December 30, 2002 |
The past year has not been especially kind to the memory of modern architect Richard Neutra, who died in 1970. One of his best-known residences, the 1962 Maslon House in Rancho Mirage, was torn down in March. The National Park Service threw its support behind a plan to demolish Neutra's 1961 Cyclorama Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. But at least one Neutra building is ending the year in better shape than it began. St. John's College in Annapolis has completed a $12.
March 31, 2002 |
Route 66, so richly celebrated in story and song, is without a doubt the most famous highway in America. First commissioned in 1926, U.S. Highway 66 suddenly opened up the remote byways to travelers in search of a frontier experience. What they found, however, owed far more to P.T. Barnum and the Hollywood back lot than to the Old West.
August 30, 2001 |
Lari Pittman and Roy Dowell are not starving artists. They reject the role of poet and painter in "La Boheme," the penniless creative types who suffer alone in a filthy studio. Theirs is more the sensibility of, say, James McNeil Whistler, whose effete personal aesthetic permeated every aspect of his life and art. A highly refined sense of taste is evident in the pair's fine-tuned home, as well as in Pittman's surreal paintings and Dowell's abstractions.
July 13, 2001 |
Southern California edifices designed by Modernist architects Richard and son, Dion, Neutra are hot. Scenes from the movie "Anniversary Party" and parts of "L.A. Confidential" were filmed in Neutra-designed homes and the city of Los Angeles declared April 8 "Richard and Dion Neutra Day." Still, many of the buildings are in need of repair and some are even threatened with destruction.
June 27, 1999
So, Margo, you're not looking forward to moving back to Venice ("Home, Sweet [Safe, Sane and Sanitary] Home Away From Home," by Margo Kaufman, May 23). Well, as a longtime Venice resident, I was relieved to hear that. You probably don't fit in here anyway. Anyone who lives in Marina del Rey obviously prefers 1960s-style architecture and the recently divorced to the interesting streets and people of Venice. If you change your mind about Venice, call me and I'll be glad to drive you to a more compatible place, such as, say, Woodland Hills.
March 7, 1999
Richard Neutra tends to get all the credit for his architectural projects while his collaborators often go unmentioned ("Neutra, Big Man on Campus," by Cathy Curtis, So SoCal, Feb 7). I was his partner for the last 30 years of his life and participated in many of the projects for which he gets solo credit--including the auditorium pictured with Curtis' article. Also, his partner, Robert Alexander, who introduced him to that campus, should have been included in that photo caption. Readers interested in the current state of the Neutra practice can find some interesting materials displayed on our Web site at http://www.
February 7, 1999 |
The elegant roue, Pierce Patchett, of "L.A. Confidential," likely would have raised an eyebrow at the very idea that the Austrian emigre modernist who designed his futuristic 1929 steel-and-glass hideaway in Los Feliz would ever work on a community college.
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February 3, 1999 |
Cal State Northridge, which has sought to fashion a new face since the 1994 earthquake devastated its campus, is about to get a beauty mark. California State University trustees have approved Robert A. M. Stern's design for the $16.8-million Arts, Media and Communication building, which is expected to be completed by August 2000. It will replace the Fine Arts Building, which was designed by Richard Neutra and torn down in 1997 after sustaining heavy earthquake damage.
October 24, 1997 |
What strikes you first about Richard Neutra's renderings, on view at the Couturier Gallery through Nov. 29, is how tame they seem. Neutra was an internationally acclaimed figure in his time, a star of architecture's radical avant-garde. In 1932, he was one of a handful of architects chosen for the Museum of Modern Art's landmark "International Style" show--the show that launched Modernism in America. Yet these drawings, mostly done from the late '20s through the '60s, seem conventional.