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Wednesday 03.29.06

« Dwelling Globally | Main | Attack of the 50 ft tall Curator »

Building to something

I came across this article of interest on Arts Journal, a developer is precollecting art for condo buyers in Toronto. In most ways it sounds horrible, especially if the developer doesn't have much of an eye but there is something interesting about it supporting the local art ecosystem.

Also, Brian Libby at Portland Architecture chimes in on Randy Gragg's take on the tram in the O. I've written on this before and how 15 million was a very unrealistic figure, but Gragg's point about the city of Portland's credibility being on the line with this public/private partnership is right on. Portland's biggest problem has always been one of follow through and the tram is highlighting the political grandstanding on all sides. It will get done but a reality check like Gragg's needed to be made. All interesting architecture creates debate and its looking like the tram fits the profile. It is kinda refreshing!

Last but not least the NTY's recently ran a story on local luminary, Brad Cloepfil's museum at One Columbus Circle in NYNY. There are some nice photos too, but there are more on Allied Works site.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 29, 2006 at 1:00 | Comments (2)


I love this program in Toronto. The article is typical journalism - find some people against it for quotes - "we don't think this is a good program because world peace is more important". Ah balance...

In Portland, the Civic condos are buying local art for the common areas - lobbies and halls (elevators? just kidding..) - under a branding campaign by Ziba Design. I think other NW condo developers have also purchased art for the common areas. A building near 12th and E Burnside will have artist designed panels as exterior cladding.

So Portland artists may want to do some research and get their work in front of these programs. After everyone moves in, artists talks with an open bar could further sales.

I like the tram, dislike OHSU trying to blame the City for its and the developer's woes. But as the cost goes up, the 2% for art goes up too. Maybe enough for a different artist to paint the tram cars yearly!

Posted by: Criticaleye-notpen [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 29, 2006 01:00 PM

The NYT article contains one critical error the fact checkers missed. There are many more museums focused on the work the MAD exhibits, including Portland's own Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery. Not to be missed, the Renwick, Mint Museum, Society for Contemporary Craft, Society for Arts and Crafts, Racine Art Museum, and the Bellevue Arts Museum. To name a few. . .

Posted by: Namita Wiggers [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 31, 2006 05:22 PM

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