Posts Tagged ‘Franklin Melendez’
Bland Is As Bland Does
Bland Is As Bland Does

Dada Punkist Ted Willoughby colors the world of fashion in hues of conceptual perversion and pantomime For lack of a better descriptor, we’ll call Bland a “clothing line”— though that hardly encapsulates the cleverly subversive efforts of Theodoric Bland Willoughby and his co-conspirator Meghan Coleman that have included, among other things, hooded hats, cigarette broaches, armless […]

American Life
American Life

Text by Franklin Melendez Without Woolrich Woolen Mills, Norman Rockwell’s idyllic tableaux might have been a bit more scantily clad. Since 1830, the venerable label has been churning out classic sportswear and has served as the unofficial, but ubiquitous outfitter of the American mythos. It may seem like an unlikely partnership, then, to see this […]

Eric Grunbaum
Eric Grunbaum

One of the creative forces behind Apple’s innovative campaigns reveals why it’s about thinking different He may not be a household name, but consumers know Eric Grunbaum well.  As Co-Executive Creative Director at TBWA/MEDIA ARTS LAB, he’s been helping craft Apple’s radically simple approach to advertising since “Think Different.”  In that time, he’s produced, along with […]

Jeffrey Hutchison: Built To Last
Jeffrey Hutchison: Built To Last

Architect reimagines the history of shopping. It’s less than two hours to the grand opening reception and Jeffrey Hutchinson is still making last minute adjustments. “I put back the mannequin,” he quickly informs one of his assistants, before continuing my walkthrough, seemingly unfazed. “So much thought goes into each detail,” he explains when we reach […]

Kathy Grayson
Kathy Grayson

Anywhere else, she’d be called a prodigy, but in the gallery world she’s simply known as one kickass curator. Hand-picked at the tender age of 22 by art impresario Jeffrey Deitch, Kathy Grayson is one of the directors of Deitch Projects, the SoHo-based gallery specializing in the next generation of street-inflected artwork. Ostensibly, the young […]

A World Apart
A World Apart

The provocative art of Mexico City Teresa Margolles’ haunting Vaporización Text by Franklin Melendez Much like Mexico City itself, the art scene in the complex metropolis sprawls in unexpected directions, encompassing a dazzling array of media, discourses and strategies. Despite a few “crossover successes” though, this vibrant community remains largely unknown – or more accurately, […]

Destination Dia: Beacon
Destination Dia: Beacon

Text by Franklin Melendez As the hard New York skyline is dissolved into a soft geometry by the train’s steady movement, one can’t help but develop an increasing awareness of passing through space and time. Imperceptibly at first, the simple act of moving redraws the landscape according to subtle shifts in architecture, light quality and […]

Beyond the Gritty Streets
Beyond the Gritty Streets

Text by Franklin Melendez Visceral, raw, combative – these are the terms that dominate our concept of viable “street art.” Whether it’s the guerilla tactics of KAWS or the defiant gratuitousness of Larry Clark, street’s encounter with art seems inextricable from an incessant drive to shake up the status quo. This aesthetic of transgression has […]



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