In 1970 the journal Design Quarterly, published by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, assembled a special issue titled “Conceptual Architecture.” Included among the contributors, a selection of a dozen or so architects and architectural collaboratives, was the American pop and conceptual artist Ed Ruscha, whose submission Five 1965 Girlfriends disturbed the journal's managing editor, Mildred S. Friedman, who worried over the inclusion of a topless figure among the five portraits that made up the work (Figure 1). (The offending image was eventually struck from the final version.) The prudishness of the era aside, it is curious that there is no indication in the surviving...
The Dematerialization of Architecture: Toward a Taxonomy of Conceptual Practice
In his teaching and scholarly work, Ross Elfline focuses on the history of art and architecture since 1945. His current research investigates Radical architecture practices in Italy, Austria, Britain, and the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, with particular emphasis on the Italian avant-garde collective Superstudio, the subject of his present book manuscript.
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Ross Elfline; The Dematerialization of Architecture: Toward a Taxonomy of Conceptual Practice. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 June 2016; 75 (2): 201–223. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2016.75.2.201
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