Wednesday, April 21, 2010

rectilinear frame of reference

Guggenheim - n. 1
Originally uploaded by Isco72
The basic concept of curvilinear slope for presentation of painting and sculpture indicates a callous disregard for the fundamental rectilinear frame of reference necessary for the adequate visual contemplation of works of art.

From an open letter in 1956 to Mr. James Johnson Sweeney, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, signed by visual artists -- among them Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell -- in protest of the construction of the Guggenheim Museum designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Republished in the Spring 2010 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly.

Update: They went ahead and built it anyway.

1 comment:

p2wy said...

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