An Overlooked "Paperweight" Holds it Down in NYC

Curator: Rodrigo Corral
date: September 4, 2014
Categories: Architecture, Art
Tags: art, sculpture
Maybe you never come to downtown New York, but if you do, even if you work there, I'd bet that 999 out of 1,000 of you never notice it—but it’s there. 

To most it looks like a giant yet nondescript plaque bearing the name of Harry B. Helmsley, a prominent NYC property holder in the mid 19th century. The Helmsley Plaza, where it's located in the Financial District (FIDI), is also home to artist Isamu Noguchi’s famous "Red Cube." However, it's this paeprweight that always catches my eye. It’s the reason FIDI didn’t blow away during Sandy, a giant paperweight holding down the corner of Broadway and Cedar Street.
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Anish Kapoor and the Beauty of Spheres

Curator: Rodrigo Corral
date: September 3, 2014
Categories: Art
Tags: art, materials, sculpture
anish kapoor's untitled artwork from Frieze 2013
The sun, the moon, the basketball. Spheres are infinite; they're a design masterpiece that bring me back down to earth. Creating energy when they move, spheres are totally unpredictable and send us in so many directions.

Spheres appear in lot of my work, but artist Anish Kapoor is a master of harnessing their energy.  I love that his work is made of simple materials in monochromatic colors, or is reflective and shows a total void
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Chen Chen & Kai Williams Champion the Everyday Object

Curator: Rodrigo Corral
date: September 2, 2014
Categories: Art, Product Design
Tags: product design
chen and kai williams avocado planter
The genius of Félix González-Torres is well-known. His work focused on the everyday object: strings of lights, piles of candy, clocks, papers, etc. I can’t tell if he made them beautiful by showing them to us, or if they were beautiful already.
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Curator: Rodrigo Corral
date: September 1, 2014
Categories: Information Design
Tags: editorial, web design
It’s worth acknowledging when design is so functional you barely notice it.

Medium, created by the original Twitter folk, is a great example of this and gives me some hope for the mainstream Internet. Business objectives seem to compromise even the most well intended digital interfaces, and we're basically punished for reading online by top ten lists, banner ads and tricky text links.  Medium comes through with a refreshing design experience that not only allows all users to have a voice, but inspires them to respect imagery in combination with the written word. I hope it lasts.  
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How Did Artist Andrew Archer Get His Knack for Color? By Eating Crayons as a Kid

Curator: Karan Singh
date: August 29, 2014
Categories: Illustration, Motion Graphics
Tags: illustration
Few artists make my eyes water the way Andrew Archer’s illustration do. The New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist creates sublime compositions accompanied by delicate and precise line work. However, I believe the real key to his work is his affinity for color. 
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