The New York Times Style magazine “T” recently published an excellent feature on photographer William Eggleston, considered the pioneer of color photography. The article was written by Augesten Burroughs and offers images of Eggleston (like the one below) shot by another influential photographer, Wolfgang Tillmans. The online version includes video by Tillmans and a slideshow of some never-before-published images by Eggleston. Great stuff and a must read for fans of the photographer and his style.
The controversial Chinese artist and activist Ai Wei Wei is depicted in this new mural along Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, Los Angeles. (See other related posts on Ai Wei Wei.) Rendered in a style like a pencil illustration, the artist appears serious and pensive, as though he’s staring past you into the middle distance. Wei Wei’s head appears to float in the space of the white-painted brick wall, disembodied, iconic and alone.
The whimsical Binoculars Building — pictured below — on a quiet, mostly residential stretch of Main Street in Venice, in Los Angeles, was designed by architect Frank Gehry back in the 1980s.
It’s a local landmark and Gehry’s last building to be constructed in Los Angeles until the development of the Walt Disney Concert Hall two decades later.
In the interim, Gehry created the Guggenheim Bilbao and became one of the world’s foremost “starchitects” if not its greatest living architect.
The Binoculars Building was initially the home to the legendary advertising agency Chiat/Day (now TBWA/Chiat/Day), which grew too big for the space years later and vacated for much larger offices in nearby Playa Vista.
Since then, the building complex has been home to many creative tenants including Google. The giant binoculars, by the way, are by the artists Claes Oldenberg and Coosje van Bruggen.
It’s still surprising that the building is not more widely known.
Among the artworks at the landmark exhibition of the artist FAILE at the Brooklyn Museum this summer is a massive, immersive installation done in collaboration with the infamous Brooklyn-based street artist Bast. The work is titled the “The FAILE and BAST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade” and it takes up several of the museum’s galleries.
The arcade is of the old-school 1980s-era style with pinball machines, pixelly video games and foosball tables all designed by the artists. The arcade’s decor and games are an edgy, playful, and noisy cavalcade of the FAILE and BAST aesthetic.
In a separate gallery with foosball tables, all of the available surface space is adorned with black-light posters. The videogames were designed by the artists and include one wherein the players must spur the cycle of urban gentrification of a derelict neighborhood into one with shiny new luxury condos.
The exhibition runs through October 4th.
As regular readers of Global Graphica know, we’re fans of Apartamento magazine. We always get excited when we see a new issue hit the newstands. It’s one of those rare periodicals these days that is almost exclusively a print experience; There’s an Apartamento website but it’s a mere presence. The magazine’s contents are only fully digestible in the actual printed edition of the magazine itself.
The current issue has been out for a few months already, but we just delved back into it while doing a little research and we got excited by it all over again. The issue looks great and features an interview and photos of artist Raymond Pettibon at home in his apartment in the new Frank Gehry “New York” building in downtown New York. Back in the day, Pettibon (pictured on the cover, below) created — among many other things — the iconic black-bars logo for the seminal American punk Black Flag .
Granted, it’s only the second week of the new year, but cheeky blog-post title aside, this freshly painted street art by the Newark, New Jersey-based street artist “Mr. Mustart” is one of the best, strongest, most visually arresting street artworks we’ve seen in the past six months or so. The mural is near the northwest corner of Mott and Houston streets in NoHo, in downtown New York City, and it’s another in the series of public artworks in and around NYC from artists associated with the Green Villain gallery and studios in New Jersey. Great stuff.