Charley Harper at the Buck House

Buck House by Rudolf Schindler

Country Club Projects has organized an exhibition of Charley Harper’s paintings and original illustrations that opens today in Los Angeles in the Buck House, a landmark Modernist structure designed by Rudolf Schindler and built in 1934.

How cool is that? Imagine seeing this work:

Small Birds and Mammals Use More Oxygen for Their Weight than Large Ones by Charley Harper

In this space:

Buck House by Rudolf Schindler

I’ve previously geeked out about Charley Harper’s work for Ford Times, his mosaic mural in the John Weld Peck Federal Building, and the recently discovered Ford Times originals, which were exhibited in Cincinnati this summer. But, this exhibit will feature incredible work in an equally incredible interior. I really wish I could experience it in person.

Check out more photos of the Buck House at Arcspace and Big Orange Landmarks. Big Orange Landmarks is especially worth perusing as LA’s answer to Cincinnati’s own Queen City Survey.


8 thoughts on “Charley Harper at the Buck House

  1. FYI, an article about Country Club in the current issue of CityBeat mentions the following:

    This week it will open a Los Angeles Country Club operation in a historic modernist home, Rudolf Schindler’s 1934 Buck House. Designer Todd Oldham will host a private reception featuring an exhibition of original work — gouache paintings by Cincinnati modernist Charley Harper. (Country Club actually opened an L.A. gallery, at a different location, in May.)

    Country Club L.A. will operate more like a private dealer than a gallery. “We’re treating it as a residence and everything will be dinner parties and cocktail parties, a totally different model for us,” Distel said. “We don’t have public hours or anything.”

  2. I so wish I could see this exhibit in person. These photos are really whetting my appetite. What a great combination of art and architecture! But what’s this about having no gallery hours?

  3. I think that’s lame, but maybe it’s just not practical, given the space and whatever else Country Club is doing out in LA right now.

    I do think that Charley’s intentions were always very populist, and it’s a shame that, after his death, the approach of this exhibit seems rather elitist. I can understand that print prices are going up — that’s inevitable. But, I wish this exhibit were more accessible.

    Anyhoodle, there are tons of more accessible opportunities to view his work — an exhibit in SF, for instance, and the mosaic mural in Cincinnati are two examples.

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