The Dutch studio MVRDV writes on their website: The Market Hall is a sustainable combination of food, leisure, living and parking, fully integrated to celebrate and enhance the synergetic possibilities of the different functions. A secure, covered square emerges beneath an arc, conceived as an inversion of a typical market square and its surrounding buildings. During the day it serves as central market hall, after hours the hall becomes an enormous, covered, well lit public space.
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Jerry Saltz writes: Compared to good art, “great art is much harder to talk about,” the sculptor Charles Ray has said, speaking of the phantasmagoric work of Robert Gober, the subject of a 40-year retrospective survey at MoMA, called “The Heart Is Not a Metaphor.” “If you were to ask me what his artwork talks about I would not be able to tell you. But this doesn’t mean it is not speaking … What I do understand … is that I want to see it again. It asks me to be near. To come closer and look longer or to come back tomorrow and look again. The work whispers ‘Be with me.’”
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Invincible, irresistible, indelible.
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Disassembling the conventional structure of the rug, he randomly rearranges the threads combining them with contemporary sculptural forms to create a Persian rug for the 21st century. With his art, Faig Ahmed is “destroying the stereotypes of the tradition and creating new modern boundaries.” His art is a wonderful representation of the social and political change that is happening through out the east.
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The Lookout was designed and built by Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler as part of their Advanced Architectural Design thesis at Strathclyde University. The project was part of the Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative in conjunction with the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and funded by the Scottish Government. The project also received sponsorship from MAKlab, Russwood and Gillrick Metalwork.
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The always irresistible Art Basel opens on June 19.
Since its debut in 1970, Art Basel has become the Modern and contemporary artworld’s premier platform for bringing together artists and their patrons in a way that is both engaging and personal. With annual art shows sited on three continents – Europe, North America, and Asia – Art Basel is the only art show with such global reach. Modern and contemporary art of the highest quality, from classic forms to pieces by the most cutting edge experimentalists, are on display in a multi-sector format, making Art Basel a prized venue for both the artists and those who appreciate their work.
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The São Paulo International Art Fair was founded in 2005. It has become the most distinguished art fair in Latin America presenting the top galleries from Brazil and across the globe. Over the span of five days, SP-Arte offers a unique opportunity to interact with artworks, artists, curators, and other professionals from the art world.
São Paulo is transformed with special programs which take place in museums, cultural centers, galleries, and special visits to private collections and artist studios.
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The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York. The show is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. –> More info