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4 Reasons to Collect Daniel Arsham's "Hourglass"

4 Reasons to Collect Daniel Arsham's "Hourglass"
Daniel Arsham with one of his works from the "Crystal Toys" exhibition. Image via

Here are 4 reasons why you should add Daniel Arsham's Hourglass (2018) to your collection:

1. The mixed media artist's work often straddles art, architecture, and performance, producing mind-bending works that bend our expectations of all three disciplines. Frequently employing paradoxical wit, Arsham's practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the real and the imagined. His work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, MOCA Miami, The Athens Bienniale, and the The New Museum, among others. He is represented by Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, and Seoul, Moran Bondaroff in Los Angeles, Baro Galeria in Sao Paulo,  Pippy Houldsworth in London, and Galerie Ron Mandos in Amsterdam.

2. He is the co-founder of Snarkitecture, a New York-based collaborative studio that continues his investigation into the spaces between art and architecture. Founded in 2008 by Arsham, Alex Mustonen, and joined by Benjamin Porto in 2014, the studio is about to celebrate their tenth year in operation, designing some of the world's most iconic and surreal storefronts.

3. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. will be opening "Fun House," on July 4th. Set to be the group's first comprehensive museum show, Snarkitecture will be transforming the Museum's Great Hall atrium into an inteactive experience that will immerse audiences in a freestanding structure that "recalls and re-imagines the idea of the traditional house of our childhood." 

4. Phaidon also just released an entire book on the architecture/art studio, detailing their work over the past decade. 


hourglassHourglass (2018) is available for $$2,175 or as low as $163/mo.




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