Monthly Archives: March 2011

WILLIAM VAN ALEN, Architect: The Chrysler Building, 1926–1930

The Chrysler Building could only have been constructed in the competitive climate of Manhattan in the 1920s. The American economy was flourishing, and there was not enough office space to go around; urban builders were encouraged to aim high. In … Continue reading

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Louis Comfort Tiffany: Autumn Landscape, The River of Life c. 1923 – 1924

  Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of the founder of the New York City jewelry store that still bears the family name, took no interest in his father’s business.  Instead, he trained as a painter in Paris, and upon returning to … Continue reading

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Charles Sheeler’s American Landscape c. 1930

    “Works of art are more than mere ornaments for the elite, they are primary documents of a civilization.  A written record or a textbook tells you one thing; but art reveals something else. Our students and citizens deserve … Continue reading

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The Brooklyn Bridge: Walker Evans and Joseph Stella

  The Brooklyn Bridge, a treasured landmark is one of the oldest suspension bridges  in the United States.  At the time it opened in 1883 until 1903, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world—50% longer than any previously … Continue reading

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