From October 30 to November 2, the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam-North will host the ninth version of the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam. The collections exhibited during this international renowned art fair consist of works from 65 national and international galleries with accessible purchase prices from €100 to a maximum of €6000. The diverse works, made by international emerging talents, cater to both experienced art buyers and art newbies. Under the theme ‘Take Art Home’ the Affordable Art Fair aims to speak to a new generation of art fanatics and inspire them to buy art in an informal atmosphere. Next to buying art, you can enjoy the LAB project space where young talent straight out of the art academy can present themselves in a creative space full of interactive installations and video art.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro transform the Fondation Cartier’s iconic glass building into a piece of art
Created specifically for the Fondation Cartier on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, design and architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro will transform the Foundation’s iconic glass building in Paris into a piece of art called ‘Musings on a Glass Box’. The work is a complex and immersive environment occupying the entire ground floor of Jean Nouvel’s building, challenging the existing architecture and raising questions about transparency, perception and space. An integrated acoustic component will be provided by American composer David Lang in collaboration with sound designer Jody Elff whose music works together with the structure to raise questions with regard to transparency and perception.
Paris based typographer & artist Pieter Ceizer has dropped his new Fall Packs lookbook for AW14. The collection features staple pieces such as snapbacks, tees and sweats adorned with his signature work. The Dutch Parisian applied his hand-drawn typography and artwork to three unique packs, each based on a certain colour range and theme:the ‘Rain Pack’, the ‘Stay Up Pack’ & the ‘Lonely At The Top’ pack.
British artist Damien Hirst recently opened a new exhibition at the Paul Stolper Gallery, but the art critics are not feeling it. The Independent thinks that the “Wunderkid of the Brit-Art Nineties” is going backwards as he reaches his half century. Hirst is no stranger to working around the seductive allure of pharmaceuticals as it plays into a few of his favourite themes: mortality and death for one. In the past he has displayed entire walls of metal cabinets filled with pills and syringes, but those were only replicas. For ‘Schizophrenogenesis’ he provides us with scaled up, ‘sculptural’ editions of the same objects. Schizophrenogenesis is the technical name for an inception state of schizophrenia when a person first starts showing signs of the disease. Other art critics call his art watered down, aimed at ensuring the cash flow instead of being original. Decide for yourself after viewing the images below.
Painter Seth Armstrong was born and raised in L.A., studied at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and returned to his roots after spending a few years in Oakland. He is mainly known for his work for Mr Porter, through a travel and literary interactive guide he created for the journal. Edward Hopper springs to mind, but also 1950s Hollywood, thanks to the beaches and countryside moments, views of buildings, voyeurism and nudity he brings to the canvas.
Armstrong’s work goes deep, not just aesthetically with his rich tones and shading, but also in the narrative as we wonder how his characters arrived in the same place together and what will happen next.