What is it about Alexander Calder sculptures that makes them irresistible to the artists who create architectural renderings? Calder is apparently the industry standard — with distant seconds Mark di Suvero and Louise Bourgeois — for lending airs of cosmopolitanism and permanence to any given school, museum, condo, park, office, library, or airport project, while also providing a sense of scale and burst of color. Want to lend your sleek, monochrome office park a touch of whimsy? Calder! Light-filled airport terminal looking a tad sterile? Calder! Public plaza feels a little empty? Calder!
But how did Calder’s sculptures come to be the architecture industry’s go-to signifiers of worldly sophistication? In addition to their recognizability as iconic modern art objects, their bold colors and geometric forms make them eminently easy to turn into digital 3D objects. A search of readily downloadable architectural models reveals many Calder sculptures ready to be dropped into the architectural rendering program of your choosing and then sited in luxury housing complex and urban park mockups.
If the following selection of architectural renderings — all posted within the past year on architecture blogs including Designboom and World Architecture News — is to be believed, the world’s cities will soon feature as many public sculptures by Calder as they have Starbucks franchises.
As much as I appreciate the collective’s culture jamming initiatives, I don’t know that their putative premise ever bears meaningful fruit.
The banana’s dominance and ubiquity has had serious and far-reaching implications for the region, engendering exploitative labor systems, climate change, and migration.
The first lecture is on the relationship between early portrait photography and diverse notions of US identity during the Gilded Age. Register to attend on January 25.
Charles Dellheim’s study tells the tale of a small group of Jewish art dealers and collectors who played a key role in the changing art world of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The 18-month fellowship aims to provide artists with “as much access as possible” to the club’s facilities and networks “at a time and place convenient to artists.”
Part of the university’s Artists on the Future series pairing renowned artists with cultural thought leaders, this online event is free and open to the public.
A coalition of investors raised funds to purchase the film’s storyboard and announced they would “make the book public.”
A new project, “Emoji to Scale,” orders every mini-object by their real-world dimensions.
Although Khedoori does not depict living beings, their presence is evoked in the traces they leave behind.
The Bronx Museum’s fifth biennial continues to focus its programming on individual identity, eliding the ever-divergent interests of the art market and local communities.
While it may be strange to think of food insecurity as a basis for art, the works in Food Justice reveal barriers and injustices in food access.