Israeli artist Ron Arad is known for creating furniture that is as artistic as it is utilitarian. A comprehensive show of Arad’s newest work, “Guarded Thoughts,” will be shown at New York’s Friedman Benda gallery from November 6 through December 20. His latest work explores altered perception of light and movement and includes Southern Hemisphere, a massive, upright arc of steel chair that may twist or rock when a person is seated. Arad’s 30-year career combining art, architecture, and design has focused on interpreting sculpture and seating, tempting balance, and posing visual challenges through hands-on craftsmanship. Solo shows throughout Europe have included a major exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, while museums that have acquired his work include New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum.
A retrospective of Arad’s work opens at Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou in mid-November then travels to the Museum of Modern Art in New York in August 2009. (212.239.8700, www.friedmanbenda.com)