Universally Abstract Art at Utah State

Universally Abstract Art at Utah State

Here we have two abstract art exhibitions from two different centuries and two different continents. Surprisingly – or not – they’ve got a lot in common. Moreover, they’re both slated for September shows, side-by-side, curated by Katie Lee Koven, the Nora...

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KONTOR: A Tool for Design, Sources

KONTOR: A Tool for Design, Sources

It’s a wonder no one thought of this before: Taking its cues from the roaring success of Houzz as a platform to align residential designers, architects, manufacturers and clients, KONTOR will soon do the same for the commercial market. Four partners – Kevin Ryan, Mia...

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In NYC, 212box Makes No Little Plans

In NYC, 212box Makes No Little Plans

Fresh from designing The Mystery on Fifth Avenue - an architectural journey of discovery and inspiration for a New York City family of four – architect Eric Clough and his comrades at 212box launched a new project: They call it INTO MYSTERY. It’s a multi-year...

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The Handmade Shirt by Mercer & Sons

The Handmade Shirt by Mercer & Sons

Editor’s note: I am admittedly biased about this product. I once walked into a Brooks Brothers store wearing a Mercer & Sons rolled-collar, red-and-black tattersall, and was immediately greeted by a wide-eyed salesperson whose first words to me were: “Nice...

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M. C. Escher Reads Leonardo da Vinci

M. C. Escher Reads Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci and M.C. Escher may have been separated by four centuries, but they certainly saw the world eye-to-eye. Who knew? David Steel, curator of European art for 33 years at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), for one. “In my mind, of all the artists who...

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In Venice, to Dredge or not to Dredge?

In Venice, to Dredge or not to Dredge?

Mystery and intrigue may be synonymous with the city of Venice, but the latest imbroglio between politicians and preservationists there seems a little more ham-handed. “Why have you banned this photo exhibit,” tweeted Venetophile and publisher JoAnn Locktov to Luigi...

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Ernest Hemingway between Two Wars

Ernest Hemingway between Two Wars

It’s no less than the documentation of the evolution of one of America’s finest writers. Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars opens Sept. 25 at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan. It’s the first-ever major museum exhibition of his work, and promises a...

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Cottage Time in Carolina, Once More

Cottage Time in Carolina, Once More

Once again, A+A is enjoying its annual sojourn at its favorite beach on a barrier island off the coast of Carolina. Some years back, a friend asked for a few words on the nature of Cottage Time, so we happily obliged him. Today we remember him, knowing that though he’s no...

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Pop-Up Art in the Meatpacking District

Pop-Up Art in the Meatpacking District

LUMAS, the Berlin-based contemporary photography portfolio, will open a pop-up gallery in New York on Sept. 9. The new temporary space, located at 875 Washington Street, will feature works from more than 200 renowned artists around the world, in editions of 75 to 150. A+A...

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NYC Talk on ‘Drawing from Practice’

NYC Talk on ‘Drawing from Practice’

Save the Date! Mike Welton’s NYC Talk on “Drawing from Practice,” Sept. 17, 6:30 PM: Who: J. Michael Welton, Author What: Book Talk and Signing: “Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand,” 2015 (© Routledge Press,236 pages)...

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Southern California Icons, at Auction

Southern California Icons, at Auction

The Oct. 11 sale at Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) promises to be a watershed of sorts. Sure, there’ll be works by Ed Ruscha, Karl Benjamin and Frederick Hammersley, among other contemporary California masters. It’s just that there will be a larger number of...

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On Long Island, 115 Gardens of Eden

On Long Island, 115 Gardens of Eden

By the time that Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald moved into their rented house in Great Neck in 1922, the development of Long Island had been well-under way for three decades. And Robert MacKay’s new book, Gardens of Eden, chronicles it all. “It has to do with a new...

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Discovering the Fine Art of Mailboxes

Discovering the Fine Art of Mailboxes

James Cutler was a 19th-century Rochester architect known not for his buildings, but his innovative contribution to the skyscraper. He invented the mailbox and its accompanying chute for tall buildings, with a patent approved in 1883. “Cutler presented his patent at a...

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