Issue 093 out now
Icon 093 is out now! On the cover of the March issue is Chinese artist, architect and dissident Ai Weiwei, leading four features about artists who indulge in architecture. Inside, Ai tells us about the demolition of his Shanghai studio by the Chinese authorities, his work as a patron of architecture and why he might never build again.
Continuing the artist/architect theme, we go to Berlin to visit Olafur Eliasson, the Icelandic artist with the output of a major architecture studio – and we hear about the bridge, concert hall and corporate headquarters he’s designing. In New York, the veteran pavilion-builder Dan Graham talks about the meaning of mirrors and the importance of entertainment and spectacle in spaces. And we look at two artists who make buildings perform tricks: Mary Ellen Carroll, who has rotated a suburban house in Texas 180 degrees, and Richard Wilson, who slices segments out of office blocks, ships and sheds.
Up front, Sam Jacob celebrates 20 years of Photoshop, Mash Creative rethinks the Royal Mail and there’s new work by Morphosis, Jaime Hayon, Norman Foster, Ryue Nishizawa, Jean Nouvel and Pipilotti Rist.
In Review, we get to grips with Patrick Schumacher’s grand unified theory of architecture, tour Lutyens’ cemeteries for the Great War, revisit the childhood homes of celebrities and take a look at fashion under socialism and London’s brief moment of utopianism.