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Barack Obama and the Broken Obelisk.

03/01/2008


One of the most moving sculptures I know is Barnett Newman’s “Broken Obelisk.” A broken, darkened, Washington Monument tipped precariously atop a pyramid like the one atop the Washington Monument. I prefer the installation in Houston, in a reflecting pool outside the Rothko Chapel, to the one in Seattle or the one in the atrium of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.


Broken Obelisk was designed in 1963-64 and fabricated in 1967 in an edition of three. After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 the work was dedicated to his memory.

Barnett Newman said, “The Obelisk is concerned with life and I hope that I have transformed its tragic content into a glimpse of the sublime.”

But one can’t stand in front of it and not be sad, not think of a life cut short, not think of how it might have been completed. How the nation might be more complete, were this obelisk not broken.

Watching Barack Obama gives me hope, for the first time since Dr. King’s assassination, that perhaps we can begin to imagine the broken obelisk healed.
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01/28/2008


Alvar Aalto. Paimio Chair. 1931-32. Bent plywood, bent laminated birch, and solid birch.
Gift of Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

06/03/2007

Serra Gehry Meier Munch

If you can’t make it to New York, to see the Richard Serra show opening today at MoMA


See Frank Gehry’s “hallway” at Disney Hall in Los Angeles


If you can’t make it to Los Angeles to see Gehry behind Disney Hall,
walk along and through his bridge in Chicago

If you can’t walk Gehry’s only bridge,
lean back against Richard Meier’s Getty Center in L.A.


Each unique but related.

And if you can’t lean back against Meier’s Getty Center,

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-Edvard

Photo of Serra’s “Sequence” (2006), Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

11/22/2006

Does MoMA need MoRE?

This eight-story, 63,000-square-foot Education and Research Building will open next Tuesday, and after that will MoMA expand again?

Read Mo’ about MoMA here.

11/22/2006

Does MoMA need MoRE?

This eight-story, 63,000-square-foot Education and Research Building will open next Tuesday, and after that will MoMA expand again?

Read Mo’ about MoMA here.

11/22/2006

Does MoMA need MoRE?

This eight-story, 63,000-square-foot Education and Research Building will open next Tuesday, and after that will MoMA expand again?

Read Mo’ about MoMA here.

11/01/2006


Tate vs. MoMa

Must read: Roberta Smith in today’s Times
on what Tate Modern in London did right (>),
(<) and what MoMA in New York did wrong.

A money graf: “Architecture is destiny. It forms an extremely tangible mission statement that communicates an institution’s core values. In a sense, trophy museums like MoMA are telling us all to get lost. Their design aims to impress rich collectors and, in fact, they feel rather like some rich collectors’ houses: angular, fragile and clueless about how daily life is really lived, much less how art actually happens.”

… “Yoshio Taniguchi’s MoMA is a beautiful building that plainly doesn’t work. The Tate Modern is a plain one that is working beautifully.”

Well said.
-E

11/01/2006


Tate vs. MoMa

Must read: Roberta Smith in today’s Times
on what Tate Modern in London did right (>),
(<) and what MoMA in New York did wrong.

A money graf: “Architecture is destiny. It forms an extremely tangible mission statement that communicates an institution’s core values. In a sense, trophy museums like MoMA are telling us all to get lost. Their design aims to impress rich collectors and, in fact, they feel rather like some rich collectors’ houses: angular, fragile and clueless about how daily life is really lived, much less how art actually happens.”

… “Yoshio Taniguchi’s MoMA is a beautiful building that plainly doesn’t work. The Tate Modern is a plain one that is working beautifully.”

Well said.
-E