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The Curated Object is a non-profit web project design to support and promote decorative arts and design exhibitions.
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Akio Nukaga at Heath Ceramics 2014-4 Takayama sculptures Akio and Friends vignette Akio Nukaga and Friends July 11 – August 8, 2014 Recognized as "The Master of Traditional Craft" of Kasama-Pottery in 1999, Akio Nukaga creates objects that speak the often-forgotten language of sincerity. Lacking the hyperbolic visual noise that surrounds many contemporary objects designed specifically to compete for virtual real estate in the current market of gluttonous imagery, Nukaga proffers a world rooted in visual peace, texture and reflection. To those of you who have the good fortune of attending this exhibition ( which we highly recommend), we suggest... Continue reading
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Ai Weiwei - Ruyi – 2006 - Glazed ceramics6 × 30 1/4 × 9 in. (15.2 × 77 × 22.9 cm)Lent by M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong Ai Weiwei - The Wave – 2005 Glazed ceramics. Lent by a private collection, New York Duan Jianyu - Beautiful Dream 7 – 2008Ink on cardboard11 1/2 x 17 1/4 in. (29 x 44 cm) Lent by the Sigg Christopher Dreseer, Wave Bowl, c1880, glazed earthenware, Metropolitan Museum of Art Ai Weiwei - Map of China – 2006 - Ironwood reused from dismantled temples of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). H. 15 3/4 in.... Continue reading
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Detail, Jerome LeBlanc “Surfing la Cité des Anges A Wave of Support Report from the "Celebrate: Groundswell" Gala for the A+D Museum June 28, 2014 from 7:00-11:pm at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA By Miranda Garno Nesler This year, A+D Museum’s annual gala was “Celebrate: Groundswell”—a tribute to the vibrant surf and skate cultures that enliven the Los Angeles area. Challenging designers, architects, and artists to use surf and skate boards as inspiration for their projects, the A+D helped to produce a dynamic collection of pieces that went up for silent auction (100% of proceeds went toward funding the... Continue reading
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KMNelson Design, Inc.'s California Kelp Forest End Table Piece. Drawing inspiration from surfers and the natural environment they inhabit, Kristi Nelson envisaged a lush forest of kelp wafting through pacific blue waters for her firm’s donated design piece. KMNelson Design’s auction item is not only a functional representation of the beauty of the sea, it is also intended to bring awareness of the declining ecosystems of the once rich and diverse kelp forests along the Southern California coastline. The interplay of faux sea glass and iron was fashioned into a decorative end table which depicts the dance and symbiotic relationship... Continue reading
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The Empire Needs Men!’, World War One Recruitment Poster (c. 1915). To know the history of animals is to know the history of humanity. When we had the chance to take a closer look at The Animal History Museum we were immediately captivated by its desire to create a community, not just a museum. Their path shows not only a nuanced understanding of the "museum" itself, but reveals how those who truly love animals may have a broader, compelling sense of community. Its mission: The Animal History Museum is the first museum dedicated to understanding and celebrating the human-animal bond.... Continue reading
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Separating Leather Jacket April 2014 - IZ Adaptive Clothing This leather jacket is styled to fit closely when seated. Its two separate pieces allow the wearer to be easily dressed with minimal movement. It is joined at the upper back and then cut away where the client leans against the back of the wheelchair. Zippers from cuffs to elbow make it easy to open, put on, and close. Its front zipper is double-ended for comfort. The jacket is lined with 100% organic cotton knit that is warmer than a traditional, cool woven rayon lining . The side has a zippered... Continue reading
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It’s hard to make it in this world. Literally. Artists and artisans have an especially difficult time juggling the production of their craft, let alone the delicate art of being compensated fairly. Many work multiple jobs to afford supplies, a studio—let alone life’s necessities for self and family. And this compensation can only take place after one’s work has been “found.” Ironically, it is precisely in this world dominated by the image (and its fetishization in our new pubic mediums) that artists and makers have difficulty finding way of being “seen,”—especially those who can’t afford a publicist or know someone... Continue reading
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Portrait Wolfgang Weingart photograph, 2011, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Graphic Collection, photo: U. Romito, © ZHdK Wolfgang Weingart Visible Language, cover, offset, 1974, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Graphics Collection, photo: U. Romito, © ZHdK Weingart Typography May 7- Sept. 28, 2014 Wolfgang Weingart is regarded as the “enfant terrible” of modern Swiss typography. At an early stage he broke with the established rules: He freed letters from the shackles of the design grid, spaced, underlined or reshaped them and...... reorganized type-setting. Later he mounted halftone films to form collages, anticipating the digital sampling of the post-modern “New Wave”. As a... Continue reading
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Henry van de Velde at his bureau Villa Hohe Pappeln, Weimar, 1907/08; Photo: Klassik Stiftung Weimar Henry van de Velde, Die Engelwache Wall hanging, 1893; © 2014, ProLitteris, Zurich / Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Kunstgewerbe¬sammlung; Photo: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, FX.Jaggy/U.Romito © ZHdK Henry van de Velde Interiors Feb. 28- June 1, 2014 As an Art Nouveau architect and designer Henry van de Velde achieved world renown. From the end of the 19th century this Fleming strove to “liberate the world from its ugliness” and to improve human life by means of a new aesthetic..... With his work, which is... Continue reading
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Buff, Straub & Hensman (1955-1961, later Buff, Hensman and Associates). Recreation pavilion, Mirman House, Arcadia, 1958. Photo by Julius Shulman, 1959. Getty Research Institute California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way March 29-July 6, 2014 From the museum: The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way, an exhibition of more than 250 mid-century modern design objects. A diverse array of works including furniture, textiles, fashion, classic vehicles and much more celebrates the impact of California designers between 1930 to 1965. The output of legendary designers Charles and Ray Eames..... Richard Neutra and R.M.... Continue reading
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Super Mario Brothers 3, Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Hiroshi Yamauchi, directors; Satoru Iwata, executive producer; Konji Kondo, composer, Nintendo Entertianment System, 1990, Nintendo of America, In. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Shigeru Miyamoto, executive producer; Eiji Aonuma, director; Satoru Takizawa, art director; Eiji Aonuma, Satoru Iwata, proders, Nintendo WII, 2006, Nintendo of America, Inc. The Art of Video Games June 19–Sept. 28 From the museum: Enabling the viewer to interact with and control images is what sets video games apart from other art forms. “[We’re] invited by the artist to inject our own morality, our own worldview, our own... Continue reading
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Alexey Brodovitch: Art Director September 6 – December 21, 2014 From the museum: Alexey Brodovitch: Art Director celebrates the life and work of one of the most preeminent designers of the last century. Best known for his nearly quarter-century tenure at Harper’s Bazaar(1934-1958), Brodovitch ushered in many of the Modernist innovations.... that shape what we think of today as contemporary magazine design. His lasting and far-reaching influence is seen throughout graphic design, advertising, photography, and design education. This exhibition illustrates Brodovitch's oeuvre as an art director and graphic designer through artifacts from the Goldstein Museum of Design and University Libraries... Continue reading
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Maira Kalman. Gouache on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York. © Maira Kalman Maira Kalman: The Elements of Style June 6–September 1, 2014 I was so pleased to find this wonderful exhibition! I dedicate this listing to all of my fellow writers, philosophers and thinkers..... The Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Maira Kalman: The Elements of Style from June 6–September 1, 2014, in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery. The exhibition features paintings by artist, illustrator and author Maira Kalman, which were created to illustrate a 2005 re-publication of William Strunk Jr. and... Continue reading
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Stan Bitters, in his Fresno studio. Credit: Renee Zellweger by Stan Bitters Bird Houses by Stan Bitters photo credit: Renee Zellewiger Stan Bitters, Modern Primitive May 31-July 14, 2014 Where have the mavericks gone? The last three decades have witnessed a transformation of public space unlike any other and the US is now facing a question that speaks to the very notion of democracy itself: What is the future of public space? It is precisely because of this question that "public" art is of essence. Our very notion of "public" is radically changing and ownership of even the most "public"... Continue reading
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We are thrilled that Chicago designer and author Nate Burgos took the time to answer some questions about the latest publication in his Design Feast Publications stable, "Broken, Navigating the Ups and Downs of the Circus Called Work." Burgos not only describes the inspiration and process behind this spirited volume, but offers his thoughts about some controversial topics in the digital publishing world. And being true to his generous form, he also gives thanks to the many people who have contrubuted to his success (a rare gesture in this brave new "selfie" world). Bravo, Nate! What inspired your digital publishing... Continue reading
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Designed and Manufactured by Vivian Beer (b. 1977), Penland, NC Current, 2004, Photo by Douglas J. Eng Side Chair, circa 1917. Oak, upholstered in velvet. 34 1/2" x 19 x 18". Reynolda Estate, Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design August 23-Dec 31, 2014 "Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan." — Eliel Saarinen It can be the most revolutionary of actions. It's by sitting... Continue reading
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Lino Tagliapietra (Italian, born 1934), Petra. Glass, 2012 (11.25 x 15.75 x 4.25 inches). © Lino Tagliapietra Lino Tagliapietra (Italian, born 1934), Fenice. Glass, 2011 (40.5 x 13 x4.5 inches). © Lino Tagliapietra Lino Tagliapietra Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra, who will be in residence at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion the last week of March, is considered to be the greatest living master of Venetian glass technology. Venetian Glass Birds: Lino Tagliapietra March 28 -July 9 Press release below: A small exhibition of elegant blown glass birds recently created by the distinguished Venetian Maestro Lino Tagliapietra opens March... Continue reading
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Signed by Vera: Scarves by an Iconic Designer May 17 – June 29, 2014 From the museum: Featuring examples from the prolific designer’s 40-year career, this exhibition will draw from the Goldstein’s collection of approximately 550 Vera Neumann scarves. From humble beginnings in a New York City kitchen, Neumann’s designs .... captured the zeitgeist of the tumultuous postwar years and propelled the designer to international fame. Her decision to sign her colorful scarves transformed them from simple accessories to “Veras,” coveted by women the world over. Curator: Natasha Thoreson For more information please visit: The Goldstein Museum of Art and... Continue reading
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A Right to Establish a Home August 23, 2014 – January 4, 2015 From the museum: A Right to Establish a Home examines the history behind a series of menacing protests that enveloped 4600 Columbus Avenue South, Minneapolis following the property’s purchase..... in August 1931 by Arthur and Edith Lee. The young African-American couple chose to buy a house in what many then considered a “white neighborhood.” The exhibition interprets the protests and responses in the broader context of race and housing in Minneapolis, racism in Minnesota, and the individuals and organizations that defended the Lees, including the NAACP and... Continue reading
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Hans Hollein, Glassware and Ceramic Museum, Tehran, Iran, 1978 © Armin Linke 2014 Hans Hollein, Vulcania, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2002 © Aglaia Konrad 2014 HOLLEIN 25 June – 5 October 2014 Press release below: Star architect, the only Austrian to have won the Pritzker Prize to date, designer, artist, curator, exhibition organizer, theorist, teacher, author, media visionary, cultural anthropologist: As a designer in the broadest sense, Hans Hollein (1924–2014) has given a new essence to architecture and lent a new dimension to the attribute “universal artist.” The extensive exhibition HOLLEIN, presented at the MAK in collaboration with the University of Applied... Continue reading
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The displays will feature automobiles used on country estates. Image courtesy of Winterthur. See press release below Join Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library on the last four Saturdays in May for Historic Automobiles and the Country House, as we continue the tradition of celebrating spring with magnificent displays of historic automobiles. The 36th Annual Point-to-Point on Sunday, May 4, will feature a stunning array of historic Rolls-Royce automobiles from the Keystone Region Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club. The display will further enhance the festive day of thrilling horse racing, elegant tailgating, and family activities. Point-to-Point has become the signature spring sporting event... Continue reading
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Photo by Saxon Henry Sometimes the stars align.The Bienenstock Furniture Library has been on our list of resources since The Curated Object launched many years ago. When our lovely and generous literary design writer, Saxon Henry, asked if she could do a first-person account for us about her time at the the library during her trip to Highpoint Market, I was over the moon! Enjoy her beautiful prose. Oh, and those stars? Obviously Saxon and the library. - Joanne The Bienenstock Furniture Library, Where "You Cannot Not Know History" By Saxon Henry Consider that Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe was... Continue reading
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From the Randolph County Museum "The archive has always been a pledge, and like every pledge, a token of the future. To put it more trivially: what is no longer archived in the same way is no longer lived in the same way. Archivable meaning is also and in advance codetermined by the structure that archives" -- Archive Fever, A Freudian Impression, by Jacques Derrida Pardon Our Dust....Come Inside! We hope you will not object. We are proud to announce that Fall 2014 is going to bring the launch of some new and exciting things for The Curated Object. Between... Continue reading
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Thank you for participating in #BEFridays, a collaboration between Designers and Books @designersbooks and The Curated Object @CuratedObject How it works: Scroll down and..... READ! Find an exhibition-inpired book you like and CLICK on it to see more information and purchase from Designers & Books, online purveyor of the design industry's most coveted volumes (many at a HUGE discount)-- and meeting place for lovers of design books. and then SEE! Take a peek at the book-inspired exhibition and CLICK on it to get museum listing details. READ: Things I have learned in my life so far, Updated Edition, by STEFAN... Continue reading
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Thank you for participating in #BEFridays, a collaboration between Designers and Books @designersbooks and The Curated Object @CuratedObject How it works: Scroll down and..... READ! Find an exhibition-inpired book you like and CLICK on it to see more information and purchase from Designers & Books, online purveyor of the design industry's most coveted volumes (many at a HUGE discount)-- and meeting place for lovers of design books. and then SEE! Take a peek at the book-inspired exhibition and CLICK on it to get museum listing READ Chanel, The Vocabulary of Style, by JÉRÔME GAUTIER The Corset, A Cultural Histry, by... Continue reading