“Denise Scott Brown: Wayward Eye” photography of the 1950s and 1960s at Betts Project

Betts Project is pleased to announce ‘Wayward Eye’ an exhibition of photography of the 1950s and 1960s by legendary architect-planner and theorist Denise Scott Brown. This will be Scott Brown’s first solo exhibition in the UK. ‘I’m not a photographer. I shoot for architecture — if there’s art here it’s a byproduct. Yet the images stand alone. Judge what you see.’

 

Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 1966. © Denise Scott Brown

Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, 1966. © Denise Scott Brown

 

In 1956, Robert Scott Brown and I photographed architectural set pieces of Venice as records to return to while practicing in Africa. But in the process, more than architecture crept into our photographs. In 1965, after ten years of urbanism, my foci were automobile cities of the American Southwest, social change, multiculturalism, action, everyday architecture, “messy vitality,” iconography, and Pop Art. (more…)

“The Difficult Whole” A Reference Book on Robert Venturi, John Rauch and Denise Scott Brown

This edition, published by Park Books, features analysis of twenty-eight projects by Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown, re-evaluating Venturi’s idea of the “difficult whole” in the context of his work: a significant contribution to a contemporary architectural discourse.

 

"The Difficult Whole" © Park Books

“The Difficult Whole” © Park Books

 

In 1966, architect Robert Venturi published Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, a manifesto that became one of the twentieth century’s most important statements about architecture. Drawing on both vernacular and high-style sources, Venturi introduced new lessons from the buildings of architects who were well known, like Michelangelo and Alvar Aalto, and those whose work had then been forgotten, like Frank Furness and Edwin Lutyens. Arguing against the diagrammatic forms that dominated the field at that time, Venturi made a case instead for “the difficult whole.” (more…)