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New York Botanical Garden Recreates Frida Kahlo’s Mexico City Garden

Categories: Art + Graphics
New York Botanical Garden Recreates Frida Kahlo's Mexico City Garden

The New York Botanical Garden has an unusual blockbuster exhibit on its hand this summer, thanks to the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Kahlo, whose cult following rivals that of no other woman artist, was famously inspired by horticulture—evidenced in the lush plants and flowers that were recurring themes in both her paintings and in — Continue reading

Hermes & Julio Le Parc Collaborate on Silk Scarves

Categories: Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends
Hermes &  Julio Le Parc Collaborate on Silk Scarves

Argentine artist Julio Le Parc has designed a limited edition series of 60 silk scarves for Hermes as part of the French fashion house’s Editeur artist collaboration series. Le Parc, a pioneer of the Op Art movement, has translated his famous 1974 La Longue Marche (The Long March)—a suite of 10 paintings marked by brilliant ribbony swirls of — Continue reading

Venice Biennale: Artist Tsibi Geva Covers Israeli Pavilion in Used Tires

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Venice Biennale: Artist Tsibi Geva Covers Israeli Pavilion in Used Tires

Israeli artist Tsibi Geva has created a site-specific installation at this year’s Venice Biennale, in which cladding consisting of used car tires covers the exterior walls of the Israeli pavilion. Called Archaelogy of the Present, the installation focuses on Geva’s enduring concern with the notion of ‘home,’ and includes disparate elements—window shutters, cement — Continue reading

Exclusive Sale: Save 25% on Parvez Taj Contemporary Art, April 30 – May 14

Categories: Art + Graphics
Exclusive Sale: Save 25% on Parvez Taj Contemporary Art,  April 30 - May 14

All contemporary art pieces by California artist Parvez Taj are now on sale at a substantial 25% off. The prolific Canadian-born painter and printmaker creates multi-media compositions using graphic motifs from his extensive travels, the natural world, and popular culture—and applies them to a variety of surfaces, including stretched canvas, aluminum, and distressed reclaimed wood. This exclusive — Continue reading

Street Artist JR Creates New York Times Magazine Cover

Categories: Art + Graphics
Street Artist JR Creates New York Times Magazine Cover

This past Sunday’s New York Times Magazine devoted its entire issue to the subject of walking the streets of the ultimate walking city. But it was the magazine’s cover—not so much what was inside it—that had everyone agog, thanks mostly to the French street artist and Ted Prize winner, JR. Famous for his mammoth-sized, black-and-white portraits of — Continue reading

Princeton Architectural Press Issues Ed Ruscha ‘Noise’ Notebook

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Princeton Architectural Press Issues Ed Ruscha 'Noise' Notebook

Princeton Architectural Press has issued a journal sure to make both obsessive note-takers and modern art lovers happy. We’re not sure who originally conceived of this compact, ruled notebook bearing a reproduction of Noise—artist Ed Ruscha’s 1963 oil painting of that single word—on its cover, but it’s an inspired change from all those monochromatic, image-free Moleskine — Continue reading

‘Big City Rome’ Public Art Project by Street Artists

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
'Big City Rome' Public Art Project by Street Artists

As if we need another reason to wish we were in Rome, this transformative mural by the Italian street artist Jerico may be added to the list. Part of a recent public art project known as Big City Rome, the mural is one of 20 in the city’s district of Tor — Continue reading

Matthias Jung’s Surreal Houses

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Matthias Jung's Surreal Houses

Collage and Surrealism collide imaginatively in Matthias Jung‘s fantastical architectural compositions. The German graphic designer constructs detailed contemporary artworks from photographs of houses and buildings, cutting and piecing together disparate elements into elaborate edifices that could only exist in Jung’s mind. Placed in desolate fields and barren landscapes, Jung’s highly ornamental houses—which soar skyward or ramble on, appear ready — Continue reading

Roos Van Dijk’s Architectural Paintings

Categories: Art + Graphics
Roos Van Dijk's Architectural Paintings

Architecture, we’re happy to note, is increasingly finding a place in contemporary art, as illustrated by the work of the young Dutch painter Roos Van Dijk. Much like the British artist Rebecca Telford—whose work was recently featured here—Van Dijk finds endless opportunities in the facades of buildings to display her instinct for graphic patterning and geometric compositions. Her paintings — Continue reading

2015 Sticker-Calendar by Nendo

Categories: Art + Graphics
2015 Sticker-Calendar by Nendo

It’s not too late in the year to consider a 2015 calendar, and Japanese design studio Nendo has one of the more whimsical ones yet. Their Sticker-Calendar is, as its name indicates, both calendar and sticker set, designed to segue into each month as each day’s sticker is peeled away. Seasonal illustrations — Continue reading

Jim Nickelson’s Year of Full Moons

Categories: Art + Graphics
Jim Nickelson's Year of Full Moons

Former NASA engineer Jim Nickelson can safely call it a mission accomplished. On a quest to photograph every full moon that made an appearance during the year 2014, Nickelson’s fully realized project, My Adventures in Celestial Mechanics, will be on view at Boston’s 555 Gallery, beginning January 1. Nickelson set out to photograph each full moon — Continue reading

Typographic Wrapping Paper by Angelo Stitz

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Holiday Ideas
Typographic Wrapping Paper by Angelo Stitz

Typography buffs will easily fall, as we did, for the striking wrapping paper designs composed by German graphic designer Angelo Stitz, who has applied his facility with type to a series of decorative paper sheets comprised of typography alone. Originally created for an advent calendar, the collection contains 24 designs, each featuring a beautifully symmetrical repeat — Continue reading

12 Days of 2Modern Giving: Win Art by Parvez Taj!

Categories: Art + Graphics, News + Events + Contests
12 Days of 2Modern Giving: Win Art by Parvez Taj!

Our 12 Days of 2Modern Giving sweepstakes is in full swing, with Prize #3 up for grabs. Today and tomorrow, enter our sweepstakes to win a beautiful art piece by California artist, Parvez Taj, whose expertly layered mixed-media compositions make inspired additions to any interior space. Water-based inks, photography and ultraviolet inks applied to reclaimed — Continue reading

Love/Lust Scratch-Off Prints by Ray Geary

Categories: Art + Graphics
Love/Lust Scratch-Off Prints by Ray Geary

Is it Love or Lust? Art collectors who like surprises along with their curating will be kept guessing with a pair of screen prints from the New York artist Ray Geary. Geary’s Love/Lust Scratch-Off Prints keep their respective silkscreened words hidden behind an overlay of scratch-off ink—only to reveal themselves when the accompanying (Geary-signed) penny is used to — Continue reading

Exclusive Parvez Taj Sale: Save 25% Dec 2-16

Categories: Art + Graphics
Exclusive Parvez Taj Sale: Save 25% Dec 2-16

Vibrant new work by the California artist Parvez Taj are amongst recent arrivals at 2Modern—and just in time for the holidays, all modern art by this prolific Canadian-born painter and printmaker is on sale at a very substantial 25% discount. An exclusive 2Modern offering, the sale begins today, and lasts through December 16, and includes — Continue reading

Artful Seats: Cheryl Ekstrom’s Steely Modern Chairs

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting
Artful Seats: Cheryl Ekstrom's Steely Modern Chairs

Metallics may be an industrial design trend, but artist Cheryl Ekstrom has something quite a bit more permanent in mind. With the Los Angeles-based artist’s startlingly realistic sculpture series, Stable Inhabitants of a Changing World, Ekstrom has taken some of the most recognizable and exalted forms in Mid-Century modern furniture—Charles and Ray Eames’ Lounge Chair, — Continue reading

Scribble Wrapping Papers by Denmark’s HAY

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Scribble Wrapping Papers by Denmark's HAY

Danish brand HAY has launched a suite of wrapping papers that could very well be seen as presents in themselves. The Scribble collection features six different repeat patterns rendered in magic marker, each applied to sheets of paper measuring  27.5 x 39 inches. The artfully executed abstract compositions showcase 6 different monochromes, and, as HAY helpfully makes note, — Continue reading

Modern Quilts by S.D. Evans

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Quilts by S.D. Evans

Despite its storied tradition and folksy down home image, the visual appeal of quilt designs—with their clean edges, elegant geometry, and impeccable symmetry—has never been that far removed from the appeal of line-shape-color modern art movements. Brooklyn designer S.D. Evans is amongst a slew of contemporary artists for whom quilting is the medium of choice for a body — Continue reading

Art & Craft: Plywood Print Stools from Piet Hein Eek & Rijksmuseum

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting
Art & Craft: Plywood Print Stools from Piet Hein Eek & Rijksmuseum

Art and craft collide, quite literally, in the first non-wallpaper product series from the Dutch design lab NLXL. Designer Piet Hein Eek, whose Scrapwood Wallpaper collection for NLXL marked a watershed moment for the company, has completed a suite of plywood stools imbued with iconic images of art from the permanent collection of Holland’s — Continue reading

Ama Light Installaton by Michael Anastassiades and FLOS

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting
Ama Light Installaton by Michael Anastassiades and FLOS

A recent collaboration between the London-based Cypriot designer Michael Anastassiades and Italian lighting company FLOS yielded a ravishing light installation at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Ama—a poetically beautiful art piece comprised of opaline spheres, and arranged in a circle uncannily resembling a giant string of pearls—was conceived by the designer as an homage to the Ama women — Continue reading