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FREE LECTURE: Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture

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Today's date is Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture : ALVA Seminar Series G22 Other events...
Vladimir Belogolovsky will trace the work of Australia's most prominent architect of the 20th century, Harry Seidler (1923-2006), examining his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology. Some of the architect's key projects - from single family houses to multi-story residential and office towers to civic, sports and cultural centres, as well as important government commissions realized in Australia, Austria, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico and Hong Kong-will be discussed to bring to focus Seidler's many long-lasting creative collaborations with progressive artistic visionaries: architects Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Oscar Niemeyer; engineer Pier Luigi Nervi; artists Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Norman Carlberg, Sol LeWitt, Charles Perry, Frank Stella, and Lin Utzon; and photographer Max Dupain.

Harry Seidler was the first architect to full express Bauhaus principles in Australia by building his first Project for his parents, the Rose Seidler House (1950) in Wahroonga, Sydney. All his life he was, in his own words, "the torchbearer of modern architecture" and a sincere missionary for the cause of modernism and its ideology to make the world a better place. From the 1970's on, Seidler's hand became increasingly influenced by modular works of American abstract expressionist painters and sculptors, particularly Norman Carlberg, Charles Perry and Frank Stella, evolving into a distinctly personal artistic language yet to be recognised by the profession internationally. Seidler's late work, however free and sculptural, is never arbitrary. His majestic forms were perpetually defined by rational planning, efficiency of standardised construction, social and environmental considerations, and always aiming to achieve the greatest artistic effect with the least effort.

Vladimir Belogolovsky is the Author of Harry Seidler: Lifework (Rizzoli, 2014); curator and designer of Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture ongoing traveling exhibition presented since October 2012 in Moscow, Vienna, Barcelona, Sofia, Riga, Houston, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Sydney.
Speaker(s) Vladimir Belogolovsky
Location Lecture Theatre G22, Ground Floor Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts
Contact Elizabeth Michael <[email protected]>
Start Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:00
End Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:00
Submitted by Elizabeth Michael <[email protected]>
Last Updated Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:48
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