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A Closer Look at the New Parrish

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And for those who are more interested in Herzog & de Meuron‘s design for the new Parrish Art Museum than artfully folded paper in the current one, we direct you to the Architectural League of New York‘s exhibition of the Pritzker Prize-winning architects’ plans for the 64,000-foot museum. “Studio as Muse: Herzog & de Meuron’s Design for the New Parrish,” on view through May 2, is part of an ongoing series of Architectural League exhibitions that investigate the design process of a single significant building.

Curated and installed by Herzog & de Meuron, the exhibition includes 131 study models, material samples, and short videos detailing the firm’s design process for the new Parrish while providing insight into their design concept: a reinterpretation of the artist’s studio. The plan calls for the Parrish’s permanent collection to be installed in a network of separate but connected exhibition spaces, anchored by four galleries inspired by the actual East End studios of artists William Merritt Chase, Fairfield Porter, Willem de Kooning, and Roy Lichtenstein. A word to the wise: don’t dwell on the fact that what you’re looking at is an exhibition about exhibition space inspired by the studios of the artists whose work is being exhibited, or your head might explode.

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