I've been a fan of Luisa Lambri since seeing her work at the MCA a few years ago, so I was happy to see the recently-acquired Untitled (Strathmore Apartment 13) hanging up in Griffin Court. Lambri's work offers an inverse and unorthodox version of architectural photography. Rather than explicitly depicting a structure, her images describe an experience of inhabiting a space at a specific moment. Lambri photographed Richard Neutra's Strathmore Apartment in Los Angeles from the inside looking out. Venetian blinds obscure the view, giving us a scant look at the balcony and trees beyond the window. She pays tribute to the design of the building with a composition marked by rigidly organized symmetry and repetition—the stuff of modernist architects' dreams. But then she contrasts the rigidity with sunlight streaming through the slats of the blinds—the stuff of photographers' dreams. The result is nearly abstract despite containing very recognizable elements, and I could look at it all day long.
2 days 41 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago #tbt Artist Otto Schneider’s etching of the Art Institute offers us a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of early 20th-century Chicago.
See this and other rarely exhibited works in Homegrown: The School of the Art Institute in the Permanent Collection, closing February 14.
Image: Otto J. Schneider. Facade of the Art Institute, n.d. (detail). Joseph Brook Fair Fund.