Much of the buzz at the opening night of the 15th edition of the SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art) fair on Thursday, April 19, was in praise of the exhibition design by New York architect David Ling. Giving the historic Park Avenue Armory an interior sheathing of gallery-white walls that start in the lobby, Ling created a processional entrance that brings visitors into a lounge Read more
Days before the opening of his painting and sculpture retrospective at the Guggenheim, as visitors watched from a few feet away, Lee Ufan squatted on a square-ish sheet of glass laid atop a steel plate of the same size and put his arms around a boulder, hefting it an inch or two in the air and letting it drop. Faster than the eye could see, the glass shattered, radiating fracture Read more
Two French jewelry companies—each, family firms over 100 years old—are currently displaying historic examples of their wares in New York museum exhibitions. Van Cleef & Arpels has filled the Cooper-Hewitt's main-floor galleries with diamonds, rubies and other precious stones; Bernardaud, manufacturer of Limoges porcelain, presents artist-designed ceramic jewelry, ranging from amusing to provocative, at the Museum of Arts and Design. Read more
Extending the pop-culture foray of its manga and tin toys shows last year, the Japan Society focuses currently on a single Nineteenth Century designer woodblock prints. Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) depicted—in deep colors and stylized realism—warriors, heroes and monsters. They are the forbears to today's action manga, anime and games and, for that matter, inspiration for tattoos. In conjunction with the show, Hiroki Otsuka, a mangaka (comic-book illustrator) is in residence Read more
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