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Hugh Strange, Drawing Matter Archive, Somerset, 2012 . Coloured pen on paper / photocopy of 1:20 model photograph . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #hughstrange #architecture #architecturedrawing #architecturemodel #interior

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Daniela Astone, My bedroom, 2006 . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #danielaastone #interior #art #painting

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Ryue Nishizawa, Garden and House, Tokyo, 2006-2011 . Ryue Nishizawa’s collection of drawings and model photo prints of the “Garden and House” project gifted to the MoMA offer a distinctly diverse narrative than that displayed on architectural mainstream media. . Carefully composed photos of the colourful model along with printed CAD plans drawn over with a pencil or a felt pen emphasize the importance of process over that of the final product. With the lack of pictures of the finished building or “publication drawings” in the set of material gifted to the museum, Nishizawa raises the question of where is the art in architecture. . The complete set of images in aseriesofrooms.com . A Series of Rooms is a collection of domestic spaces - an exploration into the imaginary of the housing archetype - as portrayed in art, media and human studies. . Curated by @bonelldoriga . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #ryuenishizawa #architecture #japanesearchitecture #architecturemodel

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David Hockney, Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott, 1969 . During the late 60s and 70s, Hockney painted a series of works depicting couples in interior settings which would go on to be called ‘Double Portraits’. He worked with friends and family to achieve natural and intimate scenes of domestic life. . The portrait of Geldzahler and Scott goes on auction next March. In their website, Christie’s tells the story behind the making of the painting: . “In December of 1968, Hockney arrived at Geldzahler’s New York apartment on 7th Avenue armed with his trusted Polaroid camera and sketchpad. At the time Geldzahler was working on the landmark show 'New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970', which would lead to him being described in New York magazine as ‘the most powerful and controversial art curator alive’. . By the end of the month Hockney had returned to his London studio, where he ‘started the picture straight away’, sketching the image’s elements out on to the huge canvas which he propped against an interior wall. . By the beginning of February 1969 Hockney had taped 25 radiating lines from a point two inches above Geldzahler’s head in the very middle of the canvas to the bottom of the stretcher. The effect, based on Renaissance principles pioneered by Piero della Francesca, established a precise one-point linear perspective that foreshortened the objects nearest to the viewer with great precision. ‘It looked like an incredible radiant glow from a halo around Henry’s head,’ Hockney said. . The finished work was promptly shipped to New York before being unveiled at André Emmerich Gallery. The plain-spoken Geldzahler would himself go on to say that the work was Hockney’s watershed moment, a point when the artist decided to become ‘the best artist he could be’.” . More info on Hockney's Double Portraits in an old entry of aseriesofrooms.com . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #davidhockney #interior #art

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Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Plan variations for houses in “Trattato di architettura”, version II, 1497-1500 . From “The Trattato as Textbook: Francesco di Giorgio’s Vision for the Renaissance Architect” by Elizabeth M. Merrill: . “By granting the image such authority, Francesco also demonstrates “disegno” as an expression of “ingegno” and means of “invenzione”. On almost every subject, he provides multiple examples of each design type. The section on “case e palazzi”, for example, features sixty-eight plans for four types of houses and palaces. This exaggerated display emphasizes the infinite number of possible design solutions, and shows how, through drawing, the architect might experiment with different forms and develop new ideas. The Trattato images, however, are conceptual illustrations, not definitive plans. Francesco’s illustrations do not include dimensions, have few labels, and are not consistent in scale. Developed with an eye toward reproduction, the clear, unequivocal models were ideal for workshop study and reference. . (…) The Trattato di architettura, therefore, was a didactic text, a manual for the working architect to refer to as his training progressed. Its efficacy as such may be traced in its great popularity among architects. In the sixteenth century, copies of the Trattato were ubiquitous. Preeminent artist-architects, including Leonardo da Vinci, Fra Giocondo, Baldassare Peruzzi, Jacopo da Vignola, Vincenzo Scamozzi, and Philibert del’Orme, carefully studied the Trattato and incorporated Francesco’s ideas into their built and written works.” . A Series of Rooms is a collection of domestic spaces - an exploration into the imaginary of the housing archetype - as portrayed in art, media and human studies. . Curated by @bonelldoriga . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #francescodigiorgiomartini #architecture #architecturedrawing #architectureplan

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Maître de Mansel and Maîtres de Guillebert de Mets, Illustrations for a French edition of The Decameron, 1430-1440 . Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron (1348-1353) contains a collection of short stories as told by a group of 10 people (seven women and three men) who have sought refuge from a plague in a villa in the outskirts of Florence. Every day each of them tells a story on a given topic, and the 100 tales offer a compilation of salacious adventures told with humour and wit. . Its entertaining and decidedly not moralizing character made the book extremely popular at the time, particularly among merchants who spread the word around. The drawings shown here belong to a French edition of the manuscript. . More images and info in aseriesofrooms.com . A Series of Rooms is a collection of domestic spaces - an exploration into the imaginary of the housing archetype - as portrayed in art, media and human studies. . Curated by @bonelldoriga . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #decameron #giovanniboccaccio #architecture #architecturedrawing #dyptich

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Unknown artist, Hanuman, ca. 1760-1770 . Indian miniature from the Mughal Empire . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #indianpainting #hanuman #architecture

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Martin Parr, From the series “The Non-Conformists”, 1975-1980 . Happy new year! . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #martinparr #thenonconformists #filmphotographic

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Christian Tilemann-Petersen, An Interior of a Salon at Fredensborg, 1921 . In his paintings of Danish Baroque palaces such as Fredensborg or Ledreborg, Christian Tilemann-Petersen shifts the attention from the grandiosity of the spaces to the relationship between rooms connected by an open door, or between the scattered pieces of furniture and art. The paintings’ focused point of view provides an intimate atmosphere, even if the spaces look uninhabited (yet not abandoned). Every object seems carefully displayed, not a thing out of place, following a pre-planned composition that is intended for visitors, but not for everyday life. . More images in a few months old entry in aseriesofrooms.com . A Series of Rooms is a collection of domestic spaces - an exploration into the imaginary of the housing archetype - as portrayed in art, media and human studies. . Curated by @bonelldoriga . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #christiantilemannpetersen #architecture #interior #danishart #fredensborg

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Antonio da Sangallo, Illustration to Vitrubius Book III, Chapter 2, ca. 1530-1545 . . . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #antoniodasangallo #architecture #architecturedrawing

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The rooms of Villa Medici, as portrayed by their residents, 1800s . Originally built with grand lavishness in the 1500s to assert the importance of the Medici family among the Roman power structure, Villa Medici came into possession of the French government during the Napoleonic times. In 1803, the French Academy in Rome moved into the Villa and housed the artists who had won the Prix de Rome until 1968, when the prize was abolished. . During their stay in Rome, many of the residents painted the interior of the Villa, often placing themselves or a fellow artist resident in the rooms they were inhabiting. Put together, the paintings offer a portrait of the life of young artists living away from home in community, in a way that is not dissimilar to how international exchange programs such as Erasmus work nowadays. . From left to right: Louis-Vincent-Léon Pallière portrayed by Jean Alaux A self portrait by Léon Cogniet A self portrait by Auguste Jean-Baptiste Vinchon François-Édouard Picot portrayed by Jean Alaux . More images and in aseriesofrooms.com . A Series of Rooms is a collection of domestic spaces - an exploration into the imaginary of the housing archetype - as portrayed in art, media and human studies. . Curated by @bonelldoriga . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #jeanalaux #leoncogniet #augustevinchon #villamedici #prixderome #interior #painting

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John Hejduk, The Soloist – The Labyrinth (part of the “Victims” project), 1984 . . . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #johnhejduk #architecture #architecturedrawing

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Artur Pastor, Arquitetura, Motivos do Sul. Armação de Pêra, 1950s . . . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #arturpastor #filmphotographic #architecturephotography #architecture

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Luigi Ghirri, Studio di Aldo Rossi, 1989-90 . (A Series of Rooms turns two years old today, and so we go back to the first artist we ever published, Luigi Ghirri.) . Luigi Ghirri once wrote that Rossi’s works had helped him “clarify all the doubts and suspicions that I had long harboured about architectural photography” and that it contained “this miraculous balance between what we already know and expect from an architectural work and the sense of disorientation we experience when faced with something new”. . After weekends spent photographing the cemetery of Modena in solitude (which was still in construction at the time) and establishing a deep connection with its architecture, Ghirri and Rossi went on to collaborate in many occasions during the following decades. . In the late eighties, Ghirri captured the studio of Aldo Rossi in a series of images that, along with those taken in Giorgio Morandi’s Atelier, offer a glimpse into the private spaces of two of the most important Italian creative of the time. . Models and drawings cover the walls of the studio, all painted in different shades of blue. Books, sculptures and a collection of teapots sit on shelves and on the fireplace. . More images in aseriesofrooms.com . A Series of Rooms is a collection of domestic spaces - an exploration into the imaginary of the housing archetype - as portrayed in art, media and human studies. . Curated by @bonelldoriga . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #luigighirri #aldorossi #filmphotographic #architecturephotography #interior

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Harriett Lee Merrion, Illustrations, 2010s . Harriet Lee Merrion’s commissioned illustrations for magazines and media reflect on contemporary life with simple but evocative images that delve into topics like anxiety, identity, modern technology, or the female body. . “I’m interested in creating conceptual imagery by using visual metaphors, which can often give my work a dreamlike and surreal quality.” . The juxtaposition of different scales and the collage-like combination of objects allow her to create a very particular world in which the mind is often represented as a room or a series of rooms. . More images and info in aseriesofrooms.com . A Series of Rooms is a collection of domestic spaces - an exploration into the imaginary of the housing archetype - as portrayed in art, media and human studies. . Curated by @bonelldoriga . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #harrietleemerrion #illustration #architecturedrawing

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Gonzalo Fonseca . Inspired by architecture, archaeology and constructivism, Gonzalo Fonseca sculpted spaces into matter. Combining the roughness of the unpolished stone (limestone, marble…) with the carefully detailed carved rooms and staircases, Fonseca’s works have the quality of being both abstract compositions and scaled models of imaginary places. . More images and info in an entry from a while ago of aseriesofrooms.com . A Series of Rooms is a collection of domestic spaces - an exploration into the imaginary of the housing archetype - as portrayed in art, media and human studies. . Curated by @bonelldoriga . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #gonzalofonseca #sculpture #art #architecture

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Edward Hopper, Hotel Room, 1931 . Hopper’s paintings have the ability of precisely capturing instants of everyday life, sublimating the ordinary and the quietness. The women and men that populate his works often seem absorbed in their own thoughts and an atmosphere of melancholia surrounds them. . More images and info in aseriesofrooms.com (entry from a few months ago) . A Series of Rooms is a collection of domestic spaces - an exploration into the imaginary of the housing archetype - as portrayed in art, media and human studies. . Curated by @bonelldoriga . #aseriesofrooms #documentingspace #domesticity #edwardhopper #painting #interior #art

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