MVRDV’s Mirrored Artwork Depot, Google’s San Jose Plans, and Different Information – SURFACE
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The mirrored building of the MVRDV will be the world’s first public art depot.
The MVRDV architecture firm has completed work on the Boijmans Van Beuningen depot, which will be the world’s first publicly accessible art depot. Known around the world for its imaginative projects, the Dutch company designed an arched structure entirely clad with 1,664 mirrored panels that mirror the surrounding museum park in Rotterdam. “We didn’t want to design a building that could keep up with the many museums that surrounded it,” says MVRDV partner Fokke Moerel DISPLAY. “We wanted it to be open to everyone as it is a very democratic building. It is like a painting that reflects the entire Rotterdam skyline and the ever-changing sky, like life in a painting. “When it opens in autumn 2021, the 160,000 square meter building will house 150,000 works of art that would otherwise not be accessible to the public.
Frank Gehry’s long-belated The Grand is an optimistic game.
California may be on fire and experiencing a long-term housing crisis, but that hasn’t stopped construction of The Grand, a long-belated mega-development in downtown, from moving forward The angel designed by connected and designed by Frank Gehry. Priced at $ 1 billion and spanning more than 16 years, the shimmering development when it opens in 2021 will include a luxury residential tower, Equinox hotel, movie theater, upscale retailer, and cook-controlled restaurant as an economic beacon for the arts district Grand Avenue – home of the Wide museum, Walt Disney Concert Hall (also by Gehry), and The Music Center – though that remains to be seen as social distancing regulations are yet to be lifted and businesses are still under full capacity.
Black museum trustees band together to bring about institutional change.
With the aim of bringing about meaningful change after widespread protests against Black Lives Matter, a group of Black Museum trustees have come together to make that happen Black Trustee Alliance for art museums. The founders, which include collectors AC Hudgins, Denise Gardner and Troy Carter, were motivated to create the steering committee after four museums decided to postpone a Philip Guston retrospective because of his pictures of the Ku Klux Klan – a highly controversial move that sparked violent backlash and accusations of self-censorship in the art world. The Alliance’s mission, according to a written statement, is to “improve black artist inclusion, perspective and narrative in US cultural institutions by addressing inequalities in personnel and leadership, addressing the lack of presence of marginalized communities in exhibitions and programs, and diversity in this will incorporate the culture of the institution. “
An extraordinarily long-lost treasure trove of more than 400 erotic drawings by Duncan Grant finally sees the light. Grant, a key member of the Bloomsbury group and one of the best-known British artists of the 20th century, created hundreds of explicitly strange drawings in the 1940s and 1950s, influenced by Greco-Roman traditions and the popular body magazines of the era. Although Grant passed the collection of drawings on to a close friend in 1959, they were believed to have been destroyed. That is, until retired theater designer Norman Coats offered them to Nathaniel Hepburn, director of the Charleston Museum, which lives in the Sussex farmhouse that Grant once referred to as home. Darren Clarke, director of collections at Charleston, describes the drawings as the definitive “Kamasutra of Duncan Grant’s Sexual Imagination.”
Google shares its vision for a sprawling new development in San Jose.
Google has finally announced its ambitious plans to convert an 80-acre property in downtown San Jose, California into a corporate campus called Downtown West. It’s not a traditional tech campus: Although Google has used design services from global firms like Grimshaw Architects, Heatherwick Studio, SHoP, KPF and SITELAB Urban Studio as the leading urban planner, the Silicon Valley behemoth is instead aiming to create a completely new urban district that offers public parklands, affordable housing and areas designated for non-Google uses more than 7.3 Millions of square meters of office space for 25,000 Google employees. “They don’t build a walled spaceship that has their backs on the community,” said Scott Knies, a member of the San Jose Downtown Association, to the local KPIX 5 outlet, not casting such subtle shadows on it Norman Fosteris Apple Park. “They’re building it to fit San Jose.”
Milton Glaser’s Kips Bay townhouse is sold to New York Review of Books.
The New York Review of Books bought a townhouse in Kips Bay, Manhattan that once belonged to the legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser as a live work studio. The 1902 Beaux Arts building was originally designed by Robert L. Lyons as a clubhouse for members of the Tammany Hall Central Association. After they were ousted, Glaser bought the property in 1965 and it became home to new York, which he founded in 1968 with Clay Felker. Although the headquarters of the magazine were relocated only a few years later, Glaser maintained the townhouse as a studio, in which he designed perhaps his most famous works: I <3 New York, the album cover by Bob Dylan and a logo for the Brooklyn Brewery. The deal had apparently been brewing for some time - before Glaser died on June 26, he was reportedly "pleased" that the buyer was also in the literary arts.
LACMA trustee Tom Gores resigns due to investment in prison phones.
Tom Gores, trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since 2006, stepped down from the museum’s board of directors after a group of activists called for his resignation over his financial company’s recent investment in Securus Technologies, a company in hot water about how it manages telephone services provided to prisons. The company has been criticized for charging rewards for calls from inmates, which even led to an FCC investigation into how those rates are regulated. In one letter to the CEO and Director of LACMA Michael GovanGores wrote that his decision to leave the board was “based on clearing LACMA of any further distraction,” and perhaps nodded Peter ZumthorThe ongoing renovation of the museum’s east campus continues share the public.
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