Art News: Space Travel, The Internet, and Pharmacy
This article in Wired covers Electronic Superhighway, an exhibition that recently opened at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Inspired in part by the 1966 New York exhibition 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, in which artists teamed up with engineers to realize technically complex visions, the show at Whitechapel looks at the continued and evolving history of art using internet and computer technology. With artists including Frieder Nake and Douglas Coupland among those being shown, the exhibition sounds like a fascinating look at art and tech.
Here’s an encouraging look at ArtLifting, a for-profit organization that promotes and sells the works of homeless and disabled artists. The organization offers online sales of original artworks, prints and household items with artwork printed on them, giving the artist a 55 percent cut of all profits. In some cases, such as with Scott Benner, the artist featured in the New York Times article, the organization is able to help the artist sell work through galleries and start an artistic career.
Retro sci-fi fans should check out this series of posters recently released by NASA. The space agency commissioned artists from the JPL Design Studio as well as Invisible Creatures to create ad-like posters touting the wonders of distant planets and space travel. Similar to efforts by government-commissioned artists in the 40’s and 50’s to encourage people to visit national parks, the posters were designed in the hopes of piquing public interest in space exploration in light of waning funding for space travel and research.
It seems that Damien Hirst is in the news for some new project every week, and today is no exception. This time, Hirst has paired with English chef Mark Hix to open a restaurant in London. The restaurant, dubbed Pharmacy 2 - a reference to the artist’s well-known installation Pharmacy – features a cool-coloured, medical aesthetic with bright-coloured pill motifs throughout. Fans of Hirst will likely want to stop by for the novelty, though as a restaurant, the design might be an acquired taste.