New York

Stan Allen

The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University

Stan Allen contributed a challenging new installment to “miniseries,” a continuing forum for innovative work by young architects. He used a small, awkward space to intensify the productive disturbances that constitute his inquiry. Allen’s “Between Drawing and Building” examined this area through historical and cultural images as well as through several recent projects by the architect. That Allen’s selected architectural projects were all galleries in lower Manhattan provided a decisive twist. The programmatic implications of the designed, meticulously detailed art space tapped into a generous range of issues concerning context, spectacle, image, artist, and audience.

Allen has distinguished himself as much for his theoretical work as for his realized projects, and here he brought both pursuits into animated, if occasionally hermetic, exchange. The central element of the installation was

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