A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living is the first major museum retrospective of the Los Angeles-based architect’s work and pays special attention to the unique collaborative nature of his practice at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibition is presented as part of the larger Getty-sponsored initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.
Photographer Nicholas Alan Cope’s monograph captures the dramatic light and shadows produced by the Southern California sun on the landscape of Los Angeles modern architecture.
In the foreward written by Designer Rick Owens: “ I moved to Paris from Los Angeles 10 years ago and haven’t been back since. But this is exactly how I remember it. Bright hot incessant clear light, casting blackety-black shadows from Brutalist blocks that take the history of architecture and silently reduce and contain it like lunar tombs. Or Aztec temples morphed into foam-core cartoons.
This kind of light makes decisions easier, more black and white. Good vs bad, pure vs impure, aspiration vs collapse. Determined grim optimism vs self indulgent despair. The suggestion of an old Hollywood monolithic black-and-white movie set encourages self invention and self consciousness as you make your way down an imaginary long white staircase. There’s not another living soul on the set and the spotlight is on you, wiping out any flaw or imperfection, hallucinating yourself into who you wanna be…
Exactly how I remember it…” ~Rick Owens, November 2012
For more information and to purchase Whitewash from powerHouse Books see here.
LUIS BARRAGAN (1902-1988) was one of Mexico’s most influential 20th century architects. Famed for his mastery of space and light, he reinvented the International Style as a colourful, sensuous genre of Mexican modernism. ~designmuseum
Visit here to find out more about Barragán’s landscape design and architecture.
John Lautner’s Wolff House
is worth a thousand words. See more of photographer Tim Street Porter‘s work here.
The Vinyl Factory and The Mott Collection announce a new exhibition and publication: American Hardcore, 1978-1990.
The exhibition brings together 50 American Hardcore records spanning the apex of the genre from the late 70s up to the 90s, and takes place at The Vinyl Factory Chelsea from 11 April to 4 May 2013.
The collection showcases the subtle shifts and changes, and finally the overall unification of what began as a disparate musical style that developed into a rigid set of fixed codes, sounds, and political beliefs.
From the raw stripped down sounds of Black Flag to the spasmodic reggae influenced Bad Brains, Hardcore emerged as a puritanical suburban rely to the decadence of big city Punk Rock outfits such as the Ramones or the New York Dolls. ~vfeditions
Ah, I can smell my youth just by looking at these images.
Lloyd Wright’s Sowden Residence…in Los Feliz. Recognized as one of the Architects most important works with extensive use of textile block creating the iconic Mayan style facade. The home reflects Wright’s philosophies as a landscape architect, emphasizing the elements of nature in an open floor plan where every room communicates via the central courtyard. Extensive restorations from 2002-09 by Xorin Balbes, the home now accommodates modern living while preserving the Architects master work. ~movoto
See listing here.
Willy Rizzo, famed celebrity photographer and furniture designer, died in Paris on Feb. 25, aged 84.
Willy Rizzo’s furniture design channelled the sophistication of Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, his pieces combining clean, simple lines with bold geometric forms and a delicate handling of materials. His lack of formal training in furniture design placed him outside Italy’s strong, indigenous design traditions, making his style utterly unique at the time.~ wikipedia.org
~images via 1st dibs & ragoarts