‘Modern Views’

‘Modern Views: A Project to Benefit Farnsworth House and the Glass House’

The National Trust For Historic Preservation is launching a major exhibition in 2010 to raise money for the restoration and repair of Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.  The exhibition, entitled ‘Modern Views: A Project to Benefit Farnsworth House and the Glass House’ ,  has invited one hundred architects, artists and designers to contribute a work inspired by Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House as well as the relationship between the two architects.

The exhibition is launching on June 2nd, 2010 at the iconic Four Seasons Restaurant in New York, a space both Mies and Johnson had a hand in.  After display in New York, the exhibit will travel to Chicago, culminating in an auction of the contributed pieces by Sotheby’s.

Honored to be asked to be a part of the exhibition, the pieces that I have contributed focus on the relationship between Johnson and van der Rohe.  At times adversarial and antagonistic, their discourse could also be helpful and collaborative.  Both men benefited from the competitiveness of the other.  These two limited edition prints seek to capture that complexity of motivations between Johnson and van der Rohe.  The graphic style of the images, reminiscent of the low-brow tongue-in-cheek vocabulary of New York’s Pop Art heyday, allude to the symbiotic nature of their relationship.  Just as a boxer needs another boxer in order to fully ‘be’ a boxer, these two men seemingly needed each other to further their own careers.  In another respect, the American art world imagery hints at Johnson’s possible slight upper hand.  If Mies was more academic in his modernist design genius, Johnson showed his savvy use of powerful connections and public spectacle in drawing Mies into the ring on his turf and on his terms.  A competition that benefited both men greatly.

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DEMIAN REPUCCI (American, b. 1971)
Philip vs. Mies (Boxing Trunks), 2010
Digital chromogenic print
Signed and numbered lower right
From an edition of 100 (with five artist’s proofs)
27 x 19 inches (68.6 x 48.3 cm)

$95 + shipping and handling
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DEMIAN REPUCCI (American, b. 1971)
Philip vs. Mies (Four Seasons), 2010
Digital chromogenic print
Signed and numbered lower right
From an edition of 100 (with five artist’s proofs)
27 x 19 inches (68.6 x 48.3 cm)

$95 + shipping and handling
to purchase please send an email with your name, shipping address and which print you would like to:
sales@demianrepucci.com