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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Feb252014

FORM Culture: Architecture for Art

Frederick Fisher carved the new Marc Selwyn Fine Art space out of a former auto body shop in Beverly Hills. Image Jeff McLane/Marc Selwyn Fine Art. By Michael Webb

At a time when many architects are using and abusing parametrics to create look-at-me buildings, Frederick Fisher stays true to his principles. For the past 30 years he has been crafting spaces for the creation and display of art and they are often so understated as to go unremarked. Artists and gallerists know that he will make them look good, and his range of accomplishment is unmatched—from PS 1 in New York and the Colby Museum extension in Maine, to the Huntington in Pasadena and an art space for the Otis Institute. He transformed a decrepit tram depot into Bergamot Station, and designed several of its gallery interiors, in addition to a dozen more he has done across LA.

Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Beverly Hills is the third space he has designed for this gallerist, and it’s a model of adaptive reuse. Somehow a 1940s auto body shop survived untouched amid the smart boutiques and restaurants on Little Santa Monica Boulevard. Marc and Jane Nathanson, who own the property, are passionate collectors so they were happy to have a friend and fellow spirit give the decaying facility a new life. It’s a homecoming for Selwyn who is a native of Beverly Hills, and was a west coast director for Sotheby’s, and Pace Wildenstein, before opening his first space in a five-year partnership with gallerist Anthony Grant.

Fisher stripped the interior and laid a new floor slab, but preserved the rough brick façade and the bow-truss roof vault. Within the shell, one white space flows into another. A square central gallery is lit from a skylight and seems to float between the loading area and private viewing room. “Count Panza told me that the perfect gallery is a white shoe box,” the architect recalls, “and it has more wall space in relation to its area than a square room.” But that was what Selwyn wanted and the artworks he has displayed there for his inaugural—by Mel Bochner, Richard Misrach, Robert Heinecken and Allen Ruppersberg—have never looked better. “Simplicity isn’t an easy thing to achieve,” Fisher remarks, and he had to conceal the roof insulation, calibrate the plan, and tweak the proportions of the interior to achieve this ideal fusion of old and new.

Marc Selwyn Fine Art, 9953 South Santa Monica Blvd; marcselwynfineart.com.

Read more about 2013 AIA|LA Gold Medal Winner Frederick Fisher and his career in FORM's January/February print edition coming soon. 

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