Sebastian Foster: Gallerist for the Digital Age

Buying things online makes our lives easier almost all of the time. But buying contemporary art online? As an Art History & Criticism major and former Chelsea gallerina, I used to disdain the idea. Sebastian Foster’s print gallery completely changed that. I fell in love with Bask by Tiel Duncan when I saw it on Design Milk back in December. It’s now hanging in my kitchen, and I just hung Nest 1 by Britt Bass Turner in my soon-to-be-shared rehabbed studio space. The prints arrived in lusciously rich colors on thick high quality rag paper. Although original paintings by these artists are four to five figure investments, most of the prints go for under $75 in standard easy-to-frame sizes. Feels like a huge improvement over the meh event posters I replaced, and compared to anything similarly priced from a big home decor retailer, they have so much more soul.

Sharing my favorites, but there are dozens to chose from. –Kristen
1/ Bask by Tiel Duncan  2/ Nest 1 by Britt Bass Turner  3/ Thermally Induced by Methane Studios  4/ From afar by Lisa Golightly  5/ Green House by Jeremy Miranda  6/ 213212 by Susan Logoreci  7/ Wagon by Jessica Brilli  8/ Waiting #71 by Brett Amory  9/ On deck by Leah Giberson

Makers | Anna Donlan

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As I’ve gotten older I’d like to think I’ve gotten smarter about what I spend my money on. I’m trying to make lasting decisions when it comes to both my wardrobe and my home, and I’m slowly trying to invest in pieces that I will have (and love) for years.  Now that I’ve settled into my apartment a little, my attention has turned to finding a few pieces of art for both the living room and bedroom.

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Urban Design | Art + Play

Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel made a press announcement today about the 77 new playgrounds going in this spring– I’ve been working like crazy on the designs for about half of them. In tandem with the mayoral announcement, here’s some recent inspiration for creative and playful urban spaces. Indian Boundary Nature Play Center (# 5), was an amazing first project to work on with the Park District last summer. It’s Chicago’s prototype for more adventurous parks.
-Kristen

1/ Timber Swing (Unbuilt), Ireland  2/ The Longest Bench, Sussex, UK  3/ Playground Crochet, Sapporo, Japan  4/ Appearing Rooms, Southbank Centre, UK  5/ Indian Boundary Nature Play Center, Chicago, IL  6/ Grosse Tete, Grigny, France  7/ Walker on the Green Minigolf, Minneapolis, MN   8/ Birds’ Nests, Vail, CO  9/ Slide Mantras, Sapporo, Japan

Incubator

Earlier this month, the University of Chicago Arts Incubator invited me to  lead an architecture and urban design workshop for teen arts leaders from throughout the city.  Teenagers are mind-blowing.

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