La Coste - Art and architecture… and the landscape

August 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Tom Shannon - Drop

Tom Shannon - Drop

 

Compared with the simplicity of "le Cabanon", the collection of contemporary art at La Coste appears altogether extravagant. Artists and designers as varied and internationally reputed as Sean Scully, Andy Goldsworthy, Tadao Ando, Alexander Calder, Louise Bourgeois, Ai WeiWei to mention but a few, are all represented.

 

And yet each creation shares some fundamental quality with the modest staging of that terracotta pot. The relation between object and setting. Seemingly basic geometric forms that frame or echo some element of the surrounding landscape. Heightened here in black and white.

 

This view of Tom Shannon’s “Drop” hangs on my wall. The sleek surface of the sculpture contrasts with the richly textured foliage and the reflexions are mirrored by the play of dappled light in the foreground. But most of all, it is the perfect form of the drop echoed by the arch of the oak branches overhead that ties the composition together, the sculpture revealing the inherent qualities of the landscape.

 

Tadao Ando - Pavillon “Four cubes to contemplate our environment”

Tadao Ando - Pavillon “Four cubes to contemplate our environment” 

 

Guggi - Calix meus inebrians

Guggi - Calix meus inebrians

 

Ai Weiwei - Ruyi Path

Ai Weiwei  - Ruyi Path

 

Lee Ufan - House of Air

Lee Ufan - House of Air 

 

Tadao Ando - La Chapelle

Tadao Ando - La Chapelle 

 

Tadao Ando - Pavillon “Four cubes to contemplate our environment”

Tadao Ando - Pavillon “Four cubes to contemplate our environment”

 

For more images of La Coste see the full gallery here.


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