I’m a huge fan of everything Alain de Botton puts out into the world—his philosophy books, games, and his worldwide “School of Life’. His Living Architecture project is particularly intriguing. Unusual houses are commissioned and built around the UK to be rented as vacation destinations. Their goal is to “promote, educate and influence discussion about modern architecture, and provide an immersive holiday experience, created by some of the most relevant architects and artists working today”. My favorite, the quirky House for Essex is no longer available for rent, but the Balancing Barn would be next on my wish list for a future trip.
- Helen
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“I subscribe to very few emails in an effort to keep clutter from my inbox, but one I find totally worthwhile is the occasional picture from Daily Overview. They source beautiful aerial images taken at various locations around the world. At first glance the images can appear abstract and designed, but after reading the accompanying text and looking more closely you might find it’s an image of deforestation, ancient construction, pollution or just nature working its magic.” – Helen

Find more from Daily Overview here

“We open and close doors for any number of reasons, but do we think about what those doors say about us as occupants of a particular space? What do they say about us as people? Jim Georgiou, a longtime resident who moved from The Chelsea Hotel in 2011, recognized the stories inherent to the interior doors that were being removed as part of The Chelsea’s renovation—particularly those doors belonging to artists like Jackson Pollack, Leonard Cohen, and Tennessee Williams. Those doors became part of a installation at New York’s Ricco/Maresca Gallery—asking viewers to wade through a maze of history. You know what they say, when one door opens…” – Jon

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“With Mother Nature’s increased unpredictability, museums, galleries and artists are changing the ways they store art. Whether floods or fires, or in museums or storage facilities, folks across the country are making plans for moving collections in the event of emergencies. Who thought this would become a new industry!?” — Jon

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“It’s fun to imagine what your favorite artists’ home or studio might look like. Clearly they will be full of color, inspiration, personality, right!? For Cai Guo-Qiang, a window-filled home with all white walls in the middle of a forest serves as all the inspiration needed for his gunpowder paintings. Watch this video from T Magazine for a behind the scenes look at Cai’s home and studio.” — Jon

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“We often question the changing role of technology and its effect on our in-real-life relationships. This photographer went in the other direction—traveling the globe to personally capture her Facebook friends in their homes. Her work moves her digital relationships into something more ‘real’ through actual in-person human interaction. Are the lines between our digital and non-digital lives blurring? Is there even a line anymore?” – Jon

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“We tend to think of artists as full grown adults, full of intention and meaning. For every grown up artist, there was once a kid version of that adult—simply trying to tell stories of their world. My favorite pieces from this article include 9-year-old Edward Hopper and 12-year-old Michelangelo.” — Jon

Read more here via Artsy.

“One of my favorite things to come out of knowing Jesse was a real appreciation for the beauty of black and white photography. I got excited when I saw that Robert Frank’s Photos will still be on exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago when we’re there later this month. Art is love.” – Jon

Read more about Robert Frank at the AIC here.

“In this age of obsolescence, we have to be choosy about what to preserve. I’m with the Museum of Moving Image, who is working to raise funds for the preservation and display of Jim Henson’s famous Muppets. Imagine the exhibits!”  — Jon

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“I love music and art, so I was excited to hear about Solange Knowles’ recent piece at the Guggenheim. This intersection of performance art and music within a museum space is fascinating!”

– Jon

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