New York

John Hejduk

Max Protetch Gallery

These sixty-odd works might be among the most beautiful architectural drawings ever made, subtle arrangements of hues—limpid yellows, ochres, greens, and blues—accenting masterly pencil lines. But they are also products of an idiosyncratic vision of architecture, one that is both speculative, reflecting on its underlying nature, and critical, primed by absences within contemporary terrain. They specifically address the notion of the “program,” the relation between building and user, or space and action, long repressed under formal concerns.

Reflection on the relation between architecture and the activities occurring within it inevitably involves meditation on the nature of society, something that architecture’s current irrelevance to social and imaginative needs has only recently revealed by default. This exhibition, conceived as a 35-year ellipse, indicates this “narrative” interest as

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