Scott Lindberg

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Blank VHS Cassette Packaging Design Trends: A Lost Art

In July 2016 the last known company making VHS (Video Home System) video cassette recorders ceased production. At its peak, Japan’s Funai Electric …

Packaging Design

The 16,000 Artworks the Nazis Censored and Labeled “Degenerate Art”: The Complete Historic Inventory Is Now Online

The Nazis may not have known art, but they knew what they liked, and much more so what they didn't. We've previously featured here on Open Culture …

Art

Tom Wolfe’s Groundbreaking Work, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Gets Released as a Limited Collector’s Edition, with Each Copy Signed by the Author

Taschen recently released a collector's edition of <i>The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test</i> to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Tom Wolfe's rollicking …

Wolfe

The Story Behind Punk’s First Art Exhibition

Today marks the 40th anniversary of <i>Punk Art</i>, the first exhibition to showcase the visual artists of a revolutionary new scene. Co-curated by Marc H. …

'That Summer' Film Review: Little Edie at Grey Gardens, Before 'Grey Gardens'

A fascinating look at an aborted documentary project that led to the legendary film about Jackie Kennedy’s “eccentric” relatives<p>“Grey Gardens,” the …

Douglas Coupland’s work in plastic is fantastic

“I never thought I’d be doing ecological art at age 56,” says the Canadian novelist and artist Douglas Coupland of his installation Vortex, a …

Chelsea Hotel Doors of Dylan, Joplin, Warhol and Others Up for Auction

The doors to the rooms of some of the world's greatest artists will be sold for charity.<p>As the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s …

I Want These Atomic-Era Midcentury Modern Posters

These design jewels will look amazing on any wall–if you have a few thousand dollars to spare.<p>If you’re a fan of science, the atomic era, and/or midcentury modernism, make a note on your calendar for March 1. That’s when 19 posters created by the designer Erik Nitsche for General Dynamics in the …

Joseph Cornell: how a reclusive artist spread his wings

The work of this magpie artist took flight when he encountered an enchanting collage<p>At a gallery in Manhattan in October 1953, Joseph Cornell …

Parrots

Converso’s new LA showroom is a treasure trove of rare modern design

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Design

Norway's melting ice is revealing priceless ancient artifacts

Items thousands of years old have been discovered in the wake of receding mountain ice.<p>Ancient artifacts preserved in snow and ice over thousands of …

Archaeology

ecoBirdy upcycles old and unused plastic toys into furniture

<b>plastic pollution — a global issue affecting all of us — is no secret to anyone, and as we keep consuming plastic there is one industry that we try</b> …

Andy Warhol Polaroids on view at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery

An exciting new exhibition at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery presents a trove of Polaroids and black-and-white photographs by Andy Warhol.<p>Throughout …

Fine Art

​New exhibition explores vinyl album artwork by Warhol, Basquiat, Picasso

The Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco is hosting a new exhibition that explores vinyl album artwork made by a collection of iconic artists over the …

Season’s Greetings from Paul Rand, Milton Glaser, Elaine Lustig Cohen + the Eames’

If anyone can turn a Christmas tree into an esoteric design joke, it would be Milton Glaser. The proof is in the archives of the Herb Lubalin Center …

The Mystery of Maine’s Viking Penny

The coin is the real deal, but how did it get all the way from Norway?<p>The story that Guy Mellgren told about the curious silver coin began on the …

How Prussian blue changed everything | Christie's

Born in a chemical accident in a Berlin laboratory, the highly coveted pigment has inspired some of the greatest art in history, from Turner’s …

Pablo Picasso

The Most Giftable Vintage Books According to Designers and Writers

One of the oddities of book-jacket design is that an author rarely gets a say in how his book gets dressed. Marketing teams work with art directors …

Basquiat's Ex-Girlfriend Reveals Intimate Photos Of The Artist Before He Was Famous

Alexis Adler had just graduated college when she fell for the charming artist.<p>Alexis Adler had just graduated from Barnard College in New York City with a degree in biology when she fell for a charming artist four years her junior. His name was Jean-Michel Basquiat.<p>The two moved in together later …

Nordic Design Shines at the Fine Art Society

Original Scandi eye candy spotlighted in a new show<p>In the entrance to the Fine Art Society in London, there is a silver spoon made by Danish silversmith Georg Jensen in 1921. It was produced the same year the gallery hosted a selling exhibition of the Dane’s work. It also hosted one in 1923, before …

Inside Herman Miller's Vast Archives

The company's Michigan headquarters holds a treasure trove of design history<p>The popular image of the archivist, if you’re even familiar with it, is someone rifling through boxes of files day in and day out, huddled in the corner of a museum library, or tucked away in a basement digitizing records. …

Archives

Sotheby’s scientists just scored a big win in the battle against fake art

Here’s another example of why science pays, kids. It was exactly one year ago today that Sotheby’s announced the acquisition of Orion Analytical, a materials analysis and consulting firm whose crack team of scientists—led by the noted art-fraud guru Jamie Martin—would use their forensic skills to …

Sleeping Audience Member Awakes With a Scream as Orchestra Plays a Louder Part of the Movement

During a performance of the Stravinsky ballet piece “The Firebird” by the North State Symphony at the Cascade Theatre in Redding, California, an …

Found in an Attic, a Trove of Quirky Works by Warhol and Basquiat Is Heading to Auction

Auctions<p>The cache, which also includes pieces by Keith Haring, has been locked away for 30 years.<p>,<p>A small Massachusetts auction house in the mill …

These radical pictures show NYC’s most dangerous 1980s art garden

The Rivington School’s lesson in junk<p>Turning garbage into art may not seem so revolutionary in an age when Burning Man culture has gone mainstream …

East Village

20th Century Selfies Taken by Edvard Munch

A new exhibition spotlights the iconic artist’s little-known photographic work, including some arresting examples of the first selfies in history<p>In …

Art

Finally, a Joseph Beuys Documentary

Folks in the know hold the German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys in similar standing to Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol as a key figure in expanding …

How Pricey Is Warhol? A Dealer Now Wants $250,000 for One of the Pop Artist’s Cardboard Boxes

Art and Law<p>Art dealer Heather Sacre says that a cardboard box that housed a set of Warhol Marilyns is worth a quarter-million dollars.<p>,<p>What’s a …

Fine Art

Rare Man Ray Chess Set Heads to Auction [Update]

Crafted for his wife, Julia, the set goes on the block at Villa Grisebach in Berlin on November 30.<p>Surrealist Man Ray developed a passion for chess …

The Artist Who Sees Vintage Medical Devices as Sculpture

A Chicago gallery showcases haunting pieces of medical and dental history.<p>What you are looking at, in the photo above, are dental phantoms. They are …

Art