New York

“Architectural Art: Affirming the Design Relationships”

MAD - Museum of Arts and Design

Despite the claims of its title, this exhibition affirmed nothing but its own naive pomposity, its narrow vision, and its stale premise. The conceptual organization was so vague that it took enormous concentration to see the work—some of which is quite good—amid the curatorial haze. Despite the downpour of information and interpretive materials accompanying this exhibition, all of the effort and activity produced only a drizzle of sense.

One of the explanations provided for staging this exhibition now was that there are finally sufficient examples of architectural art and of collaborations between artists and architects to warrant it. New data creates the opportunity to venture observations, plot directions, and flag problems, if not arrive at conclusions. Unfortunately, this information was handled so arbitrarily that the exhibition was neither a review nor a breakthrough. Architects and

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