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Here you can find links to articles from American news outlets that feature Dutch art, architecture and design.


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    Date: October 26, 2011

    Source: Ecouterre

    News item: Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Recycles Wood Chips Into Snakeskin-Like Couture

    Intro: Where most people see trash, Stefanie Nieuwenhuys spies opportunity. After discovering tiny, diamond-shaped wood chips on a workshop floor at Kingston University in London—the leftovers of some architecture student, no doubt—the fashion master’s student was reminded of a secondhand snakeskin bag she once purchased. Scooping them up, Nieuwenhuys set to work, layering the wooden scraps onto fabric like reptilian scales. The result is an arresting “biomimetic” collection of corsets, floor-length evening dresses, trousers, and neckpieces that marries modern laser-cutting techniques with a couturier’s delicate yet exacting touch. (Click link to read more)

    Link: Ecouterre

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    Date: October 17, 2011

    Source: A/N Blog

    News Item: On View> Cooper-Hewitt on Designing Lasting Solutions with the Other 90%

    Intro: For a long time in the West there has been a common misgiving that aid is about patronage. The Cooper Hewitt’s latest exhibition, Design with the Other 90% : Cities, which opened this weekend at the United Nations Visitor’s Center, rebukes this notion by spotlighting communities in the southern hemisphere who are taking the initiative, harnessing local resources to solve their own problems. In the show, designers and architects are tapping into existing currents of change. (Click link to read more)

    Link: A/N Blog

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    Date: October 10, 2011

    Source: The Daily Beast

    News Item: The Clasp of Civilizations: A subversive reimagining of three European masterpieces.

    Intro: Xenophobia, and especially Islamophobia, is on the rise in many European countries. In my native Netherlands, as well as in Italy, Austria, Denmark, and Hungary, for example, anti-immigration parties are involved in the national governments. In others, such as France, Sweden, Poland, and the Czech Republic, similar parties are represented in national parliaments. These anti-immigration parties have thrived on resentment, antiglobalism, rising inequalities, and the economic crisis with the resulting uncertainties, and are scapegoating non-Western immigrants. (Click link to read more)

    Link: The Daily Beast

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    Date: October 12, 2011

    Source: Artinfo

    News item: Unpacking Rem Koolhaas’s Studio: Maarten Gielen on Curating the Barbican’s Unorthodox New OMA Show

    Intro: At the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennial, Brussels-based design collective Rotor curated the Belgian Pavilion. Venerated architect and Office for Metropolitan Architecture co-founder Rem Koolhaas was so taken with their work he welcomed them into his firm’s office, allowing them access to whatever they pleased. It was all in order for them to curate “OMA/Progress” at the Barbican Gallery, OMA’s first exhibition in the United Kingdom. ARTINFO spoke to Rotor founder Maarten Gielen on the curatorial process behind a portrait of one of the most prolific and influential architectural firms in the world. (click link to read more info)

    Link: Artinfo

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    Date: October 11, 2011

    Source: Time Lightbox

    News item: Still / Life: When the Familiar Becomes Abstract

    Intro: There are certain moments when everyday objects suddenly lose their veil of familiarity and become abstract. The usual meaning that you give these objects is altered and, for a split second, you see them in a different light. I use this moment in time as a starting point for the images in my exhibition Still / Life, currently on display at the Foam Museum in Amsterdam. Traveling and being immersed in different landscapes has also played an important part in developing my work. It is only when I am out of my everyday life and free from its repetition that I have the space to truly see what is around me. Being in places unknown to me forces those abstract moments to appear more frequently and allows me to concentrate on finding the right location for the right object. (click link to read more)

    Link: Time Lightbox

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    Date: October 11, 2011

    Source: Inhabitat

    News item: The Green Cathedral Is an Interpretation of Paris’ Notre Dame in Trees

    Intro: John Muir once called a redwood grove his cathedral. Similar in vein, De Groene Kathedraal (translated as the Green Cathedral) is an organic copy of the famed Notre Dame, and is very much in the spirit of the great naturalist. By accident, A Daily Dose of Architecture came across the living building on Google Maps, and found that this Dutch cathedral had been grown rather than built in southern Flevoland, Netherlands. Planted by artist Marinus Boezemin 1987, the cathedral consists of 178 Lombardy poplar trees that form the walls of the cathedral, with pathways mirroring the arches of the famous Parisian landmark. (click link to read more)

    Link: Inhabitat

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    Date: September 29, 2011

    Source: A/N Blog

    News item: SO-IL to Transform an Old School into a Winding Community Center

    Intro: The Brooklyn-based firm Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO–IL) recently won a design competition for a community center located in Wulpen, a small, coastal town in Belgium. Their design transforms an unused schoolhouse into a community center with three distinct parts: a multipurpose room in the former two classrooms, a youth space in a garden, and meeting rooms in the original teachers’ house. The architects placed the circular youth section at one end of the courtyard space and the multipurpose room and meeting rooms at the other end. Their design merges these three spaces through a curved, covered concrete ribbon punctuated with openings that wraps around the perimeter of the property in the shape of a “U”, an element that both encloses and connects the separate areas of the community center—the multipurpose room, the youth space, the meeting rooms, and the resulting courtyard and tree at the center. The white concrete walkway unites and embraces these diverse spaces in a gentle way, like a warm hug from a good friend. (click link to read more)

    Link:A/N Blog

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    Date: September 27, 2011

    Source: Daily Serving

    News item: Conclusion to Big Ideas: An Interview With Alon Levin

    Intro: Modernity—in all its West-centric incarnations—has been debated, deliberated and disputed since the last feudal lord packed it in.  Baudelaire lambasted the arbitrary parameters that dictate “advanced” civilization; Machiavelli’s antecedents celebrated them. The very notion of a “modern” world results in a perpetual discourse on the factors that prescribe it. Within the walls of Ambach & Rice’s new Los Angeles gallery, the dialogue persists with Alon Levin’s staggering solo exhibition, Conclusion to the Big Ideas, a collection of insightful works supplemented by the artist’s publication, Modernity in Very General Terms, 2011.  Through its meticulous scrutiny of power structures, capricious rules, and sociological myth, Levin’s work accentuates the irrational aspects of so-called rationality. And yes, he’s privy to a bit of satire.  DailyServing contributor Catlin Moore recently interviewed Alon Levin about his work. (click link to read more)

    Link: Daily Serving

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    Date: September 26, 2011

    Source: Moss

    News item: Don’t be thinking 3D printing is all in the future. It’s here now, fashionistas.

    Intro: Here’s the complicated and exquisite Escapism Dress designed by super-up-and-coming fashion designer Iris Van Herpen, as it is in Murray’s installation at the V&A. (We made this shot a little out of focus so you wouldn’t be frightened.) But wait–look below! OMG, it’s the SAME DRESS. On the runway at Iris’s fashion show in January, being worn by an actual human. Right there in the lineup with all those old fashioned sewn together with thread things. So, yeah, 3D printing, crazy and out there as it is, is already here. Get used to it. (click link to read more)

    Link: Moss

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    Date: September 24, 2011

    Source: New York Observer

    News item: Rotterdam’s Witte de With Museum Picks Performa’s Defne Ayas as Director

    Intro: Defne Ayas, a curator at Performa, New York’s performance biennial, is heading to Rotterdam to become director of the city’s venturesome contemporary art museum Witte de With. The appointment goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. At Witte de With, Ms. Ayas will replace Nicolaus Schafhausen, who has held the directorship for six years, the maximum amount of time the museum’s allows its leader to stay. (For better or worse, if New York museums had such a policy, the current heads of the Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum, to name just three examples, would no longer be in power.) (click link to read more)

    Link: New York Observer

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