I will have to be honest, I knew a little about the architect, Jean Nouvel until recently. He is a French architect who won the Pritzker Prize, the world’s most prestigious architecture award. But after being introduced to his architecture, WOW, is all I can say. His architecture is definitely Modern Now.

Jean Nouvel is a French architect and was an assistant of the influential architects Claude Parent and Paul Virilio, then opened his own firm in Paris. His style is said to reject the strict obedience of modern architecture and has a style that is void of any preconceived ideas and although he may borrow from traditional forms, he creates beyond traditional constraints. His built projects are reminiscent of the future, with irregular shapes and spaces, he creates an almost surreal vision in a realistic setting. He’s a mix between Salvador Dali and David Lynch in architecture, which is why he is Modern Now.

This brings me to his prodigiously illustrated Taschen (Box Set) monograph, titled Nouvel by Nouvel. “These books will finally give the full measure of the architect’s talent. Limited to 1,000 signed and numbered copies packaged in a translucent plexiglass slipcase especially designed by Jean Nouvel for this edition. Two 400-page hardcover volumes give the most complete overview to date of Jean Nouvel’s career, including works in progress, such as the new Louvre in Abu Dhabi, the Philharmonie de Paris, and the extension of the MoMA in New York.

The book’s graphic design and images were conceived and selected by the architect; in addition, the transparent printed dust jackets mimic the architect’s own tendency to play with contrasts and overlaid patterns. One can truly say that this publication is Nouvel by Nouvel, inside and out. ” (Taschen site).

Nouvel by Nouvel box set is currently on display in the Gallery and is a must see. If you are interested in viewing some pretty amazing, unorthodox, somewhat surrealist architecture of today, be sure to stop by to check it out.

So if you’re interested in whats Modern Now, feel free to stop by or visit our Online shop. Many Thanks from What’s Modern Now by Cristina.



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Located in the vibrant artist community of Studioplex and adjacent to the impecable Serpas Restaurant, Modern Now Gallery is a rare find in the Atlanta Art Scene. Their collection ranges from thousands of rare art & architecture antiquarian books (including hard to find journals) to a wide range of artworks that span from local fringe to established Atlantan artists as well as a wide range of Modern Masters; that price from the affordably decorative to the impossibly rare. If you are visiting Atlanta or are a member of the community, you should stop by and experience the culture and the fresh perspective they have of contextualizing the old with the new, the established with the fresh, and the proven with the experimental.
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