The British sculptor Peter Randall-Page is concerned with the underlying principles determining growth and the forms it produces. In his words “geometry is the theme on which nature plays her infinite variations, fundamental mathematical principle become a kind of pattern book from which nature constructs the most complex and sophisticated structures.”
Sculpture, by Peter Randall-Page
Sotheby’s returns for its fourth selling exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture. Beyond Limits presents 30 works by an international array of artists have been carefully placed within the Capability Brown-designed and Joseph Paxton-engineered gardens at the very heart of England’s most breathtaking country estate. Bronzes by Aristide Maillol and Henry Moore will be juxtaposed with contemporary pieces in iron, steel, copper and concrete by artists ranging from Antony Gormley, Marc Quinn and Jaume Plensa to Yayoi Kusama, Carl Andre and Sol LeWitt.
Beyond Limits: A Selling Exhibition of Modern & Contemporary Sculpture, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, 14 September – 1 November, Sotheby’s
Xavier Veilhan’s project for Versailles mainly involves the use of open-air spaces, following the estate’s east/west axis, from the Place d’Armes to Le Nôtre’s formal gardens. Presenting several works or groups of works created especially for this exhibition, which establishes a continuity between the site’s history and its contemporary protraction. This is a dynamic, classical, open and universal project, aiming to establish a new connection between visitors and the spaces they travel through.
Images (top to bottom) The Large Carriage, Xavier Veilhan, Jean Nouvel & Renzo Piano, by Xavier Veilhan, Exhibition at Veilhan Versailles, 13 September – 13 December 2009
The first Rephlex release to be completely devoid of electronics, Victor Gama’s Pangeia Instrumentos is a beguiling collection of compositions specifically written for his own handcrafted instruments. Angolan by birth but of Portuguese origins, Gama has been steadily building an impressive array of instruments since the early-’90s.
Pangeia Instrumentos are acoustic musical instruments, sound devices and sound installations designed and built through a process of experimentation with design, sound and music. The main focus of this project is the phenomenon of metamorphosis and evolution of musical instruments that span the period from pre-history to our days. This phenomenon suggests that form is a variable in the composition process and is intrinsically related to the composer’s inner creative impulses and his closest material environment.
Pangeia Instrumentos, by Victor Gama
Low-Rise is a precarious assemblage of thousands of free-standing stacks of staples densely tessellated to create a city-like mosaic. Like a city, the staples are subject to the elements, on a micro scale. The slightest breath or vibration and the domino effect kicks in.
Low-Rise, by Peter Root
Photographs by the London photographer, Hélène Binet of structures by architect Peter Zumthor, will be on show at the Gabrielle Ammann Gallery in Cologne. Works by Zumthor include Therme Vals spa in Switzerland, and Kolumba Art Museum of the diocese of Cologne.
Mirage.studio.7 has a collection of fictional architects in movies. Our favorite is Gary Cooper in The Fountainhead, an adaptation of the novel by Ayn Rand.
Guanyin-hall, Dule-monastery Tianjin, Jixian (Liao Dynasty 916-1125)
Chunyang Hall, Yongle Palace, Ruicheng, Shanxi Province (Yuan Dynasty 1271-1368)
Bracketing Cluster (Dougong) (Song Dynasty 960-1279)
Hall of a Thousand Buddhas, Temple Zhihua, Beijing (Ming Dynasty 1368-1644)
For about three centuries, almost all public buildings in China were built according to a hardly ever changing construction system: an enormous, curved hip roof rests on wooden posts with wide overhanging eaves and tile covering, supported by an elaborate wooden construction.
In the 20th century, documentation and teaching models of the highest accuracy were made of the most important buddhist temples and palace complexes. These large-scale models precisely show all the details in order to enable their study and a possible reconstruction of the historical buildings. The exhibition at the Architekturmuseum shows 19 of these models, among them detailed models of the bracket system (Dougong) and reproductions of the oldest timber constructions existing in China.
Untitled, Chrysler Building, completed 1930, New York, 1929,
Berenice Abbott, American, 1898 – 1991, Gelatin silver print
More than fifty prints, drawings, and photographs chosen from the Philadelphia Museum of Art collection demonstrate the many ways artists chose to portray the new giants in their landscape. Roughly spanning the years between 1905 and 1940, the works will reflect a wide range of styles and practices. Among the famous skyscrapers featured are Chicago’s gothic-ornamented Tribune Tower, New York City’s Art Deco Empire State Building, and Philadelphia’s modernist PSFS Building. The exhibition includes prints by John Marin and Charles Sheeler, photographs by Berenice Abbott and Alfred Stieglitz, and drawings by Earl Horter and Abraham Walkowitz.
Exhibition: Skyscrapers: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs of the Early Twentieth Century, June 6 – November 1, 2009 at Philadelphia Museum of Art