Nicolai Ourousoff’s review of the 2008 exhibition at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum (runs till October 12th).
Sadly, in their earnest effort to rehabilitate Lautner’s reputation, the curators have toned down the fantasy and sensuality that make his houses so intoxicating. The play of light, air, water and materials that is intrinsic to his best work is often lost amid an abundance of coolly abstract technical drawings. An impressive work of scholarship, this is nonetheless an oddly dry show that may bore the average viewer.
08.08.08 in museums
Architect / protaganist: John Lautner Foundation