Lauretta Vinciarelli (B. 1943, Arbe, Italy, D. 2011, New York, NY) was an architect and artist who has works and drawings in the permanent collections of the National Gallery in Washington. D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Archive of the Biennale of Venice; and the Italian Archive of Drawings; as well as in private collections. She exhibited in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and was represented by Henry Urbach Architecture in New York. She also taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation between 1978-2000, and at the City College of New York and Pratt Institute before that. Her work is the subject of two monographs:  Clear Light: The Architecture of Lauretta Vinciarelli, 2015, and Not Architecture But Evidence That It Exists, 1998.

 

Education
1971 PhD Architecture and Urban Planning, Universita’ di Roma, Facolta’ di Architettura
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Selected Exhibitions

2016
TOTAH, New York, NY, Light Unveiled

2015
MAXXI, Rome, Italy

2012
Atrium Gallery of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York, NY, Clear Light: The Architecture of Lauretta Vinciarelli

2004
Dorsky Gallery, New York, NY, Watercolor Worlds

2002
Henry Urbach Architecture, New York, NY, Lauretta Vinciarelli Watercolors
Whitney Biennial 2002, New York, NY, Luminous Void, Volume of Light

2001
Stefania Miscetti Gallery, Rome, Italy

1998
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, Incandescence

1997
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, Reflections: Watercolors by Lauretta Vinciarelli
National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., Spatial Reverberations: Watercolors by Lauretta Vinciarelli

1996
Architectural League of New York, NY, Spatial Reverberations: Watercolors by Lauretta Vinciarelli

1993
MAK-Osterreichisches Museum fur augewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria, Lauretta Vinciarelli: Rotte Raume

1986
Palmanova, Italy, Project for Palmanova

1985
Max Protech Gallery, New York, NY, Summer Group Show
Biennal di Venezia, Venice, Italy, Project for Palmanova

1982
School of Architecture, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Lauretta Vinciarelli: Projects

1981
Museum of Norwegian Architecture, Oslo, Norway, Drawings by Lauretta Vinciarelli
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark, Drawings by Lauretta Vinciarelli
Young Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL, Lauretta Vinciarelli: Architectural Projects
Reggia di Caserta, Italy, Project for San Leucio
Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, New York, USA, Art by Architects

1980-82
The Chicago Tribune Tower Competitions: Late Entries (traveling group exhibition)

1980
AAM – Architettura e Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy, Process
Luce de Goede Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Drawings by Lauretta Vinciarelli
Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, Finland, Creation and Recreation
School of Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Young Architects
Sperone, Westwater and Fisher, New York, NY, Elements of Architecture

1978
Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, New York, NY, Lauretta Vinciarelli: Projects 1973-1978
Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, Group Show of Architectural Drawings

1977
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, Women in American Architecture

1975
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Architectural Studies and Projects
Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies, New York, NY, Goodbye Five 

 

Bibliography

2002
Kalb, Peter R. “Lauretta Vinciarelli at Henry Urbach Architecture”, Art in America, pp. 130-131. September 2002.
Henry, Clare. “The Art of Listening Carefully”, Financial Times, p. 11. March 2002.
Walter Robinson, Walter. “Weekend Update”. Artnet, pp. 1-4. March 2002.
Iovine, Julie V. “The Whitney Biennial Invites Architecture In”. The New York Times, pp. C-2. March 2002.
Rinder, Lawrence R. Chrissie Iles, et al. Whitney Biennial New York: Harry N. Abrams, pp. 220-221 and 274. 2002.

1999
Hays, K. Michael. “Not Architecture But Evidence That It Exists: A Note on Lauretta Vinciarelli’s Watercolors”. Assemblage, 38, pp. 48-57. 1999.

1998
Hodge, Brooke (ed).“Not architecture But Evidence That It Exists, Lauretta Vinciarelli: Watercolors”. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. 1998.

1997
Ojeda, Oscar Riera (ed). “The Loft of Lauretta Vinciarelli”. The New American Apartment: innovations in Residential Design and Construction. New York: The Whitney Library Design, pp. 256-261. 1997.

1995
Breeze, Carla. “The Loft of Lauretta Vinciarelli”. New Modern: Creative Living Spaces. New York: Architecture & Interior Design Library, pp. 66-71. 1995.

1994
Unknown.“Profonde Risonanze”. L’Arca. January 1994.

1993
Stein, Karen D. “Imagines Spaces”. Architectural Record, pp. 106-109. September 1993.
Titz, Walter. “Klein Anflug von Behaglichkeit”. Kleiner Zeitung, Graz. January 1993.
Borchhardt-Birbaumer, Brigitte. “Abeschlossener Ort Architecktur”. Weiner Zeitung. January 1993.
Walsch, Christopher. “Meditationstraming”. Weiner Blatt. January 1993.

1992
K.S. “Architecktur des Lichtes”. Die Presse. December 1992.
Hofleitner, Johanna. “Meschenlerre Inneraume: Der Bauch der Architektur”. Kurier. December 1992.
Filler, Martin.“Building With Paper and Water”. Design Quarterly. Fall 1992.
Unknown. Newsline. September-October, 1992.
Woods, Lebbeus. “Lauretta Vinciarelli: The Architecture of Light”. A&U. June 1992.

1991
Catalog. Contemporary Architectural Drawings. San Francisco: Pomegranate Books. 1991.

1986
Catalog. Fifth Anniversary of Emerging Voices. New York: The Architectural League of New York. 1986.

1985
Catalog. Terca Mostra Internationale di Architettura. Venezia: La Biennale di Venezia. 1985.

1984
Unknown. “San Leucio: cinque proposte par un territorio”. September 1984.

1982
Unknown. The Texas Architect. 1982.
Catalog. “Wall, Door and Window”. Cooper Union Winter Edition. 1982.

1981
Sorkin, Michael. “The Seven Courtyards”. Express. 1981.
Unknown. “Puglia Project and Marfa 2a”. A&U. April 1981.
Unknown. “The Seven Courtyards”. SD. 1981.
Unknown. Art in America. 1981
Unknown. “Marfa 7”. House and Garden. March 1981.

1980
Unknown. “Marfa 2a”. Archetype , 1. Winter 1980.
Unknown. “Late Entries to the Tribune Tower Competition”. Progressive architecture. June 1980.
Catalog. “Creation and Recreation: America Draws”. Helsinki: Museum of Finnish Architecture. June 1980.
Miller, Ross. “Reading Architectural Drawings”. Residential Interiors. July-August 1980.

1979
Unknown. Progressive architecture. January 1979.
Stern, Robert A.M. Stern and Nivens, Deborah. “Marfa 2”. The Artchitects’ Eye. 1979.

1978
Pommer, Richard. “Structures for Imagination”. Art in America. March-April, 1978.
Unknown. “Puglia Project”. Domus, no. 584. July 1978.

1977
Torre, Susana. “Towards the Definition of a Spatial Fabric”. Women in American Architecture: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective. New York: Watson-Guptel Publications, pp. 176-177. 1977.
Fodera, Leonardo. “Puglia Project”. Architectural Design. June 1977.

Publications 

Vinciarelli, Lauretta. “Women, Internet and the Space of Tyranny”. Diana Agrest, Patricia Conway and Leslie Kanes Weisman. The Sex of Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, pp. 157-160. 1996.

Vinciarelli, Lauretta. “Red Rooms, Water Enclosures and Other Unfolding Spaces”. Oz, Vol. 17, pp. 26-31. 1995.

Vinciarelli, Lauretta. “On Croset’s Idea of Naturation”. Revisions 2. 1988.

Vinciarelli, Lauretta. “Marfa 2a”. Precis, vol. 2. 1980.

Vinciarelli, Lauretta and Latour, Alessandra.“An Interview with Peter Einsman”. Architecture, Mouvement, Continouite. 1977.

Vinciarelli, Lauretta and Fodera, Leonardo. “Riflessioni sull’atteggiamento razionale in architettura”. Controspazia, October-November. 1977.

 

Permanent Collections

MAXXI – Museo Nationale delle Art dei XXI Secolo, Rome
2015 – Forty watercolors; thirty color studies; four notebooks of sketches and six pencil studies.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1996 – Watercolor titled; Long Horizon II.

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1976 – Nine drawings.
1999 – Seven watercolors and seven small-size studies titled, Orange Sound.
2016 – Forty-six watercolors; Forty-one line drawings; and several sketch books and color.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1991 – Watercolor titled; Atrium in Red.
1992 – Watercolors titled; Night 6 and Night 7.
1998 – Watercolors titles; Wings and Frame I.

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
1986 – Garden Structure (untitled).

The Archive of the Biennale di Venezia
1985 – Drawings, with Richard Plunz, titled; The Palamanova Project.

The Italian Archive of Drawings
1981 – Drawings, with Richard Plunz, titled; The San Leucio Project.

Articles & Reviews

2016

Ran Dian, “New York Hit List: Futures, Lightness and Noir”, Ran Dian. August 2016.

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Alex Janovich, “Critics’ Pick”, Artforum. August 2016.

Martha Schwendener, “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week”, New York Times. August 2016

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Sarah Corona, “Three Artists at New York’s TOTAH Gallery Prove their Enduring Importance for Deciphering Today’s Society”, Whitehot. August 2016.

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Olivia Martin, “David Totah’s NY space presents the watercolours of Lauretta Vinciarelli”, Wallpaper. July 2016.

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Ryan Steadman, “Was this Architecture Teacher—and Donald Judd’s Muse—an Overlooked Master Painter?”, Observer. June 2016.

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2002

Peter R. Kalb, “Lauretta Vinciarelli at Henry urbach Architecture”, Art in America, pp. 130-131. September 2002.

Clare Henry, “The Art of Listening Carefully”, Financial Times, p. 11. March 2002.

Walter Robinson, “Weekend Update”. Artnet, pp. 1-4. March 2002.

Julie V. Iovine, “The Whitney Biennial Invites Architecture In”. The New York Times, pp. C-2. March 2002.

Lawrence R. Rinder, Chrissie Iles, et al. Whitney Biennial New York: Harry N. Abrams, pp. 220-221 and 274. 2002.

1999

K. Michael Hays, “Not Architecture But Evidence That It Exists: A Note on Lauretta Vinciarelli’s Watercolors”. Assemblage, 38, pp. 48-57. 1999.

1998

Brooke Hodge, ed. “Not architecture But Evidence That It Exists, Lauretta Vinciarelli: Watercolors”. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. 1998.

1997

Oscar Riera Ojeda, ed. “The Loft of Lauretta Vinciarelli”. The New American Apartment: innovations in Residential Design and Construction. New York: The Whitney Library Design, pp. 256-261. 1997

1995

Carla Breeze, “The Loft of Lauretta Vinciarelli”. New Modern: Creative Living Spaces. New York: Architecure & Interior Design Library, pp. 66-71.

1994

Unknown, “Profonde Risonanze”. L’Arca. January 1994.

1993

Karen D. Stein, “Imagines Spaces”. Architectural Record, pp. 106-109. September 1993.

Walter Titz, “Klein Anflug von Behaglichkeit”. Kleiner Zeitung, Graz. January 1993.

Brigitte Borchhardt-Birbaumer, “Abeschlossener Ort Architecktur”. Weiner Zeitung. January 1993.

Christopher Walsch, “Meditationstraming”. Weiner Blatt. January 1993.

1992

K.S. “Architecktur des Lichtes”. Die Presse. December 1992.

Johanna Hofleitner. “Meschenlerre Inneraume: Der Bauch der Architektur”. Kurier. December 1992.

Martin Filler, “Building With Paper and Water”. Design Quarterly. Fall 1992.

Unknown, Newsline. September-October, 1992.

Lebbeus Woods, “Lauretta Vinciarelli: The Architecture of Light”. A&U. June 1992.

1984

Unknown. “San Leucio: cinque proposte par un territorio”. September 1984.

1982

Unknown. The Texas Architect. 1982.

1981

Michael Sorkin. “The Seven Courtyards”. Express. 1981

Unknown. “Puglia Project and Marfa 2a”. A&U. April 1981.

Unknown. “The Seven Courtyards”. SD. 1981.

Unknown. Art in America. 1981.

Unknown. “Marfa 7”. House and Garden. March 1981.

1980

Unknown. “Marfa 2a”. Archetype , 1. Winter 1980.

Unknown. “Late Entries to the Tribune Tower Competition”. Progressive architecture. June 1980.

Ross Miller. “Reading Architectural Drawings”. Residential Interiors. July-August 1980.

1979

Unknown. Progressive architecture. January 1979.

Robert A.M. Stern and Deborah Nivens. “Marfa 2”. The Artchitects’ Eye. 1979.

1978

Richard Pommer. “Structures for Imagination”. Art in America. March-April, 1978.

Unknown. “Puglia Project”. Domus, no. 584. July 1978.

1977

Susana Torre. “Towards the Definition of a Spatial Fabric”. Women in American Architecture: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective. New York: Watson-Guptel Publications, pp. 176-177. 1977.

Leonardo Fodera. “Puglia Project”. Architectural Design. June 1977.

Publications

1991
Contemporary Architectural Drawings. San Frencisco: Pomengranate Books.
1986
Fifth Anniversary of Emerging Voices. New York: The Architectural League of New York.
1985
Terca Mostra Internationale di Architettura. Venezia: La Biennale di Venezia.
1982
“Wall, Door and Window”. Cooper Union Winter Edition.
1980
“Creation and Recreation: America Draws”. Helsinki: Museum of Finnish Architecture.