Two Stellar Galleries Unite in Comporta, and Other News

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(FROM LEFT) “Franca #2” by Leonor Antunes. “The Intermediate–Antenna Basket on Rings” by Haegue Yang

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Two Stellar Galleries Unite in Comporta

Last week, Brazilian gallery Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel celebrated its third annual show at Portugal’s Casa da Cultura da Comporta by teaming up with Mexican gallery kurimanzutto. Housed in a converted rice barn planted between fields and water and operated by the nonprofit Fundação da Herdade da Comporta, the exhibition unfolds in two parts. July’s show offers work that weaves natural phenomena with man-made practice, including a limestone Gabriel Orozco sculpture that abstracts the luscious riot of fruit into cool architecture, and a woven planter by Haegue Yang that blurs the boundaries between harvest and harvested. 

A second crop of artists arrives on Aug. 5 to explore bodily territories: a piece from Nairy Baghramian’s Beliebte Stellen/Privileged Points series, for example, drips with formal and sensual provocation as it points and curves through space; while a canvas by Márcia Falcão threatens, or promises, to swell into full 3D as it wrestles a characteristically female body into pictorial form. “Fortes D’Aloia x kurimanzutto” runs until Aug. 31. —Jesse Dorris

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara by Eneead Architects. Photography by Scott Frances

Ennead Architects channels the Turkish canon for the new U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

Ennead Architects has designed the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, drawing inspiration from traditional Turkish architecture to strike a balance between openness and security. The embassy, situated in the new central business district Sögütözü, features rectilinear stone-clad structures interspersed with three internal courtyards and landscaped gardens, providing controlled access and privacy. The design takes cues from classical Ottoman architecture, particularly the work of renowned architect Mimar Sinan, and incorporates local and traditional materials such as Marmara marble, travertine, warm woods, ceramic tiles, and touches of turquoise to reflect both American values and Turkey’s architectural heritage.

Thomas Eyck, a Dutch design entrepreneur who nurtured emerging talents, has died. 

Dutch design entrepreneur Thomas Eyck died on July 4, according to an announcement made by Wendy Gooren, the managing partner of his brand. Eyck, who founded his eponymous label in 2007, played a significant role in promoting and nurturing the careers of Dutch design talents. With a focus on a deliberate and considered approach to design, Eyck’s brand features more than 200 pieces by 20 designers, and Gooren will continue to lead the team in carrying forward his legacy. Eyck’s appreciation for materials, developed during his time at Royal Tichelaar Makkum, influenced the brand’s products, which were created through thoughtful collaborations with designers and craftsmen.

The UAE Pavilion by Santiago Calatrava. Photography by Stephane Aboudaram

Santiago Calatrava will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Florence Biennale.

Santiago Calatrava is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the XIV Florence Biennale of Art and Design. The award acknowledges his experimentation, talent, and ability to integrate architecture and art in projects that harmonize with nature and embody ideals of beauty. Calatrava’s portfolio includes structures like the Ponte della Constituzione in Venice, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York, and the Zubizuri Bridge in Bilbao, showcasing his influence and contributions to the fields of architecture and engineering.

Angelina Jolie secures the lease for Jean-Michel Basquiat’s former studio in NoHo.

Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie has secured the lease for the Manhattan property on 57 Great Jones Street, where artists Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat once lived and worked. Jolie will use the space for her new venture, Atelier Jolie, providing a workshop for underrepresented tailors and artisans. The building’s exterior, adorned with street art, will be preserved as a tribute to Basquiat, maintaining its artistic character.

Schiaparelli makes a rare boutique expansion inside Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills.

Schiaparelli has opened a new boutique inside Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, marking a rare retail expansion for the label. This collaboration extends Neiman Marcus Group’s exclusive partnership with Schiaparelli, which currently has five retail points of distribution. The boutique, designed by Schiaparelli’s creative director Daniel Roseberry in collaboration with architect Daniel Romualdez, features ready-to-wear, accessories, and jewelry.

Glossier flagship in Seattle, anchored by a moss-covered boulder adorned with Willy Wonka–esque mushrooms. Image courtesy of Glossier

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