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AUTOMOBILE ARCHITECT AND EDUCATOR BALKRISHNA DOSHI, who completed inventive public housing developments, university buildings and more, died Tuesday in Ahmedabad, India, at age 95, New York Times reports. Doshi was a pioneer of modernism in his native India and the first architect from the country to win the highest honor for his profession, Pritzker Prize. Began work in the 1950s for Le Corbusier , when the French architect has a number of commissions in the country. Doshi established his own firm in 1956 and gained notoriety for the sensitive, nuanced approaches he applied to projects. In a 2018 interview that times quotes, he said that “my buildings are not clean and clear, but designed to anticipate change.” Writing in Indian Expresscolumnist Brilliant Varghese says that Doshi had “an endlessly curious mind that allowed him to learn from everyone and everything around him”.
SELL MY CLOTHES, I’M GOING TO HEAVEN. Collaborations between fashion designers and contemporary artists continue! Chanel Creative Director Virginie Viard a Frenchman knocked Xavier Weilhan to make big animals for the luxury label’s show in Paris on Tuesday Associated Press reports. (The cardboard, paper, and wood creatures were inspired by animal objects in the founder Coco Chanelapartment.) A day earlier, an artist Mikalyn Thomas created extensive collages for a Josephine Baker– inspired Dior a show by a designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, Harper’s Bazaar reports. Loewe also commissioned runway show material from Julien Nguyen—ARTnews there is an example of the artist – and then, of course, there is Louis Vuitton–Yayoi Kusama a juggernaut that took the world by storm.
Marilyn Staffordphotojournalist known for her disarming celebrity portraits and unconventional fashion looks has died at 97. Amazingly, her first serious photo was in Albert Einsteinin 1948 [The New York Times]
The Kunsthaus Zurich looking for two 17th-century paintings—one each Robert van den Hockethe other from Dirk de Bray— which have disappeared. The works, on permanent loan to the museum, were sent for restoration after a fire last August and “the possibility of theft can no longer be ruled out,” it said. [SWI]
Artist, curator and dealer John Rippenhoff will organize the 2023 edition Sculpture Milwaukee, Cream City’s annual outdoor public exhibition. Riepenhoff is co-owner of Green Gallerywho is based there and manages Beer fundwhich makes delicious drinks to support artist-run organizations. [Milwaukee Record]
In 1969 Artforum devoted its entire March issue to a remarkable essay by an art historian Michael Fried On Edouard Manet. To mark the great modernist’s birthday on Monday (he would have been 191), the magazine (owned by the same parent company of ARTnews) made Fried’s epic work free online. [Artforum]
In case you missed it:All the beauty and the gore (2022), director Laura Poitrasa documentary about the photographer’s art and activity Nan Goldinwas nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category, ARTnews reports. Elena Ghukasyan also has an overview of Goldin’s work.
CHARM OFFENSIVE. In a new, posthumously published memoir by Janet Malcolm, the insightful journalist (and profiler of artist David Salle, editor Ingrid Sissy, and many others) examines old family photos that document her earliest years as a Jewish refugee fleeing Prague and settling in New York. Judging by some quotes included in a generally positive review in guard from Rachel Cook, Malcolm is typically ruthless in her latest work. At one point she discusses her views on charm – her mother apparently had “European charm”. She writes: “By being charming, you humiliate yourself. You are asking about something. [The Guardian]