With its stainless-steel counters, halogen lights, and museum-style installations, D.A.D. Garage looks nothing like an everyday, oil-stained garage. Of course not–it belongs to Ralph Lauren, who owns 60 or so of the rarest, most valuable cars in the world, including a 1938 Bugatti coupe, a 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia roadster, and the world’s only 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi” roadster, all in ideal condition and all driven by the designer himself. The author plugs into the lifelong fantasy behind Lauren’s collection.
The first thing that struck me when I walked into the vast and exhilarating Roy Lichtenstein retrospective that opens this week at the Art Institute of Chicago was that it was in the Rice Building, a graceful classical wing added in 1988 by the architect Thomas Beeby, which houses the museum’s great pre-1950 American collection. […]
The hottest news in architecture right now is, well, about heat. And light. And how there is too much of both of them in Dallas, where something called Museum Tower, a 42-story condominium with a façade of highly reflective glass, has risen beside the Nasher Sculpture Center, the building by Renzo Piano that is one […]
There is no record of what Dr. Albert C. Barnes, the famously eccentric, famously difficult collector of post-Impressionist painting, African art, ancient art, and American furniture and decorative art said to the architect Paul Cret when he hired him to build the Barnes Foundation, his personal museum, in suburban Philadelphia in 1922. Cret gave Dr. […]
Let’s start with an obvious truth: Paul Rudolph is not an easy architect. He never was. His assertive modernist buildings of concrete and glass are not what anyone would call user-friendly. They can be harsh, and tough, and it is not surprising that to many people they are cold. But oh, can they be beautiful, […]
Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with its extraordinary black granite wall extending gradually into the earth and carved with the names of 58,272 Americans who died in the nation’s tragic escapade in Southeast Asia, was finished 30 years ago. It is still far and away the greatest memorial of modern times—the most beautiful, the most […]
Everyone agrees Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of America’s greatest leaders. But the effort to memorialize the 34th president—with a monument on four acres near the Capitol—has led to open conflict, pitting Eisenhower’s grandchildren against one of America’s most respected architects, Frank Gehry.