Category Archives: DESIGN

ELIO PETRI — THE 10TH VICTIM

In THE 10TH VICTIM, the great Italian director Elio Petri sets his characteristic socio-political critique amid sci-fi thrills and an explosion of mid-sixties glamour—courtesy of production designer Piero Poletto and iconic stars Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni.

The populace of Rome, ensconced in an Op-art wonderland, compete for televised fame and fortune in a legal game of hunter and hunted—themes borrowed by The Hunger Games nearly half a century later.

Gianni Di Venanzo—who, like Poletto, worked with Antonioni—was the film’s cinematographer. Tonino Guerra, Giorgio Salvioni, and Ennio Flaiano wrote the screenplay with Petri, and Piero Piccioni composed the propulsive score.

This weekend, the American Cinematheque, the Art Directors Guild Film Society, and The Hollywood Reporter present a rare local screening of THE 10TH VICTIM, followed by a panel discussion with Frances Anderton—host of KCRW‘s DnA: Design and ArchitectureUSC professor Nicholas J. Cull, and production designers Guy Hendrix Dyas and John Muto.

THE 10TH VICTIM

Sunday, May 19, at 5:30 pm.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni in The 10th Victim (1965), directed by Elio Petri, production design by Piero Poletto. Elsa Martinelli on phone (fourth from top).

HEDI EL KHOLTI’S COLLAGES

A selection of over sixty collage works by Hedi El KholtiSemiotext(e) and Animal Shelter co-editor and designer—are collected in A PLACE IN THE SUN, a Hesse Press publication.

“My collages always start with a vague notion, or a sentence, or they’re meant to be a visual portrait with vague associations of someone who’s close to me and their infinite numbers of mirrors in pop culture. As if, like me, they’re all comprised of the sum of their influences, whether they know it or not.” — Hedi El Kholti, “Pop Culture (Heroes and Villians),” PARIS LA 5 (Winter 2010/2011)

HEDI EL KHOLTI—A PLACE IN THE SUN (Los Angeles: Hesse Press, 2017).

From top: Hedi El Kholti, collage from A Place in the Sun, originally published in PARIS LA 5; cover PARIS LA 5; pages 10–11 from “Pop Culture (Heroes and Villains),” text and collages by Hedi El Kholti, PARIS LA 5; A Place in the Sun cover; collage from A Place in the Sun. Images courtesy and © Hedi El Kholti and Hesse Press.

KRAFTWERK — DANCE FOREVER

The exhibition KRAFTWERK—DANCE FOREVER—drawn from the collection of Toby Mott—documents the visual side of the highly influential electronic ensemble.

On view this weekend at Arcana are the promotional materials, sheet music, obsolete recorded media, posters, photographs, and musical toys that so distinguished the German ensemble’s aesthetic values.

The evening will feature Kraftwerk-themed musical sets by Rose Knows and Sean Horton, and Kraftwerk shirts and bags designed by Alex McWhirter.

Copies of the nearly 100-page, limited-edition catalogue—signed by Mott, who is attending the event—will be available.

KRAFTWERK—DANCE FOREVER

Saturday, April 13, from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Arcana—Books on the Arts

8675 Washington Boulevard, Culver City.

From top: Kraftwerk, materials designed by Toby Mott (2); Kraftwerk. Images courtesy the artists and Arcana Books.

HENZEL STUDIO AT SALONE 2019

Henzel Studio will mark its twentieth anniversary as well as five years of the Henzel Studio Collaborations program with a Salone Internazionale del Mobile exhibition at Rossana Orlandi.

The show will introduce new carpets by Ashley Bickerton, Carsten Höller, Tony Oursler, Jwan Yosef.

HENZEL STUDIO AT ROSSANA ORLANDI—FUORISALONE

April 8 through 11.

Rossana Orlandi

Via Matteo Bandello 14, Milan.

From top: Ashley Bickerton, Untitled, 2019, handmade art carpet; Jwan Yosef, Masking, 2018, handmade art carpet; Tony Oursler, Untitled, 2018, handmade art carpet; Carsten Höller, Mushroom Carpet, 2018, handmade art carpet. Images courtesy the artists and Henzel Studio.

NOVELTY AND DESIGN

What is the relationship between novelty and innovation?

“Our understanding of what constitutes good design evolves constantly. In the last fifty years design has developed from being a tool to sell new things, to making new things in more effective ways, to imagining new systems and ways of addressing new realities. But, is novelty a fundamental aspect of good design?”*

Join independent design curator Maria Cristina Didero, OMA partner Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, and Alice Rawsthorn—author of Hello_World and Design as an Attitude—for a Miartalks conversation, moderated by creative director Tony Chambers.

ON NOVELTY*

Sunday, April 7, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

MIART

FIERA INTERNAZIONALE D’ARTE MODERNA E CONTEMPORANEA

Fiera Milano City

Viale Lodovico Scarampo, Milan.

From top: Cooking SectionsWhat Is Above Is What Is Below, 2018, installation view, Manifesta 12, Palermo, co-organized and directed by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, image courtesy Manifesta 12, photograph by Wolfgang Träger; Rawsthorne book cover image courtesy JRP|Ringier; Cristina Celestino, The Happy Room collection for Fendi, curated by Maria Cristina Didero, photograph courtesy Fendi.