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MORE MUST-SEE SUMMER DESIGN EXHIBITIONS FOR AESTHETES
13 July 2017
Yoichi Ohira + Color Across the Spectrum
Yoichi Ohira is a preeminent glass artist famed for blending Murano style with a Japanese aesthetic. His vibrant colors and naturally inspired forms have made him a darling of modern art collectors, including Rago’s own Suzanne Perrault who loving refers to Ohira’s creations as ‘glass candy’.
Select works from Yoichi Ohira’s “Nostalgia” Series can be viewed at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. With over 3,500 years of glass history on display, from glass portraits of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs to the sculpture of today, the Corning Museum is well worth a summer excursion.
And if you just can’t get enough Ohira, you can scope out even more of his work in the permanent collection of the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH. While you’re there, we recommend visiting the temporary exhibit Color Across the Spectrum, which explores the power of color and its astounding ability to produce a range of psychological and perceptual optical effects. Highlights include works by Joan Miró and Josef Albers. Color Across the Spectrum is open through July 30, 2017.
Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design
Giò Ponti is widely considered the father of modern Italian design. With a fruitful career spanning nearly six decades, Ponti created important works across several categories, including decorative arts, furniture, industrial design and architecture (including the first skyscraper in Italy). He is celebrated for incorporating both traditional and modern materials and techniques into his work.
A visually stunning exhibit has opened at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, GA to celebrate Ponti’s prolific career. Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design includes 50 works spanning decades of the artist’s career and representing some of Ponti’s most outstanding pieces of furniture and design. Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics is open through September 17, 2017.
Art of Bugatti
Visit the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA this summer to view the multidiscipline Art of Bugatti exhibit, featuring automobiles, paintings, furniture, sculpture and silver work from three generations of the Italian-French Bugatti family.
Furniture designs by Carlo Bugatti will be on display alongside iconic cars designed by elder son, Ettore Bugatti, founder of Automobiles E. Bugatti, and sculptures by Carlo’s second son, Rembrandt Bugatti. Also featured are paintings by Carlo’s granddaughter, Lidia Bugatti.
The Art of Bugatti is open through January, 2018.
Wendell Castle Remastered
And don’t worry if you can’t make it to the museums this summer - there are plenty of wonderful exhibits opening after Labor Day!
Master furniture maker, designer, sculptor and educator, Wendell Castle is an acclaimed figure of the American studio furniture movement. Now in the sixth decade of a prolific career that parallels the emergence and growth of the America studio craft movement, Wendell Castle continues to innovate.
In this solo exhibition, the first to examine the digitally crafted works of the artist, Castle revisits his trailblazing achievements of the 1960s through a contemporary lens. This self-reflective exhibit surveys a crucial period of Castle’s career when his furniture as sculpture made him a leader in his field. Wendell Castle Remastered is open through December 31, 2017.