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Don't Miss This Important Alfred Browning Parker Show

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 26, 2012 01:05 AM
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by Eric last modified Apr 25, 2012

The ArchiTech Gallery in Chicago will be hosting a very special exhibit of original drawings and Ezra Stoller photos of the work of Organic Architect, Alfred Browning Parker from May 11 — August 25, 2012. Randolph C. Henning, author of the definitive book on Parker's work, will be on hand at the May 11th opening to sign books and relate details about Parker's life and career. Find out the details after the jump... Few architects...




 

 

Swayze fullThe ArchiTech Gallery in Chicago will be hosting a very special exhibit of original drawings and Ezra Stoller photos of the work of Organic Architect, Alfred Browning Parker from May 11 — August 25, 2012. Randolph C. Henning, author of the definitive book on Parker's work, will be on hand at the May 11th opening to sign books and relate details about Parker's life and career. Find out the details after the jump...

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Few architects achieved the profession's highest calling, being lauded by Frank Lloyd Wright. Alfred Parker did. Wright even offered to write the captions for a magazine article showcasing Parker.

Looking at his drawings, it becomes obvious that Alfred Browning Parker also admired Wright but he never slavishly modeled his buildings on Wright's designs. "Channelling" Wright may have been the closest he came to following in the great master's footsteps and that's just as well. Though Parker is considered to be a Miami Modernist, his works aren't so easily categorized into such a narrow slot.

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Most of his own drawings and those of his staff as well as his office papers were placed in the University of Florida Libraries. But they show Parker was not only a gifted architect but also a brilliant renderer in his own drawings and a rich source for guidance in the drawings of his staff. Not all architects could draw well but Parker's drawings, whether for selling the idea to the client or for the technical documents aimed at only the contractor's eyes, are among the best works on paper.

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ArchiTech Gallery has acquired a few of his and his staff's best drawings from pen & ink on vellum, pencil on paper or pencil on tissue and will be devoting a wall to this great modernist for a show and sale this summer.

In addition, several original photographic prints by the internationally known Ezra Stoller, chronicling some of those buildings in signed prints, will be on view and for sale as well.

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(Ezra Stoller © Esto)


Shortly after his death in 2011, Parker's biography, The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami's Maverick Modernist was written by architect Randolph C. Henning as a catalogue of Parker's best buildings. Henning will be here at the opening of this small exhibition to sign copies of his new Parker biography.

"Alfred Browning Parker: Miami's Maverick Modernist" will open at ArchiTech on Friday, May 11th and continue through Saturday, August 25th. Plan your visit to this exciting show by visiting the ArchiTech website here.



 

 

 
 
 

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