Move over Fashion Week. This afternoon USC School of Architecture will display 14 Mao Jackets, designed and created by the 5th year undergraduate students of Lee Olvera. The jackets are handmade with materials ranging from thumbtacks assembled with building caulk to hand-woven magnetic audio cassette tape to 12,244 pencil-top erasers sewn together-by hand (bottom left).
Olvera, an architect and professor at the school, conceived the Mao Jacket project …
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Test Your Artistic Compass; Bill Kleiman Explains Art Fairs (Paramount Ranch, ALAC, LA Art Book Fair this weekend)
Paramount Ranch, Art Los Angeles Contemporary and the LA Art Book Fair this weekend; before that Photo LA and LA Art Fair. That’s five art-related fairs in just over a month. So which ones matter? And why so many? DnA gets an explainer from Bill Kleiman.
Just two days before the Golden Globes, at which the 70s-retro movie American Hustle is expected to be a star of the show, LACMA West opens a show devoted to Diane von Furstenberg and 40 years of her wrap dress, the item of clothing the then 20-something divorcee of a Prince launched on the world that was intended to carry women from work to cocktail party to seduction in one practical, sexy, slinky jersey package.
Isabella Blow discoveredcand served as a muse for legendary designers including Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacy. Now she is the subject of an exhibition at London’s Somerset House. Bennett Stein, aka the GOOD4NOTHING Connoisseur, checked out the show and found that it inspired him to a new year’s resolution.
Alexander Calder is a giant of 20th century art whose reproduction mobiles have graced many an interior. Now he is the subject of a show designed by architect Frank Gehry at LACMA. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp and Lisa Napoli, of KCRW’s Art Talk, discuss the show and why designers and architects love Calder’s work.
DnA DJ Danielle Rago is also a curator of design and architecture events. Her latest takes place this weekend and involves a free, self-driving tour of some of key architectural homes on the Westside. In a treasure-hunt like twist on regular home tours, however, participants won’t actually be seeing inside the homes (with the exception of the Schindler House). Rather, they will find postcards …
Veteran environmental designer Deborah Sussman, a queen of color, supergraphics and personal style, has been part of several museum shows in the last couple years. But her fans say it is time for a show exclusively devoted to her work. Read about WUHO’s Kickstarter campaign, here.
Stefan Bishop is the designer-craftsman who was interviewed on this DnA about his wood and bronze objects that sit at the cusp of furniture and art. On Saturday he will join his Glassell Park neighbors Wakako Takagi and Fridolin (Frido) Beisert for the Saturday afternoon opening of their new store and studio, named Baum-kuchen, a Japanese-German life and design partnership that marries “German Bauhaus and Japanese wabi-sabi …
“What I learned from Lebbeus Woods was the notion of experimental architecture. Neither utopian nor dystopian, but exactly undecidable and unstable in its vision. His work evoked past, future and, in a deformed manner, present worlds. If there was any ideal he called for, it was that of a free “anarchitecture,” neither fixed building or defined society, but something floating at the tip of …