Dwell on Design Conference, Los Angeles Convention Center

Dwell Magazine, which is devoted to modern architecture and design, was launched in September 2000. The Dwell brand has subsequently grown into a significant player and resource in the design field. The magazine’s editors are the curators of the annual Dwell on Design conference which took place at the LA Convention Center on June 21-23. Billed as America’s largest modern design event, it includes the presentation of products, services, demonstrations, educational platforms and home tours. Overall, the show makes an impressive contribution to the way people think about design and it’s relationship to the environment.

Panel Discussion with Dan Formosa and Janis Kent at Dwell on Design

This year, renown architect and industrial designer, Michael Graves, gave the keynote address. More than 200 speakers on three stages participated in panel discussions and presentations that included subjects such as green living, prefab housing, sustainability issues, forgeries in collectible furniture, and the ways in which gender affects design.

Mural in progress at Dwell on Design

Gary Baseman porcelain figures for Lladro at Dwell on Design

The continuing trend of “art for everyone everywhere” was in evidence. Saatchi On-line, part of the Saatchi artworld empire, had a booth of work by emerging artists, promoting the online purchase of art for the public and the trade. A section of the show was devoted to street and mural artists who created works in situ. Lladro, the distinguished Spanish purveyor of fine porcelain, presented a project by American artist, Gary Baseman, who currently has a large exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center here in Los Angeles.



Julian Hoeber in conversation at “Painting in Place” exhibition

Installation view, “Painting in Place”, LAND exhibition

A few blocks from the Convention Center in the historic Farmers and Merchants Bank building, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), a nonprofit public art initiative, is presenting “Painting in Place”. This group exhibition of contemporary artists examines the practice of painting from both a traditional and unconventional perspective. Starting with the venue itself, everything in this show wakes up the senses. It’s a fresh and unexpected view of the varied approaches to current painting. On Saturday afternoons an “urban picnic” is staged with featured artists to encourage informal dialogue between the artist and the audience. The afternoon I was there, Julian Hoeber engaged in a generous and frank discussion with a group comfortably settled on the floor. Other artists in the show include Rita Ackerman, Barnaby Furnas, Alexandra Grant and Gary Simmons, among others.


Richard Artschwager sculpture, Hammer Museum

Across town the Hammer Museum hits another winner with it’s major retrospective of the work of Richard Artschwager (1923-2013). Sculpture, painting and drawing are among the 150 works that illustrate the artist’s investigation of subject matter and form throughout his career. The installation is especially effective in terms of grouping of the work and the painted walls which dramatically enhance the impact of the pieces. Also on view is the extensive A. Quincy Jones retrospective which illustrates the considerable importance of his work on Los Angeles architecture from 1937 until his death in 1979.

Lindbrook Terrace at the Hammer Museum

The Hammer has been much applauded for the way it has enlivened its’ entry spaces through a changing program of commissioned artworks surrounding the lobby staircases. An equally impressive use of space is now enhancing the Lindbrook Terrace. A new commission comprised of custom furnishings by Los Angeles-based artists Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson makes this a welcome place to relax or perhaps hit a few ping pong balls. The curtains by Yunhee Min provide additional ambiance to the space.


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