April 4, 2010
Reviews by Sharon Mizota(S.M.). and Leah Ollman (L.O.). Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. Continuing Alexis Mackenzie: Dreaming is Easy Mackenzie spells out a word or phrase in letters consisting of carefully clipped images from old illustrated botanical or anatomical texts. The roots of her work stretch back to manuscript illumination of the middle ages. Filter that reverential practice through a vaguely Romantic poetic sensibility, and you'll end up with Mackenzie's word collages -- lovely, unsettling things made with impeccable finesse (L.O.
November 2, 2008 |
Le Corbusier A Life Nicholas Fox Weber Knopf: 848 pp., $45 "Until now," writes Nicholas Fox Weber, "there has been no substantial biography of Le Corbusier." The leader of Modernist architecture left scattered print remains in his wake -- memoirs by those who knew him, descriptions of his work and books and essays about architecture by Le Corbusier himself, but this is the first attempt to capture the man in the full context of his personal life.
April 8, 2007 |
WHEN portions of "Ulysses" first appeared in a literary magazine from 1918 to 1920, its Irish author, James Joyce, wanted the world to know that he had created a new kind of novel, resembling nothing that came before. When Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" premiered in Paris in 1913, the Russian composer's music was so dissonant, new and shocking that the audience rioted.
August 3, 2003 |
In 1944, Nazi bombs destroyed Notre Dame de Ronchamp, a chapel perched since the 11th century on a hill in rural France. In 1950, the Catholic Church hired Le Corbusier to put it back together again. Le Corbusier was an atheist, a socialist and a Modernist designer known for his unsparing grid-like structures, but the unlikely commission resulted in one of the most dramatic turnabouts in 20th century architecture.
May 3, 2001 |
Just a couple dozen grainy photographs and a few sketchy plans are all that remain of Le Corbusier's revolutionary Pavilion of the New Spirit, a model apartment the early Modernist architect made in 1925 for a decorative arts exposition in Paris. But those few documents have marked the pages of history books ever since and remain shocking for how much they were able to foretell the look of today's built landscape.
April 22, 2001 |
Artistic movements nearly always spring from a desire to throw out the old and bring in the new. That's certainly true of Purism, a post-World War I, Paris-based movement that promoted an aesthetic of refinement and clarification. The founders of Purism, artists Amedee Ozenfant and Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (better known by his pseudonym, Le Corbusier), titled their manifesto "Apres le cubism" ('After Cubism") and dismissed their Cubist predecessors' work as outdated decoration.