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  • Lewis Wickes Hine, a construction worker at the Empire State Building, 1931. Gelatin Silver Print 7 1/2 X 9 1/2 in. (Photo courtesy the New York Public Library Digital Gallery)

Skyscrapers: A Cure For Loneliness & Overconsumption? Judith Dupré on the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings

By |01.09.14|

 
Books Worth Reading
Skyscrapers: A History of the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings
By Judith Dupré. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 176 pages
 

Architecture is the art form we spend the most time with in our daily lives, and yet it’s a medium that […]

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Sounds Like a Masterpiece: The 1st Contemporary Artwork at the Cloisters

By |10.27.13|

 

Janet Cardiff’s sound installation The Forty Part Motet, currently on view at the Cloisters in New York City through December 8th, is a rarity—a revelatory work of art that can inspire busy museum-goers to stop, listen deeply, and even […]

  • Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, South London. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Cloisters, Donald Judd Museum in Marfa, & Wrights’ Taliesin on List of Endangered Cultural Sites

By |10.09.13|

 

The World Monuments Fund has just issued a new list of 67 endangered cultural sites around the globe.

U.S. sites on the watch list include woodworker George Nakashima’s house and workshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Frank Lloyd Wrights’ home Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where […]

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Minka: How a Japanese Farmhouse Changed the Lives of Two Men

By |09.17.13|

 

It is rare to find a film that is pitch-perfect in its cinematography, story, pacing, and length, but Davina Pardo’s short film Minka is such a gem. (I owe writer Craig Mod a thank you for turning me onto this quiet masterpiece.)

Based […]

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Aten Reign, 2013
Daylight and LED light, dimensions variable
© James Turrell
Installation view: James Turrell, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 21–September 25, 2013
(Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

James Turrell’s Ambitious Light Installation Leaves Wright’s Guggenheim in the Dark

By |09.05.13|

 

“My art deals with light itself,” says 70-year-old artist James Turrell. “It’s not the bearer of the revelation—it is the revelation.”

While frequently lumped together with minimalist artists Robert Irwin and Dan Flavin in the art-history canon, Turrell has not had a major […]

  • Barry Underwood, Archimedes. This photograph was taken while the new MOCA museum was under construction. (Photo C Barry Underwood. Click to Enlarge)

The Cleveland Art Scene: Be Prepared to Be Surprised

By |04.04.13|

 

 

As New York artists search for the next affordable, urban frontier in Bushwick and Queens, a renaissance of sorts is taking place in the most unlikely of cities: Cleveland, Ohio. Perhaps the city’s motto should be Cleveland: It’s Not What […]

  • Bruce Odland at The Tank in Rangely, Colorado (Photo courtesy Friends of the Tank)

Sonic Artist Bruce Odland: Money Makes Noise, A Water Tank Creates Art

By |03.21.13|

 

 

Is there a connection between noise and money?  Which sounds are healing to us as humans, and which are damaging? And what does an abandoned water tank in Colorado have in common with the Taj Mahal or a Gothic cathedral?

These […]

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Why Design Matters: Imagining the Future of the Rockaway Waterfront

By |02.28.13|

 

 

A few months ago I shared Eve Mosher’s piece, High Water Line, a public art project in Manhattan and Brooklyn that brought the topic of climate change directly to the city’s residents.

Mosher’s inventive project showed what might happen if an […]

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  • Tatzu Nishi's public art installation, Discovering Columbus, opened in New York City on Thursday. Here the artist is pictured with Gaetano Russo's DATE sculpture. (Photo by Tom Powel courtesy the Public Art Fund)

Tatzu Nishi Builds Christopher Columbus a Living Room in the Sky: Exclusive Photos

By |09.21.12|

 

 

Last week I featured Tatzu Nishi’s Discovering Columbus on my Don’t Miss List for September. Two New Hampshire friends, who were on their way to Manhattan this weekend, asked me to recommend the one thing they shouldn’t miss during their […]

  • A Nancy Drew collection at Hello Hello Books in Rockland, Maine (Photo by Lacy Simons)

15+ Books Worth Reading from Hello Hello Books in Rockland, Maine

By |09.19.12|

 

I do quite a bit of traveling for Gwarlingo these days and one of the best things about being on the road is discovering out-of-the way, independent bookshops. For me, walking into a deftly run, well-curated bookstore is almost as […]

  • Nan Goldin takes a cigarette break (Photo Michael Moore/The Keene Sentinel)

Obsession & Empathy: Nan Goldin, Michael Chabon, & A Home for Indigent Bohemians

By |08.31.12|

 

Two weeks ago, artists and art lovers converged on the quiet town of Peterborough, New Hampshire, for a chance to meet some of the most talented contemporary artists working today. Each August the famed MacDowell Colony opens its doors to […]

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Re-Branding the Barnes: Has a 25-Billion-Dollar Art Collection Been Disneyfied?

By |06.13.12|

 

 
A New Museum Mile?
Rush hour is still two hours away, but a swarm of cars is buzzing by me on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. As I parallel park in front of the new Barnes Foundation museum and feed […]

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The Illusionist: The Mind-Bending Installations of Artist Felice Varini

By |04.10.12|

 

 

 

Note: This is a guest post by Riley MacPhee, a regular contributor to the Johnston Architects Blog. Johnston Architects PLLC is a small architectural firm focusing on creative, innovative, and sustainable design throughout the […]

  • Artist Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne admires ??? made of ??? (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)

Soo Sunny Park & Spencer Topel Transform a Chain-Link Fence into Art

By |03.30.12|

 

On my recent visit to the deCordova Museum, one of the artworks I found most compelling was “Capturing Resonance” by sculptor Soo Sunny Park and composer Spencer Topel.

Park, who was born in Seoul, Korea, currently lives […]

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Filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara: Gaudi Made Me Realize the Lines Between the Arts Are Insignificant

By |02.16.12|

 

 

In the West, Hiroshi Teshigahara is best known as the avant-garde director of the 1964 film Woman in the Dunes–an erotic, surreal film that was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film […]

  • Kim Uchiyama in her Tribeca studio (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)

Creative Spaces: Painter Kim Uchiyama

By |02.07.12|

 

 
Kim Uchiyama’s studio is located on a quiet, tree-lined side-street in Lower Manhattan. On a crisp fall day in mid-November over tea and brunch, I visited Kim in her Tribeca apartment. We spent the day looking at art and discussing her […]

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The Gwarlingo Index: 2011’s Most Memorable Experiences in the Arts

By |01.05.12|

 
It’s the New Year, which means it’s time for lofty resolutions and the annual onslaught of “best of” lists.

Here at Gwarlingo, I thought I’d provide readers with a new twist on the traditional “Best of 2011” list.

I asked an array of artists, […]

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Gwarlingo Tours the High Line, New York’s Park in the Sky

By |12.26.11|

 

If you’re fed up with partisan bickering and political dysfunction in Washington, the gratifying, lavishly-illustrated book High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky, just published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, might temper your burgeoning cynicism. […]

  • Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons (Red Heart the Ticker) were profiled in Gwarlingo's "Creative Spaces" series.

Creative Spaces: A Legendary Songcatcher Inspires Two Musicians on a Vermont Farm

By |10.09.11|

Two weeks after Hurricane Irene I’m wandering the back-roads of Marlboro, Vermont, making my way to Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons, also known as the music duo Red Heart the Ticker.

Route 9–the main thoroughfare between Brattleboro and Bennington–is closed because […]

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Rockefeller Center’s Secret Roof Gardens

By |08.21.11|

Inhabitat has just published a short piece on Rockefeller Center’s hidden rooftop gardens. The Center has been maintaining these gardens for the past 75 years, but public access to the gardens is a rare event.

According to Inhabitat, the […]

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  • The Bat Tower designed by architect Joyce Hwang and her students The Bat Tower designed by architect Joyce Hwang and her students at SUNY Buffalo. "When I first became interested in bats and their behavior," Hwang explains, "I was surprised to learn that many species are able to live in spaces that we tend to think of as uninhabitable, for example, under loose pieces of tree bark, between pieces of building material, etc." (Photo by Joyce Hwang via Animal Architecture)

Animal Architecture: A Bat Tower, a Bee Folly, & a Five-Star Hotel for Bugs

By |08.15.11|

One of the benefits of living in a rural place like New Hampshire is that interactions with wild animals occur on a daily basis. I see birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects when I’m hiking, commuting to work, or simply […]

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Olafur Eliasson: Your Blind Passenger

By |07.25.11|

Olafur Eliasson, the Danish artist who brought the sun to Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and created man-made waterfalls in New York City, has a new project at the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen.

Eliasson’s installation Din blinde passager (Your blind passenger) […]

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  • A Photograph from the "Medusa" Series (Photo by Angela Cappetta)

Creative Spaces: Angela Cappetta’s Love Letter to Medusa

By |06.30.11|

Photographer Angela Cappetta has a new show opening this weekend at the Medusa General Store as part of their MGS Projects series. “Medusa: A Love Letter to the Mountains” reflects on the working farm community of Medusa in Upstate New […]

  • The interior of the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall at sunset (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)

Gwarlingo Visits the Tate Modern

By |06.22.11|

This week I paid a visit to the Tate Modern in London. The museum is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world with over 4.7 million visitors a year. Currently, the Tate has special exhibitions by Joan […]

  • Anna Schueit and Finnegan (Photo courtesy the artist)

MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit & the Whole Sweep of Trying

By |05.31.11|

Welcome to the first installment of “Creative Spaces,” a regular Gwarlingo series that will focus on the creative habits and work spaces of visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and other talented individuals.

I’m excited to kick off the series with an […]