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Save Your Money Up! Holiday Shopping? The fall edition of the Objects USA show is here.

Sunday November 9, 2014

Following 2 decades of restoration, Alvar Aalto's Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia has been awarded the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. Built between 1927-1935, the library reflects the emergence of Aalto’s distinctive combination of organic form and materials with the principles of clear functionalist expression that was to become the hallmark of his architecture. War, unstable political relations, and shifting international borders ultimately resulted in Viipuri becoming Vyborg, part of the expanded territory of the USSR. The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 presented the opportunity to restore the library. Read and see more HERE.

A new book, Midcentury Houses Today, focuses on the work of architects Philip Johnson, Eliot Noyes and others in New Canaan, Connecticut. Check out the slideshow HERE. Learn more about the book HERE.

I am partnering with the La Jolla Historical Society to present an exhibition - The Taliesin Architects of San Diego: The Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright. Drop me a line if you have any ideas for the show HERE.


Happy Halloween. Curbed posted a series of pics from costume parties at the Bauhaus during the '20s HERE.

Saturday November 1, 2014

Dave Hampton is curating a show-slash-pop-up-shop he is calling Malcolm McClain: Visual Textual next weekend. Malcolm McClain (1923-2012) was an unpretentious intellectual who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, painted, drew and wrote poetry after WWII in Paris, New York and Mexico City. He also threw clay in Peter Voulkos’s seminal class of first-generation Abstract Expressionist cerami­cists at the Los Angeles County Art Institute. While living in Tijuana in the late 1950s, McClain began teaching at the Art Center in La Jolla (now MCASD) and later became a professor of sculpture and ceramics at Cal State Los Angeles, where he remained until his retirement as Dean of the School of Arts and Letters in 1988. As part of an overall practice that included sculpture, painting, and ceramics, McClain was also devoted to writing and drawing. He filled intimate notebooks with typed texts, hand­written poems, clippings and commentary, along with curious collages, delicate watercolors, and bold, inky brushwork. Some of his texts may be appreciated for their strongly visual qualities, while at times his drawings rely on words to complete them. In both cases, we are reminded that writing and drawing are fundamentally the same. MALCOLM McCLAIN: VISUAL, TEXTUAL presents selections from this body of work. The show will be Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9 between 10am - 4pm at Ronis Fine Art 1946 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92102.

As you consider modernist architecture and your own carbon footprint, it's a great idea to see what other folks are doing to resolve similar questions. Join Chris Anderson at the home his dad, architect Guy Anderson, designed for the family in 1961 at two upcoming open houses to see what he has done with their fantastic home. Find more information about these two open houses on 11/22 HERE and 12/6 HERE.

For those that have wanted to learn more about Edward Fickett, the new text California Moderne and the MidCentury Dream: The Architecture of Edward Fickett should suffice. Check it out HERE.

While you are out shopping for books, check out the new book Hand-In-Hand; Ceramics, Mosaics, Tapestries and Woodcarvings by California MidCentury Designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman HERE.

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