Dan Friedman by Dan Friedman
Radical Modernism

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Dan Friedman is internationally known as an artist, teacher, graphic designer, and furniture designer. His innovative and arresting work is in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Seibu in Tokyo. This book is Friedman's meditation on behalf of "radical modernism", a term he coins to avoid the constraints of orthodox modernism and the jargon and anarchy of postmodernism. A key figure in the current debate over design, Friedman provides inspiration and encouragement to those who are still open to risk, experimentation and optimism. To illustrate his ideas, he draws on both media images and a wide array of his own work-including his experimental furniture, sculpture, posters, logos, installations, typographic lessons, and his apartment, which has been called a living museum. Friedman argues that design is in crisis, searching for a new sense of balance and vision in a period of historic transformation. Throughout the book he emphasizes the responsibility of designers to see their work as an important creative aspect of a larger cultural context. He also discusses the impact of digital technology on visual art education; the relationship between theory and practice; the ways in which appropriation, simulation, reuse, and eclecticism challenge our notions of originality, beauty, and authenticity; and the basis for reappraising modernism so that it gives new substance to ritual, fantasy, diversity, spirituality, humanism, and ecology. Essays by experts from the cutting edge of art, design, and architecture add insights to both the philosophy behind Friedman's work and the critical response to it.
 

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DAN FRIEDMAN is a litigation attorney at Saul Ewing LLP and a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he teaches state and federal constitutional law, torts, and appellate advocacy. Jeffrey Deitch is an art advisor, art writer, exhibition organizer, and the founder of Deitch Projects, an art gallery in Soho, New York that, since 1996, has consistently shown some of the most cutting-edge international contemporary art. As an independent curator, he has put together numerous exhibitions including Post Human, Strange Abstraction, and Artificial Nature. His writing has appeared in Art in America, Arts, and numerous exhibition catalogues, and he was the first American editor for Flash Art. Prior to opening his own art advisory firm in 1988, he was a vice president at Citibank, where he developed and managed the bank's art advisory and art finance business. Steven Holt lives with his wife in Coos Bay, Oregon.
 
Published October 26, 1994 by Yale University Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Iconoclastic, Cleveland-born artist and designer Friedman creates wildly imaginative furniture, colorful futuristic room interiors, totem-like painted screens, wittily subversive posters, attention-gr

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Iconoclastic, Cleveland-born artist and designer Friedman creates wildly imaginative furniture, colorful futuristic room interiors, totem-like painted screens, wittily subversive posters, attention-grabbing company logos and kinetic book designs.

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