“Louis I. Kahn: Building a View” at Lori Bookstein Fine Art



Lori Bookstein Fine Art is presenting a show of drawings, watercolors, pastels and oil paintings by one of my favorite architects, Louis Kahn (1901-1974).  With subject matter as diverse as quaint New England churches and the rock quarries of Egypt, this exhibition examines how when Kahn traveled in the US, Canada, Europe, and Egypt, he made studies of the natural and urban landscapes he encountered.  “Louis I. Kahn: Building a View” presents sketches produced on site as well as images elaborated from memory--and includes a wonderfully playful, exuberant pen and ink drawing by Kahn that Nancy and I own (and love), his Fisherman's Camp, No. 3, Saguenay River, Quebec, Canada. 1937 (8 2/5 x 11 inches).  Nancy and I hope to see you at the opening on 25 May Wednesday, 6-8 PM.


Louis I. Kahn: Building a View


May 25 – June 25, 2011

Opening reception Wednesday, May 25, 6 – 8 pm


Gabled Manor.  1928  Charcoal and white pastel on buff paper  15" x 14"



From the gallery’s website:


Lori Bookstein Fine Art is pleased to present Building a View, an exhibition of the fine art of the architect Louis Kahn [1901-1974]. Drawings, watercolors, pastels and oil paintings, as diverse in subject matter as the quaint churches of New England and the rock quarries of Egypt, will be culled from Kahn's travels from the late 1920s to the early 1950s. This is the gallery's second one-person show of the artist's work, following a critically acclaimed booth at the 2008 Works on Paper fair in New York.


Wherever he traveled, Kahn made studies of the natural and urban landscapes he encountered. The exhibition will examine how Kahn, on his travels within the United States, and to Canada, Europe and Egypt explored repeating themes and motifs, creating both sketches produced on site and more polished images from memory. Ephemera, including post cards from various locations visited, will also be on display, and will give additional insight into how the artist made alternative views from a single point of departure.

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