Rita Novel about Barnes

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2004.10.20 22:24
Re: A Roundtable
I had planned on being in Pittsburgh today and tomorrow, but didn't want to drive in the lousy weather. Have a feeling it will be nice and sunny in two weeks.
You know, I've never been to the Barnes, and it's like 15 minutes from here. Saw the '93 exhibit a couple times though. Nice Matisse collection.


2004.10.26
parkway interpolation
There was the idea of having a “board of advisors” for the development of the design, which would include Alexander Calder, Albert Barnes, Ruth Bacon, August Rodin, James Logan, and, of course, Benjamin Franklin. There should be more women on the board, but right now I can’t think of who else. Jacques-Strap Gréber could be chairman of the board.
I’ll see whose dates I can collect and then see if there’s any further indication as to how to proceed. I certainly don’t want the design to get bogged down because of the “presence” of a board because the time for Parkway Interpolation/Quondam in 2005 is just right. Last night I was thinking how a press release to the Daily News (rather than The Inquirer?) might get more immediate attention, and then I thought how “prints” derived from the model/design data would portentially become popular. For example, there could be side-by-side “before and after” shots where the before are digital images and the after are hidden-line perspectives. I should at least attempt a few tries, and, at the very least, begin generating perspective views continually, especially to record the design (alternatives) process.
It’s all to remain virtual although very much blurred with reality.


2004.11.23 13:57
Re: Painting....officialy completed?
I haven't made it to Pittsburgh yet. :-(
Have fun at the Barnes—like I said before, haven't made it there yet either (even though it's like 15 minutes from where I live). How long are you staying in Philadelphia?


2004.12.14 13:00
Go figurative!
where the Barnes might move: wqc/19/1953.htm


2004.12.14 16:11
Re: where the Barnes might move to
The site for the Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway has just been chosen--site of the present Youth Study Center (euphemism for juvenile jail) -- across 20th Street from the Free Library of Philadelphia, designed by Horace Trumbauer and soon to be appended by a Moshe Safdie addition. The proposed Calder Museum by Tadao Ando on the south side of the Parkway will be across from the Barnes.
I'm pretty sure the radio newsman said that a "replica" of the present Barnes Foundation (a design by Paul Cret) will be built on the Youth the Study Center site of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Gosh, just what the Parkway needs, another reenactment.

2004.12.15 10:51
Re: Who is the greatest figurative painter alive?
2 January 1872 Albert Barnes born in Kensington, a working-class Philadelphia neighborhood; 1466 Cook Street (now Wilt Street).
made lots of drug money.
24 July 1951 Albert Barnes died in an automobile accident at age 78.
Learning from Nudist Camp


2004.12.15 11:21
Re: where the Barnes might move to
The proposed reenactment of the Barnes Foundation is largely being done to not further upset the strict Barnes Foundation Charter, which states the art collection must hang in perpetuity as Barnes hung the art.
Barnes made all his money in pharmacology.
2 January 1872 Albert Barnes born in Kensington, a working-class Philadelphia neighborhood; 1466 Cook Street (now Wilt Street).
24 July 1951 Albert Barnes died in an automobile accident at age 78.
24-25 July 326 Helena Augusta dies at Naples.
24-25 July 2003 Marcus Ormerod and Howard Ray Lawrence issue a 'law of silence'
Just located 1466 Wilt Street -- it's about a half mile southeast of where I was baptized, and about three-quarters of a mile east-northeast of where St. John Neumann is lying under an altar.
Wonder where the auto accident happened.
I like Barnes' Matisse collection best of all.


2004.12.17 18:58
afternoon field trip
Took some pictures of the Youth Study Center on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, future site of the Barnes Foundation.
Then crossed the Parkway to the future site of the Alexander Calder Museum, where about a dozen different Calder sculptures -- 'stabiles' -- are scattered on the present park lawn.
This outdoor exhibit is a lot like the virtual exhibit, zomescape, I saw in the morning. Last year, when I went to see the smaller, prior exhibit, I mentioned here that I really like the 'virtual architecture' that Calder's stabiles evoke, and the many new pieces continue to inspire. Like Brian' zomescapes, I now have this desire to make virtual stabiles via 3d cad. In any case, seeing the exhibit up close (as opposed to just driving by in a car) is well worth the trip.
Then I went to the Free Library (initially just to get a particular book) and I remembered that the long library of Briar Hill is actually part of the Free Library's Rare Book Department, so I went to take a look at it. Not only is the room completely paneled in the Georgian style with light brown oak(?) with lots of knots showing, but all of William Elkins' books and the original library furniture are there as well. I didn't have time to take pictures, but the librarian definitely wants me to come back. The construction documents for Briar Hill (Trumbauer, 1929) are also in the Rare Book Department collection, and I can take pictures of them as well.
[took pictures of soon to be quondam building, visited museum exhibit without the museum building there yet, entered room that moved from inside one Trumbauer building to inside another Trumbauer building. where do I get my best ideas?]

2004.12.19
Leaving Obscurity Behind ideas
1. 28 December 2004 begins in the Briar Hill Library Room at the Free Library. Otto announces the bilocating opening of Leaving Obscurity Behind, and explains Romaphilia, beginning with the Parkway and Fairmount as the New World vatican Hill; Pope/Hadrian at Logan Circle; Calder, Barnes, Rodin, Cret, Abele at the Colored Soldier’s Monument, Love Park, Peter and Paul .
2. email to Joël?
3. Porticus Circulus Quadratum, big guest house; new name for circle/square junction. Kahn, Palladio, Piranesi, Lauf reenactments; chronosomatic House?
4. Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI at Eastern State Penitentiary.
5. develop Girard College/Collage [Girard Collage] re: quondam, (ancient) temple architecture (clue: Temple U.).
6. insert St. Peter’s Square.
7. lots of scale comparisons.
8. collect Durand Versailles.
9. enlarge Herrenchiemsee site plan.
10. incorporate Versailles, Herrenchiemsee and Whitemarsh Hall estate site maps.
11. Otto looks back over the year 2004 27 December 2004, eve of the convention.
12. Albert Barnes talks about the new way to curate his collection.
13. I have to get to the Barnes soon; very soon.


2004.12.19 18:23
Re: moved
Congratulations! I was thinking about you two and the new house the past few days--I remembered it would be around now. Sunday the 26th sounds fine by me--were you thinking afternoon or evening?
Things are getting busy here in preparation for the commencement of LEAVING OBSCURITY BEHIND, the Horace Trumbauer Architecture Fan Club Convention, 28 December 2004. All the guests are getting their accommodations set via ICHNOGRAPHIA ROMAPHILIA--one of the highlights of the convention is that all the guests are in a constant state of bilocation between Philadelphia and Rome, with the register being the match of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the axis of life of the Ichnographia Campi Martii--oddly, Fairmount and the Vatican Hill are the 'same place.' Luckily, Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI are thrilled to be staying at Eastern State Penitentiary. Otto's going to explain all this in his opening speech delivered from the roof of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Newest unexpected development: Albert Barnes is going to give a talk, 2 January 2005 (Barnes' birthday) about how his collection should now be hung within the forthcoming new facility on the Parkway. To say the least, the fan club is very anxious to hear what Barnes will say.


2004.12.22 12:47
coincidental? or LEARNING FROM NUDIST CAMP
On 30 January 2004 it was announced (via design-l) that:
The title of Duchamp's and Jennewein's paper for the Horace Trumbauer Architecture Fan Club Convention is "Nudist Camp at the Philadelphia Museum of Art".
In the January 2005 Member's Calendar of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
(received by post yesterday) the Programs include:
Members-Only Tour: Nude or Naked?
Thursday, January 6 and 20;
Tuesday, January 11 and 18;
and Saturday, January 22, 10:15 a.m.
Behind the words "nude" and "naked" are centuries of controversy and moral courage, as well as admiration and awe. This tour will explore the story of this provocative subject. Tours meet in the West Entrance. Space is limited, and reservations are required.
I made a reservation for the tour on 6 January (feast of the Epiphany). I also asked if this was a new tour or one that was conducted before. "I'm not entirely sure, but I think this tour is new."
email to friend 19 December 2004:
Things are getting busy here in preparation for the commencement of LEAVING OBSCURITY BEHIND, the Horace Trumbauer Architecture Fan Club Convention, 28 December 2004. All the guests are getting their accommodations set via ICHNOGRAPHIA ROMAPHILIA--one of the highlights of the convention is that all the guests are in a constant state of bilocation between Philadelphia and Rome, with the register being the match of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the axis of life of the Ichnographia Campi Martii--oddly, Fairmount and the Vatican Hill are the 'same place.' Luckily, Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI are thrilled to be staying at Eastern State Penitentiary. Otto's going to explain all this in his opening speech delivered from the roof of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Newest unexpected development: Albert Barnes is going to give a talk, 2 January 2005 (Barnes' birthday) about how his collection should now be hung within the forthcoming new facility on the Parkway. To say the least, the fan club is very anxious to hear what Barnes will say.
In keeping with the bilocation theme/amalgamation of LEAVING OBSCURITY BEHIND, Duchamp and Jennewein, with help from Michelangelo, are installing new virtually-art works for the two still-blank pediments of the Philadelphia Museum of Art courtyard.
Also received return call from the Barnes Foundation this morning. Wasn't able to get a reservation for 2 January 2005, but did get reservation for 9 January 2005. I've seen the 1993 Barnes Exhibition at the National Gallery and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but I've never been to the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania (even though it's like a 15 minute car-ride from where I live).
Either I never noticed it before or it's a new display, a portrait of Marie-Antoinette hangs in a gallery of the Philadelphia Museum of Art that is next to the gallery containing four French sculptures given to the Museum by Eva Stotesbury in memory of her husband Ned. Of course, Marie-Antoinette and Eva and Ludwig have been very close recently as they prepare for "Here a Versailles, There a Versailles, Everywhere a Versailles, Sigh" to be delivered at Versailles, Herrenchiemsee, and Whitemarsh Hall 18 January 2005. Otto's already made provisions in case anyone attending the lecture comes down with trilocation-sickness.

2004.12.29 11:18
Sontag died on Dienstag
from an email to a friend 28 December 2004:
"Today is Horace Trumbauer's and Guy Debord's birthday, the beginning of LEAVING OBSCURITY BEHIND, the 2005 Horace Trumbauer Architecture Fan Club Convention. Lots of activity at Logan Circle/Hadrian's Tomb."
Hadrian's Tomb was built because the Tomb of Augustus was full. Record numbers of recently dead attend the opening--LEAVING OBSCURITY BEHIND indeed.
Otto's speech? Impeccable! "It appears we should add some Cret paper to the roster."
The induction ceremony of new members of the Horace Trumbauer Fan Club thrilled all.
Dr. Albert C. Barnes and Susan Sontag
It was great seeing Le Corbusier slap Barnes around during the initiation.
[Le Corbusier, too, while on a lecture tour in America, was a victim of the doctor's bad manners, though he almost had a chance to see the collection. His application for admission, he was informed at first, was approved--for a date and time specified by Barnes. When the architect replied that the time was not suitable because of a previously scheduled lecture, however, Barnes was offended. He wanted a fight. In a letter accusing Corbusier of being drunk during his stay in Philadelphia, he informed him that he was no longer welcome at the foundation. The architect's reply was conciliatory, He was not interested in quarreling with Barnes, he wrote; he preferred to fight with those that disagreed with him on artistic matters, and he knew that the doctor, instead, shared his own enthusiasms. He was certain that he would never meet Barnes, but he wanted the senseless state of war that existed between them to come to an end. Barnes never answered the letter; he returned it, with the word "merde," written in large letters on the envelope.
--Howard Greenfield, The Devil and Dr. Barnes: Portrait of an American Collector, p. 252-3.]
It was also fun seeing Barnes circumnavigate Logan Circle in an envelope with "Shit" all over it. A spectacle suggest by Debord.
The fan club is always in need of more woman members, so Sontag's initiation was a most happy event. Tableau reenactments ensued:
"Against Interpretation"
"Notes on Camp"
"On Style"
"The Aesthetics of Silence"
"The Pornographic Imagination"
Susan is now in charge of the "Unguided Tour" department, and she joins Duchamp and Jennewein in the presentation of "[Learning from] Nudist Camp at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Barnes is so impressed with AFRICAN ART, AFRICAN VOICES: LONG STEPS NEVER BROKE A BACK that he's even further rethinking the display of his collection after it moves to Philadelphia.


2005.01.03
Re: Philadelphia Story
Barnes celebrated his birthday yesterday, 2 January, and he loves all the new attention. He’s trying to influence a whole new arrangement of his art; he’s thinking: “It should be even more confounding. The Youth Study Center (juvenile jail) building should be kept, and all the art should go in there. Now that would make an impression.”

2005.01.08
many ideas (so not to forget)
1. ignudi in west pediment; CAD model rendering
2. St. Stephen / tsuanmi ends The Odds of Ottopia.
3. tsunami (free wave form) architecture?
4. sell the Stotesbury bathroom marble on eBay.
5. a couple “Artifacts of Ottopia” are not yet recorded (see desk).
6. sort out via notes all the new circus/basilica date as it relates to the two versions of the Ichnographia; start some CAD drawings as well.
7. sort out via notes all the new Ichnographia “erinerung” and “triumphal bridge” data as it relates to “De Spectaculis II” which is slated for 14 May 2005, in honor of the “two states” discovery.
8. “Nudist Camp” is slated for 20 March 2005 because the Naked/Nude tour began with Spring stained glass; see note 1.1 above as well.
9. begin 3d rendition of Romaphilia.
10. compile a list of all the books I’ve read over the last week.
11. I just remembered I’m scheduled to go to the Barnes Foundation tomorrow.
12. compose/compile a virtual sculpture (cad surfase) exhibit for the Calder park within Romaphilia.
13. Is there such a phenom as “Duchamp’s effect on Philadelphia?”; Demos goes “geopolitical” where as I am “local”.


2005.01.11 09:19
Re: 2005! new year of art
Spent Sunday morning at the Barnes Foundation.
First time there—no coat check, no headphones,
had most of the galleries to myself,
best way to see the place.
The Cret design is a keeper.
It shouldn't be seen as a move,
just getting the additional space that is desperately needed.
Was right about the Matisses,
and didn't know I could correctly guess a Rubens before.
The furniture quickly began to intrigue, as did the hardware.
I heard the old lady tour guide say plastic means was part of the goal.
After years of near rigor mortis,
the Foundation deserves plastic means.
Barnes himself is presently existing among the dozen odd homeless that "live" along the base of the Youth Study Center.
"I'm really into site analysis."
In the afternoon at home, I remembered the "Parlor of the Turn-of-the-Millennium Collector" at Venue December 1993.
Barnes now-a-days dreams of collecting Venue artists.


2005.02.22 11:21
[the making of my Rita Novel idea] for real
nytimes 2005.02.22
Obviously, they don't know Le Corbusier is really staying at Cape May Point and busy writing "Promenade Architecturale" for the Horace Trumbauer Architecture Fan Club Convention.
Anyway, Happy Birthday Luis Bunuel and Happy Deathday Andy Warhol. They're still in Philadelphia since attending St. Catherine de Ricci's, Louis I. Kahn's and Albert C. Barnes' "The Bilocating Barnes Foundation" as presented on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway 13 February 2005. Besides, who can resist being around Dali these daze?
Does anyone still remember "Steve's Acropolis" as presented early 1999 within schizophrenia + architectures at www.quondam.com ? Well, it turns out that "Steve's Acropolis" (a group of experimental architectures poised on a hill) fits near perfectly on the future site of the Barnes Foundation along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway -- www.quondam.com/24/2344.htm.
Eutropia is presently getting a real kick out reminding everyone that she is a Syrian!


2005.05.23 15:04
nice urban housing in philadelphia
Yes, the ragflats architecture is nice and refreshing for Philadelphia, but half a million does seem a lot for Fishtown (although Albert Barnes was born in Fishtown). Then again, real estate prices in Philadelphia are going crazy the last year or so. Friends of mine sold a 1920s twin in Manayunk for 125,000 in 2001, and the same place just sold for almost 250,000 in Fall 2004. The very generic Northeast Philadelphia 1970 twin across from my mother's in Fox Chase just sold for over 200,000. And rowhomes on my block in East Olney are now asking just over 100,000 (my parents bought my house in 1957 for 11,000).
The comments re Tim McD make me chuckle too.


2005.05.30 10:53
Re: not-GZ
Make that Philadelphia, the premier US center of reenactionary architecturism.
Let's hope that someone important enough realizes that the present Paul Cret designed gallery building of the Barnes Foundation should still be used as a (new?) art gallery once the art collection moves the downtown Philadelphia. Plus, to reenact the Cret interior downtown would just be stupid. St. Catherine de Ricci, Louis I Kahn and Albert C. Barnes made all this clear in their paper "The Bilocating Barnes Foundation."
EXTREME MAKEOVER: MUSEUMPEACE EDITION
House in Olney with rare art collection goes for several million.
[Thank God my father left so many tools behind. They look great now among the paintings and collages.]


2005.08.22 16:36
Thesis Topics
If you're interested in art and museum architecture, a new Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway would be a great thesis building design project. The art deserves a lot more space, as do the visitors. Of course, the Barnes Foundation is (ridiculously) restricted into keeping the art arranged as if still in the old/existing facility, but if that restriction were not in place (which is the thesis project I'm suggesting) the architectural possibilities are enormous. The site along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is also a challange, but well worth attempting.


2011.03.24 12:17
Rita Novel about Barnes
Barnes Matisse – google search ‘barnes matisse’
Parkway Interpolation
Free Library of Philadelphia
Calder Museum
...the ‘virtual architecture’ that Calder’s stabiles evoke...
Briar Hill
Bilocation Syndrome
Papal Mass at Logan Circle
Girard Collage
insert St. Peter’s Square – 23/2215
Durand’s Versailles – 13/1286
Herrenchiemsee site plan
Eastern State Penitentiary
Versailles, sigh –search ‘versailles sigh’
Hadrian’s Tomb
Rita Novel This Sontag – search ‘rita novel this sontag’
Ignudi in West Pediment
Stotesbury bathroom marble
Venue
my [quondam] block in East Olney [a few days ago]


2011.03.24 13:56
Rita Novel about Barnes
“The Barnes collection installed *in* the (quondam) Children's Jail is a brilliant idea.”



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