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Architecture

Art and architecture share many similarities. They've influenced one another throughout history. However, trying to liken these two disciplines will inevitably lead to certain contractions.

Perhaps the biggest difference is that Art, in its broadest sense, is defined as a creation meant to trigger an emotional response which is generally related to aesthetic pleasure. It doesn't satisfy any of life's basic needs, but it leads to thoughts, reflections, and often taps into our subconscious and our memory. On the other hand, architecture's primary purpose is to shelter individuals and ensure their safety. Architecture is meant to serve a utilitarian purpose.

Today, architecture has gone far beyond this initial function. Architects have strived to combine engineering and aesthetic research to create buildings that are so out of the ordinary we wonder how they were designed. They want their creations to stand out and favour originality and creativity. Just like in arts, architecture is influenced by the historical, social, and political context of the time and each movement has its own characteristics, from baroque to futurism to Bauhaus. Modern architecture marked a turn in the history of architecture. Architects revolutionised the social scope of their discipline and took an industrialist approach to society and nature — avant-garde architects rubbed shoulders with artists such as Georges Braque, Piet Mondrian, and members of the De Stijl group. Le Corbusier is a pioneer in collective housing, and also took part in ambitious projects which aimed to rebuild entire cities, such as Chandigarh in India. Decorative arts also developed by taking inspiration from the conventions that governed modernist architecture.

Contemporary architecture might not be a specific movement per se, but buildings that fall into this category share certain attributes. Contemporary architecture is characterised by curvy lines and various volumes in a single structure, as seen with the Sydney Opera House. The architect Jørn Utzon explained that he didn't seek to create a building for this project, but an actual sculpture. The building continually renews itself with new meanings and experiences for each passerby. Architectural works often require periods of deep reflection and a long though process in order for the architect to envisage how to give their building a sense of character and soul.

Whether architecture is an art or not is a never ending debate, but it is undeniable that there are strong links between the two disciplines. There are many examples of collaborations between contemporary artists and architects, and today the works of the greatest architects are exhibited in museums along with their fellow artists.

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Richard Heeps, Utopian Foyer, Milan, Photography

Richard Heeps

Utopian Foyer, Milan, 2020
24 x 29.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$876

Pauline Di Valentin, Primavera, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Di Valentin

Primavera, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,201

Cécile Baldewyns, La chambre verte, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

La chambre verte, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,012

Raluca Vulcan, Café Odessa, Painting

Raluca Vulcan

Café Odessa, 2021
35 x 45.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,363

Pierrick Tual, Mas du Midi, Painting

Pierrick Tual

Mas du Midi, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,391

Christian Jodin, 8 rue Sedaine, sous les hauteurs des toits de la Bastille, à 11 heures, Painting

Christian Jodin

8 rue Sedaine, sous les hauteurs des toits de la Bastille, à 11 heures, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$247

Percival Pernet, Le Rhône à Genève - Ma jolie (Ile Rousseau et Pont du Mont-Blanc), Painting

Percival Pernet

Le Rhône à Genève - Ma jolie (Ile Rousseau et Pont du Mont-Blanc), 1958
29.9 x 34.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,082

Katy Wright, London St. Paul's, Painting

Katy Wright

London St. Paul's, 2021
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$683

Benoit Havard, NY Empire states, Painting

Benoit Havard

NY Empire states, 2020
47.2 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,553

Richard Gower, St Pauls Walk, Painting

Richard Gower

St Pauls Walk, 2021
22.4 x 30.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,378 $2,642

Marta Zawadzka, Pink town, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

Pink town, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,517

Pierre Riollet, London Bridge, Painting

Pierre Riollet

London Bridge, 2018
44.9 x 57.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$7,462

Louis Toffoli, Le pont, Print

Louis Toffoli

Le pont, 1907
29.9 x 22 x 0.1 inch
Print

$632

Lionel le Jeune, Méditerranée, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Méditerranée, 2021
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$759

Arthur Hent, Self-Portrait 21.58, Fine Art Drawings

Arthur Hent

Self-Portrait 21.58, 2021
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$291

DB Waterman, Child in time, Painting

DB Waterman

Child in time, 2021
31.5 x 47.2 x 1.8 inch
Painting

$7,462

Alain Le Chapelier, On the Port, Photography

Alain Le Chapelier

On the Port, 2020
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$986

Marie-Laure Souq, Une pensée pour la Dame de Fer, Painting

Marie-Laure Souq

Une pensée pour la Dame de Fer, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,909

Franck Guedj, Global warming 1.2, Photography

Franck Guedj

Global warming 1.2, 2019
35.8 x 54.7 x 3.9 inch
Photography

$4,932

Pablo Guillamon, London City-1, Photography

Pablo Guillamon

London City-1, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$379

Sander Schilthuizen, Sky, Photography

Sander Schilthuizen

Sky, 2019
26 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$378

Jürg Kreienbühl, La roulotte détruite, Print

Jürg Kreienbühl

La roulotte détruite, 1977
15.6 x 24.2 inch
Print

$759

Ana Garcia, Invernadero 14, Painting

Ana Garcia

Invernadero 14, 2013
7.1 x 12.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$506

Corinne Marino, En ville 3, Painting

Corinne Marino

En ville 3, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.7 inch
Painting

$1,480 $1,644

Olivier Lamboray, Tears of the Universe, Painting

Olivier Lamboray

Tears of the Universe, 2012
28 x 20 x 2 inch
Painting

$6,500

Romain Liverato, Le confiné III, Photography

Romain Liverato

Le confiné III, 2020
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$569

Àlex Prunés, Viatges ficticis, Painting

Àlex Prunés

Viatges ficticis, 2021
23.6 x 31.9 inch
Painting

$2,529

Guillaume Cornet, Coliseum, Ice, Print

Guillaume Cornet

Coliseum, Ice, 2015
29.9 x 44.1 x 0 inch
Print

$5,122

Freddo Sacaro, 2020, Painting

Freddo Sacaro

2020, 2021
45.7 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$13,280

Carrie Graber, An Affair With Flair, Print

Carrie Graber

An Affair With Flair, 2018
43 x 29 inch
Print

$1,405

Iman Toufaily, Hope, Painting

Iman Toufaily

Hope, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$1,410

Gary Ernest Smith, Days end, Painting

Gary Ernest Smith

Days end, 2021
24 x 30 inch
Painting

$10,000

Esboner, Sans titre, Painting

Esboner

Sans titre, 2021
26.4 x 20.9 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$1,024 $1,138

Carrie Graber, Before the party, Painting

Carrie Graber

Before the party, 2019
20.5 x 40.5 inch
Painting

$6,800

Isabelle Derecque, La femme du skipper, Painting

Isabelle Derecque

La femme du skipper, 2020
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,403

Edmund Sumner, House N, Photography

Edmund Sumner

House N, 2008
16.9 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$736

Robert Wells, Eros, Painting

Robert Wells

Eros, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$6,476

Roberta De La Vega, Pueblo, Painting

Roberta De La Vega

Pueblo, 1975
30 x 40 inch
Painting

$2,500

Steven Rudin, Metropolitan (Tableau), Painting

Steven Rudin

Metropolitan (Tableau), 2019
32 x 40 inch
Painting

10,000 - $ 15,000

Veronika Benoni, New York City, Painting

Veronika Benoni

New York City, 2020
36 x 23 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,597

Florian Hunger-Pegof, Black Metallica 2, Sculpture

Florian Hunger-Pegof

Black Metallica 2, 1972
10.6 x 1.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$4,996

Ajda Kara, Analogue, Photography

Ajda Kara

Analogue, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$620

Yuriy Koch, Last snow, Painting

Yuriy Koch

Last snow, 2021
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,287

Claude-Yvan Conne, Le Cinque Terre Uno, Painting

Claude-Yvan Conne

Le Cinque Terre Uno, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,909

Doug Smith, A 24/7 Endeavor, Painting

Doug Smith

A 24/7 Endeavor, 2020
24 x 48 inch
Painting

$6,100

William Stewart, Venice #6, Photography

William Stewart

Venice #6, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$442

Pierre Emile Le Prince Ringuet, Pont des Saints Pères, Painting

Pierre Emile Le Prince Ringuet

Pont des Saints Pères, 1920
13.4 x 15 inch
Painting

$493

Jacqueline Cerrano, Place du Trocadéro, Painting

Jacqueline Cerrano

Place du Trocadéro, 1961
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$620

Jere Curtis, Terrasse de café, Sculpture

Jere Curtis

Terrasse de café, 1976
19.7 x 31.5 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,162

Philip Alcock, Antibes, Painting

Philip Alcock

Antibes, 2021
28.7 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$4,098

Igor Dobrowolski, Heros just for one day, Painting

Igor Dobrowolski

Heros just for one day, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 3.9 inch
Painting

$10,118

Caroline Tomlinson, The Palms of Palm Springs IV, Painting

Caroline Tomlinson

The Palms of Palm Springs IV, 2020
16.5 x 11.7 inch
Painting

$632

Bruno Ulmer, Ton Dorff, Painting

Bruno Ulmer

Ton Dorff, 2020
62.2 x 62.2 inch
Painting

$3,794

Jérémy Liron, Paysage n°161, Painting

Jérémy Liron

Paysage n°161, 2017
57.5 x 44.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$12,647

Adrien Faveau, From central park to time square, Painting

Adrien Faveau

From central park to time square, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,024

Artiste Ouvrier, Notre-Dame des Vendanges, Painting

Artiste Ouvrier

Notre-Dame des Vendanges, 2018
51.2 x 38.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$5,059

CharlElie Couture, Silhouette parisienne, Print

CharlElie Couture

Silhouette parisienne, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$354

Artiste Ouvrier, Eglise Saint-Pierre de Caen - Printemps, Print

Artiste Ouvrier

Eglise Saint-Pierre de Caen - Printemps, 2020
30.1 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch
Print

$316

Philip Hearsey, First impression, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

First impression, 2014
7.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,277

Feng Hatat, Ombre et lumière III, Photography

Feng Hatat

Ombre et lumière III, 2014
18.9 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$632

Ivan Tzonev, Selo-L, Painting

Ivan Tzonev

Selo-L, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$822

Zevs, Euro liquidated, Print

Zevs

Euro liquidated, 2016
42.1 x 26 inch
Print

$1,518

Our recommendations Eurgal, Champ de coquelicots, Painting

Eurgal

Champ de coquelicots, 2020
15.7 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$860

Our recommendations GraffMatt, Tribeca Barber Shop, Painting

GraffMatt

Tribeca Barber Shop, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,087

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