Donald Wall

  • Paolo Soleri

    A city is a perfect and absolute assembly or communion of many towns or streets in one.
    —Aristotle, Politics

    IN AN EPOCH IN WHICH urban planning interest is centered in “non-delineated matrix systems” and “statistical composite frameworks,” Paolo Soleri is one of the few architects in the world who advocates an unrestricted use of the third dimension in the design of cities. More than any of his contemporaries, he fathered the idea that cities be regarded as singular objects, not unlike a cup, a table, or any other type of artifact invented by man. Soleri’s position is not without precedent.

  • The Micro-Paintings of Gene Davis

    THE MICRO-PAINTINGS OF GENE DAVIS, exhibited in one-man shows in New York and Washington in the past two years, represent a curious and single-minded challenge to prevailing art sensibilities. In an era where giantism is common in painting, sculpture and architecture, Davis is currently pre-occupied with diminution.

    That an artistic moratorium surrounds smallness is evident in the following statement by Robert Morris in 1966: “It is obvious, yet important, to take note of the fact that things smaller than ourselves are seen differently than things larger. The quality of intimacy is attached to