11 Exhibits and Books for Your Fall 2016 Design Fix
In Living Color
Channeling his upbringing in rural Toronto, mixed- media artist Stev’nn Hall combines photography, oils, ink, and pastels to create eye-catching landscapes and still lifes. This fall, Hall shares 15 of his vibrant works in his first solo show at DTR Modern Galleries.
9/17–10/31, 167 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-9700, dtrmodern.com.
Best Foot Forward
They say you can learn a lot about people from their shoes. Explore the cultural significance of footwear at the Peabody Essex Museum, where more than 200 pairs of vintage and contemporary kicks—some with impossibly high heels—are on display through next March.
11/19–3/12/17, 161 Essex St., Salem, 978-745-9500, pem.org.
Person of Interest
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark brings her bold creations to the East Coast in a new retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts. Focused on the artist’s recurrent musings on identity and nonverbal communication, the exhibition features more than 100 autobiographical drawings, video installations, and slide shows created during Stark’s decades-long career.
9/17–1/29/17, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-267-9300, mfa.org.
Arlington-based artist Eric Sealine examines perspective and optical illusions in a series of Bristol-board dioramas, on view this October at Boston Sculptors Gallery.
10/12–11/13, 486 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-482-7781, bostonsculptors.com.
For the first time since 1975, a series of artist David Reed’s abstract brushstroke paintings—predominantly rendered in black and white—will be exhibited as a group, at Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum.
9/11–12/11, 415 South St., Waltham, 781-736-3434, brandeis.edu/rose.
Barry Margolin and Angela Mark
Created with a blend of heated paint and natural beeswax, Barry Margolin’s kaleidoscopic paintings share the limelight with Angela Mark’s nature-focused canvases in a dual exhibition at Galatea Fine Art.
10/1–10/30, 460B Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-542-1500, galateafineart.com.
La Dolce Vita
Bolstered by detailed product sketches and numerous color photographs, The Long Life of Design in Italy celebrates a half century of modern furniture design by B & B Italia.
Out 10/11, $70, Skira.
Lay of the Land
Praised for his organic gardens and parklands, British landscape designer Capability Brown takes top billing in this eponymous hardcover by historian John Phibbs. The text, published to commemorate Brown’s 300th birthday, illuminates 15 of his grandest designs through vivid photography and rare archival drawings.
Out 10/18, $65, Rizzoli.
Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, by Lynn Zelevansky et al.
This illustrated hardcover explores the diverse portfolio of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, whose geometric paintings, sculptures, and installations helped propel the development of contemporary art.
Out 10/1, $75, Prestel.
Total Excess, by Michael Zagaris
What do Patti Smith, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan have in common? All three were photographed by legendary shutterbug Michael Zagaris, whose new anthology, Total Excess, includes never-before-seen snapshots of these and other 1970s rock icons.
Out 10/25, $60, Reel Art Press.
Ikebana Albums, by Ana Kraš
From evocative portraits to whimsical landscapes, Vogue contributor Ana Kraš shares hundreds of photographs in her debut anthology.
Out 10/25, $45, Prestel.
COURTESY OF DTR MODERN (STEV’NN HALL); PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOE CORNISH (CAPABILITY BROWN), COURTESY OF RIZZOLI; COURTESY OF SKIRA (B & B ITALIA); COURTESY OF JARON JAMES, V & A PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO (ROGER VIVIER, FOR CHRISTIAN DIOR, EVENING SHOES, ABOUT 1958–60, SILK, BEADS, GILDED THREAD, AND RHINESTONES; COXTON SHOE COMPANY LIMITED ENGLAND, SHOES, ABOUT 1925, SUEDE, GILDED LEATHER, AND LEATHER, BOTH VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON); COURTESY OF MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON (POSTER, GRAPHITE, AND PAPER COLLAGE ON PAPER, 75 1/2 × 57 1/2 IN., PRIVATE COLLECTION, COURTESY OF GREENGRASSI, LONDON, PHOTOGRAPH BY MARCUS LEITH)