Architects Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner were the winners of MoMA and MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program. Their winning neon blue structure named Wendy is made of nylon fabric treated with titania nanoparticle spray.
MoMA PS1 visitors are invited to walk in and up the structure because inside there are fans and gentle water cannons, that definitely provide relief from this hot New York summer. Wendy proves to be a environmental piece, but also somewhat of a social one. It is the centerpiece of MoMA PS1’s Warm-Up, which is the museum’s third annual outdoor series of music concerts and other performing arts every Saturday of the summer.
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present - Premieres on HBO Monday, July 2nd, 9PM
Known for her extreme performance-art installations, many involving nudity and punishing bodily deprivation, Marina Abramović is one of the few artists of her generation still active in the field. A glamorous art-world icon, a lightning rod for controversy and a myth of her own making, she’s tired of the “alternative” label after four decades of skepticism, and happy that the retrospective is the crowning achievement of her career, providing her the best opportunity to put performance art on the mainstream map. “Performance art has never been a regular form of art,” she says. “It’s always been alternative since I was born, so I want it to be a real form of art and respected before I die.” - via HBO
I’m not very fond of Abramovic’s work, but I’m excited to watch this. Her MoMA performance last year, is what made me aware of her work and I’m glad they made a documentary that surrounds that piece but also talks about her past work and her current motives.
For his latest series, ‘An Economy of Grace’, Nigerian-American artist Kehinde Wiley features women as his subjects - a first in the history of his works.
Currently on show at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, Wiley teamed up with another current artistic force and the man behind the recent surge in success for French label Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci, who designed the costumes for the subjects in all of Wiley’s pieces.