"To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay." George Orwell...
"Most art is fragile and some should be placed and never moved again." - Donald Judd
"I wanted you to feel the same" - Radio Dept, and again here..
1. Pushkin Palaces and Parks: "A study of the Russian Baroque style found in Pushkin, complete with full-page color photographs throughout."... buy this book here... via Royal Books...
2. Ilya Kabakov at Chinati Foundation.. more here... " The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati is a contemporary art museum based upon the ideas of its founder, Donald Judd. The specific intention of Chinati is to preserve and present to the public permanent large-scale installations by a limited number of artists. The emphasis is on works in which art and the surrounding landscape are inextricably linked.
As Donald Judd wrote in the foundation's catalogue: " It takes a great deal of time and thought to install work carefully. This should not always be thrown away. Most art is fragile and some should be placed and never moved again. Somewhere a portion of contemporary art has to exist as an example of what the art and its context were meant to be. Somewhere, just as the platinum iridium meter guarantees the tape measure, a strict measure must exist for the art of this time and place."
3. images 1 + 2 combined.... "i wanted you to feel the same"
thanks Jason Irla for images from the Pushkin book....
"The town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo), just outside St Petersburg, has a marvelous ensemble of palaces and parks. It is particularly famous for its impressive baroque Catherine Palace where Catherine the Great lived and died. The palace was almost totally destroyed during World War II, but has risen like a phoenix from the ashes due to the unparalleled restoration effort undertaken since the war."