29 August 2014

Vertical elevator

 Boat and Grain Elevators no. 2 (1942)

 Buffalo Grain Elevators (1937)

 Factory Roofs (1934)

 Grain Elevators from the Bridge

 Grain Elevators, Buffalo (1942)

 Harbor Scene

 Overseas Highway (1939)

 Public Grain Elevator of New Orleans (1938)

 Sanford Tank no. 2 (1939)

 St. Petersburg to Tampa (1938)

Steel Foundry, Coatesville, PA (1936–37)

Ralston Crawford (1906-1978) was a American painter, printmaker and photographer of Canadian birth. After attending high school in Buffalo, NY, he worked on tramp steamers in the Caribbean.

His paintings of the early 1930s were influenced by the work of Paul Cézanne and Juan Gris. He was also attracted to the simplified cubism of Stuart Davis, with its restricted primary color schemes. After a trip to Paris in 1932–33, his flat, geometric treatment of architectural and industrial subjects in paintings – such as Vertical Building (1934) – led him to be associated with Precisionism.

Vertical Building (1934)

After 1940 Ralston Crawford almost eliminated modeling from his work in favor of flat and virtually abstract architectural renderings – such as Third Avenue Elevated (1949).

 Third Avenue Elevated (1949)

Third Avenue Elevated no. 3 (1952)

source: all art dot org

27 August 2014

(No) respect for brutalism

The Prentice Women's Hospital was designed by master modern architect Bertrand Goldberg, in Chicago.




Composed of a nine-story concrete cloverleaf tower cantilevered over a rectangular five-story podium, it was opened in 1975.

Released on October 2013, this 8-minute documentary, The Absent Column, talks about the struggle to save the building from demolition:

And also:

Prentice Hospital is Falling Down

11 August 2014

A Coney Island of the mind

Coney Island is a peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean.

What a fascinating documentary! Americana.

A Coney Island of last week
photo by my friend Evelyne

06 August 2014

Indigene, wild flowers of Australia

Indigene is a series of paintings by artist Christine Johnson. The huge artworks celebrate the unique forms of Australia's native flora.

Ceratopetalum gummiferum

Chamelaucium unicatum

Grevillea banksii

Guichenotia ledifolia

Lasiosepalum involucratum

Lechenaultia biloba

Spyridium halmaturinum

« There were also besides, some Plants, Herbs and tall Flowers, some very small Flowers, growing on the Ground, that were sweet and beautiful, and for the most part unlike any I had seen elsewhere.»

– Captain William Dampier
A Voyage to New Holland (1699)

In this series of paintings Christine Johnson made her own exploration of the indigenous flora, experiencing some of the wonder that Captain William Dampier perhaps felt as he peered at the tiny flowers at Shark Bay, Australia.

Hippopotamus or Mountain Cow
from A Continuation of A Voyage to New Holland, e-c. in the year 1699 ... London- By W. Botham for J. Knapton, 1709.