GEFFKEN-MIYAMOTO


Shortwave: Carlson art fabricators closes

by Oliver Geffken. Average Reading Time: about a minute.

The renowned art fabricator Carlson has been forced to close due to economic pressures. The company, based in San Fernando, California, and founded in 1971, rose to prominence after producing Jeff Koons’s stainless-steel Balloon Dog sculptures.

The renowned art fabricator Carlson has been forced to close due to economic pressures, Bloomberg reports. The company, based in San Fernando, California, and founded in 1971, rose to prominence after producing Jeff Koons’s stainless-steel Balloon Dog sculptures (1994–2000). It also won production commissions from, among many others, Doug Aitken, John McCracken and Charles Ray. The company had been hoping for a resolution to its financial woes – it was soliciting business as recently as two weeks ago – but has now been forced to abandon in-progress work and lay off its 95 employees.

jeff-koons-balloon-dog-yellow

The use of high-end fabricators like Carlson became increasingly popular in the past decade as billionaire art collectors hunted for pricey large-scale artworks to fill private museums and foundations.

Carlson’s reputation rose along with the contemporary art market. The company was featured in a profile in the New York Times in 2007, the same year Artforum magazine devoted an issue to “The Art of Production.”

To give our 2 cents: couldn’t be found an art billionaire willing to help Carlson?!

Via ArtReview

WE RECOMMEND:

Drowned Icons

A journey through contemporary art: In his film debut, a documentary about (street) art the English artist Banksy invites the audience to his movie „Exit through the Gift Shop“ (we’d rather call it „Leave some money while passing Go!“), nastily smelling like self-adulation in the first view, the superstar of street [...] Read more – ‘Drowned Icons’

List of A-Z retail tricks – don’t try at home

Ever wandered into a shop looking to buy a few things on your list, only to find yourself coming out with twice as much? You may not be aware, but the reason for this is not sheer chance, or that you were just feeling frivolous. The retail industry spends hard time [...] Read more – ‘List of A-Z retail tricks – don’t try at home’

Shortwave: ‘Alle’ chair – preview Milan Furniture Fair 2010

Luca Nichetto’s new chair design for the Italian manufacturer Skitsch will be launched at next month’s Milan Furniture Fair 2010. Called ‘Alle’, it combines a tubular-steel structure with a curved plywood seat element, with a clever use of a colour gradation on the latter integrating the two. There are two versions of [...] Read more – ‘Shortwave: ‘Alle’ chair – preview Milan Furniture Fair 2010’

One comment on ‘Shortwave: Carlson art fabricators closes’

  1. […] und Käufer warten schon. Wieder andere Werke lassen beim Betrachter die Frage aufkeimen: Hatte der Künstler überhaupt physischen Kontakt mit dem Material? Clean mag cool sein, genuin wirkt‘s leider nicht. Hier und da stellt sich die Frage: Ist bloßes […]

Leave a Reply