Peter Eisenman - New Now London Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Internationally recognised as an architect and educator, Peter Eisenman has been awarded for his large-scale housing and urban design projects, innovative facilities for educational institutions, and series of inventive private houses. In 2001 he received the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Smithsonian Institution’s 2001 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture. He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. In May 2010 Peter Eisenman was honoured with the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, awarded in Jerusalem.

    Talking about the current work Peter Eisenman said:
    "I took something from a building project as an idea and put it into a carpet. The grids come from a particular relationship of solid and void in the Hagia Sofia Mosquee in Istanbul.
    I think it is very important for architects to be doing projects that stretch architecture and an architect’s mind out into material, space and time. For example, in the project for the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, people experience architecture as a relation between space and time. Similarly this carpet is a purely abstract idea of space and time. The black grid goes over the white lines and under the yellow lines, it is moving up and down. This is like an abstract painting. The challenge is to perceive the capacity of having something spatial in a single depth with many layers: this is what I call Architecture Abstraction."

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Unique rug

hand-knotted silk, extra fine Kilim and preparatory drawing
225 x 220 cm (88 5/8 x 86 5/8 in.)
Executed in 2017.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £31,250

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New Now

London Auction 5 December 2018