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  • Toyo Ito's architecture beckons a critic to Asia

    Toyo Ito's architecture beckons a critic to Asia
    Jet lag can do strange things to a person. But it wasn't just a mixed-up body clock that had me awake at 3 a.m. during a trip to Japan a few years ago, madly scrolling through online ferry schedules and trying to plot a route by train, boat and taxi to a new architecture museum on the southern island of Omishima. It was also a long-standing interest — OK, maybe an infatuation — with the work of Japanese architect Toyo Ito.
  • Compelling case for gray at Pomona College's Studio Art Hall

     Compelling case for gray at Pomona College's Studio Art Hall
    There's a large room on the upper floor of the new Studio Art Hall at Pomona College, designed by the Culver City architecture firm wHY, called the "Gray Space." It doesn't have any fixed furniture. It's used variously as a studio, classroom and place for...

    Mies chapel at IIT gets winning renovation

     Mies chapel at IIT gets winning renovation
    If you like your chapels with stained glass and gargoyles, then stay away from the "God Box." That's the nickname of master modernist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's only religious building. Its official name: the Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel of St....

    What museums can learn from architect Tadao Ando's Clark expansion

    What museums can learn from architect Tadao Ando's Clark expansion
    The art press these days is rife with stories about splashy museum building projects: from the controversial expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (which has devoured a relatively new building by Tod Williams Billie Tsien architects) to the...

    Stunning samurai armor, bathed in red, on exhibit at LACMA

    Stunning samurai armor, bathed in red, on exhibit at LACMA
    "Throne of Blood,” Akira Kurosawa’s eloquently stylized 1957 reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” as a 16th century Japanese samurai saga, hovers in the flushed, rosy atmosphere of a new exhibition at the Los Angeles County...