Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Art to go

 As we’ve seen before, when architects want to de-bland their virtual interiors, they often reach for contemporary art to give them a lift. Here’s Colin McCahon at work again, this time for Cheshire Architects and their Rhubarb Lane development in Auckland. The paintings on the right wall are After such a matter of life and death (left) I one (middle) and a panel from the Second gate series on the right. Nicking work from the Auckland Art Gallery and Te Papa's collections (I one and Second gate series) without attribution to hang on a mock-up of a luxury apartment feels a bit market-forces-gone-mad. Or are we seeing the birth of a new trend? Virtual fakes.
Thanks for the spot B