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My WSJ Appraisal of Kimbell Art Museum’s New Piano Pavilion

Architect Renzo Piano in front of Kimbell Art Museum's signature Caravaggio, "The Cardsharps," installed on concrete wall in the new Piano Pavilion Photo by Lee Rosenbaum

Architect Renzo Piano in front of Kimbell Art Museum’s signature Caravaggio, “The Cardsharps,” installed on a concrete wall in the new Piano Pavilion
Photo by Lee Rosenbaum

In my Wall Street Journal piece today, How the Kimbell’s Piano Pavilion Interacts with the Art, I mention that concrete is rarely used as a wall on which to hang art and that the material’s “characteristic mottling, splotches and ‘telegraphing’ (dark horizontal striations caused by metal reinforcing bars inside the concrete) distract from a focus on the art.”

Here’s a look at the wall to the right of one of the museum’s most celebrated paintings:

Vertical streaks and mottling on concrete wall to right of Caravaggio's "The Cardsharps." Photo by Lee Rosenbaum

Vertical streaks, mottling and tie holes on concrete wall to right of Caravaggio’s “The Cardsharps.”
Photo by Lee Rosenbaum

I’ll be posting a lot more show-and-tell on my blog, Including a slideshow of works I discuss in my piece, once I get home (if this person ever stops trying to stuff her suitcase in the overhead).

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