Rhode Island based sculptor Howard BenTré is exhibiting at the Dennos Museum Center. The body of work is a reflection on the strength yet lightness of architecture and the human form. Malcolm Grear Designers created the accompanying exhibition catalogue.Read More
In memory of their 358 employees and consultants lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Marsh & McLennan Companies commissioned Providence artist Richard Fleischner to create a place of remembrance within the plaza outside their midtown Manhattan offices. Fleischner brought in Malcolm Grear Designers to collaborate on the design of the glass wall.Read More
For the last few years, art collector Joseph Chazan, M.D. and AS220's artistic Director Umberto Crenca have been discovering and researching the finest of Rhode Island's artists.
Since its inception in 2008, their project, titled NetWorks, has documented the talents of 42 such artists. Showcasing the artists' processes, influences, and methods, the project has been presented to the public through exhibitions, discussions, photographic portraits, and video profiles. The project continues to grow as new supporters and partners learn of the endeavor.
Chazan, a long time supporter of the Rhode Island art community, believes that “NetWorks introduces, documents and publicizes visual artists who live and work in Rhode Island. We hope that through the videos in particular, the lives and works of the artists will influence a wide audience of all ages who are interested in art and artists. It is my personal hope that young people interested in art making will be inspired by these examples to work hard to achieve their goals, and that collectors will be inspired to collect art by Rhode Island artists.”
Crenca feels that exposing the work and lives of Rhode Island artists will in turn improve the quality of life throughout the state. He wrote in the accompanying catalogue for the 2008 selection of artists, “The artists of Rhode Island have had enormous influence on shaping the larger community. Today, maybe more than ever, it is essential that our artists are heard. Our quality of life is dependent on it.”
Utilizing the skills of videographer, Richard Goulis, NetWorks has created video portraits of all the artists. You may view them online through YouTube. Starting in November, these videos will periodically be shown on Rhode Island's PBS stations. The public can get a sneek peek of the 2010 artists on Sunday, October 17 at 1:30pm at the Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center at the Rhode Island School of Design. A salon discussion with the artists selected for 2009 and 2010 will take place on Friday October 15 from 5 - 7pm at the Providence Athenaeum.
In addition, an exhibition of works by the 2009 and 2010 artists will be shown at the Newport Art Museum from November 6 through January 17. You can read more about the exhibit at the Newport Art Museum in their press release. Bill Van Siclen of the Providence Journal wrote a review of the Networks project. The Boston Phoenix also wrote a review of the project and can be read here.
Malcolm Grear Designers recently designed the 2009 - 2010 exhibition catalogue and poster as well as the identity for the NetWorks's project. Malcolm Grear, who was selected as one of the 2010 NetWorks artist, was the lead designer on these pieces.
At the turn of the 20th century, most if not all of the passenger pigeons in the United States had either been hunted or killed to the point of extinction. Second to the locust, passenger pigeons were known to have lived in the largest flock of any animal. Their sudden and rapid decline due to mankind's ignorance of the bird's life cycle and habitat loss is now looked upon as a turning point in the public debate over conservation of natural resources.
Rachel Berwick's exhibition titled Zugunruhe is an installation piece that consists of two items: a 9ft high octagon of mirrored, smoky glass which contains a tree with amber passenger pigeons; and a glass globe with a dial that points to simulated migration patterns and written reports of passenger pigeon sightings. The pigeons are cast in copal, a form of amber, and hint to those animals that were encased and fossilized in amber. The smoky glass case forces a viewer to make an effort to view the pigeons, and at the same time, the mirrored glass provides an opportunity for inner reflection. The term "zugunruhe" refers to the nighttime restless behavior birds exhibit before migrating.
For over twenty years, Berwick has been creating artistic installations in hopes of drawing attention back to the natural world. Past installations have focused on the giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands, the extinct Tasmanian tiger, the humble lives of moths, Amazon parrots, and the Coelacant fish often referred to as a living fossil.
Berwick's exhibition at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University begins with an artist lecture at 5:30pm on Friday November 13, and continues until February 14, 2010. In addition, an accompanying lecture series will be held from November 18 through February 11.
Malcolm Grear Designers created the invitation and installation graphics for the exhibition.
Listen to Head of School Dan Miller and Wheeler grandparent/former trustee Dr. Joseph Chazan speak about the Public Art Initiative at The Wheeler School. The video includes views of the Wheeler School visual identity and sign system designed by Malcolm Grear Designers. The sign system includes plaques identifying each of the public art installations and recognizing the generous funding by Dr. Joseph Chazan. The featured artists are Howard Ben Tré, Jonathan Bonner, and Nichole Chesney.
You may view more of the Wheeler School sign system and other wayfinding projects here.
The exhibition Inappropriate Covers explores the theme of appropriation through "covering" or erasing existing pieces of art to reveal a new found meaning. Ranging from shocking to comical, the multimedia work of eleven artists address this theme by using pre-existing art pieces to sculpt into a transformation that might be deemed "inappropriate" or at the very least challenge our preconceived viewpoints.
Malcolm Grear Designers created the invitation, exhibit brochure, text panels, and outdoor signs for the exhibition.
The exhibit is on display from April 10-May 29 at the David Winton Bell Gallery on the campus of Brown University.
For more information, please visit the website of the David Winton Bell Gallery.
Read the review in the Providence Journal.
Orion of Smithfield, RI helped to create the dazzling crystal curtain at this year's Academy Awards. The curtain, the centerpiece of the awards ceremony, featured over 90,000 Swarovski crystals. Malcolm Grear Designers recently designed the e-commerce intranet Web site for Orion's RedRhode hospitality division.
On Saturday February 14, the exhibition entitled “The Photographs of Homer Page: The Guggenheim Year, New York, 1949-50” opens at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Homer Page used a 1949-50 Guggenheim fellowship to photograph New York City. Page captured this specific time and place with his unique artistic vision that was both “gritty and lyrical.”
Keith Davis, Curator of Photography at Nelson-Atkins, asked Malcolm Grear Designers to design the book that accompanies the exhibition. This 144 page cloth-covered book includes 100 tritone photographs. MGD has previously collaborated with Davis on numerous books for the Hallmark Photographic Collection, including his important series The Origins of American Photography.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum. Read a review of the book by the Wall Street Journal.
Sunday's "Providence Journal" featured a two page article that reviewed the art exhibition of the late Hugh Townley's work entitled, "The Wizard with Wood".
The author, Bill Van Siclen, praised Townley as having "few equals".
The exhibition, which opened October 30 and runs through December 1, is not to be missed. Malcolm Grear Designers was honored to have designed the catalogue for this exhibition.
For more information please see the previous blog entry.
Read the article in the Providence Journal.
The new Museum of Islamic Art opens next week In Doha, Qatar. The Museum, designed by I.M. Pei, includes the 41,000 square feet of gallery space organized around a domed atrium. The New York Times article, "In Qatar, an Art Museum of Imposing Simplicity," highlights I.M. Pei's latest achievement. Malcolm Grear Designers created the press event presentations which introduced the new Museum to a worldwide audience.
MGD had previously collaborated with I.M. Pei to develop the environmental graphics for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Read the article in the New York Times.
Don't miss the Anish Kapoor: Past, Present, Future exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston which opened today and will run through September 7, 2008.
Both Anish Kapoor and the ICA were referenced several times during today’s Radio Boston program on WBUR each for their leadership roles in successful public art. Also mentioned were artists, Mags Harries and Lajos Héder, for their continued contributions to the greater Boston area’s public art.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed (and continues to design) the signs and donor recognition for the ICA. MGD also designed the visual identity and Web site for the Foster Gallery which last year hosted an exhibition of Mags Harries and Lajos Héder.