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In Design Hunting, Tom Kundig Rules

In Design Hunting, Tom Kundig Rules

This is a pair to be reckoned with, in a magazine for the ages. Wendy Goodman is penning odes of superlatives to Tom Kundig’s newest endeavor, in the pages of the soon-to-be-released issue of Design Hunting from New York magazine. “The whole project is such a surprise,” the magazine’s design editor says. “I was so [...]

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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 Eccles Harrison Museum of Art Director at Utah State University. Abstraction and the Dreaming: [...]

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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 architecture project, funded through Kickstarter. It consists of 18 clues, [...]

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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 Brugnaro, mayor of Venice, on August 14. “Are you so scared of the truth?” “Yes, [...]

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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 thorough examination of how the author honed his craft and brought emotional life to [...]

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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 longer with us, the words he wanted endure. Pythagoras, when [...]

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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) Where: The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York 20 West [...]

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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 better works than usual. Instead of one or two stars aligning, it’ll [...]

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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 lifestyle where people live in the country and [...]

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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 World’s Fair Exposition, and Otis Elevator was there too,” says Karen Greene, author [...]

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