The Best Way to View Art

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I'm a big museum fan but if given the choice to see the art in the climate-controlled rooms of the Met or the studio where art is being made, I'll choose the latter. That said, the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour might have been my dream exhibition. In its 19th year, the two-day festival doesn't ...

Darwin Descends from Wedgwood?

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What do Josiah Wedgwood and Charles Darwin have in common? A daughter and a mother! Josiah Wedgwood was Charles Darwin's grandfather! I discovered this interesting tidbit when I attended the UBS Art Gallery opening of "Josiah Wedgwood and His Circle." The exhibit focuses on the family and friends of Wedgwood, the vertible grandfather ...

Fresh Functional Campaign Furniture

Campaign furniture has been steadily sneaking its way back into mainstream design but these new Anthropologie chairs prove it's modern again. Anthropologie worked with South African furniture makers, Melville and Moon, to recreate the classic foldable, adaptable hardwood Roorkhee chair but then had the local Pretoria textile company, Design Team, upholster it in a punchy ...

Ingo Maurer Exhibit

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I have been excited about the Ingo Maurer lighting exhibit since it hit the Cooper-Hewitts calendar. It is a retrospective of four decades of Maurer's work (and the man is not even retired yet!). The show includes all of his major works, unseen prototypes, one-off pieces, his commercial line, and videos and photographs documenting his ...