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Leisure Lab staff examine a Mr. California shirt worn by an orderly

Monday December 28th, 2009

Modern San Diego will present a Julius Shulman lecture and slideshow following the 7:30 p.m. screening of "Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman" on Friday, January 1st at Landmark Theatre's Ken Cinema. Buy advanced tickets HERE. Stay tuned for more details on Angela Carone's Culture Lust blog.

The good folks at Mr. California have finally moved beyond the prototype stage of their clothing line. As of 12/12/09 a selection of the new Mr. Cal products is available exclusively at: Durante’s Menswear at 1412 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar. For more info check out their site HERE.

Richard Neutra’s Nash Residence  at 35 Marine View Drive in Camarillo, CA is for sale. Built in 1957, now at 2,800 square feet on 4.6 acres, with mountain and ocean views, this Neutra design is remarkable. With the exception of some remodeling that can be undone, the home is original. Neutra’s son, Dion, now head of Neutra Associates Architects, Los Angeles, has offered to assist the new owner with restoration. Contact MercerYork if you want to learn more about the sale.

The 2010 20th Century design auction calendar is filling up. Here’s just a snapshot of what’s on the horizon:

Rago’s Mid-to-Late 20th Century Modern Auction – Sunday January 17, 2010

Treadway Toomey Galleries 20th Century Art and Design Auction - March 7, 2010 

Wright’s ‘Modern Design’ Auction – March 23, 2010

Wright’s‘Eames Auction’ – March 25

Los Angeles Modern Auctions' Spring 2010 Auction – Date TBD

Wright’s‘Post War & Contemporary Art’ Auction – April 27, 2010

Treadway Toomey Galleries 20th Century Art and Design Auction - May 2, 2010 

Wright’s‘Modern Glass’ Auction – May 4, 2010

Wright’s ‘Scandinavian Design’ Auction – May 25, 2010

Wright’s ‘Important Design’ Auction – June 8, 2010

Wright’s ‘Mass Modern’ Auction – June 26, 2010

Treadway Toomey Galleries 20th Century Art and Design Auction - September 12, 2010 

Treadway Toomey Galleries 20th Century Art and Design Auction - December 5, 2010


One of many Julius Shulman images of San Diego at mid-century...

Tuesday December 22nd, 2009

The film "VISUAL ACOUSTICS: THE MODERNISM OF JULIUS SHULMAN" opens on Friday January 1st at Landmark's Ken Cinema. This exclusive engagement will be highlighted by ModernSanDiego offering a slideshow of Julius' San Diego projects straight from the architectural photographer's archive. PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT.

Julius Shulman was, as many experts agree, the world's greatest architectural photographer. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of this brilliant artist and highlights not only the iconic images that made the man, but the magnetic character behind those images. Shulman captured the work of virtually every modern architect since the 1930s, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His work epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California's modernist movement and ushered modern architecture into the American mainstream. This fascinating portrait is a testament both to the evolution of modern architecture and to the joyful, whip-smart gentleman who captured its indelible images. Taking its aesthetic cues from Shulman's own sensual and nuanced photography, the narrative of director Eric Bricker's film is built from a blend of Shulman's own images as well as in depth interviews with architect Frank Gehry, designer Tom Ford, artist Ed Ruscha, actress Kelly Lynch, writer Mitch Glazer, publisher Benedikt Taschen, Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Dante Spinotti, and a host of others. More information is HERE.

In the curious pantheon of obscure, local mid-century art venues, a place called Vroman’s holds a lofty position. It wasn’t a gallery. It wasn’t a museum. Vroman’s was a bookstore that gave many of the young lions of San Diego painting a chance to exhibit when most of the commercial galleries (and there weren’t many – we’re talking late 1950s) wouldn’t go near them… Read the rest of Dave Hampton’s latest article HERE.

Monday December 7th, 2009

This Saturday (12/12), there is a lot of modernism in the air. The Mingei International Museum's sold-out modernist house tour will travel from Mt. Helix to the shore visiting great examples of local modern architecture. Late in the afternoon Mercer York Real Estate is hosting open houses for William Lewis' Milne Residence and Homer Delawie's Cate Residence. If you want more info, check out that site HERE. And as you can see (above) Design/One is hosting their annual holiday party at their store. 'Tis the Season!


The Milne Residence by William Lewis is being offered for sale for the first time by Mercer York.
Learn more about this amazing home HERE
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Saturday December 5th, 2009

Ever wonder if, and when, a 'furor' over modernist art gripped the citizens of San Diego? How John Mclaughlin and Harry Bertoia pushed the locals' buttons? Read more HERE.

The LA Conservancy is supporting Miracle Mile residents to stop a developer from turning the 1965 Columbia Savings Building into a 482-unit apartment building on La Brea Avenue. Read more HERE.

The Los Angeles Conservancy's 'Sixties Turn 50' campaign is offering up nine months of tours, discussions and online activities designed to celebrate and preserve L.A.’s modern architecture. Learn more HERE.

 

 

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