Patio and Pavilion (Paperback)

The Place of Sculpture in Modern Architecture

By Penelope Curtis

J. Paul Getty Museum, 9780892369157, 160pp.

Publication Date: April 28, 2008

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Paperback (8/29/2006)

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Patio and Pavilion examines the relationship between modern sculpture and architecture in the mid-twentieth century, an interplay that has laid the ground for the semisculptural or semiarchitectural works by architects such as Frank Gehry and artists such as Dan Graham.   

The first half of the book looks at how the addition of sculpture enhanced several architectural projects, including Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion (1929) and Eliel Saarinen's Cranbrook Campus (1934). The second half of the book uses several additional case studies, including Philip Johnson's sculpture court for New York’s Museum of Modern Art (1953), to explore what architectural spaces can add to the sculpture they are designed to contain. 
Curtis argues that it was in the middle of the twentieth century, before sculptural and architectural forms began to converge, that the complementary nature of the two art forms began clearly to emerge: figurative sculpture highlighted the modernist architectural experience, and the abstract qualities of that architecture imparted to sculpture a heightened role.

About the Author

Penelope Curtis is the author of several books on twentieth-century architecture, including Sculpture 1900-1945 (Oxford History of Art) and a co-author of Barbara Hepworth: A Retrospective.