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Garden of Celestial Delights at Galerie56
Earlier this year, AD 100 Hall-of-Famer Lee F. Mindel, FAIA, teased his kunsthalle plans for the street-level storefront of Herzog & De Meuron’s 56 Leonard, aka the Jenga Tower, in TriBeCa NYC. Mindel’s vision came to life this month with the launch of Galerie56, offering a revolving program of exhibitions and events produced in partnership with Mindel’s world-class network of collectible design dealers. Inaugurating the space is Garden of Celestial Delights, featuring iconic, nature-inspired design objects from Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, curated by Mindel along with Paul Jackson of Jackson Design in Berlin and Ole Høstbo of Dansk Møbelkunst in Copenhagen. The quality of the material and display is just what you’d expect from these three powerhouse experts in Scandinavian design. Garden of Celestial Delights runs through November 14th.
Susumu Shingu: Sculpting with Wind at Ippodo Gallery
Now showing at Ippodo Gallery in NYC: Susumu Shingu: Sculpting with Wind, featuring drawings, paintings, and kinetic sculptures from the renowned Osaka-born artist. Remarkably, it’s his first solo show in the US—long overdue given his impressive portfolio of large-scale public art projects on three continents, not to mention the heaps of praise he’s drawn from starchitects like Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, and Enrique Norten. If you’re new to Susumu Shingu’s work and its connection to natural forces, here is a lyrical description from Piano: “The wind is invisible, yet Shingu makes it perceptible. Water is fleeting energy, and Shingu gives it shape.” Susumu Shingu: Sculpting with Wind runs through December 29th.
Wonmin Park: On Earth at Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Over the last decade, Wonmin Park’s innovative applications for resin have attracted international acclaim, notably his insouciantly minimalist, ethereally hued Haze series. For his latest show at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris, the Seoul-born, Eindhoven-educated designer has embarked on new territory, exploring the sculptural potential of volcanic rock and steel. While the bold earthiness of Wonmin’s new collection starkly contrasts with the bon-bon-like artificiality of the work he’s most known for, his aptitude for beautiful essentialist forms remains on full display. Wonmin Park: On Earth runs through January 7th.
Raphael Navot: On the Same Subject at Friedman Benda
Currently at NYC’s Friedman Benda you’ll find Raphael Navot: On the Same Subject, the first solo gallery show for this Jerusalem-born, Eindhoven-educated multidisciplinary designer. The culmination of four years of research, experimentation, and drawing, Navot’s new body of work aims at a perfect synthesis of proportion, material, palette, and motif, realized through a blend of traditional European craft techniques and cutting-edge technologies like robotics and 3D printing. “These compositions,” Navot explains, “consider the idea of comfort as both mental and physical.” On the Same Subject runs through December 10th.
Jiha Moon: Nocturnal at Mindy Solomon Gallery
Opening later this week at Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami is Jiha Moon: Nocturnal. It’s the gallery’s second solo show with this rising-star Korean-born, Atlanta-based ceramics artist, known for colorful, cheeky objects full of cross-cultural references. “Nocturnal presents my new bodies of work, in which I explore the hybridity of ceramic objects combined with paintings,” Moon says of the show. She adds, “As an Asian American woman, I think about how my new nocturnal landscape can be a metaphor for a soulful place to dream, as well as an opportunity for the invisible to become visible.” Jiha Moon: Nocturnal runs through November 22nd.
Hervé Baley: Spatial Living at Magen H Gallery
Next week Magen H Gallery in NYC opens Hervé Baley: Spatial Living, the first-ever exhibition dedicated to French architect-designer Hervé Baley (1933-2010). Working contemporaneously with heroes of the modernist movement, Baley opposed dogmatic design principles and the oppressive influence of Le Corbusier, drawing inspiration instead from Frank Lloyd Wright’s responsive organicism. Magen H’s landmark show presents 50 pieces that Baley created for specific architectural sites between the 1960s and 1990s. “Through this exhibition,” the gallery writes, “we hope to convey the importance of his work in the history of French and European architecture and design… and the fresh energy he kindled within an excessively monocentric architectural landscape.” Spatial Living runs through December 23rd.
Hanne Heuch and Nina Malterud at Format Oslo
On November 3rd, Format Oslo opens a show celebrating two of Norway’s most important ceramic artists working over the last 50 years: Hanne Heuch and Nina Malterud. Though stylistically different, both were born in Oslo in the 1950s and trained at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts before launching successful, influential careers in the 1970s. For Format Oslo, Heuch is unveiling a new collection of exceptionally crafted vessels, all produced this year; and Malterud is showcasing her signature wall-mounted tiles, produced over the last four years. The show runs through December 18th.
Born Too Tall and The American Job at R & Company
On November 4th, R & Company in NYC opens two shows simultaneously. The first is Born Too Tall: California Women Designers, Postwar to Postmodern, spotlighting 12 visionary women whose California-based practices pushed the boundaries of object-making in the 20th century—including Evelyn Ackerman, Wendy Maruyama, Pamela Weir-Quiton, and Jade Snow Wong. “While these women attained success for their distinct approaches,” the gallery explains of the exhibition’s canon-correcting goals, “their achievements remain underrepresented in contemporary dialogues and in the narration of design history.” In tandem, R & Company presents American Job, featuring Job Smeets’ latest body of work, inspired by the iconoclastic Belgian artist-designer’s meandering drive across the United States in 2019. From the Statue of Liberty and Graceland to the Hollywood Hills, Smeets engages the sites and symbols of popular American culture through his signature impeccable craftsmanship. Both shows run through January 27th.
Kathy Erteman: New Works at Hostler Burrows
On November 5th, Hostler Burrows in LA opens its first solo show with accomplished Santa Monica-born, New York-based ceramic artist Kathy Erteman, debuting an exquisite new suite of vessels and wall compositions that represent “the fresh expression of a studio practice built over forty years.” In the essay that accompanies the show, California College of the Arts Professor Maria Porges elucidates the nuanced techniques that Erteman employs to imbue her vessels with a quiet yet undeniable presence. “Drawing on a unique combination of heritage, influences, and invention,” Porges writes, “Erteman describes her process as continual change through experimentation.” Kathy Erteman: New Works runs through December 17th.
Dubai Design Week
Between November 8th and 13th, the Dubai Design District hosts the 8th edition of Dubai Design Week, the region’s premier event for design commerce and culture. This year’s program—including special commissions, workshops, talks, and the Downtown Design trade fair—centers on sustainable futures by design, explored across the disciplines of product design, architecture, interiors, and communications. Exhibitor highlights include Studio Nada Debs, cc-tapis, Lasvit, VitrA x Tom Dixon, FADAA, OBMI, and Dewan Architects.