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The Buzz! —20 April 2021
Introducing our biweekly, can't-miss roundup of design world news and inspiration
Welcome to the first-ever edition of The Buzz, a biweekly roundup of design world news and inspiration for Design Miami’s discerning community of creatives and collectors. Enjoy!
Bon Anniversaire Jacques Adnet
Today is the birthday of French designer Jacques Adnet. Born in 1901, he played a key role in the transition from Art Deco to Modernism in France, and along the way he collaborated with the likes of Charlotte Perriand, Georges Jouve, Alexandre Noll, and Serge Mouille. If you ask us, Adnet’s work remains way undervalued when you consider the market for his peers.
Cristina Grajales, Outstanding Dealer
Next week, New York gallerist Cristina Grajales will be honored as “Outstanding Dealer” at Bard Graduate Center’s 24th Annual Iris Awards. Others receiving awards at this year’s online ceremony will be Dr. Stephen K. Scher, Outstanding Patron; David Revere McFadden, Outstanding Lifetime Achievement; and Sanchita Balachandran, Outstanding Mid-Career Scholar. We’re so proud of you, Cristina—much deserved!
Lilla Tabasso at Caterina Tognon
Caterina Tognon’s Venice gallery has just opened ATARASSIA, the first solo exhibition dedicated to the astounding recent work of glass artist Lilla Tabasso. Drawing inspiration from De Rerum Natura, a 2,000-year-old poem by Titus Lucretius Carus, Tabasso crafts trompe l'oeil floral arrangements in glass. We can’t help but recall the famous Ware Collection at Harvard. Tabasso’s work, though, is much less a scientific study and much more an intimate expression of human pathos.
Thus naught of what so seems
Perishes utterly, since Nature ever
Upbuilds one thing from other, suffering naught
To come to birth but through some other's death.
—Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, Book I, vv. 262-264
Hélène Binet at ammann//gallery
Cologne’s ammann//gallery has just announced that ANGELI AND ARCHITECTURE—the solo exhibition of new work by Swiss-French architectural photographer Hélène Binet—is being extended until June 24th. Binet’s latest series includes photographs of the Ponte Sant'Angelo statues in Rome by Fian Lorenzo Bernini, 17th-century Baroque churches by architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, and the Kolumba Museum by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, among others. Binet has an outstanding talent for capturing architecture at its most powerful and most vulnerable.
AGO Projects at Mexico Art Week | Zona Maco
On April 27th, as part of the debut of Mexico Art Week, CDMX-based AGO Projects will open two shows—one presented in the gallery’s own space and the other at the CDMX location of Madrid-based art gallery Travesía Cuatro. Curated by Inés and Nuria Benítez, the two shows will include handcrafted, conceptually-driven objects by Chiaozza x Monstruosus, Ray Smith, Ray Smith Studio in collaboration with Rhys Gaetano, Lanza Atelier, Mono Rojo, and Mauricio Paniagua + Tony Moxham.
In case you missed it, do yourself a favor and check out the recent New York Times piece, Keeping Love Close: What does love look like in a time of hate? Asian and Asian-American photographers respond. What an elegant and moving response to this year's rise in hate crimes. Special shoutout to our talented friend An Rong Xu, who contributed to the photo essay.
19 Chairs for Age UK & Resourcing Racial Justice
Organized by designer brothers Will and Tom Butterfield and launching May 1st, 19 Chairs is an online charity auction benefiting UK communities impacted by Covid-19—specifically Age UK, supporting the elderly, and Resourcing Racial Justice, supporting groups working towards racial justice. Contributing designers include Es Devlin, Tom Dixon, Sabine Marcelis, Nicole McLaughlin, and James Shaw, to name a few.