11 Exhibits and Books for Your Winter 2016 Design Fix

Check out where to go and what to read this season.


Jim Shaw

Photograph by Gregory Cherin

Up and Away

Los Angeles–based artist Jim Shaw examines the concepts of fallibility and fallen heroes in a showstopping exhibit at Mass MoCA where more than 100 of his multimedia works are on display. Among those featured is Not Since Superman Died, a new large-scale painting and video installation dedicated to the superhero at his most vulnerable moments.

Runs through 1/31, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, N. Adams, 413-662-2111, massmoca.org.

Photographs courtesy of Damien Hirst and DTR Modern Galleries

Photographs courtesy of Damien Hirst and DTR Modern Galleries

Shock and Awe

Exploring themes of life and death through installations, paintings, and prints, Damien Hirst has become one of the most successful British artists of his generation. A selection of Hirst’s works, including some of his iconic “spot” paintings, will be on display at DTR Modern Galleries beginning in February.

2/26–3/18, 167 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-9700, dtrmodern.com.

Photographs by Brenda van der Beek / Courtesy of Galatea Fine Art

Photographs courtesy of Galatea Fine Art

Hot Line

Brenda van der Beek interprets the human mind as a vast, complex architectural construct of moods and thoughts, which she charts through blueprint- inspired paintings and mixed-media drawings. In February, the North Andover–based artist shares 20 of her works at Galatea Fine Art.

2/3–2/28, 460 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-542-1500, galateafineart.com.

“Corita Kent and the Language of Pop”

Corita Kent’s work, which references everything from 1960s politics to pop culture, is examined in this exhibition of more than 60 of the artist’s screen prints.

Runs through 1/3, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge, 617-495-9400, harvardartmuseums.org.

Diane Simpson

In her first solo museum exhibit—hosted by the Institute of Contemporary Art—Diane Simpson shares works from the past 30-plus years of her career.

12/16–3/27, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-478-3100, icaboston.org.

Sydney Licht

Chase Young Gallery showcases 15 new still-life paintings by New York–based artist Sydney Licht, whose small-scale oil-on-canvas creations delve into consumer culture.

12/4–12/23, 450 Harrison Ave., No. 57, Boston, 617-859-7222, chaseyounggallery.com.


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Photograph courtesy of Rizzoli

Italian Glamour

From historical ninth-century buildings to private palazzos and apartments, the lavish interiors of 72 of Venice’s most exclusive properties are on full display in this new hardcover. The properties, curated by preservation expert Toto Bergamo Rossi and photographed by Jean-François Jaussaud, also include public spaces such as churches and hotels.

Out 2/16, $60, Rizzoli.

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Photograph courtesy of Rizzoli

Crown Jewels

Known for his unique carving techniques and use of light, Chinese jewelry designer Wallace Chan draws inspiration from butterflies, other insects, and mythological creatures to create wearable works of art. This monograph, co-authored by Chan and gemologist Juliet Weir de la Rochefoucauld, spotlights 86 pieces from Chan’s colorful collection.

Out 1/26, $280, Rizzoli.

Caro: Works from the 1960s, by Tim Marlow and Rosalind Krauss

Captured in installation shots and historical photographs, 14 abstract works by British sculptor Anthony Caro spring to life in this hardcover from art buffs Tim Marlow and Rosalind Krauss.

Out 2/2, $80, Gagosian/Rizzoli.

Every Room Tells a Story, by Kit Kemp

Redecorating? Take your style cues from designer Kit Kemp, who walks you through the creative thinking behind her colorful interiors.

Out 11/10, $50, Hardie Grant Books.

100 Designs for a Modern World: Kravis Design Center, by George R. Kravis and Penny Sparke

Modern industrial design takes center stage in this comprehensive read, which presents a chronological overview of more than a century’s worth of designed objects, including furniture, textiles, and tableware.

Out 3/29, $40, Skira Rizzoli.