March 4, 2001 |
Great Modern architects are notorious for making houses that are difficult to live in. So now that the exhibition "The Architecture of R.M. Schindler," which opened last weekend at the Museum of Contemporary Art, finally places the Austrian-born architect among the great designers of the last century, it's worth asking: What's it like to make a home in a Schindler house?
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.
February 28, 2014 |
In today's creative scene, where art, fashion and design converge, Santa Monica fragrance designer Haley Alexander van Oosten is adding scent to the cultural mix. Collaborating with everyone from style maven/photographer Lisa Eisner and designer and artist David Wiseman to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Maxfield and Commune design, Van Oosten is making a name for herself by challenging traditional notions of fragrance. "I find commercial perfumery to be a very limited medium," says Van Oosten, whose company name, L'Oeil du Vert, means "eye of the green.
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.
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.