Photo: © Gerhard Richter, Koln / Dombauarchiv Koln, Matz and Schenk
Schjeldahl took a fascinating look at two stained glass window projects by Sigmar
Polke and Gerhard Richter
. Here's the Koln
Cathedral's webpage for the Richter project.
Personally, I've always loved stained glass and learned how to execute art
deco designs when I was 8 because my Mother was doing the same. Later, I was
near contentiously exposed to Frank
's work and eventually boned up on historical examples like
project in Vence
. As for the sacred/secular debate, I don't think it matters
much... many Christian artists were pretty heretical while pursuing their work.
I also think there is an odd double standard, nobody cares if an architect of
a church like Philip
or Frank Lloyd Wright were religiously compatible with the congregation's beliefs.
I always appreciate it when churches choose to employ top talent, it is a civic
responsibility and the poetics of talent producing tolerance are undeniable.
Brian Libby over at Portland Architecture gave a welcome recap of Brad
Cloepfil's chat at Jimmy Mak's
. Interesting how he appreciated the Pearl
District as a decent effort that sets the stage for some possibly superb buildings
in the future. Right now the only above average architecture is his W+K headquarters,
a couple of galleries and the Holst architects projects of PNCA (with a stellar
paintjob by Randy Higgins) and Rivertek. With the 511 building and Holst's Ziba
Design HQ's there is a sense that some exiciting work is about to be built.
Also, what is Powells gonna do with their remodel/addition? The Portland art
scene can always use more interesting exhibition spaces and even the new condo's
have interesting lobby installation opportunities.
The Mercury reviewed the
. After the Cornell
retrospective at SFMOMA last year
and an unrelenting string of lesser shows
in Portland I'm gonna have trouble taking in more collage art. Still, this sounds
promisingly obsessive. With collage art I remain wary... "more" seldom
is MORE, with Cornell being the benchmark for how to do it right. After Rauschenberg's death I'm feeling even more picky, though Anna Fidler
is really starting to take off. Come to think of it collage is a lot like making a stained glass window.
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