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Posts Tagged ‘Julius Shulman’

UnBeige Looks Back: The Year In Realizing, Damn, Design Increases Longevity

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Sure, every industry probably has their share of centenarians. But what is it about design that keeps our ranks forever young? Not only do they keep living, they keep working! Eva Zeisel, still out there signing books, edged past 101 in November, and Oscar Niemeyer hit the big one-zero-zero this month in the midst of ongoing projects.

Which makes Julius Shulman a teenager at 97.

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Scary Abandoned Mansion For Sale in Deserted Town

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Okay, not really, but we wanted to stick with the Halloween theme. In reality, it’s the non-scary Kaufmann House designed by Richard Neutra in the desert (but not deserted) town of Palm Springs that’s for sale. And it is being abandoned by its divorcing owners, Brent Harris, and the architectural historian Beth Edwards Harris, who will auction the house off at Christie’s in May.

The Harrises were the same residents who commissioned Marmol Radziner for the house’s massive restoration project to return it back to its original Julius Shulman-worthy glory:

When Brent and Beth Harris first saw the Kaufmann House, it was neither a pretty palace nor an obvious candidate for restoration. Strikingly photographed in 1947 by Julius Shulman, it stood vacant for several years after Kaufmann’s death in 1955. Then it went through a series of owners, including the singer Barry Manilow, and a series of renovations. Along the way, a light-disseminating patio was enclosed, one wall was broken through for the addition of a media room, the sleek roof lines were interrupted with air-conditioning units, and some bedrooms were wallpapered in delicate floral prints.

Now that’s scary.

Surprise Guests Announced for Tonight’s Ray Kappe-Shigeru Ban Event in LA

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For those of you in LA on the fence about attending tonight’s conversation at the Hammer Museum between Shigeru Ban and Ray Kappe (and moderated by Frances Anderton) this little tidbit might help you get off that fence and over to UCLA.

To celebrate Kappe’s 80th birthday (yeah he’s up there, but he’s no Julius Shulman), there will be surprise appearances by Michael Rotundi, Thom Mayne, and America’s most eligible eco-bachelor, Steve Glenn. (Tell him you liked his movie, okay? Even if you didn’t see it. Makes him feel good inside.)

Tonight, 7pm at the Hammer, and it’s FREE.

Happy 97th Julius Shulman

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We don’t usually cover birthdays here on UnBeige (well, maybe sometimes) but we can’t let today go by without wishing a very happy birthday to one Julius Shulman, born on the magic longevity-blessed date of 10/10/10. The photo of him above was taken by an assistant in 1954 (and oddly, listed without credit on LATimes.com)

Lately it seems every October 10 is the official time to celebrate modernist architecture, Los Angeles and black and white photography, so this year Shulman’s cake will be served alongside an exhibition of photographs at the LA Public Library, “Shulman’s Los Angeles,” a birthday party at Pentagram next week, and a gigantic three-volume, 1008-page catalog by Taschen named Julius Shulman Modernism Rediscovered. Paul Makovsky of Metropolis visited Shulman in his studio recently, where our legendary national treasure is most certainly still snapping.

Lautner, Kappe & Koenig Headed to the Getty

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The files of John Lautner, Ray Kappe and Pierre Koenig are going to a temperature-controlled home at the Getty, according to Janet Eastman‘s article in the LA Times.

This beefs up the Getty’s architectural collection considerably since it lagged behind other cultural institutions until a little gift from Julius Shulman gave it some serious clout:

The centerpiece of the Getty’s Modernist collection arrived in 2005: photographer Julius Shulman’s archive consisting of 260,000 contact prints, negatives, transparencies and other images of more than 7,000 projects by Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Schindler, Charles Eames, Koenig and Lautner.

“Once Shulman arrived, people contacted us and we contacted them,” says De Wit.

Eastman also points out how tricky it is to get other architects to donate their works to posterity:

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas turned down $1.3 million last year from the Netherlands Architecture Institute to wait for a better offer. And star architects such as Zaha Hadid have sold individual drawings on the art market as if they were by David Hockney.

Because it wouldn’t be the weekend without one final pick-on-the-starchitect-fest by the LA Times.