Collection by Aaron Britt

Massimo Scolari's Drawings at Yale


Visit the website of the Italian architect, designer, and artist Massimo Scolari and you'll be surprised to see how many drawings and paintings are lumped in with his more three-dimensional work. Architects working as painters is nothing new, but Scolari pushes his work with the brush and pen to the fore of his practice of design. The state of drawing in architecture is just what he'll take up in a lecture entitled "Is Drawing Dead" at Yale University on February 9th. From February 6th through May 4th, Scolari's own output will make the case that the answer to the question posed in his lecture is a resounding "no." In the first American retrospective of his Scolari's work as a draftsman and painter since 1986, the Yale School of Architecture presents the show Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture 1967-2012. Check out this slideshow of his work, imagery that is at once fantastic, strange, and singular.

This watercolor from 2006 is called Downtown.
This watercolor from 2008 called New York looks more like a scene of sun-baked antiquity than anything in the thrumming...
Dream of a Shadow, the Man from 2011 looks more like the cover of some tattered Italo Calvino paperback than anything...
This oil painting from 1979-1980 is called Gate for a Maritime City.
The watercolor The Misleading Muses is from 1972.
A very consciously designed void dominates this 1978 watercolor, The Architecture of the Earth.
The Pilot of the Labyrinth from 1978 seems more sci-fi than architectural representation, but I confess that I love it.
Trippy stuff, bro.
Here is a reconstruction of the sculpture Wings on the roof of the School of Architecture IUAV, Università di Venezia,...
This is the sculpture Wings on the Fondamenta della Tana at the Venice Biennale, 5th International Architecture...
This is the installation The Ark at the Milan Triennale in 1986.
I kinda can't get enough of Scolari's sci-fi brand of post-modernism.

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