The 2013 edition of Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair, held annually at MoMA PS1, featured a performance by MASKS, a Bruno Munari exhibition, a collage-making party, and the launch of multi-talented artist Tauba Auerbach’s new project, Diagonal Press, among other things. Unfortunately, we had to miss it in order to attend a hipster summer camp weekend upstate, but were we jealous? No! Because not only were we clever enough to ask noted bookworm and SU contributor Brian W. Ferry to document it for us, we’d also managed to trick ourselves into believing that attending would have been a terrible idea: It’s a hot, crowded, and sweaty affair, one that has the tantalizing potential each year to completely bankrupt us. So yeah, we totally dodged a bullet, right? Right? Well either way, we can all live vicariously through Brian by checking out his pictures and commentary in the slideshow at right.
Halfway through our ferry ride across Manhattan's East River to Randall's Island this weekend, thunder rang out, the skies opened up, and a torrential downpour enveloped our little boat, ruining our hair and prompting dozens of our fellow travelers to whip out their iPhone cameras with glee. But neither rain nor sleet nor snow was going to keep us away from this year's Frieze Art Fair, especially after we missed the 2012 show due to Noho Design District preparations and — through the reports of friends and critics — definitely lived to regret it. Once we were inside the giant white tent (designed by the local architecture firm SO-IL), snapping away on our own iPhones while drooling over the smell of Mission Chinese that hovered mercilessly over the central arc of the space, we didn't mind so much that our feet were sloshing around inside our shoes. We managed to see nearly everything — including an amazing performance piece by our favorite, Tino Sehgal — identified several strange recurring trends (art made on or from mirrors, references to outdated technologies), and had a major celeb spotting (Jared Leto) to boot. Check out some of the pieces we Instagrammed after the jump, then head over to our Facebook gallery to see even more photos.
Greetings from Milano! Between all the Negronis and risottos, the late-night parties and the trips to Bar Basso, the Sight Unseen team has spent the past week treasure-hunting at the annual Salone del Mobile, and we’re excited to share with you our first batch of finds. This post includes our favorite photos from days 1 and 2 of our trip, but there are many, many more in our Facebook album — click here to check it out! And stay tuned for more! (Above: new copper oxidized True Colours vessels by Lex Pott.) Painted plywood furniture by Schemata Architects / Jo Nagasaki, which we spotted at Rossana Orlandi gallery. Nagasaka is the one who made that amazing fluoro epoxy table a few years back.Bertjan Pot lamp for DHPH at Rossana OrlandiArtist Maurizio Cattelan was hanging in his Toiletpaper for Seletti booth at Rossana Orlandi, playing pranks on passersbyMinale-Maeda mirrors at Rossana OrlandiScene from Nomadismi, an exhibition in Brera curated Li Edelkoort, with Stephen Burks Man-Made totem in the centerNomadismiAnton Alvarez wrapped chairs at NomadismiPierre Favresse table and Nathalie du Pasquier rug at La ChanceSebastian Herkner’s Salut tables at La ChanceSurrealist sculpture in BreraIceland Whale Bones project by ECAL students Brass-based lamps by Be Plus HaveAmazing architectural details abound in MilanBrose Fogale coat rack at DesignjunctionUpstairs at Fritz Hansen, visitors could sit in the new Ro Chair by Jaime Hayon and have their picture taken in front of a green screen. Um, yes please! The resulting photos placed us in 7 iconic cityscapes. We thought this one, in the center of Milan, fit the bill quite nicely! Stay tuned for more Milan coverage, coming soon!
If, like us, you spent the last week in Milan, catching up with old friends, meeting those with whom you'd only traded emails (hi Fredrik Paulsen, Adam Stech and Katrin Greiling!), and making new ones — well, you're probably in a bit of withdrawal as well. Milan, despite being frequently cloudy, transportation-unfriendly, and just too darn full of things to see, showed us an excellent time this year, and we're only just now recovering. But this post helps! It includes some of our favorite photos from the second half of our trip, but there are many, many more in our Facebook album — click here to check it out!