Saturday March 28, 2015
I am scraping together information on local furniture designer Dillard Harwell. Please let me know if you know of any information, or the whereabouts of any of his work! You can read a draft of his biography HERE.
The Australian published a travel guide to Los Angeles architecture - a quick summary that could guide a San Diegan to travel north can be found HERE.
Both Bing Crosby's 1957 Rancho Mirage home and Frank Sinatra's 1949 E. Stewart Williams designed home in Palm Springs are up for sale presently. Check out this roundup HERE.
Back when Jess was living in Chicago, I made it a point to see everything Bertram Goldberg, Edward Durrell Stone, Philip Johnson and Mies Van Der Rohe accomplished in Chicago. Among the most memorable trips was to Mies' IIT campus. Connecting IIT to San Diego came via Russell Forester telling him of his time there where lots of important connections were made. While this Curbed piece doesn't connect those dots, it is a fantastic read.
Friday March 27, 2015
RIP: John Bretton died on February 24. John was born in 1931 and graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen, Denmark with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1956. John wrote specifications and led construction management for us Delawie, Macy & Henderson, AIA. He was served the early firm as project manager (working drawings and construction management) on the Coronado Library, Coronado Hotel Towers & Convention Center, and Phase II, Naval Hospital Library. He stayed with Homer (becoming a partner in Delawie, Bretton, Wilkes, Barker, AIA) after the split in 1976. He retired in 2001.
The film, 'Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-1975,' is now available on DVD. Millard Sheets, organized art departments at different colleges in Claremont, enabled Los Angeles County Fair art exhibits, and designed dozens of banks throughout the state – including hanging them with art including his own works and works by his protégés. Read more HERE.
Los Angeles Magazine posted a nice profile of collector Tom McIntyre and his 1958 William Duquette designed home in Glendale HERE.
Sunday March 22, 2015
It was fantastic to see so many of you join us on Friday night! I lost
count but it felt like 100 fans of modernism gathered at the Ruocco opening.
Rago has posted the online catalog for their upcoming 'Modern Design & Contemporary Art' HERE.
Friday March 20, 2015
Please join Modern San Diego in a very special pre-MLS preview of Lloyd
Ruocco's Donald Clitsome Residence in South Park.
A fantastic new book on architect Andrew Geller, who championed modern design on Long Island, has been released. Learn more HERE.
Tuesday March 17, 2015
The '70s are back. Read a fantastic New York Times piece on how auction results and '70s flair are creeping up HERE.
While I am no fan of lists, Curbed's post '13 Little-Known Facts about Le Corbusier's Life, Loves and Modernist Designs' caught my eye. Read it for yourself HERE.
Architect Paul Rudolph’s 1967 design of the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York continues to contested online. Read a great snapshot of the debate HERE.
Sunday March 15, 2015
Believed to be architect Lloyd Ruocco's first fully realized project, The Clitsome Residence (1938) helped to initiate a multi-decade career that spawned San Diego’s post-War modernist heritage. Designing over 100 projects throughout the region, Ruocco’s work paved the way for architects, artists and designers for many years to come. This home showcases some of the tools Lloyd Ruocco would return to for years to come - including flat roofs and exposed wood interiors - while reflecting on the Los Angeles work by world-renowned architects Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra of the period. Modern San Diego will host an exclusive preview of this home on Friday, March 20 between 5-7pm at 2228 33rd Street. More information can be found HERE.
Darren Bradley recently trained his lens on UC Irvine with a focus on the work of William Pereira HERE.
Wright has posted the inventory of their upcoming Design Auction slated for March 26 HERE.
Saturday March 7, 2015
The massive staff of Modern San Diego put their heads together and updated Barney Reid's page HERE. Please let me know if you know the whereabouts of further information and objects he produced.
Friend of that same massive team, Dave Hampton, is proud to announce that his recent show in San Diego - Malcolm McClain - Visual, Textual - will travel to Kristen Lorello's gallery in New York City. The show opens on March 14. More HERE.
Opening on April 19, The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) will host 100 Artists, 100 Years: The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, 1915-2015, an exhibition featuring works by one hundred distinguished artists who lived and worked in San Diego. Guild members to be featured range from historically significant Plein Air painters such as Maurice Braun, Charles Fries, Alfred Mitchell, and Charles Reiffel, to works by John Baldessari and Richard Allen Morris. More HERE.