Balthazar Korab, RIP
Too often modern architectural photography is thought to be all alike. The covers of new monographs on Ezra Stoller and Balthazar Korab, who died last week at the age of 86, tell a different story. Both use images of Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal (1962). Stoller's image shows people on the move, the interior of the terminal a collage of light and dark. Korab, by contrast, shows a moment of repose. His foreground is filled with one of Saarinen's exquisite tiled curves, accentuated by a gradient of light and shadow.
Kicked A Building Lately?
Well, have you? That question, the title of the 1976 collection
of Ada Louise Huxtable’s work for the New York Times
, embodies her approach to criticism. It is active, it is irreverent, it is personal, it is physical, and it puts the onus simultaneously on the critic and on her public to pay attention. Huxtable, who died Monday at 91
, was my hero, and I am not sure I have another.
George Nelson in Two Dimensions
There is one more month to see George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher,
an exhibition at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery that closes February 2. The Nelson office's greatest furniture hits are ranged around the central square of Paul Rudolph's stepped gallery space, and, sitting up on modular platforms, their suggestive shapes and vibrant colors do hold the room. But the material that held my interest was all around the edges: the advertisements and catalogs that sold the bright, modular, plastic future promised by the furniture.