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.
September 26, 2011 |
With a dog at her feet and an advance copy of her book "Rin Tin Tin" on the table, Susan Orlean sips coffee in the backyard of the Los Angeles house she now calls home. In September, the New Yorker staff writer, whose book "The Orchid Thief" was the (sort of) basis for the film "Adaptation," left rural New York behind. For the next year, she, her husband and son will be calling themselves Angelenos, thanks partly to the movie-star dog and Orlean's responsibilities as a working mother. "I started being inflamed with the idea that Rin Tin Tin was a great story, but I didn't know what the story was, of course," says Orlean, who begins all her work with lively curiosity before plunging into the unknown.
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.
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?
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.