los-angeles

Julius Shulman

Craig Krull Gallery

In the crystalline Modernist fantasy that is Julius Shulman’s Los Angeles, all is gleaming right angles or burnished curves. Presenting an architectural portrait of rigorous purity and refined order, with form obediently following function, Shulman’s photographs of commercial buildings and houses from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s are high-Modernist foils to Jean Baudrillard’s phantasmagoric vision of Los Angeles. In Shulman’s Los Angeles, the limpid, bright atmosphere reveals serene domestic spaces and chimerical vistas of an untroubled urban expanse.

Shulman, who has been taking photographs professionally since the ’30s, is one of the better known architectural photographers, a man whom Modernist architects such as Richard Neutra adored for his ability to subordinate any decorative or narrative impulse of his own to the dramatic, self-involved technics of their glass and steel structures. With

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