September 12, 1987 |
Modern architecture did not come to Los Angeles in the form of a sleek 1950s office tower, as in most other cities, but in 1922 with a fragile one-story complex tucked away in West Hollywood. Designed by R. M. Schindler as a double house and studio for himself and a colleague, the striking horizontal structure at 835 N. Kings Road was sited to embrace as much of the grounds as possible, so that rooms flowed out into common courtyards.
February 22, 2001 |
Modernism in architecture--also referred to as International Style or functionalism--emerged after World War I, utilizing--and drawing inspiration from--modern technology and new materials. As architects tried to bring a building's purpose into harmony with its materials, structures stopped being just walls and started defining light and space.
November 1, 1986 |
One of Southern California's more distinctive natural qualities is its ambient light, which, when the air is clear, lends the landscapes and cityscapes a special glow. The skies seem not to just be blue, but a brilliant blue, the sunshine a gorgeous gold, and the pastel-painted houses, modish clothing, customized cars, flowered hillsides and rippling ocean incandescent.
HOME & GARDEN
January 3, 2008
THANK YOU for the article on late architect Conrad Buff III's Rapor house and for the nostalgia it evoked ["Buff's House, Still Shining," Dec. 13]. As a 26-year-old carpenter and contractor, I built this house for Conrad, along with several other Buff & Hensman homes in the mid- to late '70s, including Don Hensman's home, Domus Solaris. Conrad and I enjoyed a special bond, and I still have the silver and turquoise rings he made me. It's great to see his dream being kept alive. Jim Davis Studio City CONRAD BUFF was a meticulous designer and a master of details.
February 20, 2010 |
A grid of blue diagonals, the profiles of two men confronting each other, a series of colorful vertical stripes with an embedded phrase -- these will be some of the enigmatic images flashing through our peripheral vision while driving in L.A. over the next six weeks. They are three of the 21 visual artists' billboards that have been going up in some of the most trafficked corridors of Los Angeles, part of a long percolating idea of Kimberli Meyer, director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House.
May 16, 2013 |
"Everything Loose Will Land" has landed. And its timing could hardly be better. The exhibition at the MAK Center in West Hollywood, curated by UCLA architectural historian and critic Sylvia Lavin, is a wry study of the ways Los Angeles artists and architects worked with, leaned on, stole from and influenced one another in the 1970s. In a larger sense, it charts the way Southern California architects threw off the influence of establishmen Modernism and helped remake the profession in that decade.
June 22, 2007 |
The announcement for "Hyper-Graphics," Austrian artist Arnulf Rainer's show at the MAK Center, is one of the most striking to come across my desk in a long time: a glossy, fold-out poster bearing an image of the Schindler House, where the center is located -- actually a photograph of a photograph of the house -- bathed in warm, slightly queasy yellows and greens, with "A. Rainer" scrawled across the bottom in blood red.
May 9, 2003 |
High Tech Hillbilly is not a style you'll read about in art history textbooks. But it describes the look and sensibility of Chris Burden's "Small Skyscraper," the prototype of an affordable structure you'll be able to build from a kit as soon as a few kinks are ironed out of the design. To fit his four-story tower into the back gallery of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Burden has laid it horizontally.
March 11, 2001 |
In 1932, critic Pauline Gibling, R.M. Schindler's estranged but admiring wife, wrote that the architect's work was derived "from a life picture which is revolutionary." Schindler, she asserted, "conceives of the architectural form as the space enclosed, rather than the flat surfaces of a wall which encase it." His residences, she believed, are "intimately related to the earth.
July 25, 2002
On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Schindler House in West Hollywood will be the site of a concert by experimental musicians interacting with the acoustics of the historic Modernist landmark. The concert, with a performance by Joe Potts and others, is part of a series sponsored by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture and produced by the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound. The house is at 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood.