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Quarantine this summer in Ai Weiwei’s upstate New York rental for $125K

Ai Weiwei’s only U.S. residence includes a 3,500-square-foot main house, a Y-shaped guest house, and a serene pool.

Forget wallpaper—paint murals like these quarantined artists

Artists from around the world have been painting their walls at home.

The Icehotel is back with rooms full of gorgeous, weird ice sculptures

Elaborate ice sculptures ranging from the steps of Santorini to giant bones and cats are carved across 15 art suites.

Designer ornament auction provides unusual visual feast

Starting today, you can bid on fun and unconventional tree hangings from 50 independent designers.

Camille Walala gives defunct gas station a vibrant makeover

The French designer calls herself a "purveyor of positivity," and her latest installation further proves why.

How photographer Ezra Stoller made the world fall in love with modernism

The self-proclaimed "archaeologist of the contemporary" shaped how we see midcentury architecture.

Why Kanye West used a remote crater in the desert as the set for his new film

Artist James Turrell’s masterpiece, Roden Crater, serves as the backdrop for Jesus is King.

How one photographer is rethinking #VanLife with a more inclusive road trip

Inspired by a group of itinerant lesbians in the 1970s, The Van Dykes Project is an oral history of queer life, love, and resilience across the U.S.

Florence Knoll Bassett’s impressive collection of art and design heading to auction

The iconic designer’s eclectic collection of high-value pieces are set to go on auction throughout fall.

Behold, an ‘Instagram museum’ for our environmental crises

Arcadia Earth is an immersive installation that tells the plight of the planet in the form of 15 photo-ready rooms.

What Burning Man says about cities today

The lifecycle of Black Rock City is the accelerated lifecycle of cities who are becoming victims of their success.

Revisiting one of Isamu Noguchi’s most elusive designs: An NYC playground

A new Noguchi Museum exhibition gets is one step closer to being inside the designer’s visionary landscape.

This year’s Burning Man will feature a Finnish sauna

The timber structure is shaped like a donut, designed to offer guests a gentle transition from the bright and arid outdoor conditions to the refreshing environment inside.

Marvelous ‘megaliths’ rise from ruins in new teamLab show

The Japanese art collective uses projection mapping to create otherworldly experiences.

A mirrored hot air balloon is flying across Massachusetts this summer

The gleaming piece from artist Doug Aitken aims to showcase the state’s natural landscape.

Don’t have $500 to spend on art? Try a fine art poster

Conceived as an alternative to expensive fine art prints, Nava offers fine art photography posters at $40 a pop.

Artists turn Frank Lloyd Wright buildings into gorgeous screen-printed posters

The artworks, created in the style of 1930s Works Progress Administration travel posters, are part of a pop-up exhibition at Taliesin West.

Sea Ranch graphic designer debuts three new works

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon’s famous supergraphics take center stage in a new exhibition at Placewares Gallery.

Chandelier-like sculpture collects rainwater among trees

Strung into the tree canopy, the hand-shaped pouches gather rainwater as it dribbles through the leaves, turning humble materials into thousands of glistening gems.

Ruth Asawa, famed wire sculpture artist, celebrated in today’s Google Doodle

Asawa’s sculptures are dynamic and airy, a three-dimensional exploration of texture and shape.

Major Donald Judd retrospective coming to MoMA in 2020

According to the MoMA team, even for Judd aficionados there will be plenty of unseen Judd to ogle.

100 years of Bauhaus: The short-lived school that changed design forever

Curbed spoke with 11 of today’s design leaders to assess its impact.

The New Bauhaus, a radical design school before its time

Led by visionary László Moholy-Nagy, the Chicago school had an unorthodox vision for industrial design.

Bauhaus turns 100: Here are the 13 best exhibitions to check out

To help design nerds keep up with all that’s happening this year, we’ve rounded up the most exciting Bauhaus shows on the calendar so far.

Celebrating six trailblazing Bauhaus women

As the Bauhaus turns 100, we turn the spotlight on the school’s extraordinary women, whose experiences are still instructive today.

JR transforms the Louvre pyramid into a wild optical illusion

The street artist used 2,000 pieces of paper to make the museum’s iconic glass pyramid look like it it’s rising from a quarry.

Observatory transformed into a perfect replica of R2-D2

Is it mere coincidence or brilliant design choice that Star Wars’s beloved R2-D2 bears an uncanny resemblance to an observatory?

Paris unveils Champs-Élysées fountains featuring more than 3,000 Swarovski crystals

Designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created six new fountains for the Champs-Élysées.

Eerily beautiful light installation visualizes impact of sea-level rise

The LED rope lights are connected to sensors that activate when the tide changes.

Snarkitecture’s monochromatic wonderland opens at Hudson Yards

Set in NYC’s new Hudson Yards megaproject, the venue will be home to three installations a year beginning with "Lost and Found," a highly photogenic ode to materials and perspectives.

18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more

This year’s best design and urbanism books feature everything from impeccable modern interiors to fantastical cityscapes.

Check out a mind-bending M.C. Escher exhibition designed by Nendo

"Between Two Worlds" explores some 157 drawings and prints Escher made between 1916 and 1968.

The Black Artists + Designers Guild takes on the industry’s race problem

"There are no more excuses for how our work and voices aren’t represented," says founder Malene Barnett.

Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise

The fair, which ran in the Japanese capital earlier this fall, highlighted local design—without a critical element.

A new book proves pets get the best design

A closer look at paw-some structures for dogs, cats, birds, fish, bees, and more.

America’s largest public art project wants to save democracy

Can "artistic thinking" and crowdfunded billboards boost voter turnout? For Freedoms says yes.

Ai Weiwei’s first U.S. building is an artful block of concrete

Weiwei transformed a former diamond tooling factory in Los Angeles into a new exhibition space.

Buckminster Fuller made fancy posters for his greatest inventions

The architect created the series of prints in the 1980s—now they’re on show and for sale.

Fine art goes full digital in new Paris museum

Projectors cast work from 19th and 20th century artists against every conceivable space, creating an immersive 360-degree experience.