Friday, May 19, 2006

The Architect and the Sculptor


"Great, lasting friendships are rare, but friendships that enlarge the spirit through ideas, ideals and new insights are in a class by themselves. Over a stretch of more than 50 years, the sculptor Isamu Noguchi and the visionary designer R. Buckminster Fuller enjoyed such a friendship, which led to aesthetic and practical achievements that left their mark." Inspiring stuff. Read the rest of Grace Glueck's New York Times article here.

Joseph Cornell's Bird Cages


Extract in the Guardian from Jonathan Safran Foer's new book "A Convergence of Birds," about Joseph Cornell's wooden bird cage constructions, their strange and at times sad history, and their strange and sad creator. Be sure to check out the link to the Guggenheim's collection of Cornell's bird cages, too.

Jenny Holzer, Beckett and Co.

Here's a show I wish I could have seen: "As part of the Beckett Centenary Festival at the Barbican, American artist Jenny Holzer presents a series of light projections on the Barbican and buildings around London including City Hall and Somerset House. Writings from Beckett and a selection of works by celebrated poets, are cast onto well-known London landmarks, allowing light and text to flow over the cityscape, creating an extraordinary visual experience." Even though the show has come and gone, you can see some photos from it on the Barbican website.
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