The Kabbalah is a Jewish mystical tradition that seeks to explain the inner workings of god and “directs initiates to an ecstatic experience of he divine.” The architect Alexander Gorlin has created Light and the Space of the Void, an exhibit that takes the idea of the tradition and focuses it on how it might be seen “either directly or indirectly in contemporary art and architecture.”
The beautiful rolling landscape of Northwestern Massachusetts has been the home to important academic institutions for over 100 years. But in the past thirty years it has also become the home of major art museums, including Williams College Museum of Art, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), and, just down the road, the Clark Art Institute.
Architecture today often gives shape through design to art, fashion, and real estate. But most of the most compelling architecture also gives form to thought, and, in the process, creates edifices that “houses social, political, and spatial relations.” The idea that architects make visible the functions of society in operational and aspirational terms is the theme of Measure, a new exhibition at the Storefront for Art and Architecture.
On View> This might be your only chance to see this rare Le Corbusier tapestry commissioned by Jørn Utzon
In mid May, New York City will be over run with fairs, exhibitions, and trade shows dedicated to design and art. The big events are the International Contract Furniture Fair (ICFF) and the Frieze Art Fair, but there will be literally scores of smaller spin-off events taking place that will be of interest to the architecture community.
You’ll want to stop by the Dia in New York City to see LaMonte Young’s “truly immersive” Dream House
In New York in the 1960s and ’70s, a movement against pictorial, illusionistic, or fictive art began to favor more direct and literal figurations. This movement—now called Minimalism by many—was often spatial in nature as it was drawn on flat surfaces, sculpted, and displayed in white box galleries.
In an essay in the latest Art Forum magazine, architect Rem Koolhaas focuses his current research on what he calls the “new, networked technologies that are transforming the way we experience space and time,” and, he said, “seem resolutely intangible, a universe apart from bricks and mortar.”
Jean Prouvé rocks! He was a designer with a sharp, clear idea of what he hoped to achieve and the ability to clearly make his point with modern materials and simple plans. If you have an all-steel pavilion with large, inoperable panes of sheet glass then open the wall instead. In his 1956 temporary School of Villejuif, for example, he did just this with aluminum wall sections featuring round holes and a sheet-metal covering to open and close the wall.