By Tom Ran

Published: February 26, 2014 under Art

NEW INC is a new incubator supported by the New Museum.

Photo: New Museum

Incubators in New York City are nothing new. Whatever the industry is, there’s most likely an environment to support your start up idea. But absent until now is an incubator that is museum-led. The New Museum plans to fill this void by introducing the first of its kind. NEW INC will live next door to the institution and will occupy an 11,000 sq feet shared space that will house individuals in the field of art, technology, and design. They describe the space as a “lab-like environment and framework for the development of new ideas, practices, and models in the pursuit of innovation.” The program is now accepting applicants with a schedule kick off in August of this year.

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John Baldessari for The Thing Quarterly

By Tom Ran

Published: February 20, 2014 under Art

Pillow cases by John Baldessari for The Thing Quarterly

Photo: The Thing Quarterly

John Baldessari, known mostly for his re-appropriation of found imagery and colorful dots is the latest contributor to The Thing Quarterly. He’s created a pair of silk screened pillow cases with an image from an old Hollywood film still of a woman clutching a pillow. Just like all past editions of The Thing Quarterly, it’s functional art for the home that is meant to be used. For those who pay attention to the quality in their bedding, the pillow cases have a thread count of 320 and is made from 100% cotton sateen. They’re made in San Francisco with assistance from Levi’s Made & Crafted. This isn’t the first time Baldessari has lent his artwork to a product. In 2010 he contributed to Supreme’s art skate deck series.

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Prints: Flavin, Judd, Sandback

By Tom Ran

Published: February 14, 2014 under Art

Donald Judd in his studio

Photo: Judd Foundation

Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Fred Sandback were contemporaries who worked in the realm of minimalism. Their three dimensional works varied from fluorescent lights and strings to plywood and metal. But a new exhibition at David Zwirner gallery points its attention to another medium that they all shared, drawing and printmaking. It’s clear to see the similarities between the two different formats. Flavin’s use of colors in his sculptures recur in print form, Judd’s repetitious angular shapes are represented in wood cut prints and Sandback’s line drawings reference his yarn sculptures. Prints: Flavin, Judd, Sandback is on view at David Zwirner’s West 20th Street gallery and will be on view till March 1st. A special online feature has been produced by Judd Foundation to accompany the exhibit. via Inventory)

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River of Fundament by Matthew Barney

By Tom Ran

Published: February 10, 2014 under Art

A scene in Detroit where iron was being melted from five giant cupolas.

Photo: Matthew Barney

Quite simply put, Matthew Barney’s latest film, “River of Fundament” is grand. It took seven years to complete and clocks in at five and a half hours long. The film is a musical loosely based on Norman Mailer’s “Ancient Evenings,” a fantastical novel dealing with the afterlife in ancient Egypt. Barney once again juxtaposes mythology and contemporary culture to create a surreal atmosphere. An automobile was demolished in an abandoned car dealership in Los Angeles. Giant cupolas were constructed for a scene in Detroit where iron was being melted. And Norman Mailer’s house was replicated on a barge that floated down the East River. The New York Times interviews the cast and crew about their experience in this epic cinematic journey. “River of Fundament” premieres Wednesday at BAM and will be screening until Sunday.

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Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity

Published: January 28, 2014 under Art

Ferran Adrià's elBulli

Photo: elBullifoundation

Ferran Adrià has long been considered an artist. Even as a chef, he’s been able to elevate the dining experience to an art form by bringing diners into heighten territories of taste. A new exhibition at the Drawing Center in SoHo further proves this. “Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity” will examine the genesis of his ideas by showcasing illustrations from Adrià for his ground breaking restaurant elBulli. Experiments, utensils, and dishes are documented in his drawings as well as renderings that depict the history of agriculture. Reservations to elBulli was difficult enough but with its closure in 2012 it’s now impossible to experience what Adrià created. This exhibition is a rare glimpse into what the restaurant was and a look into a genius’s mind. “Ferran Adreià: Notes on Creativity” is now on view till February 28th.

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The SOURCE By Doug Aitken

By Tom Ran

Published: January 24, 2014 under Art

A pavilion designed by architect David Adjaye for Doug Aitken's The SOURCE.

Photo: Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken’s The SOURCE is an ongoing series of interviews with artist and musicians that explore the root of their creative ideas. The project made its premier at the Tate in 2012 where the films were projected onto a pavilion designed by architect David Adjaye, who is also one of Aitken’s subjects. The SOURCE made its way to the U.S. this past week. It’s been screening at the Sundance Film Festival. Since its release in 2012 Aitken has interviewed more than 20 creative individuals including Willam Eggleston, Theaster Gates, Paolo Soleri, James Turrell, James Murphy, Jack White, Mike Kelley, and many others. For those that aren’t at Sundance, you can watch all the interviews on The SOURCE’s website. Aitken spoke to Interview recently and stated “I’d really like to make this a living project – a living artwork that doesn’t really have an end.” And so he plans to continue to update the site with interviews periodically.

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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What’s In Store? – Outlier

By Andrew Craig
Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens of Outlier

Photo: Rose Callahan

Outlier’s conceptions is a testament to the uniquely serendipitous moments that life sometimes offers. Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens wanted to design a new breed of functional, smartly…

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