Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, is the first major solo exhibition of the artist’s work in the United States, and is on show at the Guggenheim until April 23rd. The work of Hilma af Klint is remarkable, especially when one considers that her abstract paintings were created as early as 1906. During her lifetime Klint only showed her work once, and insisted that it not be shown until twenty years after her death, so that it would have an audience that would understand it. Tracey Bashkoff, the curator of the exhibition notes, “Hilma af Klint’s abstract work predates the work by artists such as Kandinsky, Mondrian, Kupka, Malevich, artists that we have long considered the pioneers of abstraction.”

Large, colorful abstract paintings by Hilma af Klint in the Guggeheim

Three large, colorful painting by Hilma af Klint featuring large, gold circles and rays of red, blue, and yellow

The artist Hilma af Klint sitting in her studio, wearing a long skirt and high-collared blouse.

Painting by Hilma af Klint. The picture has a pink background and a large white flower shape, with writing in blue and yellow on each petal.

Various circles and florals in pastels, including a pink flower/clover in a blue circle, a white daisy-type flower in an orange circle ringed with yellow and another in a yellow circle, and an orange circle and a blue circle interesecting with the small overlap in yellow

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Cozy Cabins in the Nordic North

Nordic countries have no shortage of great design and beautiful landscapes. This makes the region popular for cozy accommodations that lie in harmony with nature, while keeping visitors comfortable in the arctic cold. Here are a few of our favorites!

The Glass Resort in Joulumaantie, Finland

In the Lapland Forrest of Finland, VOID Architecture designed a collection of wood and glass houses called Glass Resort. With an igloo-like shape and large windows, visitors are treated to gorgeous views of the surrounding forest, starry night skies and the northern lights.

A Hiking Pit Stop in Hammerfest, Norway

Commissioned by the town’s local chapter of the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT), this small cabin in Hammerfest, sits atop jagged mountain terrain. The small space provides a cozy spot for hikers to stop, warm up, and take in incredible views of the expansive landscape and skies.

Hammerfest Hiking Cabin - SPINN Arkitekter

Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) Cabin in Hammerfest

Hammerfest Hiking Cabin - SPINN Arkitekter

The 7th Room at Sweden’s Tree Hotel

The 7th Room is just one of the amazing accommodations available at Sweden’s Treehotel. The structure, which was designed by architecture firm Snøhetta, is intended to blend in with the forrest around it. Floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights allow for multiple viewpoints of the northern lights overhead.

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The Exploratorium

Construction of the stunning Exploratorium museum, designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects, has been completed in Tianjin, China. The building was designed with influence from the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute, who suggested the architecture should represent the deep industrial history of Tianjin. When the building opens in August of this year, it will house art galleries along with space for events, offices, restaurants and retail. 

The Exploratorium by Bernard Tschumi Architects

The Exploratorium by Bernard Tschumi Architects

The Exploratorium by Bernard Tschumi Architects

The Exploratorium by Bernard Tschumi Architects

The Exploratorium by Bernard Tschumi Architects

The Exploratorium by Bernard Tschumi Architects

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69 cities of the UK

Artist Carl Lavia and photographer Lorna Le Bredonchel have been collaborating on a project called ’69 cities of the UK’ since 2016. Carl, who is a London-based artist, is travelling around the UK sketching large drawings of the cities he visits, as Lorna tackles historical research, photographic research and documentation. Each piece takes 2-4 months to create, and the finished results are drawings, which from afar looks like detailed, traditional maps. Upon closer inspection, the sketches reveal an impressionist style, meant to show the complexity and rhythm of urban life.

City of Birmingham, all images provided by Carl Lavia and Lorna Le Bredonchel

Detail of Perth

Close up of Manchester

Edinburgh

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Shantel Martin

New York-based British artist Shantell Martin covers surfaces with black and white doodles that feature faces, catchy phrases and short narratives.  While her doodles seem simple, they aim to address issues of identity, intersectionality, and modern culture. Martin creates her work through a meditative drawing process, sometimes even working in front of a live audience. Martin has public works throughout the US, has worked on product designs with brands like Puma, and also teaches at NYU Tisch in the Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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Guess Who

Designer Zuzia Kozerska designed a refreshing model of the classic Guess Who game, that celebrates the achievements of women throughout history. Kozerska’s version of the game, titled Who’s She, shows the faces and accomplishments of 28 painters, athletes, and scientists illustrated by artist Daria Gołąb. The game breaks from the original Guess Who, by encouraging players to inquire about the achievements of the women, rather than their appearance.

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Staircase by Atmos Studio

StairStalk, a magnificent staircase by Atmos Studio, is the centerpiece of the restaurant HIDE in London. The staircase, taking inspiration from natural forms, ascends three floors, appearing almost as if it is growing through the space. A steel and plywood core allows the staircase to work its way up freely without support from the walls. Around the steel structure, the staircase was created using a variation of bentwood construction, which builds up layers of veneer to retain the look of solid wood in the twisting form.

Atmos Studio's spiralling timber staircase features "leaf-like" stairs that emerge from a structural stem

Atmos Studio's spiralling timber staircase features "leaf-like" stairs that emerge from a structural stem

Atmos Studio's spiralling timber staircase features "leaf-like" stairs that emerge from a structural stem

Atmos Studio's spiralling timber staircase features "leaf-like" stairs that emerge from a structural stem

Atmos Studio's spiralling timber staircase features "leaf-like" stairs that emerge from a structural stem

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Frank Gehry’s Aluminium Tower

Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, designed a twisting tower, which has started to take form in the south of France. Gehry designed the tower for the Luma Arles complex, which is set to open in the spring of 2020. The tower is built up with a concrete core and steel frame, with protruding glass windows and shining aluminium panels contributing to its irregular form. Gehry says that the jagged exterior is inspired by rock formations that surround the city.

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Marc Fornes / Theverymany

For the last ten years, the art and architecture studio Marc Fornes/Theverymany have been creating installations that disrupt notions of form, structure and space. Their works aim to create a whimsical experience for visitors while adding appeal to the surrounding space. The studio, which is based in New York and France, has installations all over the world, including public works in Charlotte, Tampa, Orlando, El Paso, San Antonio, and New York. Keep an eye out for these striking structures!

SuzhouBiennale_TVM_NAARO_19.jpgSuzhouBiennale_TVM_NAARO_07.jpg Boolean Operator – Suzhou, China – 2018

 

TheFormOfWander_TVM_©NAARO_03.jpgTheFormOfWander_TVM_©NAARO_10.jpgForm of Wander – Tampa, FL – 2018

 

Marquise_TVM_NAARO_16.jpgMarquise_TVM_NAARO_01.jpgCanopy – El Paso, TX – 2018

141004_DSC_0130141004-storefront-ny-006_s.jpgStorefront – New York City, NY – 2018

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Spiraling Stairs Around the New ATAH Art Space

Shanghai-based studio ATAH recently designed a captivating art center in a commercial complex in the Chinese city of Shaoxing.  ATAH wanted to create a building that would draw people towards it, so they developed the building’s cylindrical and spiraling design. The building’s essential element, the spiral staircase, winds up and around the building’s central core and connects the three floors of exhibition spaces with a unique outdoor space that can be used for artistic performances.

 

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