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A developer in Phoenix is planning to raze the house Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1952 for his son David. The David Wright House, which could be demolished as soon as Thursday, has now gotten the attention of preservationists who are trying to have the house designated a landmark and find a wealthy donor to purchase the house from the developer. Arizona private property laws limit landmark status to three-years so if preservationists succeed in turning the structure into a landmark, the battle will begin again in three years. According to New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman, the developers may be using the threat of demolition as leverage to drive up the price of the building.
To read more about the house and the preservation battle, check out the New York Times, the National Trust for Historic Preservation blog, the PrairieMod blog, and Mother Nature Network where you can take a YouTube tour of the spiral house.
Go here to sign a petition to the City of Phoenix to Save the Davis Wright House.
Normally, Professor Alexander Nemerov’s popular course “Introduction to the History of Art: Renaissance to the Present” attracts crowds of 500 students. Now, his classes are capped at 270. Why? Nemerov wanted a classroom where students don’t have access to WiFi and can’t surf the internet. “In the past many students in the lecture were doing Facebook or email or all kinds of things on their computers,” Nemerov said. “So for me it’s better if there’s a room where that is not possible, and one of the unfortunate effects of that is that I have to limit the enrollment of the class to the capacity of the auditorium.”
Eastman Kodak, the company that invented the hand-held camera, filed for bankruptcy on January 19. The Chapter 11 filing provides Kodak with an opportunity to restructure its operation and maximize the value of its digital patents (1,100 in all) which are used in virtually every modern digital camera, smartphone and tablet. The company said that it had about $5.1 billion in assets and nearly $6.8 billion in debts.
This is also another huge hit for the town of Rochester where Kodak has been based for most of its 132 years and has been central to the city’s economy.
To read more: “Eastman Kodak Files for Bankruptcy,” New York Times; “Eastman Kodak’s bancruptcy filing gives workers, retirees and investors the jitters,” Washington Post; “Eastman Kodak files for bankruptcy,” Christian Science Monitor, and the Eastman Kodak’s press release
Richard Neutra’s Kronish House has been temporarily spared from a planned demolition until October 10 to give the local community time to present a restoration plan. In April, the historic Beverly Hills house was sold as a $14 million ‘tear down’ but pressure from the community as well as the LA Conservancy, American Institute of Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, stalled the demolition plans of the new owners. To stay up-to-date on this story, follow the Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design blog and biography of media coverage. Take a photographic tour (via Curbed Los Angeles) of the Kronish House as it exists today in its run-down condition.
(sources: LA Now, August 3, 2011; ArchDaily, August 18, 2011)
Are you suffering from a shortage of reading material now that classes have ended? Missing your art history text books, class readers and style manuals? No fear, there is plenty of art and art history related reading to be had this summer.
Here is a long list of fiction suggestions, pulled together from various sources:
Bellini Madonna by Elizabeth Lowry
Rendezvous in Venice by Philippe Beaussant
What I Loved: A Novel by Siri Hustvedt
Angelica’s Grotto: A Novel by Russell Hoban
Headlong by Michael Frayn
Tracy Chevalier’s Burning Bright and The Lady and the Unicorn
Dutch Kills [English ed.] , Bets and Scams: A Novel of the Art World by Gary Schwartz
Susan Vreeland’s Clara and Mr. Tiffany, Forest Lover (Woman artist Emily Carr), Girl in Hyacinth Blue (Vermeer), Luncheon of the Boating Party (Impressionists), and The Passion of Artemisia
What’s Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies
Circles & Squares by John Malcolm
The Inheritance by Simon Tolkein
Art of Deception by Elizabeth Ironside
Sarah Taylor’s Still as Death (features a woman art historian) and Judgment of the Grave (also about a woman art historian)
Color Blind, Jonathan Santlofer
The Beholder, Thomas Farber (featuring a woman art historian)
If you like mysteries:
Iain Pears’ The Bernini Bust, Death and Restoration, Giotto’s Hand, The Immaculate Deception, The Last Judgment, The Portrait, The Raphael Affair, and Titian Committee
Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
Amy Navaratil Ciccone, an art librarian at USC, has many suggestions for art mystery lovers in her article entitled “Art of Architectural Mysteries”.
If you prefer non-fiction, consider:
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum by Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman and John Shiffman
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Sailsbury and Aly Suio
Christopher Hawthorne from the LA Times has found and reposted a video shot during last week’s earthquake in Sendai, Japan. The video, taken by someone in Toyo Ito’s Mediatheque (a cultural center built in 2001), shows the building swaying for what must have felt like an eternity. Hawthorne’s article also includes before and after photos of Toyo Ito’s building. To read the article and view the video, go to the LA Times Culture Monster.
With the quarter over, we can now catch up on our TV viewing and a good place to start is with the Colbert Report’s Art edition. In this December 8 episode, Steve Martin, Frank Stella, Shepard Fairey and Andres Serrano all make an appearance. Also interesting is Colbert’s “Tip of the Hat” and “Wag the Finger” segment in which Colbert comments on Eric Cantor’s (U. S. Representative, Virginia) response to David Wojnarowicz’ video “A Fire in My Belly” in the National Portrait Gallery’s “Hide/Seek” exhibition.