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Why are contemporary artists interested in engaging in the design world?

Da Monsta

There are just a few days left to join in the
online Glass House Conversation with
host Christian Bjone!

Philip Johnson was unabashed in his acknowledgment of the sources of inspiration for his designs. Johnson noted his vision for Da Monsta stemmed from his close friend artist Frank Stella’s design for the Dresden Kunsthalle in Germany. Today, many artists (for example David Diao’s painting, The Rug, It Shrank!, 2004-5, Sarah Morris’s ceiling installation Robert Towne, 2006, or Pae White’s Restless Rainbow, 2011) take their inspiration from the world of design –architecture, furniture, typography and fashion– mixing contemporary art and design in innovative, perhaps controversial, ways.

Why are contemporary artists interested in engaging in the design world?

Participants include artist David Diao who has posted great comments about his art and experience at the Glass House. Join the conversation and share your thoughts at!

Christian BjoneAbout the Host: 

Christian Bjone is an architect who has worked for Johnson/Burgee architects, and is the author of “First House, The Grid The Figure, The Void” on mid-century houses and “Art & Architecture; Strategies on Collaboration.” He is writing a new book titled “Philip Johnson and His Mischief.”

About the Glass House Conversations:

Glass House Conversations ( builds on the legacy of Philip Johnson (1906-2005) and David Whitney (1939-2005), who brought people from diverse backgrounds together to shape the cultural dialogue of the 20th Century. The Philip Johnson Glass House extends this salon through the Conversations program series, including Glass House Conversations, the public moderated dialogues online, Conversations in Context, evening events at the Glass House, and the earlier Glass House Conversations, on-site exploratory talks.

Glass House Conversations: The Glass House invites a guest host from across the creative disciplines of architecture, art, design, landscape architecture and preservation. Hosts post

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