Art & Architecture

In conversation about sculpture: Richard Serra and Hal Foster

For your Friday afternoon (which also happens to be Richard Serra’s birthday!), here’s a slideshow of images from our new book Conversations about Sculpture by Richard Serra and Hal Foster.  It can accompany your reading of an illuminating excerpt from the book, which ran on Monday on artnet News, a

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Ep. 64 – Interview with Brenda Danilowitz about Anni Albers

Albers Foundation chief curator Brenda Danilowitz talks about the new Anni Albers retrospective exhibition and book.   Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Soundcloud

Paul Rudolph at 100

The architect Paul Rudolph was born 100 years ago today.  Hugely influential in the 1950s and 1960s, Rudolph was among the most important architects of post-war modernism in America.  This Friday, October 26th, the Library of Congress will celebrate the centennial with a symposium that will include discussion of Rudolph’s

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An interview with John Klein, author of the new book Matisse and Decoration

Yale UP: What did “decoration” mean to Matisse? John Klein: Many times Matisse said or wrote that his main goal in making art was expression. He didn’t mean expressing emotions – anger, joy, fear, etc. Instead he meant that an artwork should convey the inner life of its artist in

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Le Corbusier’s drawings

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier (1887-1965), is famous for transforming 20th-century architecture and urbanism.  Less attention has been paid to his artistic production, though he began his career as a painter.  Beautifully illustrated with more than 300 drawings that have never before been published for an English readership, Le

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How an Epic Painting Became a Monumental Flop: The Perils of Art and Politics

Katie Hornstein — Powerful rulers have always relied on visual images to bolster their standing and seek public support for their military endeavors.  While these sorts of images can be broadly understood as propaganda, the question of their effectiveness as art in the service of power is anything but assured,

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Delirious New York, 40 years later

Martino Stierli– 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Rem Koolhaas’s Delirious New York. The book, which has been in print continuously and is one of the best-selling architecture titles of the past 40 years, not only made its author instantly famous; it is also considered one of

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Art Deco Chicago

Robert Bruegmann– If I had to pick a single object to suggest what we tried to do in Art Deco Chicago, I would probably choose this Craftsman brand portable air compressor sold by Sears starting in 1939. During the meetings we held with authors, editors, and advisors to settle on

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Winslow Homer and the Camera

Dana E. Byrd and Frank H. Goodyear — Research projects can begin in many different ways. Winslow Homer and the Camera began with a phone call from a man named Neal Paulson who lives in Scarborough, Maine, and who claimed to own Winslow Homer’s camera. The call was a surprise

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Color Codes

David Scott Kastan— Up until the eighteenth century, Asian people appeared white to European eyes. Sometime early in 1515, a Portuguese merchant named Tomé Pires sent a detailed account of his three years of Asian travel to King Manuel I and described the people he met there as “white, just

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