Ezra Stoller’s photograph of the Hoffman Auto Showroom appears in a Metropolis Magazine article by Debra Pickrel remembering the recently demolished design. One of just three Frank Lloyd Wright projects in New York City (the Guggenheim and the Cass House on Staten Island are the others), and the only interior project, the space at 430 Park Avenue, was built in 1955. The central ramp provided a study for the ramp Wright would later design for the Guggenheim. When long-time tenant Mercedes vacated the space last December, organizations including the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State and the Historic Districts Council, were actively advocating to save it, but the owner quickly obtained a demolition permit, paving the way for its demise.
In addition to the showroom, Max Hoffman hired Wright to design his own home as well. An image of that building, which is still standing in Rye, is below.
The story of the Phyllis Lambert and the building of the Seagram Building is detailed in her new book Building Seagram.
In the New York Times, Mark Lamster writes about the book and Lambert’s vision for a building that would “expresses the best of the society in which you live, and at the same time your hopes for the betterment of this society.”
Ezra Stoller’s photograph of the Seagram Building accompanies the article. The book contains many more Stoller images of the building.
“From whimsical doorways on houses to large-scale entries in monumental structures; from kinetic drawbridges to stationary portals” the newest Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine shares a varied collection of photographs of doors and entries from the Esto collection.
The photographs range from early images by Ezra Stoller, to newer projects by the current Esto photographers Albert Vecerka, David Sundberg, Jeff Goldberg, Anton Grassl, Peter Mauss and Francis Dzikowski.
In the introduction, Deane Madsen writes that
Paul Goldberger said in his acceptance speech for the Vincent Scully Prize that he will never review a building he hasn’t personally visited and explored, calling architecture “the way most people connect to the built environment.” If that’s the case, then doorways are both the literal and metaphorical portals through which people travel to experience those connections, and serve as visitors’ first taste of the space within.
Visit Architect Magazine to see the new Esto Gallery.
There is a new Esto Gallery at Architecture Magazine featuring Libraries.
The gallery contains a range of libraries typologies, from HH Richardson’s Ames Library, to Pelli Clarke Pelli‘s Minneapolis Library (pictured above), to Rem Koolhaas’ Seattle Library, exemplifying the idea that:
Libraries have been many things to many people over the years, and as such, a constantly evolving building type. No one has better captured that then the photographers at Esto, who have been committing these projects to film for more than 50 years. Flip through this small selection of images —these represent some of the best libraries of the modern era.
The photographers in this gallery include Ezra Stoller, Wayne Andrews, Jeff Goldberg and Lara Swimmer.
See the slideshow and read more at Architect Magazine.
NPR has a blog post about Ezra Stoller written by Claire O’Neill. The piece describes the trajectory of Stoller’s work from industrial design to modernist architecture to art. Stoller was vehemently interested in the work of recording architecture, not creating art, but, as Erica Stoller states “While he didn’t strive to be an artist, the photographs are meaningful and beautiful works of art.”
The recent exhibition of Stoller’s photographs at Yossi Milo Gallery has been taken down.
The meaningful and beautiful works of art, though, can be seen in the recent monograph Ezra Stoller Photographer and in a slideshow in the NPR article
Today is the last chance to see Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture at Yossi Milo Gallery.
The exhibition closes when the gallery closes this evening at 6pm.
If you haven’t yet seen the show of over 60 photographs by Ezra Stoller, it is worth a visit – or a revisit.
The gallery is at 245 Tenth Avenue
(between 24th & 25th St.)
Click here for a map to the gallery.
Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture is currently on view at the Yossi Milo Gallery.
The exhibition of Stoller’s photographs includes both classic and new views of the UN, Seagram, and John Hancock buildings, as well as a collection of rarely seen industrial photographs.
The show has been reviewed by Michael Kimmelman in the NY Times and Julie Iovine in the Wall Street Journal.
If you haven’t seen it yet, get there quick: it is only on view until Saturday March 2 – that’s tomorrow!.
Yossi Milo Gallery is at 245 Tenth Avenue, between 24 and 25 Street.
Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture is on view at the Yossi Milo Gallery until March 2.
The coming week has several gallery talks scheduled: MoMA’s A&D Circle, Architectural League members, SOM employees and RAMSA employees.
These events are not open to the public, but the gallery is: from 10-6, Tuesday through Saturday.
Yossi Milo is located at 245 Tenth Avenue
(between 24th & 25th St.) New York, NY 10001
David Sundberg took the installation photograph above, the full gallery of installation photographs are at YossiMilo.com
Julie Iovine reviews the current Ezra Stoller exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery in the Wall Street Journal, in a piece titled The Confidence of an America in Full Stride.
The review describes the range of Stoller’s work, from industrial commissions to iconic mid-century buildings, and the consistency and clarity of these images. Ultimately, Iovine writes, “the pointedly unblemished images he has left us with are all the more resonant than factual reality, showing us America in full stride.
The exhibition is on view through March 2 at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York.
Please join us at Yossi Milo Gallery for a special event on February 13.
Erica Stoller and Nina Rappaport will lead a private gallery tour of the current exhibition “Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture.” The tour will be accompanied by a reception at the Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea, one of New York’s premiere photography galleries.
“Beyond Architecture” is displayed in conjunction with the release of Ezra Stoller: Photographer edited by Rappaport and Stoller.
Ezra Stoller (1915-2004) is recognized as one of the most influential photographers of Modern architecture. He created iconic images of mid-century buildings that help define the cultural memory of structures such as the TWA Terminal, Seagram Building, and Guggenheim Museum.
This special event supports DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State
Tickets: $30 members; $40 general
Be a benefactor – $100 (acknowledged at the event)
Wednesday February 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
Gallery tour and reception
Yossi Milo Gallery
245 Tenth Avenue (between 24th & 25th)
Books will be for sale at the event and one lucky attendee selected by random drawing will receive a signed copy
Purchase tickets now at the DOCOMOMO NYCharities event site