- As Charles Eames used to tell his staff: “Take your pleasure seriously.”
- The Eameses playful mischief is still evident in their home studio, the smaller pavilion that stands across a small courtyard from the house.
- New employees of the Eames Office would be set the daunting challenge of rearranging the keys to make a new tune.
- As the British brutalist architect Peter Smithson, an Eames-admiring contemporary, put it: “They made it respectable to like pretty things”.
- A replica features in the exhibition, providing an appropriately anarchic plinkety-plonk soundtrack to the riot of ideas.
- Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: a stark installation on the Chicago lakefront by artist Sarah FitzSimons features the outline of a traditional two-storey American house (+ slideshow).
- Her work has been exhibited in cities around the US.
House is on view in Chicago through 25 October.
- Titled House, the structure sits on a beach along Lake Michigan, with a part of it submerged in water.
- The temporary installation has no roof, walls, nor cladding – leaving it intentionally open to the elements.
- FitzSimons used aluminium poles and joints to create the outline of a typical two-storey home found in the American Midwest.
- The last British Art Show was the best so far.
The dynamism, unexpectedness and sheer abundance of the art market makes these art fairs a window on the new – and the old.
- Jonathan Jones
Groundbreaking attempt to place pop art in its global context or another rehash of familiar names and images?
- This long-overdue survey should allow us to focus more on the art, less on the man.
- The spiritual art of the past echoes in his work – martyrs, triptychs, meditation, all that sacred jazz.