Group exhibition “Summer” at Friedman Benda, New York

Group exhibition “Summer” at Friedman Benda, New York

Friedman Benda, New York is showing a group exhibition “Summer,” on view through July 26. This is a collaborative effort by the gallery staff. This curated exhibition highlights representations from practices at the intersection of art, design, and craft. From iconic and historic objects to cutting-edge contemporary works and new discoveries, “Summer” explores diverse practices, material choices, and conceptual design innovation, states the release.

On view are works by Andrea Branzi, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Wendell Castle, Byung Hoon Choi, Shiro Kuramata, Chris Schanck, Paul Cocksedge, Carmen D’Apollonio, Andile Dyalvane, Bruno Gambone to name a few.

Andrea Branzi was born in Florence in 1938 and studied as an architect at the Florence School of Architecture, receiving a degree in 1966. From 1964 to 1974, he was a founding member of the experimental group Archizoom, which envisioned the No-Stop-City among other projects.

In 1983, brothers Humberto (b. 1953) and Fernando (b. 1961) founded Estudio Campana in Brotas, a city outside São Paulo. Estudio Campana pieces are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, and the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo.

Wendell Castle’s work can be found in the permanent collections of more than 40 museums and cultural institutions worldwide, including Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Shiro Kuramata’s approach to the composition of furniture and interiors revolutionized design in Post-war Japan. “Shiro Kuramata reassessed the relationship between form and function, imposing his own vision of Surreal and Minimalist ideals on everyday objects,” the release states.

The Detroit-based designer Chris Schanck embraces contradiction in his work, finding a comfortable place between the distinctions of dilapidation and assemblage, individual and collective, industrial and handcraft, romanticism, and cynicism. 

Founder: Louise Blouin 


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