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The accessibility of art to all classes of society is an important subject amid a frightening landscape of budget cuts. One of the core beliefs of the Bauhaus movement suggested that art should strive to meet the demands of every member of society (from doctor to janitor) and that there should be no division between form and function. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring were two artists who insisted on working in environments that would share their creative talents with everyone. Subway stations, city streets and abandoned industrial warehouses all were cloaked in the beauty of their work. From teenage graffiti artists in New York City, to highly acclaimed painters, both men helped to usher in a new style of artist who conveys the electrifying pulse of large metropolitan areas through their inspiring work.

Jean-Michel Basquiat added his distinctive creative voice to both the Neo-expressionism and the Contemporary art genres. Note how he walks a fine line between radical spontaneity and restricted control in the three examples below. Many of Basquiat’s works contain a captivating political message such as poverty versus wealth, or the surprising similarities between the Atlantic slave trade and the Egyptian slave trade.


Keith Haring is known for his vibrant contributions to both the Pop art and the Contemporary art genres. The graffiti influences of his teen years stand out in the colorfully bold cartoon figures seen below. Haring enjoyed conveying the importance of life and unity through his work, and later in his career, also included socio-political themes, such as anti-Apartheid and AIDS awareness. The painting, “Andy Mouse”, is a playful representation of his own friendship with renowned artist Andy Warhol.

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Mid-Century modern furniture reflects the dreams of Gropius and many of the Bauhaus era to provide a functional, affordable and consistent product that reunites both arts and crafts in an artistic form that any socioeconomic class can enjoy.  Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring shared their creative genius with the public in a similar generous manner and should be celebrated for their impact on keeping the joy of art free.

A Forest of Pillars, Recalling the Unimaginable – New York Times

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On April 15th

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The quiet abstraction and stark physical presence of the memorial in Berlin memorializes past sufferings but also forces us to acknowledge the Holocaust’s relevance today.


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Today I came across a quote that got my attemtion, “The architecture we remember is that which never consoles or comforts us.”  Peter Eisenman, Architect…I then did my homework and discovered the astounding portfolio and the brilliant intellect and soul behind this memorial to the Holcaust in Berlin. I can only imagine the impact of viewing this in person and assume it would be a life altering experience.


This is an excerpt from the NY Times article..
A vast grid of 2,711 concrete pillars whose jostling forms seem to be sinking into the earth, it is able to convey the scope of the Holocaust’s horrors without stooping to sentimentality – showing how abstraction can be the most powerful tool for conveying the complexities of human emotion.


Awesome and emotional read….worth it!



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Tod Williams and Billie Tsien join the Rubble Club, as The Museum of Modern Art tears down their nice bit of modern art.

ParadigmGallery‘s insight:

This story was first reported in the NY Times yesterday and is creating an uproar and understandably so…. "American Folk Art Museum opened on West 53d Street in Manhattan in 2001 it was hailed as a harbinger of hope for the city after the Sept. 11 attacks and praised for its bold architecture..   the building’s design did not fit their plans because the opaque facade is not in keeping with the glass aesthetic of the rest of the museum.  http://nyti.ms/16QxweH


What do you think?

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Social housing project Kiel by Renaat Braem – We paid a visit to the most controversial project of Belgium’s leading post-war architect.

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Wonderful read, beautiful pictures…a sweet nod to the past and the faded beauty of the present….


Braem was one of Belgium’s most prominent architects in the early 1950s and designed or co-designed more than 50 houses and buildings. He was the only Belgian ever to work as an assistant to the great Swiss architect Le Corbusier, who had a big influence on his work.


Braem’s design and purpose with this project are thoughtful, quirky, creative and innovative. At the time this was also a socio/political statement….Braem took this opportunity to realise his ideas about a collective living as a total architecture. Braem experimented with the implant of the buildings, with a maximum of sunlight, space, air and communal outdoor area in mind. These elements also had an important social meaning to him: the communal ground symbolizes the collective dimension of a liberated way of living and just like Le Corbusier he chose to build on ‘pilotis’ to create more freedom to move around and to create a nice view on nature…..


Wonderful read, beautiful pictures…a sweet nod to the past and the faded beauty of the present….

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