Here are three great summer art shows for architecture lovers

For architecture enthusiasts with an artistic streak, there are a number of art exhibitions inspired by architecture and design on view across the U.S. Of course, there is Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams at MoMA, already announced in AN, along with gallery shows in New York and Los Angeles worthy of a visit, featuring drawing, sculpture, installation, animation, and more.

A view of Serban Ionescu’s A Crowded Room at Larrie. Photo: Jackie Furtado. (Courtesy of Larrie, NYC.)

Serban Ionescu: A Crowded Room and Serban Ionescu and Anjuli Rathod

Artist Serban Ionescu, who previously studied architecture, presents an immersive installation of drawings, sculptures, and animations in A Crowded Room at New York’s Larrie. The title and work in part references his experience as an immigrant and his father’s 2006 deportation, while still creating a narrow space touched with color and levity. The animations were made in collaboration with Narek Gevorgian. Ionescu’s work is also part of a two-person exhibition at Safe Gallery in East Williamsburg along with paintings by Anjuli Rathod.

Serban Ionescu: A Crowded Room
27 Orchard Street, New York, NY
Through June 17

Serban Ionescu and Anjuli Rathod
Safe Gallery
1004 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Through July 15

Buckminster Fuller, Dymaxion Dwelling Machine Wichita House, 1981. Screenprinted clear film, a duotone screenprint on Lenox 100% rag paper, and a blue backing leaf of Curtis 100% rag paper, 30 x 40 in. (Courtesy Edward Cella Art and Architecture.)

Vernacular Environments, Part 2

Vernacular Environments, Part 2 is the second iteration of the now annual group show at Edward Cella Art and Architecture that explores the diverse ways artists figure and engage with the environment and built world. Featured artists include Shusaku Arakawa, R. Buckminster Fuller, Rema Ghuloum, Hans Hollein, Jill Magid, Alison O’Daniel, Aili Schmeltz, Paolo Soleri, and Lebbeus Woods, working across a wide array of media. Ruth Pastine has created “Color Zones” to engage with both the architecture figured in the artwork, as well as the architecture of the space itself.

Vernacular Environments, Part 2
Edward Cella Art and Architecture
2754 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Through July 14th

Installation view, Escher: The Exhibition and Experience. Photo: Adam Reich. (Courtesy Arthemisia.)

Escher: The Exhibition and Experience

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Taking up a large swath of Industry City in Sunset Park is a retrospective of the eminent Dutch artist M.C. Escher, whose vertiginous drawings are rich with architectural references. Not relegated merely to lithographs, drawings, or other two-dimensional forms, the exhibition, presented by Italian organization Arthemisia,also features installations that place you in the midst of the artist’s illusionary drawings and disorienting spaces.

Escher: The Exhibition and Experience
Industry City
34 34th Street, Building 6, Brooklyn, NY
Through February 3, 2019


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