The House: Drawings for Residential Architecture
September 10 - December 24, 2010
The truest test for an architect is to design a house. As the most personal form of public architecture, one's residence is an expression of character. As a group, they define the civilization.
From the log cabin to the most stately mansion, the house acts as both nest to which we escape and stage for our most intimate dramas. Long before current "shelter" magazines appeared, copperplate engravings of famous residences infected Europeans and Americans alike with cases of "house envy" during the Industrial Revolution fueling competitions for the biggest, grandest edifices built by Nineteenth Century robber barons.
The design of a house can start with a few quick lines on a napkin and evolve to a hyper-realistic perspective used as a sales tool. Colored pencil sketches and simple watercolors can grow to complicated puzzles as abstract as a maze.
ArchiTech Gallery has assembled dozens of these historical works for a commercial exhibition running the gamut of design from 18th Century villas to Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie houses to a fanciful embassy from the 1950s.
Other architects whose work will be exhibited in "The House" are Frank O. Gehry, Charles R. Mackintosh, Richard Neutra and Bruce Goff.
"The House: Drawings for Residential Architecture" opens the Fall season on September 10th and continues to the end of the year December 24th, 2010.