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"Ruth Franklin writes about the life and career of Elsie de Wolfe, the inventor of the profession of interior decorating, on the occasion of the rerelease of her classic book “The House in Good Taste.” This Profile of de Wolfe, from 1938, was written by Janet Flanner, who wrote The New Yorker’s Letter from Paris from 1925 to 1974."
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"Eight years after they acquired the island, they are constructing a house designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright for their island on the 683-acre lake in southern Putnam County. "This house, though, will be more than just another house," Mr. Massaro said. "It will be a work of art."
off to the class '74 scarsdale high school reunion
hermit crab housing shortage
"In 1935, the collaborative satirical writers Ilya Ilf (1897-1937) and Evgeny Petrov (1903-1942) traveled to the United States from the Soviet Union on assignment as special correspondents for the newspaper Pravda. Shortly after their arrival in New York aboard the French luxury liner Normandie, they purchased a Ford automobile and embarked upon a ten-week road trip to California and back. Ilf and Petrov visited America as literary tourists, stopping at major attractions, staying in tourist motels, consulting with AAA for travel advice, and relying upon Russian-speaking tour guides to smooth their way. Like a good tourist, Ilf extensively recorded his trip with his Leica camera. Shortly after their return to the Soviet Union, the popular illustrated news magazine Ogonek— a Soviet analogue to Time magazine—published a series of illustrated articles entitled "American Photographs."1 Individual installments featured such thematic topics as the road, the small town, Native Americans, Hollywood (where they spent two weeks writing a screenplay for Lewis Milestone), advertising, African-Americans, and New York City. I first learned of Ilf's photographs from a review of "American Photographs" written by Alexander Rodchenko in 1936. I was intrigued by the images reproduced with the review—shots of rural highways and road signs that brought to mind the Depression-era images of Walker Evans. Curiously, the title of this series is identical to Evans's American Photo-graphs, a landmark book in the history of photography published by the Museum of Modern Art in 1938."
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- dave the spazz
Release Date: 10/05/2004 "By 1958, Albert Ayler and his horn had made some rounds: from boy prodigy to teenage member of Little Walter's Blues Band, from 'Little Bird' of Cleveland to featured U.S. Army Band soloist. Then he resolutely set out to forget everything he ever learned about how to properly play the sax so he could channel symphonies to God out of his horn. Seeking nothing short of Truth in music, Ayler shortly became THE catalytic force in defining the sound of the tenor in Free Jazz, and was a heavy influence on John Coltrane's later work. Holy Ghost is the first comprehensive attempt to construct a monument in sound to Albert Ayler, including his never-before-heard first and last recordings, book-ending rare and unissued music from every stage of his career. 9 CDs of rare and unissued recordings, 208 page full color hardbound book, new essays by Amiri Baraka, Val Wilmer, and other Ayler scholars, 10th bonus disc with Ayler as a member of the U.S. Army Band, all housed in a lavish 9.5" square by 3" deep Spirit Box cast from a hand-carved wooden original."
"While it may be reasonable to assume that the items featured in a museum exhibition be small enough to fit into a room (or at least into the museum itself), or that they would actually, well, exist, such is not always the case.
This summer, for example, the Museum of Modern Art has been casting a curator's eye on skyscrapers - few of which are finished structures, and none of which would fit through the front door. In the MoMA's temporary Queen's headquarters, this dilemma was solved with the use of models. On the companion website, the solution included, but was not limited to, the 2-D world of artists' conceptions - and given the necessarily virtual nature of the artifacts in both locations, and the opportunity for leisurely at-home viewing online, MoMA: Tall Buildings may be one of those few exhibits which is actually better surveyed on the web."
This is some good Herbert gossip (note: Aric Chen, quoted below, is the gossip columnist for The Architect's Newspaper. And this lawsuit is apparently 'the straw that broke the camel's back' with Herbert and his leading role at the Times). He is so self-destructive. I actually find it sad:
"And now, a word from Off the Record [NY Observer] architecture correspondent Gabriel Sherman:
On Sept. 12, Suzanne Stephens, a special correspondent for Architectural Record, was boarding Delta Airlines Flight 145 traveling back to New York from the Venice Biennale, and found she was seated in the same middle row as 56-year-old former architecture critic of The New York Times Herbert Muschamp.
Ms. Stephens, author of the just-published Imagining Ground Zero: The Official and Unofficial Proposals for the World Trade Center Site, and Mr. Muschamp came to blows earlier this year, when Ms. Stephens tried to include in her book architects who had contributed to a special issue of The New York Times Magazine that pulled together plans for the World Trade Center site, and which Mr. Muschamp had curated. Fellow Times reporter Julie Iovine was seated one row behind.
According to Ms. Stephens, upon realizing the pending seating arrangements, Mr. Muschamp promptly turned to Ms. Stephens and declared: "Would you mind switching seats with Julie [Iovine] so I don’t have to look at your fucking face?"
To which Ms. Stephens said she retorted, "Certainly, and may you rot in hell!"
The verbal volleys drew the attention of nearby passengers, according to sources on the flight. A woman from Croatia jumped up and said, "Well, it looks like you all know each other!" Other passengers sneaked curious looks towards Mr. Muschamp and Ms. Stephens.
"Herbert was already sitting down when I got to my row, and he turned and without saying hello, that’s when it happened," Ms. Stephens told Off the Record. "He told me, ‘Do you mind switching seats with Julie, so I don’t have to look at your fucking face?’ That’s when I answered back."
Neither Mr. Muschamp nor Ms. Iovine returned calls for comment before press time.
Eventually, Ms. Stephens and Ms. Iovine swapped seats, and then Mr. Muschamp and Ms. Iovine traded seats again before take off. Once the musical chairs between the smarting journalists subsided, the parties settled in for the flight, in which architects Jessie Reiser, Nanako Umemoto, Enrique Norten, Preston Scott Cohen, MoMA curator Paola Antonelli and director Spike Lee were also on board.
Aric Chen, a contributing editor at Surface Magazine and a design writer who has penned pieces for GQ and Elle Decor, was also on the plane, seated in the aisle across from the developing fracas.
"Throughout the entire flight, Herbert had this creepy smirk on his face. He had the look of someone who was unraveling," Mr. Chen said. "It was kind of a zombie-ish, smug little smirk."
According to a source familiar with the dispute between Ms. Stephens and Mr. Muschamp, it all began in February of this year, when Mr. Muschamp learned Ms. Stephens was preparing the book. Mr. Muschamp was reportedly furious that Ms. Stephens had contacted the architects in the Times Magazine spread—many of them his personal friends—without approaching him first. This winter, the two sides ratcheted up the legal rhetoric, with Ms. Stephens’ lawyer issuing a letter threatening to sue Mr. Muschamp for tortious interference and Mr. Muschamp threatening legal action of his own. The two sides finally reached an accord this spring, but by that time, most of the architects in the Times Magazine package declined to participate in Imagining Ground Zero.
"The Times was prevented from being represented in the book by one of their employees, and the project couldn’t show all the work of something The Times had sponsored, because of the machinations of one of their employees," a source involved in the proceedings said.
"You know, it’s funny—I guess I felt I was doing the right thing all along, no matter how horrible it got," said Ms. Stephens. "I wasn’t doing something I didn’t think was right. These architects had done a lot of work, and they deserved to be in this project." Then she added: "But I’m not confused or upset. For Herbert, it’s a power thing."
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ten things your architect wont tell you
"Dan Yack and The Confessions of Dan Yack, both by Blaise Cendrars ...small but packed with detail, and some of the best descriptive passages regarding drunken-ness ever. Not new, but the writing is timeless. also, Fernando Pessoa- The Book of Disquiet, set in Lisbon, reads kind of like Joyce...praise to obscurity,failure,initelligence,difficulty and silence." via vz
"He hired Richard Meier as an adviser, and they selected venerable figures such as Graves, Cobb, Richard Rogers, and Philip Johnson, along with younger celebrity architects—Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Shigeru Ban, and Eric Owen Moss—to design houses. They also chose several architects who are less well known to the general public but have substantial reputations in the academic world—people like Stan Allen, Lindy Roy, Winy Maas, Jesse Reiser, Nanako Umemoto, and the sisters Gisue and Mojgan Hariri. This project may be the closest such architects will ever come to designing a freestanding house."