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September 28 2010

VernissageTV PDF-Magazine No. 14: Bank, Temple, Island, Laguna

Out now: VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 14, September 2010. Number 14 takes you on a trip to Lisbon, Portugal, with a visit to the new biennial Portugal Arte 10, the large-scale installation Temple by artist collective Faile, and the MUDE, Museum of Fashion and Design. Great design also waits for you in Frankfurt, Germany with the great Dieter Rams retrospective and in Basel with Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things at the Vitra Design Museum. A stone’s through from there we visit Robot Dreams at the Museum Tinguely. After that, VernissageTV heads to the province to check out the open space show Provinz on Lindau Island, and finally to Venice to cover the 12th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy.

PS: Bonus Video Downloads (HD) inside!

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July 26 2010

Portugal Arte 10: Public Art Projects in Downtown Lisbon

The cornerstone of Portugal Arte 10 EDP is a series of public art projects that are installed throughout downtown Lisbon. Three distinct areas, Chiado, Baixa, and Avenida Liberdade, host these works. Los Angeles-based architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of JohnstonMarkLee architectural firm were instrumental in examining these areas defining characteristics and placing the works of art in ways which either reinforce the urban condition, or challenges it by creating a new way of experiencing a neighborhood.

Among the artworks on display are Temple by Faile; untitled works by Sterling Ruby; Grid Ripper, Aluminum Box and Bronze Canon by Sterling Ruby; Point of View by Ivan Capote; Eggs by Martha Freidman; Bench by Jim Drain; and Burghers of Calais by Nathan Mabry.

In this video, Artistic Director Stefan Simchowitz talks about the the public art projects of Portugal Arte 10 and how the people in the streets reacted to the works.

See also: Portugal Arte 10 / International Survey of Contemporary Art in Lisbon, Portugal and Artist Collective FAILE’s Temple at Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon.

Photos of the exhibition after the jump.

Portugal Arte 10, Public Art Projects. July 16-18, 2010.

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July 20 2010

Artist Collective FAILE’s Temple at Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon

Portugal Arte 10 is a new biennial show of contemporary art in Lisbon. One of the most spectacular works on display is Temple (2010), a site-specific environment by the Brooklyn-based artist collective FAILE (Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller).

FAILE’s Temple is a full-scale church in ruins in Praça dos Restauradores Square, one of the major squares in the center of Lisbon, Portugal. For this installation, FAILE used both the typical motifs they use in their work and styles and material that are typical for Lisbon, such as the ceramic tiles. The building also features wrought iron gating and concrete relief work, from local and foreign manufacturers, and familiar FAILE images, such as the barking dog logo that appear in the reliefs, and a white, blue, and gold color palette as a reference to the Portugese landscape.

FAILE is an artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil (b. 1975, Edmonton, CA) and Patrick Miller (b. 1976, Minneapolis, MN) formed in 1999 and based in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to work painted and pasted on streets around the world, FAILE has exhibited with Lazarides, London; New Image Art, Los Angeles; Fifty24SF, Portland; Baltic Center for Contemporary Arts, Newcastle; Shanghai Sculpture Center, Shanghai; Andenken Gallery, Denver; and Les Complices, Zurich.

Temple by FAILE is one of the artworks in public space that are presented within the framework of Portugal Arte 10, the first edition of the international survey of contemporary art in Portugal. Coming soon: More information, video coverage of the event and an interview with the artistic director of Portugal Arte 10, Stefan Simchowitz.

See also: Interviews with FAILE at Gothamist and Wallkandy.

Photos of the installation after the jump.

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