In the world of modern art, the idea of appropriation, or
the conscious manipulation of the recognised world of another artist, has long been
accepted as a legitimate strategy in criticism of the tradition of art
authorship, challenging the context of viewing contemporary work and the
manipulation of omnipresent media images. The world of art itself is fair game
to be pillaged or mined in the production of new art, but there is almost no
recognised equivalent aesthetic in architecture.
Philip Johnson consistently dealt with the concept of
appropriation and used it as a design strategy from the very beginning of his
illustrious career. A singular taste-maker, Philip Johnson influenced art,
architecture and design during the second half of the 20th century. Philip Johnson and His Mischief:
Appropriation in Art and Architecture looks at the concept of appropriation
and how Johnson’s style was influenced first by his mentor, Mies van der Rohe,
and then by post-modern ideas and artists. This title serves to review
Johnson’s body of work and show that, far from being a weakness, his use of
appropriation was a major part of his innovative success.
As a leading figure of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain his fame and influence extended to the United States to the next generation of American Arts and Crafts architects and early Modernists, notably Greene & Greene, Bernard Maybeck and Frank Lloyd Wright. In Europe, fundamental aspects of Voysey’s design approach were embraced by the Dutch De Stijl group; during the 1920s, and eventually also by the German Bauhaus movement.
Voysey was renowned also for his beautiful watercolour drawings. He retained the vast majority of his own drawings throughout his career, and late in life arranged for these to be donated to the Royal Institute of British Architects.
from leading architectural photographer and writer, Russell Abraham, Rural Modern
presents a tantalising selection of modern country houses in a variety of
styles and forms.
century has seen rural residential architecture take ideas from both the Modern
Bauhaus design movement and the ever-popular Shingle Style. The result is a
style that borrows from vernacular forms and materials, but uses them in new
ways. Issues of sustainability and energy conservation are also key to
contemporary country house design. Orienting windows to capture heat in winter,
but protect the house from the sun in summer is an ongoing design objective. The
modern country house is a hybrid of several ingenious ideas blended together to
create a modern, sustainable and highly liveable architecture that respects the
past and looks forward into the future.