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There is much discourse in the design world about how much of an impact the media has on the individual, thereby having an effect on the masses. In No Logo, Naomi Klein argues that branding—or rather, over-branding—and over-consumption due to Capitalism-sown-greed has doomed mankind to be slaves of their own branded objects of desire; the corporate head-honchos are to blame for mass misery. Needless to say, my particular disdain for her piece of journalism will lean towards over exaggeration.

David Gauntlett’s Media, Gender and Identity, however, provides a less biased, and slightly more nuanced view of the media’s effect on the individual, as compared to Ms. Klein’s No Logo. Continue Reading »

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I visited the Museum of Modern Art on January 7th, with my girlfriend, Anna, because she really wanted to see the new Tim Burton show. Yes, it was interesting, and yes, it was incredibly crowded; the entirety of the exhibit plus the people viewing it was a huge fire hazard. After we left the Burton show, I saw a few signs flitting about pointing upstairs to a Bauhaus show—this greatly piqued my interests, so I proceeded to convince Anna that the upstairs show was going to be incredibly awesome, and she followed.

Unsurprisingly, I found that the Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity show was indeed awesome. Continue Reading »

Five points of interest on chapter 3 “The Fair”, from the book Seven Days in the World by Sarah Thornton:

  1. Art collectors seem to not care about the art, merely the price tag.
  2. The art-collection culture seems entirely too far removed from the culture of artists and art making.
  3. Uber-rich art collectors raise the market value of particular artists’ work, thereby making that artist a “hot” commodity. This, seems (to me at least) to hurt the overall art economy—not help it—as it devalues the work of other artists, who essentially become business competitors. These other artists, who are the majority, then find it harder to sell their work. Therefore, the art economy is determined by, and rests upon the sole shoulders of rich people and families who seem more interested in making a financial investment as opposed to an artistic one.
  4. Art as a business seems to be counter intuitive to the idea of art as a social vehicle.
  5. Philippe Segalot is a jerk.

-rgm

This past Friday, October 23rd, I took the NJ Transit to Grand Central, and from there, the subway up to 86th Street and walked a few blocs up to 91st Street and 5th Avenue—the Cooper Hewitt. On the 16th, the museum opened up it’s newest exhibit, taking up the entirety of the first floor, Design USA. I am aware that the class assignment for my Thesis class was to visit a gallery or gallery space and write on it, however, I was greatly looking forward to seeing and experiencing the Design USA exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, and yes, I do consider design, when in the context of the literal word, “design,” as art. If it was not art, then it would not be called “design,” per say. Continue Reading »