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Our daily look at the world through the lens of design.

A sketch of Christo's proposed project in Colorado. (Image: Christo via The Denver Channel)

Art of Omission

After investing 20 years and $15 million of his own money, Christo walked away from a public art project in protest of Donald Trump. “I use my own money and my own work and my own plans because I like to be totally free. And here now, the federal government is our landlord. They own the land. I can’t do a project that benefits this landlord,” Christo said.
[The New York Times]

Pretty in Patchwork

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren used fragments of vintage dresses to create Viktor & Rolf’s 2017 couture collection. This is in line with the brand’s past season, which involved reinventing pieces from their own archives.
[The Cut]

Independence Play

A new contemporary art space is set to open in Accra, Ghana, on the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence. Its first exhibition,“Accra: Portraits of a City,” will include works from Deo Gratias, the city’s oldest photo studio, and Felicia Abban, its first female photographer.

The Afterlife of Print

While many of the largest fashion magazines are facing tough times, independent publications have carved out a viable niche. “Creatively, print is bang in the center of a hugely innovative golden age. Just be sure of your magazine’s point of view and personality and don’t be a cheap copy,” said Jeremy Leslie, creative director of a London-based magazine store.
[The Observer]

FCA Winners Announced

Artists Andrea Fraser, Aki Sasamoto, and A.L. Steiner were among the winners of this year’s Foundation for Contemporary Arts grants. The FCA also established a new award this year in honor of Dorothea Tanning, which went to poet Liz Waldner.

Room to Grow

Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum has revealed plans for an expansion designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture. The museum hopes to complete construction by 2020, but has yet to secure funding for the project.
[Los Angeles Times]

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