Very merry Gehry ferry

Fondation Louis Vuitton, which opened Monday in Paris. (culturebox.francetvinfo.fr)

Fondation Louis Vuitton, which opened Monday in Paris. (culturebox.francetvinfo.fr)

The bling has hit the fan in Paris. Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton opened yesterday, and we can all swoon to the moon and back if we dare. I am linking everyone to one of my best sources of fun, ArchNewsNow.com, Kristen Richards’s collection of the day’s architectural commentary from around the English-speaking world. It features spiel after spiel from top pundits taking their turn at bat, swinging as hard as they can, trying to loft one over the left-field fence to score a grand slam in a sort of World Series of criticism. “It’s mostly Oui! Oui!,” says Richards. There is Wainwright, and Moore, and Merrick, and Giovannini, and Hawthorne. True, Goldberger (my post here) has already spoken, so the die as cast. Still, there is a lot yet to read. And to be fair, there are dark clouds beyond the billows of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. They can be fun, too.

(Sign up for Richards’s digest of daily reportage from the world of architecture after you read the Gehry stuff. Her tart summaries of usually some score of articles are followed by more robust summaries, and then you can click on a link to the article and … read!

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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