In 2010, as the new director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Bill Moggridge rode into New York from California with a formidable resume: cofounder of Ideo, inventor of the first laptop computer, author of the seminal work on interaction design, educator, and winner of a slew of international design awards.
But as a city full of designers and design-lovers was quick to discover, rarely has such an illustrious bio been animated by such a delightful person.
“If there is a simple, easy principle that binds everything I have done together, it is my interest in people and their relationship to things.”
Peter graduated from the RCA in 1956 having also completed his National Service. He received the Leverhulme Research Award to study popular art whilst travelling Europe and went on to teach for several years at various London Art Schools, all the while working and exhibiting. His first solo show was held in the Portal Gallery in 1962 and since the early 70s his work has regularly been exhibited in one-man shows and retrospectives around the world. In 1981 he was elected a member of the Royal Academy and in 1994 was made the Third Associate Artist of the National Gallery. He was Knighted in 2002.
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The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released by EMI Records in 1967, is arguably the most famous album sleeve of all time. The image on the album cover is composed of a collage of celebrities. There are 88 figures, including the band members themselves. Pop artist Peter Blake and his wife Jann Haworth conceived and constructed the set, including all the life-sized cut-outs of historical figures. The set was photographed, with the Beatles standing in the centre, by Michael Cooper. Copyright was a problem as Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager, had to locate each person in order to get permission to use their image in this context.
What Pennsylvania artist and collector built his tile factory, museum, and house using coarse-textured and unconcealed reinforced concrete, an especially unusual building material for a house?
Of what artist did a writer for the Chicago Daily News state in 1934: “[He] might have developed into America’s greatest painter had he not chosen to become America’s greatest art teacher”?
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This American painter best known for her portraits of children once noted, “Although I was born in 1865 in San Francisco, it was not until sixteen years later that I started to live, for in 1881 I entered the National Academy of Design”.
In 1897 this Swedish sculptor made what he thought was a temporary stop in Paris on his way to Chile, where he was due to manage a school of gymnastics; instead, he remained in Paris, where he studied art.
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What British artist of the Post-Impressionist era focused on only a few subjects—mostly three-quarter portraits of a solitary woman, stark interiors, or quiet still lifes?
What artist was one of the first to paint using an opaque projector, basing his images on photographs culled from television, newspaper and magazines?
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For decades this artist’s “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” (1896) was the only painting by an African American exhibited in the Louvre in Paris.
In the 1950s, the State Department revoked this artist’s passport because he was suspected of being a Communist; however, he sued for its reinstatement and emerged victorious in a landmark Supreme Court case.
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This French-born sculptor left for Copenhagen in 1753 to execute a bronze equestrian statue of Frederick V of Denmark and stayed there for twenty years, becoming director of the Danish Academy of Art.
This artist, best known for his collages, worked in several genres and media including: Dadaism, Constructivism, Surrealism, painting, sculpture, graphic design, typography, & what came to be known as installation art.
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For centuries the city has been a source of inspiration for artists. But while its sensory stimulation might fuel the creative soul, its neon highs are sobered by rising rents and lack of affordable studio spaces.
Thankfully artist-in-residence programmes are here to help. Laid on by galleries, cultural foundations, hotels and schools, they offer spaces where creatives can live and work for free in some of the world’s most exhilarating and expensive cities.
From starchitects’ crash-pads to five-star hotels, we’ve rounded up eight of the most enviable urban residency spaces for artists and architects.