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Barney Kulok – Building: Louis I. Kahn at Roosevelt Island – Now Available

A new photobook by Barney Kulok now available in our online store.

 - November 19, 2012

Building: Louis I. Kahn at Roosevelt Islanda new photobook by Barney Kulok, is now available online.

In September 2011 Barney Kulok was granted special permission to create photographs at the construction site of Louis I. Kahnʼs Four Freedoms Park in New York, commissioned in 1970 as a memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt. The last design Kahn completed before his untimely death in 1974, Four Freedoms Park became widely regarded as one of the great unbuilt masterpieces of twentieth-century architecture. Almost forty years after having been commissioned, it is finally being completed this year, as originally intended.

Kulokʼs black-and-white photographs function as a meditation on the materiality and formal underpinnings of Kahnʼs theories. As architect Steven Holl writes, “Kulokʼs photographs free the subject matter from a literal interpretation of the site. They stand as ʻEquivalentsʼ to the words about material, light, and shadow that Louis Kahn often spoke.”

14 x 11 inches
80 pages, 40 duotone images
Fall 2012
Designed by And Smith, LLC

Essay by Steven Holl
Afterword by Nathaniel Kahn

Barney Kulok is a graduate of the Bard College photography program and is represented by Nicole Klagsburn Gallery, New York, and Galerie Hussenot, Paris. He lives and works in New York.