[UCP Books]: After You Left / They Took It Apart: Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes

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"After You Left, They Took It Apart, the culmination of an obsessive seven-year-long photographic preservation project, restores dignity to these homes once again, even as they are ravaged by time and neglect and facing imminent demolition. Mottalini’s haunting images are a stark reminder that nothing is forever."
Brook Hodge, New York Times Magazine and Wallpaper*

 

 
Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes

By Chris Mottalini
 

Published by Columbia College Chicago | Distributed by the University of Chicago Press
US Publication Date: November 1, 2013 | ISBN: 978-1-935-19545-0 | Cloth $50.00
                                   
While more conventional art can be tucked neatly away on gallery walls, houses have a much larger footprint. And when a home outlives its most basic function of providing shelter, a decision has to be made as to whether it is ultimately worth saving.

Photographer Chris Mottalini visited three abandoned Paul Rudolph homes awaiting demolition. His photos present these onetime symbols of opulence and power at their most vulnerable and defeated. The photos speak to the ephemeral nature of contemporary taste, and its uneasy relationship with history, as well as the consequences of modernism on our visual lexicon. And in a final coda, the pictures themselves serve to preserve these masterpieces long after time and tastes move on.
 
Exhibition Schedule:   Reform Modern Gallery, Los Angeles, California, October 3–November 30
                                    Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, August 26–September 10
 
Chris Mottalini is a photographer living in New York. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions and internationally. His previous work has been collected in The Mistake by the Lake.

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