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NY Mag: New Parrish Is an Unexpected Monument

Justin Davisonson writes, "Cancerous construction has eroded the East End’s natural charms, but the new Parrish cultivates memory, linking the vanishing terrain outside with the painted land within."

The new Parrish Art Museum opened to the public last week, and the reviews have been pouring in, including from New York Magazine's Justin Davidson, who writes that, "The design springs from that milky East End radiance that has seduced artists from William Merritt Chase to Fairfield Porter, Willem de Kooning, and Jane Freilicher."

Davidson lauds Swiss architects' Herzog & de Meuron's use of natural light.

"Museum curators are not generally fond of natural light, which has a disruptive habit of changing, shifting, and throwing down spatters of glare," he writes. "But the architects — and lighting designers from the engineering firm Arup — thought that perhaps art should be seen by the same light that painters use."

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Davidson also favors the landscape architecture:

"Part of the new Parrish’s allure is the precision with which the architects placed it in the meadow, a solid white bar pillowed on a living bed of green. The landscape architects at Reed Hilderbrand took a distinctively un-Hamptons-like approach: Instead of barricading the museum behind a high hedgerow, they swaddled it in tall grasses that, when they reach their full four-foot height, will hide nothing but muffle the traffic noise, soften the harsh stroke of roadway, and let the site flow into the vineyard beyond."

Read the full review at nymag.com.

Bbambi November 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM
"linking the vanishing terrain outside with the painted land within."- should read, "contributing to a vanishing terrain by obliterating one of the last farm field views on the East End by day as well as the diminishing dark skies with its vast glow at night.
Stinker November 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Who are you going to believe, the inflated egos who would sell you this place or your lying eyes? Take a gander at those aerial shots. The building is utterly out of phase with this entire region. How can these folks say they appreciate art and have no sense for the natural colors, hues, spatial relationships and sensibility that exists on the East End? There is just no way to sweeten up "Cancerous construction has eroded the East End’s natural charms..."
Frog Morton November 19, 2012 at 01:31 PM
It's nice to know that they're smoking the same crack at NYMag as they are in the GOP, that's all I've got to say. This "strip mall" only needs a Sleepy's and 7-Eleven to be complete.
elliot burns November 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The building itself looks like it should be housing industrial equipment rather than fine art. I repeat- the Parrish should have employed a LOCAL architect to design the new museum. We have the greatest pool of world-class architectural talent in the world right here on the East End. Yet the Parrish, who boasts that they endorse the local arts, went all the way to Europe for an architect. This new building is the emperors' new cloths!
lynn November 19, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Glad to see I am not the only one who thinks this is eye pollution and a gross misuse of open space. A complete and utter shame this was allowed to be built. Just a matter of a few more years before all farms and quaint homes are completed replaced by eye sores likes this. smh
Hazel Wilkonson the First November 19, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Bunch of anti-cultural clap trap being posted here. The museum fits in nicely and I am glad it is here. You want to save the east end, try fighting suburban-blight/strip-mall hell like the Tuckahoe Mega-Mall proposal instead.
highhatsize November 19, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I don't think it's that bad, especially when you see the strange art museums that architects have raised elsewhere. The profession regards "art" museums as the appropriate venue for members to manifest their own outre artistry, then it's back to the sterile, glass, commercial boxes. That being said, when I saw the first aerial photos of the new museum, I thought that it looked like a pig factory for giant swine.
Jerry Can November 19, 2012 at 06:39 PM
In a dense fog the helicopter pilots will appreciate it..."There's the Parrish, East Hampton airport can't be too far off..."
Meadow Lane November 20, 2012 at 01:49 PM
A dense fog would help this situation greatly!
Fran Pensa November 24, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Hideous.

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