WENDY CABRERA RUBIO'S GUIDE TO MEXICO CITY
The artist walks us through the capital city she calls home.
INTERVIEW: DAVID & ALAIN MACKLOVITCH
David and Alain Macklovitch have been making music since they were teenagers. The brothers (who originally hail from Canada) have built some of the biggest careers in the field with both working as prolific producers, DJs and creative directors. David – half of the electric duo, Chromeo – and Alain – best known by his DJing stage name, A-Trak – spoke with Platform about how album covers made them dream, what about ballet inspires them, and why reading comic books is as important as reading Proust.
GUEST EDIT: KELLY WEARSTLER
The award-winning interior design icon shares the artworks she's eyeing on Platform – and lets us in on a few of her favorite things.
SPOTLIGHT: JULIEN CREUZET
Julien Creuzet thinks people should get lost. By that, the French-Caribbean artist (who is nominated for the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize, 2021) means that instead of relying on detailed explanations when looking at art, viewers should take the time to explore works for themselves. From his studio in Paris, Creuzet spoke to Platform about deciding to become an artist instead of a rapper, the importance of mentoring the next generation and why sculpture is like poetry.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ART AND: CIVIL RIGHTS
The fight for racial justice has been documented in some of history's most powerful art.
SPOTLIGHT: MANAL KARA
Manal Kara doesn't think her art has much to do with her. It might seem like an odd perspective for an artist, but Kara insists that she's nothing more than a medium for the creative energy that realizes itself in her works. While stationed in rural Wisconsin at an artists' residency, she spoke with Platform about the dangers of magical thinking, not using art-specific language to discuss her process and starting to write poetry.
SPOTLIGHT: CREATIVE GROWTH
How one art gallery is changing the conversation around artists with disabilities.
CONSUMING ART IS A CREATIVE ACT
What science can tell us about the relationship between art, society and the human mind.
SPOTLIGHT: SAMANTHA ROSENWALD
In art and in life, Samantha Rosenwald is boldly transparent. The artist regularly examines her insecurities, relationships and emotions in her carefully mapped out (and remarkably detailed) works, and she is just as frank when discussing them in conversation. From her studio in LA, she spoke with Platform about her love for her dog, what she's learned in her 20s and the power of realizing no one knows what they're doing.
SPOTLIGHT: MICHAEL KIRKHAM
Artist Michael Kirkham calls Berlin home. Though the city – one of Europe's most dynamic – is frequently associated with its daring nightlife, Kirkham guides us through some of its more serene daytime scenes on one overcast summer day.
SPOTLIGHT: TROY LAMARR CHEW II
Whether it's preparing materials for a new work or enjoying a burger, Troy Lamarr Chew II appreciates the little things. Here, the LA-based artist guides us through one day in the City of Angels.
THIS MONTH: SEPTEMBER 2021
Restaurant openings, new art exhibitions and the resurrection of a cult comedy show are just three of the things we're looking forward to in September.
INTERVIEW: DAVID ALHADEFF
David Alhadeff, the founder of The Future Perfect, lives in one of his showrooms. Alhadeff believes in flexibility and that's important when your surroundings are outfitted with furnishings that can change at any time. The design leader spoke with Platform from his shoppable LA abode (that once belonged to Elvis!) about why he doesn't purchase art as a financial investment, how quarantine brought him closer to nature and what it is about reading books on a Kindle that makes it so difficult to remember the title.
SPOTLIGHT: MIE YIM
Summer in New York is still going strong and artist Mie Yim is determined to make the most of it. Yim (with her dog, Mojo, at her side) walks us through one day, taking us to some of her favorite spots in the city offering a look at her life beyond the studio.
From Bauhaus to Minimalism: The Evolution of the iPhone
The decades-old origins of the iPhone's design.
INTERVIEW: RUBA ABU-NIMAH
Ruba Abu-Nimah considers herself the opposite of opulent. It’s an unusual assessment coming from the executive creative director of American jeweler Tiffany & Co., but Abu-Nimah has always bucked the traditional line of thinking. She spoke with Platform about what drives her love for Manet, how she first discovered the power of design through her mom’s juicer and why success is best described as “deliciousness.”
One of art's fundamentals, perspective describes how artists choose to represent space and three-dimensional objects in a flat work. But it can be as expressive as it is technical.
AN AFTERNOON IN: SEATTLE
About as scenic as cities come, Seattle is truly a Pacific Northwest haven. This gem situated on the shores of Puget Sound is loaded with enough indoor and outdoor activities to satisfy any visitor. The next time you find yourself with a few spare hours in the Emerald City, here are five things we think are worth checking out.
One writer's tale on the meaning of home, contending with past violence and fighting for a place among family.
SPOTLIGHT: EMILY FURR
After spending more than a year stationed in New York during the height of Covid, Emily Furr has finally managed to get away. And the artist is more creative than ever because of it. Furr spoke to Platform from her family home in Illinois on why painting is like surfing, how becoming a parent made her lose her self-consciousness and what book on fear helped her trust her gut.
THIS MONTH: AUGUST 2021
From design exhibitions to flights that take you to the edge of space, here's what we're most looking forward to in August:
SPOTLIGHT: FARLEY AGUILAR
Memory and time are central to Farley Aguilar's life and work. Antique photographs, old books, records – anything with a personal history – hold remarkable value for him. From the solitude of his minimal studio furnished with nothing but two chairs, Aguilar spoke with Platform about why he connects to vintage finds, how he uses rituals to keep himself balanced and what it means to 'break open' a painting.
PRIMER: HOW TO HANG A WORK OF ART
How do you know how far from the ground an artwork should be hung for ideal viewing? Are hooks the only choice for mounting a work? What about planning an arrangement that includes multiple artworks clustered together? Here's everything you need to know to hang your favorite prints, paintings and photographs with confidence.
MUBI x PLATFORM: THE ART AND FILM LOVERS' GUIDE TO LA
Tinseltown, art and movies are inextricably linked. To highlight the best the city has to offer, we've partnered with arthouse movie streaming service, Mubi, to curate a special guide featuring the city's top galleries and indie movie theaters (not to mention classic movie locations). Plus, there are plenty of hidden gem eateries and shops so you can make the most of Los Angeles even when not viewing art or catching a flick.
SPOTLIGHT: ROBERT SANDLER
Robert Sandler is a jack of all trades. Whether photographing one of his surreal images or painting a hypnotic canvas, the artist circumvents expectations. From his prop-filled Brooklyn studio, Sandler spoke with Platform about how clowns became integral to his work, why he needs to get lost in New York and what makes the Gossip Girl reboot so meta.
GRAFFITI AND CONTEMPORARY ART
Graffiti is arguably the definitive street art. But the past few decades witnessed this radical outdoor artform inspire groundbreaking paintings, which in turn have made their way into some of the world’s top galleries and museums.
SPOTLIGHT: TRAVIS BOYER
Travis Boyer avoids obvious choices. Where most painters embrace paint and traditional canvases, Boyer opts for velvet and special dyes. The same goes for the many idiosyncratic collections the self-professed 'feelings hoarder' has curated over time. Boyer spoke with Platform about how the late singer, Selena, impacted him growing up in Texas, why he loves old VHS documentaries, and what he prefers about listening to music on the radio versus Spotify.
INTERVIEW: HRISHIKESH HIRWAY
Between a hit music podcast, its television counterpart on Netflix and his role as a producer, Hrishikesh Hirway has his hands full. But the drive to learn more about artists and how they tick keeps him pushing forward. The musician and podcaster spoke with Platform about everything from what works of art he cherishes most to why he thinks of his podcast as a design project.
PUTTING TO AND TWO TOGETHER: READING JOHN ASHBERY'S COLLAGES
One poet muses on the interplay of John Ashbery's singular verse and collage practice.
SPOTLIGHT: FEBRUARY JAMES
Never wishing to get too comfortable, February James likes to switch things up. And it’s something the artist does often. James spoke with Platform about why she doesn’t like doing things the easy way, how cleaning became a ritual and what makes having a song on repeat so important as she works.
PRIMER: HOW TO KNOW WHAT ART YOU WANT TO BUY: PART I
There's a difference between viewing artwork on museum or gallery walls and purchasing art to keep in your home. But how do you even begin deciding what kind of art you want live alongside you in your space? Understanding a few key elements will make it easier to discover, appreciate and learn how to buy art you love.
THE LOUD LEGACY OF SILENCE=DEATH
Decades after its formation, the Silence=Death collective continues to impact contemporary queer voices.
A PRIMER ON PRINTS
In a world of inkjets, the act of printing something seems as immediate as it is common. But when it comes to art, printing is its own practice requiring a great deal of patience and skill. So what exactly makes prints special, and how are they actually made in the first place? Here's a breakdown of the fundamentals.
From great eateries to must-read feature stories, here are some of the experiences we can't stop talking about.
THIS MONTH: JULY 2021
From Leon Bridges' latest album release to new screenings at the Sundance Film Festival, here's what we're most looking forward to in July.
SPOTLIGHT: ORKIDEH TORABI
Orkideh Torabi creates bold, large-scale silkscreen paintings of male figures in intimate spaces. The men are often half-naked, grooming one another in hammams or whispering secrets to one another under trees in pastoral settings. Her work combines the sensibilities of Iranian Qajar art, Americana and Italian Renaissance paintings to high comedic effect. With titles like “It’s That Big,” “Don’t Be Bossy,” and “Who’s The Breadwinner,” she playfully critiques the patriarchal male gaze and destabilizes our understanding of gender in the domestic sphere.
PRIMER: FINDING YOUR FRAME
You’ve got a new work of art and think it needs a frame, but you’re not sure what kind. Picking the right frame can do a lot for the look of an artwork, and it can do just as much for the look of your space. The experts at American Frame walked us through why the material of a frame matters, how the right frame can preserve the longevity of an artwork and what you need to hang it with confidence.
WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH IN THE ART WORLD?
One writer reflects on the complexities of celebrating Juneteenth and Black art.
AN AFTERNOON IN: ATLANTA
Over the past decade, the metro Atlanta population spiked by nearly a million residents. With that influx of people came a surge in new cultural institutions, dining establishments and recreational spaces that make the city one of the most dynamic in the US. If you happen to find yourself with a free afternoon in the Southern hub, here are five things worth checking out.
SPOTLIGHT: JOANNE GREENBAUM
A year out in the country has served Joanne Greenbaum well. Stepping away from the frenetic pace of the art world has rejuvenated her creative process and given her time to reflect. From her quiet home on the far end of Long Island, Greenbaum spoke to Platform about why she dislikes the word ‘career,’ what makes all crime procedural shows more or less the same, and how overcoming shame can have a life-changing impact.
SPOTLIGHT: KALUP LINZY
Kalup Linzy is used to playing many roles. Whether it’s acting as a character he creates for his art (complete with its own family history) or composing the score for his own videos, Linzy has done just about everything. The Tulsa-based artist spoke with Platform about why releasing his album on cassette tape was important, what makes him want to explore more work with film and how painful personal experiences often get overlooked by the media.
INTERVIEW: SHAYNE OLIVER
Shayne Oliver is ready for a comeback. His New York-based label Hood By Air changed fashion by unapologetically showcasing Black thought and queerness when it launched in the early 2010s. But the brand has been on hiatus since 2016. Platform spoke with Oliver about why now is the right time to restart HBA, what artistic experiences inform his current work and how TikTok is the key to understanding the ways kids are growing up.
ART LESSONS: FATHERS ON ART AND PARENTHOOD
To celebrate Father's Day, we spoke with three fathers (who are also creatives) on what they learned from their own parents about art, their most formative art experiences and how they hope to foster creativity in their children.
From under-the-radar podcasts to can't-miss gallery shows, here are some of the experiences we can't stop thinking about.
SPOTLIGHT: Tunji Adeniyi-Jones
Painter Tunji Adeniyi-Jones is learning to improvise. And between that and adapting to his new light-filled workspace, he’s certainly keeping busy. The artist spoke to Platform from his Brooklyn studio about how his Stevie Wonder-attended Yale graduation didn’t go as planned, why being additive is critical when it comes to conversations of race and what makes sports the most revealing element of American culture.
Comic Books and Contemporary Art
Graphic images and bold stories made comic books a cornerstone of pop culture. But they also changed the course of contemporary art.
PRIMER: NFTS, BLOCKCHAIN AND ART
You’ve probably come across a news item or two mentioning NFTs, the blockchain and stratospheric prices. But the jargon can be dizzying, and understanding how these innovations function together isn't always easy. To make sense of the tech that’s causing waves in art and beyond, Platform spoke with NYU Stern professor of technology, operations and statistics, Dr. Hanna Halaburda.
Before the age of the ink-jet, there was the lithograph. Invented around 1796 by German author and actor Alois Senefelder, this printing process was originally devised to easily copy scripts and other theater materials related to Senefelder’s work.
PRIMER: Shipping Art Around the World
Art is often delicate in nature, so the thought of shipping it any distance is a hair-raising one. Fortunately, there are experts who specialize in getting even the most valuable works from point A to point B–unscathed.
ART ART MOVEMENTS A THING OF THE PAST?
Art movements have been critical for centuries. But do they still exist?
THIS MONTH: JUNE 2021
From standout documentary feature debuts to exciting new exhibits, here's what we're most looking forward to in June.
Art, Galleries and the Age of Instagram
There's no doubt social media plays an important role in the careers of contemporary artists. But galleries are as vital as ever, providing essential guidance, career development and support for professional artists.
PRIMER: Pricing Art: Who Decides?
Placing a monetary value on creative output–not to mention the thought and skill that goes into it–isn’t simple, but there are a few key factors that usually make it into the equation.
Composition is one of art’s oldest fundamentals. It describes how colors, shapes, textures and materials relate to one another. But it is not a stagnant concept.
US Museums Off the Beaten Path
The United States is home to some of the world’s most venerated art museums, but not all of them have the name recognition of the MoMA or The Metropolitan. Situated all over America, these institutions house impressive permanent collections and host high-caliber traveling shows in striking settings designed by some of the world’s top architects. And whether they happen to be in Virginia or California, they’re more than worth the visit.
Watercolor vs. Gouache
Most people are familiar with watercolor paints (and maybe even enjoyed their own childhood set), but fewer people are familiar with watercolor’s heartier cousin, gouache. So how do these two water-based mediums differ?
SPOTLIGHT: Kenny Rivero
New York-based artist Kenny Rivero is a creature of habit. He spends most of his time on the same Manhattan block where both his home and his work space are located, but the past year has motivated him to break out in new ways. From his object-filled studio, he spoke about why now is the right time to delve deeper into his music practice, how the Capitol insurrection inspired his new workout routine and why Philip Guston’s work continues to challenge him.
SPOTLIGHT: Jesse Mockrin
Jesse Mockrin loves making what’s old new again. The LA-based painter established herself by reinterpreting European masterworks and reframing them to examine gender and symbols of status. But Mockrin is just as steeped in the digital world of today. Mockrin spoke with Platform about why she first hesitated in making historical references, how she views childhood differently now that she’s a parent and what prompted her to investigate Olivia Rodrigo’s hit song, Driver's License.
Spotlight: David Korty
David Korty's work may center on defined color blocks and geometric shapes, but it's the organic forms found in nature that interest him most. When he's not busy working in his studio, Korty can usually be found exploring the many canyons near his California home. Korty spoke with Platform about what he learned from a psychic, how he connects to nature through fly fishing and why the San Gabriel Mountains are his favorite escape from the city.
TOP ART BOOKSTORES IN THE US
Looking to pick up some art books? As much as the internet has to offer, the Amazons of the world are not always the best place to find that obscure volume on your wish list. All over the US, independent bookstores stock titles that are often out-of-print or just hard to find, and they're the perfect spots to spend a few hours flipping through art-filled pages. Platform partnered with Bookshop.org to highlight some of the top art bookstores from across the country.
PRIMER: Primary Market? Secondary Market? How Does the Art Market Work?
You may have heard of auction houses and galleries, but you might not know that all art sales fall into one of two categories: the primary art market and the secondary art market. And the distinction is an important one.
INTERVIEW: SHO SHIBUYA
Design director and artist Sho Shibuya's work makes for a different kind of news headline. Often abstract and absent of text, Shibuya's paintings sum up a day's most important event in a way that a crisp line of copy never could. Since mid-2020, the multi-hyphenate has used the front page of The New York Times as his canvas and posted the resulting images to his Instagram account where they spark conversation among art enthusiasts and followers of current events, alike. Platform spoke with the artist about why the news inspires him, how art has the power to inspire action and what he tries to achieve with every painting.