Collection by Aaron Britt

Lebbeus Woods: Architect at SFMoMA

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Architect and artist Lebbeus Woods died late last year, leaving behind him a legacy of very few buildings, but a new vision of what architecture can and should be. His illustrations and sculptures, though they evoke a kind of post-apocalyptic fantasy land, were grounded in the kinds of upheaval (seismic, cultural, bellicose) that we experience every day. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has been an avid collector of Woods's work since the 1990s, and this week it mounted the show Lebbeus Woods Architect to celebrate the career of an architect and teacher who truly challenged not just what it is that we should build, but what it means to be an architect all together. Click through our slideshow to see Woods's strange world of the unbuilt.

Lebbeus Woods, Einstein Tomb, 1980; aluminum; Courtesy Aleksandra Wagner; © Estate of Lebbeus Woods
Lebbeus Woods, Meta-Institute, 1996; chipboard, wood, paper; Courtesy Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary…
Lebbeus Woods, San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, Quake City, 1995; graphite and pastel on paper; 14 1/2 in.…
Lebbeus Woods, Untitled, sketch for the series Nine Reconstructed Boxes, 1999; ink on paper; 8.5 inches by 11 inches;…
Lebbeus Woods, Nine Reconstructed Boxes, 1999; plastic models and ten sketches; 11 in. x 8 1/2 in. (27.94 cm x 21.59…
Lebbeus Woods, Conflict Space 4, 2006; crayon and acrylic on linen; 74 x 120 in. (187.96 x 304.8 cm); Collection…
Lebbeus Woods, Unified Urban Field, from the series Centricity [no. 37], 1987; graphite on paper; 24 in. x 23 in.…
Lebbeus Woods, Photon Kite, from the series Centricity, 1988; graphite on paper; 24 in. x 22 in. (60.96 cm x 55.88 cm);…
Lebbeus Woods, Concentric Field, from the series Centricity, 1987; graphite on paper; 23 in. x 24 in. (58.42 cm x 60.96…
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