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Julius Shulman / Modern San Diego

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Keith York at Modern San Diego curated two exhibitions of Julius Shulman's work in San Diego. 
First up is Julius Shulman: Modern La Jolla at The La Jolla Historical Society. The exhibition will be on view until January 19, 2020
The La Jolla Federal Savings and Loans Association (1962)
The lighting fixtures used on the building were designed by Malcolm Leland.

This Henry Hester house is still standing.
Richard Neutra rendering of the Oxley Residence
There is a section of the exhibition dedicated to Edward Killingsworth's Triad houses in La Jolla. It is San Diego's only built contribution to the Arts & Architecture Case Study House program. 

The second exhibition is Julius Shulman: Modern San Diego at the Central Library Art Gallery  in Downtown San Diego.  This exhibition will also be on view until January 19, 2020

Hillcrest North Medical Center (1964) by Deems, Lewis & Partners. The architect who added the disgusting addition to ground floor should have their lic…

Weekend / Stuff

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Greta Grossman for Ralph O Smith and La Gardo Tackett for Architectural Pottery
That Good Design label though
Ephemera, Tom Sachs and John Novy
Three Weekend Stuff posts in a row. Sorry for slacking off.

Weekend / Stuff

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Another Downtown Modernism is in the books. It's the only place I shopped this weekend and this is what I came home with. What other flea market produces three Harrison McIntosh vases, an early Heino, Adam Silverman and a craft mirror?
You know, for plants.
A good sized Soleri.

Weekend / Stuff

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William Katavolos chair for Leathercrafter and Maurice Martine table 
Marguerite Wildenhain Pond Farm cup and a vase I'm trying to figure out.

Arthur T Brown / Tucson Modernism

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Also on the Tucson Modernism Week architecture tour was the Ball-Paylore house (1952) by Arthur T Brown.
The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation recently purchased the house and it is such a great original example of Brown's architecture. It has only had two owners in its history. Two Librarians, Phyllis Ball and Patricia Paylore were the original clients. In 1990, Phyllis and Henry Koffler bought the house. Henry was the president of the University of Arizona and it was used as a guest house to host visiting scholars. Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation purchased the house and will be restoring it. At just over 1200 square feet, the house was in danger of redevelopment. 


The hexagonal structure utilizes moveable sun shade as a form of passive solar technology.
Source: Maynard Parker via The Huntington




The aluminum lounge in the back can be seen in the black and white photo above.
Yes, the backs are on upside down. It happens to the best of them.

All the George Nelson and…

Tucson / Modernism

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Tucson Modernism Week 2019, presented by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation was held this past weekend. A small group of San Diegans ventured out to join the fun.
The firs stop, as it usually is when I go to Tucson, was the Sunshine Shop. It is located in the historic Hirsh's building, where the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation is also located.
Sunshine often holds exhibitions related to Arizona artists and craftspeople. Leona Caldwell, from the Family Archives, was the focus of their modernism week exhibition.
Leona Caldwell was a noted figure in Arizona’s modernist craft movement. Based in Scottsdale, her work celebrated cultural themes and graphics of the southwest. Leona Caldwell Originals, her retail shop, was opened in the respected Kiva Craft Center on Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale. Leona Caldwell became a central figure in the Scottsdale modern craft movement - which included Lloyd Kiva, Charles Loloma, Paolo Soleri, and many others. She created ceramic jewelr…