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Thread: Whitney Museum of American Art expansion - by Renzo Piano

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    I think this is definitely one of the better designed Con Ed power stations in the city....

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    This building's design is like a Seinfeld episode; its shaped like nothing........
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    I think it's a magnificent building for an Art museum, can't wait for it to be finished.
    It will look even better when all the art is installed.

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    It looks like a stray from Piano's Columbia complex.

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    I will give it credit for this much -- every time I look at this photo, it makes me chuckle. If nothing else, I owe the Whitney thanks for injecting a little bit of levity into my otherwise tedious day.


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    To the extent there are any High Line visitors from Minsk, they should feel right at home with this building.

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    Music, poetry, painting and sculpture are all 'high arts' where architecture is only part of the 'commercial arts' - always corrupted by commerce and compromise. I greatly enjoy architecture - and the sight of this building is delightfull - mostly because I do not take architecture TOO seriously.

    I give this puppy a total thums-up: I will be far more critical about the works of 'true art' that will eventually hang on the walls within this new building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infoshare View Post
    Music, poetry, painting and sculpture are all 'high arts' where architecture is only part of the 'commercial arts' - always corrupted by commerce and compromise.
    Nobody told Picasso which color blue paint to use, people didnt tell Maya Angelou to make her poems fit on a single index card to save paper, nobody asked Michelangelo to us clay instead of stone to save money, and nobody made Beethoven play a B-sharp instead of A-flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LemSkroob View Post
    Nobody told Picasso which color blue paint to use, people didnt tell Maya Angelou to make her poems fit on a single index card to save paper, nobody asked Michelangelo to us clay instead of stone to save money, and nobody made Beethoven play a B-sharp instead of A-flat.
    This is only partially true. Nobody told Whistler to go to Venice and make some groundbreaking prints, but he did it because he thought they'd sell. Similarly, Dickens's novels were serialized to fulfill a profit motive, Michelangelo's Slaves were unfinished because the Vatican ran out of money, and Rock and Roll became popular due to commercialism.

    I think architecture occupies a unique space, because it first provides some level of utility (you don't generally look to a poem for shelter), and it second is one of the few art forms you cannot help but be subjected to. Sitting at my desk RIGHT NOW I'm dealing with the architectural choices made for the building I am in. I am not reading a great work of literature, and no one is making me consume any other art. We cannot help but consume architecture. It is like the written word for someone who is literate. You cannot help but read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoldanTTLB View Post
    I think architecture occupies a unique space, because it first provides some level of utility (you don't generally look to a poem for shelter), and it second is one of the few art forms you cannot help but be subjected to.
    A record of how we live. I suppose why so much of archeology is preoccupied with ancient architecture.

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    It's usually the most durable object from the past.

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    I don't think that's the main reason.

    Art is self expression that doesn't have to answer to anyone.

    Architecture is sometimes art, but it has to answer to people, lots of people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stache View Post
    It's usually the most durable object from the past.
    This museum won't be. It looks like it's already about to collapse!

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    Some folks know there is a Museum of Bad Art just outside Boston. Not many folks know there is also a Museum of Bad Architecture in Manhattan. Everyone is welcome to take a self-guided tour around our streets.

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    lol BPC good one!

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