While Los Angeles’ modern residential architecture is world renowned, the innovative nature of its infrastructure and urban planning, commercial and civic buildings, housing experiments, and other architectural forms is less well-known. Initiated by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA, comprising 11 exhibitions and a range of accompanying events in and around the city, celebrates precisely this. Taking a wide-ranging look at the region’s modern architectural heritage, as well as the significant contributions of LA architects to national and global developments, it examines a diverse group of practitioners, from internationally known figures such as Richard Neutra and Frank Gehry, to others who have helped shape Southern California’s distinctive profile, such as A. Quincy Jones and Eric Owen Moss.
Seventeen cultural institutions in and around Los Angeles, April–July 2013.
Coming Soon: Qatar and the Emirates
Linked by a coastline, by ambition, by energy and by sudden wealth, Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are powering a futureworld that only feels real to the first-time visitor on contact with its burgeoning infrastructure.
A Post-Modern Renaissance Rooted in Tradition
Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, 19 March–7 July 2013. Wood as an artistic medium can be humble or exalted, functional or sculptural, stripped down or decorative, or any combination of these qualities in a single art work.
Richard Serra in London
Richard Serra’s 2008 Exhibition at Gagosian gallery, which closed just before Christmas, showed that the American sculptor was working at the height of his powers. A true colossus, both intellectually and materially, in both America and Europe, he brings dread to architects whose buildings are fortunate enough to receive his work for exhibition.
American architect Frank Gehry has at last made it to build in Manhattan, that Mecca for architects. Although on the embankment, close by the snarling six-lane highway there, and a sheaf of downmarket housing, this is every architect's dream.