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Run-of-the-Mill Retail Won’t Work. Times Square is What We Want

One-dimensional retail and hospitality experiences no longer cut it.
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Side By Side: Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture and Superflex: Flooded McDonalds

One function of art is to open up new perceptions. Great art changes the world through the way it changes our understanding of the world. Jacob Lawrence’s 15 silkscreen prints chronicling the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture took me by surprise. I had been thinking about how to teach a 2D Design course. In front of those prints, I wanted to instantly transport my students to see how intelligently Lawrence has taken an economy of design elements (color, shape, rhythm) to create a world of feeling, experience, and narrative. Sitting in front of Superflex’s video work: Flooded McDonalds a couple of weeks later in the Peter Blum gallery in Chelsea, I was thinking about the Jacob Lawrence prints. Both projects evoke the pleasure and/or horror related to states of separation and merging.
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