The dialogue between architects and artists in New York is one of the great-if often over looked- strengths of practice in this city. In fact, many architects visit New York not to see the latest building, but the exhibits in its galleries and museums. It has been the case, at least since MOMA’s epic modernism exhibit of 1932 and later Frederic Kielser’s Endless House series of exhibitions that the conversation between architects and artists in this city is endlessly complex and without equal in any other city.
An example of this rich dialogue is the exhibition Paradise Lost at Sikkema Jenkins gallery by the artist Andrea Blum. She has worked for 20 years in the formal and social space between art and architecture creating temporary and permanent buildings, houses, gardens and streets, but also libraries, offices, etc. Her work she claims attempts to creates a tension, through the peculiar play of forces maintained by the private and social spheres.
If you’re an architect looking to sample ideas that drive contemporary urbanism-as viewed through the lens of an artist with a keen and critical eye and a sense of formal architectural ideas run to this show before it closes on March 5.