Louis I. Kahn at Lori Bookstein Fine Art

Louis I. Kahn, Mountain, No. 1, Woodstock, New York (1934-35), watercolor on paper, 11-1/4″ x 13-1/4″; courtesy Lori Bookstein Fine Art

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I’ve been remiss in posting an Artwork of the Week for, well, weeks. When life gets in the way, art takes a back seat. I’ll cheat a bit now and make up for the gaffe by forsaking quality for quantity, sure in the knowledge that quality isn’t suffering all that much.

At Lori Bookstein Fine Art you can see over sixty pieces–drawings, watercolors, notebooks and paintings–by the architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974). Best known for projects like The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas and The Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, Kahn was a prodigious draftsman with a delicate touch and an inquisitive eye.

Architectural studies abound, but there are also landscapes of uncommon brevity and charm. Imagine Charles Burchfeld unencumbered by the fear of God or a John Marin who had never encountered Cubism. Kahn’s efforts are minor grace notes, sure, but better that than no grace notes at all.

© 2011 Mario Naves

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