The Look of the Object

Macarthur, John (2000) The Look of the Object. Assemblage - A Critical Journal of Architecture and Design Culture, 41 April: 48-48.

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Author Macarthur, John
Title The Look of the Object
Journal name Assemblage - A Critical Journal of Architecture and Design Culture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0889-3012
Publication date 2000-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 41
Issue April
Start page 48
End page 48
Total pages 1
Editor K.M. Hayes
A. Kennedy et al
Place of publication Cambridge, Massachusetts
Publisher MIT Press
Language eng
Subject 310105 History of the Built Environment
419901 Art History and Appreciation
310000 Architecture, Urban Environment and Building
440101 Aesthetics
310101 Architecture
780199 Other
Abstract In Modernism the category of the art-object was one of the points at which architecture and the visual arts are differentiated and articulated. The rise of so called ‘minimalist’ architecture with its fixation on object qualities, and its borrowings from art theory suggests that this difference is collapsing. By looking at works from the late nineteen sixties by Manfredo Tafuri, Michael Fried and Theodor Adorno, this polemical one page essay opens some of the complexities of the theory of the object in the end game of high modernism, and speculates on the significance of the new taste for the look of the object. The argument is developed in "The Look of the Object: minimalism in art and architecture, then and now" Architecture Theory Review, 7:1, 2002.
Keyword minimalist art
Michael Fried
Manfredo Tafuri
Theodor Adorno
new objectivity
Le Corbusier
Alvar Aalto
Rosalind Krauss
Mies van der Rohe
Robert Smithson
architectural theory
architectural history
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