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Stephanie Barron, Senior Curator + Head of Modern Art at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hosts a Glass House Conversation

What is it that intrigues an architect about the work of a sculptor and what is it about architectural forms that engage a sculptor’s practice?

Stephanie Barron

Stephanie Barron, senior curator and head of modern art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Join us for an online Glass House Conversation hosted by Stephanie Barron, senior curator and head of modern art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), going on now through December 23 at glasshouseconversations.org:

Over the past three years organizing Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective for LACMA I’ve thought a great deal about the intersection between architecture and sculpture.The question of presentation and architectural design was quintessential, and I turned to Price’s longtime friend and admirer, architect Frank O. Gehry, to design the show, which allowed me a window through which to observe this intersection.

The work of a number of artists provoke a compelling examination of the intersection and boundaries between architecture and sculpture. Whether it is Richard Serra’s large, undulating ribbons of steel or the intimate, organic, ceramic sculptures of Ken Price, these convergences invite serious considerations about their relationships to architectural forms.

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New Exhibition Launches at The Glass House – Night (1947 -2015) A Sculpture-in-Residence Program

Photo:  Matthew Marks Gallery, New York Art:  Ken Price, Doola (2012), © 2012 Estate of Ken Price

Photo: Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Art: Ken Price, Doola (2012), © 2012 Estate of Ken Price

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Night (1947 -2015) A Sculpture-in-Residence Program

Featuring first sculpture in residence: Ken Price, Doola (2011)

On view September 22–November 30, 2012

 

The Glass House 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840

Open Thursday–Saturday and Monday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.,

Sunday  11:30 a.m. to  5:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $30, including tour of the site.

 

Night (1947- 2015)  Night, (1947) by sculptor Alberto Giacometti, was one of a handful of artworks that Philip Johnson displayed in the Glass House while he lived there. The plaster sculpture was granted a place of honor atop the central glass coffee table that Mies van der Rohe designed for Johnson. In the 1960s, Night began to shed its outer layer and was eventually sent to the artist’s studio for repair. Giacometti died before the work was conserved, and the sculpture was never returned. Neither repaired nor replaced, Night’s absence from the Glass House still lingers like a ghost of Modernism past.

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Happy Birthday, David Whitney!

David Whitney

On this day in 1939 David Whitney (1939-2005) was born in Worcester, MA.

David Grainger Whitney (1939-2005) was an accomplished curator and editor, an avid art collector and gardener, a loyal friend to many artists, an art adviser to New York’s powerful elite, and an advocate of contemporary art.  In contrast to his outspoken partner of forty-five years, Philip Johnson, Whitney was an éminence grise, an art world insider who preferred to maintain his privacy.  Whitney’s circle of friends included Modern masters such as Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Frank Gehry, Frank Stella, Ken Price, among others.  Whitney described the development of these relationships simply as “I became close to these people who are now all gods.  But they weren’t then.”  However, from a historical perspective, this attests to his keen eye for emerging talent, as well as his deep understanding of and appreciation for the creative mind and artistic expression.

Read more of the first-ever David Whitney biography on our website at http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/history/bios/whitney.

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