Modern art always "projects itself into a twilight zone where no values are fixed, he [Leo Steinberg] said. "It is always born in anxiety." Not only that, he said, it is the function of really valuable new Modern art to "transmit this anxiety to the spectator," so that when he looks at it, he is thrown into "a genuine existential predicament." This is basically Greenberg's line, of course--"all profoundly original art looks ugly at first"--but Steinberg made the feeling seem deeper (and a bit more refined). The clincher was Steinberg's own confession of how he had first disliked [Jasper] Johns's work. He had resisted it. He had fought to cling to his old values--and then realized he was wrong. This filtered down as a kind of Trubulence Theorem. If a work of art or a new style disturbed you, it was probably good work. If you hated it--it was probably great.
--Tom Wolfe, The Painted Word
And there is Stirling's Olivetti reenactment:
Stirling, Wilford, Olivetti Headquarters Milton Keynes, 1971.
more Le Corbusier:
Did deconstruction turn into blobitecture some time in the 90's?
"freedom from both recognized typology and recognized construction industry standards / techniques."
"...heed Tafuri's warning that "once the 'form is made free', the geometric universe becomes an uncontrollable 'adventure." (see Tafuri's "European Graffiti." Five x Five = Twenty-five, 1976)
13100101 Pantheon Altes Museum Kimbell Art Museum plans
13100102 Pantheon Altes Museum Villa Savoye Danteum Palais des Congrès Wallraf-Richartz Museum plans
History/Theory Books on Tokyo
Robin Boyd, Kenzo Tange (New York, George Braziller, 1962). From the Masters of Contemporary Architecture series.
Although focused on Tange, there is a concomitant focus on architecture/design in post-WWII Japan and Tokyo.
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