Francesca Woodman had a wonderful retrospective at the SFMoMA recently, and now the work is on display at the Guggenheim in NYC. To have committed suicide at the age of 22, to be this in command of an aesthetic and style and powerful imagery at that age, is astonishing.
Cai Guo-Qiang is a Chinese born, New York based artist who utilizes pyrotechnics as a medium for many of his works. You have probably seen his well known gunpowder drawings he has been making for more than 20 years. He also creates large scale pieces with fireworks, some of the titles referencing extraterrestrials, because he wants them to be big enough to see from space. He was the first Asian artist to have a solo show at the Guggenheim in New York. It was a retrospective titled “I Want to Believe” in 2008 and 2009. After New York, it traveled to Beijing for the Olympics and also to the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.
Frank Gehry and his team design very pleasing buildings and spaces. Their first skyscraper, now being built in Manhattan at 8 Spruce Street, just south of City Hall, is both beautiful and causing conversation. It is the tallest luxury residential tower in NYC’s history, and as the Times notes, “it seemed to epitomize the skyline’s transformation from a symbol of American commerce to a display of individual wealth.”
But the Times also remarks that it is a great building, one of the best skyscrapers built in the city in 50 years. It stands at 76 stories, and adds a grammar school and health center at its base.
The Times notes, “Mr. Gehry’s design is about bringing that same sensibility — the focus on refined textures, the cultivation of a sense that something has been shaped by a human hand — to the digital age. The building’s exterior is made up of 10,500 individual steel panels, almost all of them different shapes, so that as you move around it, its shape is constantly changing. And by using the same kind of computer modeling that he used for his Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, more than a decade ago, he was able to achieve this quality at a close to negligible increase in cost.”
We always like it when classic institutions team up with 21st Century emergent giants. Like the Guggenheim and YouTube, and we can throw the Whitney Biennale as an old-timer done well. According to Fast Company, “The two institutions, alongside collaborator HP, are hoping to “elevate the debate” about what people can do with video.” So they are teaming up for this collaboration, saying “There are no limitations on content–from documentaries, to stop-motion, animation and music videos–in short, just about anything that will fill a YouTube screen, and the 20 finalists will be shown at the Guggenheim in New York, as well as its outposts in Berlin, Bilbao and Venice.”
The Citrus Report wants to make sure you get your Friday night on point. The theme, disco, the reason, Travolta. Here are a few things you can get to make sure your night going in the right Disco Direction. First, you can rent the “Saturday Night Fever” dance floor for all your Bar Mitzvah needs. That is above, and its inspired by the most insane dance moves ever: