America’s leading review of the arts and intellectual life
Letter from Dublin
On Eileen Gray and her cold aesthetic.
was right!Support The
Preparatory to my visit to Dublin, friends with whom I was to stay kept for me an article from the February 25 edition of Irish Times magazine. It was about Eileen Gray, the Irish avant-garde designer who spent most of her life in Paris, and one of whose chairs sold at auction for $27 million in 2009, thus giving a new meaning to the expression “sitting on a fortune.”
The article informed readers that a film was to be made about an episode in Gray’s life, in which she was to be the heroine and Le Corbusier the villain. It goes without saying that I have a prejudice in favor of any film in which Le Corbusier is cast as the villain, but—alas—I fear that this particular film will do more harm than good because its unspoken aesthetic premises are all wrong.
In 1929, Gray built a modernist villa in the South of France with her then-lover, the Romanian architect Jean Badovici. Not on ...
This article is available to subscribers and for individual purchase
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 September 2012, on page 34
Copyright © 2014 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.comhttp://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Gray-s-sterility-7428
E-mail to friend
On the pleasures and pains of judging the Hippocrates Prize in poetry.
March 25 2014
Friends and Young Friends Event: A conference on "Preserving an Open Society in a Perilous World"
April 01 2014
Friends and Young Friends Event: Piano Recital with Simone Dinnerstein
Introduction to The Kennedy Phenomenon
The Kennedy Phenomenon: "Watching the Kennedy Train-Wreck"
The Kennedy Phenomenon: "The Many Misjudgments of Richard Hofstadter"