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Flies, Condoms, and Cigarettes

The Physical and Emotional Detritus of Downtown

Trash Dolls
by Aurel Schmidt

Aurel Schmidt’s intricately detailed drawings are a reflection of her life here in New York in that their individual parts pulled from the physical and emotional detritus of downtown. The drawings include objects such as flies, condoms, and cigarette packs and burns which are pieced together to form larger figures. Precious and personal, the work is e...

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A field guide to contemporary design

Design as an Attitude
by Alice Rawsthorn

Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives, and has never been more compelling. At a time when so many aspects of daily life are changing at relentless speed on an unprecedented scale, design is a powerful tool to help us to benefit from them, and to avoid their dangers. Public interest in design is soaring as a new generation of designers...

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Journey to 2038

The New Serenity

Arts of the Working Class #120: The New Serenity
by VV.AA.

This is how we look as a global community: Arts of the Working Class launches its two-sided cover for the journey to 2038, the German pavilion’s curatorial project for the Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. The project builds a bridge between past and future, by extending the dialogue outside of the institutional context. Staying faithful to its ...

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Black & White

A Play of Shadows

Schatten - Ombre
by Wolfgang Gäfgen

“Schatten – Ombre” is a dialogue of old and new works by the artist Wolfgang Gäfgen. A play of shadows develops between pure form and narrative content. On 52 pages, the essence of the two “least colorful” colors is traced – black and white. On the right-hand sides of each page are paper cuts from the years 1995 – 1998. They are juxtaposed with pictor...

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Values in Art

The Trouble with Value tackles the historical legacies of devaluation in art

The Trouble with Value. Art and Its Modes of Valuation
by Kris Dittel (ed.)

This book discusses the symbolic and economic value that a work of art holds, being a product of its maker’s labour.

This dynamic compilation of theoretical texts, essays and artistic contributions provides insight into current notions of value and value systems, and considers everything from the role of language to the circulation of art, ...

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