This week is NYC Design Week. ICFF, Wanted Design and Noho Design all run fairs in tandem. I had the opportunity to visit 2 Bond Street, a temporary store and space that is showing new design objects in the Noho Design District. One of the objects I found most interesting are these “Marbelles.” They are solid marble dumbbell weights created by Guillaume Sasseville, a French-Canadian designer based in Montreal. The weights each are around 5lbs, and will be inscribed with 2kg etchings on the end. Sasseville collaborated with Josee Lepage of BondToo after she saw a table he made of marble which is on view at the Wanted Design Fair this week. She thought, “wouldn’t it be cool if this were even smaller, like a dumbbell?” They haven’t quite determined a price yet, but the dumbbells will run you around $2,000.
A new exhibition of David Bowie ephemera and personal items will open at the Victoria & Albert museum, in London on March 23rd. The exhibit will run through August 11th. “David Bowie is” will explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades. The V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh have selected more than 300 objects that will be brought together for the very first time. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.
The design gallery, R20th Century will have two new shows opening March 5th. “Contemporary Korean 2” features the work of four of Korea’s top contemporary designers: Hun Chung Lee, Bae Sehwa, Zong Sun Bahk, Myung Sun Kang and Byung Hoon Choi.They are also opening an exhibition of “Christian Wassmann: 5 Platonic Objects” Christian Wassmann is a New York-based architect and designer. The exhibition will feature objects, furniture and drawings inspired by five unique geometric forms, the platonic solids.
My friend and barber Gogy is an up and coming New York City artist. He has produced two books thus far of his witty intelligent view of New York through his lens. Check out his Tumblr page here, and if you are in Berlin this weekend, go to the opening and “Vanilla” book release at Soto. Gogy will also be djing the afterparty.
The first exhibit of Wendell Castle’s work in over 20 years is now on view at R20th Century Gallery in Tribeca until February 24th. On the occasion of Wendell’s 80th birthday, R20th has also released a book of his work. The beautifully formed wooden sculptures are trippy, colorful, and deceptively simple.
This week you must go to Anton Kern Gallery and see David Shrigley: Signs. Shrigley is known for his silly line drawings, but in this exhibit “Signs” he has turned his line drawing into sculpture.As for the old art, the Gagosian has you covered with a beautiful installation of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work which opened last night.
Public Art Fund is one of my favorite NYC institutions. Without the work they do, New York wouldn’t be as fun. You must check out “Fir Tree,” an installation by the Polish artist Monika Sosnowska. New York as a public setting for this piece couldn’t be more perfect. Go to the corner of 60th Street and 5th Avenue, where midtown meets central park. The 40 foot high steel spiral staircase has been manipulated using cranes and pulleys to resemble a tree.