Louis I. Kahn: The Power Of Architecture

at Lori BooksteinFine Art, USA / New York / Midtown : Exhibition
Sep 7, 2012 - Jan 1, 2014
LoriBookstein Fine Art announced its inaugural exhibition of the fine art of LouisI. Kahn at the Works on Paper Fair, February 29th through March 3rd. This show constitutes the first comprehensive survey of Kahn's work in over ten years. Louis Isadore Kahn [1901–1974] was born in Estonia on the island of Saaremaa. At the age of five, his parents immigrated to the United States and he was raised in Philadelphia, which would be his home base for the rest of his life. At an early age Kahn demonstrated an aptitude for drawing, and was in fact given the choice between a scholarship in fine art or architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Although he was to choose the latter, and become one of the most important American architects of the twentieth century, Kahn's dual identity of artist and architect would remain with him always.

The artworks in the exhibition, comprised of pencil, charcoal and pen and ink drawings as well as watercolors and pastels, were primarily executed during his many travels, notably to Italy (1928–29), the United States and Canada (the 1930s) and Greece and Egypt (1951). His work belongs to The Art Institute of Chicago, Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Williams College Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. 
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