The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, August 22, 2019


Drawings by Michael Graves acquired by Princeton University Art Museum
All of the drawings that will come to Princeton – which were variously executed in pen and ink, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, watercolor and pastel – are in Graves’s own hand.


PRINCETON, NJ.- The Princeton University Art Museum recently acquired a significant group of drawings by the renowned American architect and designer Michael Graves (1934-2015). The nearly 5,000 drawings, which come to the Museum from Graves’s estate, span the entire range of his subject matter and design concerns and will form an immensely important resource for researchers, designers and Museum audiences. Graves founded his eponymous practice in Princeton in 1964 and taught architecture at Princeton University for 39 years, retiring as the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture Emeritus in 2001.

“We are pleased to be able to preserve and share these important drawings, which document numerous projects and reflect Michael Graves’s manifold interests and talents, here at the Museum, where he was known as family, and with our global audiences,” said James Steward, Nancy A. Nasher–David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976, director.

All of the drawings that will come to Princeton – which were variously executed in pen and ink, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, watercolor and pastel – are in Graves’s own hand. There are exuberant drawings of historic monuments from his 1960s fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, pencil and ink referential drawings in sketchbooks, quick iterative design studies on yellow tracing paper, and meticulously colored building elevations. Together, the drawings in the collection form the essential visual archive of Graves’s work, revealing both his classical training and his commitment to draftsmanship – something Graves advocated for strongly in his teaching.

“As a prolific artist, architect and practitioner, Michael Graves considered drawing to be the foundation of his creative output,” said Sylvia Lavin, professor, history and theory of architecture at Princeton University and a leading scholar of Graves’s work. “This corpus of work that will now reside at the Museum will facilitate rich research and teaching opportunities around Graves’s enormously robust legacy.”

Graves is known worldwide for his innovative and transformative postmodern design of a vast range of large-scale architectural projects, interiors, consumer products (including his famous Alessi “whistling bird” kettle) and master plans for a global array of public and private clients. Graves also left his creative mark on Princeton, including at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts on the corner of Witherspoon Street, completed in 2008, and at his former residence, The Warehouse, described by Steward as “Michael’s Monticello, the ongoing focus and forum for his innovation.” Like many 20th-century architects who designed furniture and household objects as well as homes and other buildings, Graves believed that good design should find its way into everyday life and be available for consumers at all price levels.

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger called Graves “truly the most original voice in American architecture.”

As Graves himself wrote, in a 2012 opinion piece for The New York Times titled “Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing”: “Architecture cannot divorce itself from drawing, no matter how impressive the technology gets. Drawings are not just end products: they are part of the thought process of architectural design. Drawings express the interaction of our minds, eyes, and hands.”





Today's News

May 30, 2019

Tate Britain opens the first major retrospective of work by Frank Bowling

Eli Wilner & Company recreates George and Martha Washington's Front Parlor Looking Glass

Very first Tintin cover discovered, heads to June 8-9 European Comic Art Auction at Heritage

Important William Hogarth painting saved for the nation

Frist Art Museum exhibits works from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

Drawings by Michael Graves acquired by Princeton University Art Museum

Exhibition of new works by Michael Craig-Martin opens at Gagosian

Art Dusseldorf announces new partners

Nationalmuseum acquires illustrations for Elsa Beskow's The Tale of the Little, Little Old Woman

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus to auction his iconic Rolex Day-Date for Children's Hospitals

SOMA presents Tierra Incógnita

Artcurial to hold the Impressionist & Modern and Post War & Contemporary art auctions

Heritage Auctions launches monthly online fine & decorative art auctions

Getty Research Institute appoints Naoko Takahatake Curator of Prints and Drawings

Exhibition at Richard Saltoun Gallery celebrates Gina Pane's actions for which she is best known

Presidential campaign banner lifts Heritage Auctions' Americana & Political Auction beyond $1.9 million

Phi Centre's main exhibition this summer offers an intimate conversation between human body and machine

Getty Unshuttered 2.0 available for download now

Lights on! Vivid Sydney officially kicks off for 2019

Annet Gelink Gallery opens its second solo exhibition of works by Rezi van Lankveld

Massimo De Carlo exhibits works by Günther Förg, Mario Merz, Emilio Vedova and Mary Weatherford

Cotterstock Hall contents up for auction along with excess stock of Windsor House Antiques

Iconic & original cinema posters and artwork worth over 170,000 to be auctioned in the UK

Tiancheng International Jewellery and Jadeite Spring Auction 2019 achieves excellent results

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful