New York

Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown

Max Protetch

Given the frequency with which architects have been exhibiting in art galleries, this show of projects by Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown is long over due. The theoretical primacy of Robert Venturi's Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966) and Learning from Las Vegas (coauthored with Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour, 1972); the firm's seminal effect on the development of Postmodernism in architecture, now descended (by its partners' own admission) into furbelows of historical quotation and chromatic slush; and the scope of the architects' influence as a whole, argue persuasively for such a viewing. What this one shows is a restrained, cautious, and in general accommodating slant on the office's production.

The exhibition of 114 drawings was conceived as a survey spanning the firm's work over the past 25 years, but accentuating recent projects. It alternated in form between

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