publications and was most recently a writer for The Daily, NewsCorp’s iPad only newsmagazine. In her free time, she acts as Newsletter Co-ordinator for the New York chapter of the charity Room To Read.
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Artists and students have long contemplated artwork with a sketchpad in hand, but over the weekend, artists and hackers took to the museum with 3-D printers instead.
It’s been a busy year for Indo-British artist Anish Kapoor. This year alone, the sculptor, recognized for his unique use of form, structure, and pigmentation, exhibited at Frieze New York, held a solo show at both locations of Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea, and recently completed the official Olympic Tower for the London 2012 Games, designed with architect Cecil Balmond.
An art historian and an art editor have teamed up to produce Information Graphics, a new Taschen publication (slated for release on May 27) that encyclopedically chronicles the images that make sense of the torrent of data rushing past us. The book itself provokes information overload with four hundred infographics about subjects from sleep to politics and four essays about the history of graphic design. Preview a few highlights from the collection below.
In 2007, American artist Tom Sachs used everyday materials to painstakingly build a 1:1 model of the Apollo lunar probe and stage a moon landing within the confines of the Los Angeles branch of Gagosian Gallery, complete with mission control monitors relaying footage of the astronauts in space suits. Sachs’ latest project takes his fascination with the challenges, ingenuity, and wonder of space travel even further.
The London 2012 Olympics will dominate screens and clog British roads in a matter of months, and while the the attention will be on the medals, it would be misleading to pin the games as merely a sporting event. The competition is an opportunity for the host nation to flaunt its power and industry through the architecture of its Olympic park.
Those wondering what’s next after the Whitney Biennial can wonder no more—the museum’s recently released schedule of upcoming exhibitions reveals that many film and video projects will be on offer. A standout among them is German-American artist Oskar Fischinger’s multi-screen projection Raumlichtkunst (Space Light Art), first shown in Germany in 1926.
Renowned architect Frank Gehry recently unveiled his latest project – a deconstructivist chess set produced in collaboration with luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. Gehry is no stranger to working on a small scale, and the tradition of architects working in the field of industrial and product design has a long tradition. Modernist masters like Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright designed everything in their buildings down to the chairs and tableware.
On Monday, April 30, One World Trade Center officially became NYC’s tallest building, a distinction the Empire State Building has held since the the September 11 attacks in 2001. Daniel Libeskind’s One World Trade Center, soon to be home to Condé Nast and a slew of other businesses, is a model of starchitecture: attention-grabbing and glitzy like the structures that make up the imposing skylines of cities like Shanghai and Singapore.