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Nikolaus Pevsner's Comments on the Opening of the Art and Architecture building "Reread" by the Paul Rudolph Foundation


In a blog entitled "Rereading History" posted on March 4, 2009, the Paul Rudolph Foundation gave a brief but informative review of the controversial comments on the Art and Architecture Building at Yale University by critic Nikolaus Pevsner at the opening of the building in 1963. Check it out below.



Philip Johnson on Paul Rudolph

"Rudolph and I never could keep up the same quality of conversation because Rudolph is an artist. That really, I suppose, has been his problem throughout life. He is a real artist. He knew what he wanted, knew what shapes he wanted. And he was more interested in those than he was in the – although there’s nothing wrong with his intellect. He’s a great teacher, as you know. Oh, my God, you were his student, weren’t you? But somehow you wouldn’t put him in that class of intellectural."

Architecture of the Possible


"Mies was wonderful when he was asked how he went about designing the Seagram Building [1957-1958]. He said he read the New York City Building Code. I think that's an absolutely accurate and marvelous answer. It's what all of us do. You have to know what's possible. Architecture is not a question of the purely theoretical if you're interested in building buildings. It's the art of what is possible."
Rudolph, Paul Marvin, 1918-1997. "Interview with Paul Rudolph.". Ed. Robert Bruegmann. Chicago: Department of Architecture, Art Institute of Chicago, February 28, 1986.

Brutalism and the College and University Campus


This article from McGill University in Canada is a concise but very informative read on "Brutalism" in architecture as it was built on college and university campuses in the mid-20th century. It is particularly useful to those unsure of the meaning of this controversial term. Paul Rudolph is briefly mentioned.

How Drawings Work

"I try to find a graphic means of indicating what’s happening to the space. Space can move quickly or slowly. It can twist and turn. Space extends the dynamics of any building, because if the thrusting and counter-thrusting of the spaces aren’t balanced, then people feel unstable, the building doesn’t feel harmonious."
Zinsser, John. "Staying Creative; Artistic Passion Is a Lifelong Pursuit - and These Mature Masters Prove the Point. (Otto Luening, Elizabeth Catlett, Paul Rudolph)." 50 Plus 25 (December 1985): 55.

A rare chair by architect Paul Rudolph in acrylic and chrome to be auctioned


A rare chair by the American architect Paul Rudolph in acrylic and chrome will be sold at an auction at the Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville NJ, on April 25 and 26, 2009. The chair is from the collection of designer Juan Montoya.

Auction Contact Information

Sollo Rago is located at 333 North Main Street with Annex Gallery at 204 North Union Street, Lambertville NJ. For more information phone 609-397-9374 or visit

Bidding Information

Color and Concrete


Chris Mottalini Exhibits in Brooklyn


Chris Mottalini's series of photograph's on the last days of three of Paul Rudolph's residential commissions, "After You Left, They Took It Apart; Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes" is being exhibited at The Range, 170 North 4th St. [between Bedford & Driggs], Brooklyn, NY, April 9-May 9, 2009. The opening is April 9 from 7-11pm. See below for details.


“All architecture is, for me, a matter of participation of the human being – contrary to what a lot of people have had to say. I regard it as memorable space. It must be acoustically and visually rewarding. You should be aware that you have arrived at a room where theater is going to take place. You ought to feel you’re absolutely at the same level as the performance. I don’t think it can be just any old room; it needs to be a breathing, dynamic thing.”
The Changing Practice: Theaters." Progressive Architecture 46 (October 1965): 160-220.

Diane Lewis Lectures on Riverview High at RISD


"Won + Lost?: Modern Architecture USA: Survival in the Sub-urbis" Architect Diane Lewis lectures on the competition-winning "Riverview Music Quadrangle," a project to save Paul Rudolph's first civic building. Since 1982, Lewis has served both as principal at her own firm and as a professor architecture at The Cooper Union School of Architecture. Her minimalist approach emphasizes refined, inventive use of structural elements and space, integrating the character of preexisting on conditions.
Thursday, April 30, 6:30pm
Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center


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