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AGENDA | Richard Neutra, Architect: Sketches and Drawings

December 29, 2009

An outstanding selection of travel sketches, figure drawings and building renderings by one of modernism’s most important architects, Richard Neutra (1892-1970), areon display in the exhibit Richard Neutra, Architect: Sketches and Drawings until January 31, 2010, at Central Library’s Getty Gallery, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown Los Angeles.

The exhibition features choice selections at the Charles E. Young Research Library’s Department of Special Collections, UCLA. The pieces range from early pencil sketches from Neutra’s student wanderings in 1913 to later pastel renderings of his Los Angeles houses from the 1950s. Selected for their artistic quality, the works illustrate Neutra’s skill in traditional notions of composition combined with his innovative techniques of architectural representation.

From the press release: “Not only was Richard Neutra an imaginative and innovative architect, he was also a remarkable draughtsman, and the Department of Special Collections is pleased
to have the chance to share its collection of his sketches with visitors to this exhibition,”
says Department Director Victoria Steele.

Neutra’s work in Southern California – characterized by the post and beam structure, cantilevered roof slabs extending into space and an emphasis on the interpenetration of inner and outer space – developed a regional architecture that gained international prominence.

Richard Neutra, Architect: Sketches and Drawings is produced by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Public Library in cooperation with the Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA. Exhibits at the Central Library are made possible in part through a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

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