Portals: The Visionary Architecture of Paul Goesch
The Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267
Through June 11
A gouache and ink drawing of three arches in soothing colors was the frontispiece for an architectural manifesto issued in Berlin in 1921 that called for building a new future atop a defeated empire. It’s an odd image. The portals could be page borders of a medieval illuminated manuscript, or a floral arrangement, or designs (albeit shaky) on the walls of a mosque.
The drawing is by the early 20th century architect Paul Goesch, whose eclectic imagination contributed to the Arbeitsrat für Kunst (Work Council for Art), designers
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