Fun Friday: French Letter Boxes Edition

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For this week’s edition of Fun Friday I have three people who challenge our assumptions and defy expectations.

Street artist André Saraiva is perhaps best known for his “Mr. A” character which was featured last year in the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. In addition to the sides of buildings, his work has appeared  at Colette, Palais de Tokyo , Air de Paris, and the bathrooms at MOCA.  In 2011 he made a short film, The Shoe. André’s show “Love Letters” at the half gallery is his first solo exhibition in New York and will show off his romantic side. The exhibition will feature paintings on french letter boxes and love notes on stationery.  “Love Letters” will be exhibited at half gallery from February 11th until March 1st.

Inga Saffron, the architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, tells cities to forget about skyscrapers and focus on improving the lives of the people who live on the ground.  She likes great public spaces, transit systems, and bike paths. 


Starting Monday the Yale School of Architecture Gallery will stage the exhibition, Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 1967–2012, the first U.S. retrospective since 1986 of the Italian architect, artist, and designer. Scolari is best known for his interrogation of representations of architecture.  The exhibition covers Scolari’s career from 1967 to the present through over 160 paintings, watercolors, and drawings. Scolari will lecture on architectural representations on Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 pm in Paul Rudolph Hall. The exhibition runs through March 4, 2012.

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