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Bernard Tschumi
A Hole in the Wall, 2013
18″ x 24″
Courtesy of the artist


A Hole in the Wall

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Starting Bid: $300.00

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$1,200.00 Winning: Jeffrey Woodruff

Ending On:
2013-07-25 23:59:59

// About the drawing
For the POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions exhibition at Storefront for Art and Architecture, I thought I would take the title literally, as it seemed to echo a current obsession of mine. Let me explain: In so many years of architectural work, I have always carefully avoided designing façades. Most specifically, I have tried to reject the idea of façade altogether. Almost all the built projects in our office find a way to go around the notion of façade and bypass it by replacing it with exo-structure, screens, etc., but practically never a façade. From the early ‘90s onwards, it is the word ‘envelope’ that became the generator of the work, bypassing the distinction between vertical wall and horizontal roof by combining both into one single membrane.

For Storefront, a hole in the wall of a gallery, I document current work in our office for a project which for the first time takes the exact opposite approach, namely a project now underway in Italy made of four vertical façades, with a fifth one being the roof, in relation to the highly articulated and highly composed hinged façade by Acconci and Holl for Storefront. While in our Italian project each of the holes in the wall are done in counter-distinction to the Palladian tradition of façade inherited from the Renaissance, my Storefront interpretation presented here is the reverse: the voids are made into solids and, instead of a punctured wall, a floating and random set of objects suggests a possible enclosure.

// About the artist
Bernard Tschumi is an architect based in New York and Paris. First known as a theorist, he exhibited and published The Manhattan Transcripts(1981)and wrote Architecture and Disjunction, a series of theoretical essays (MIT Press, 1994). In 1983, he won the prestigious competition to design and build the Parc de la Villette, in Paris. Since then, he has made a reputation for groundbreaking designs that include the New Acropolis Museum, Le Fresnoy Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Alésia Archaeological Museum, and the Vacheron-Constantin Corporate Headquarters, among other projects. Tschumi’s work has been widely exhibited, with solo exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Venice Biennale. He served as Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York from 1988 to 2003. His most recent publication is Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color (Rizzoli,2012), a comprehensive collection of his conceptual and built projects.

// About the exhibition
POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions, investigates what constitutes a position in architecture today and how that might be generated through the architect’s drawing. The exhibition presents 30 original drawings of the Storefront gallery space at 97 Kenmare Street by an international group of architects asked to go “from protocols, to obsessions, to positions.” Read more about the exhibition at http://www.storefrontnews.org/programming/exhibitions?c=&p=&e=538.

This auction is now closed.

  1. Jeffrey Woodruff bid $1,200.00 on 2013-07-25 23:32:27
  2. Marc kushnet bid $1,100.00 on 2013-07-25 12:03:40
  3. Jeffrey Woodruff bid $1,000.00 on 2013-07-25 11:11:28
  4. Marc Kushner bid $900.00 on 2013-07-23 16:26:22
  5. Michael Chen bid $750.00 on 2013-07-23 16:21:38
  6. Marc Kushner bid $550.00 on 2013-07-23 16:16:31
  7. Jeffrey Woodruff bid $450.00 on 2013-07-17 15:22:20

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