Posts Tagged ‘farnsworth house’

Artist of the moment……Kevin Appel



Kevin Appel is an artist who has worked in many styles over his career. Kevin Appel was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1967. For his artistic education Appel attended Parsons located in New York City earning a B.F.A. Appel went on to earn a M.F.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Appel has been a teacher and the Chair of graduate studies at the University of California at Irvine.

Appel now works in a very abstract work but its his interior works of the 1990s that I enjoy the most. When I see his interior works I am reminded of the modern Farnsworth House located in Illinois. Very modern line work, just as in in Appel’s works of the 90s. His works of this period have a great architectural base. Appel’s work now seems to have an interior design feel and is far more abstract than his earlier works. Here is an image of the Farnsworth House:



Appel is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Kevin Appel is part of the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $8,000 to $50,000.

In  this clip we visit a show from 2009:

In this clip we view a show from 2014:

Artist of the moment……Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe was born in Aachen, Kingdom of Prussia, Germany in the year 1886. Van der Rohe is considered among the finest of modern American architects. He would be in the class of Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Alto. The Farnsworth House is an important example of modern American architecture. It is possible to stay the night in the Farnsworth House. A contemporary of this house is the Kensington House. The architect enjoyed using glass as a main feature in his work.

Van der Rohe was part of the famous Google Doodle in 2012. A brief overview of his style of building is included:

In this clip a brief biography about Van der Rohe by another practicing architect:

Van de Rohe was also a teacher at the famed Balthaus.

His father owned a stone carving shop where Van de Rohe worked as a young man. He would eventually apprentice under Peter Behrens and learn about modern German architecture.

The artist renamed himself and used his mothers name “Rohe” and the Dutch “van der” to show he was culturally significant.

Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe came into the international spotlight after World War 1. In the mid 1920s and 1930s he worked on several large buildings and skyscrapers.

In the 1930s the Nazi’s came to power and said the style of Mies Van der Rohe was simply not “German” enough. Since he wasn’t building much in Germany, he looked for an opportunity to move to the United States. At first he took a commission in Wyoming and then moved to Chicago to be a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He officially became an American citizen in 1944.

For his career in the United States Mies Van der Rohe was based out of Chicago, Illinois.

Van der Rohe designed the famed Lake Shore Drive Apartment Buildings. In addition Van der Rohe designed museum buildings in the United States and Germany.

Van der Rohe was also renown for his furniture design. Check out his furniture in this clip:

In  this clip we visit a house designed by Mies for Dr. Edith Farnsworth. The house is considered an important icon in American architecture and is located less than one hour outside of Chicago in Plato, Illinois:

Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe passed away in 1969 at the age of 83 years old.

The house as art! Wonderful!