Sam Durant

Abandoned House #1 (Case Study #22)

1995

Medium
Wood, foam core, cardboard, Plexiglas, paper tape, spray enamel and metal
Dimensions
Object: 780 x 1080 x 810 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of Dean Valentine and Amy Adelson 2009
Reference
T12904

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The Case Study Houses were an experiment in residential architecture, designed by major architects to provide inexpensive and efficient model homes in response to the post-war American housing boom. Durant has made a series of scale replicas of the houses in states of disrepair. Case Study no.22, the Stahl House, was designed and built by Pierre Koenig in 1960 and has become a modernist icon. Durant’s model has holes knocked through the walls and is littered with debris, suggesting decline and degradation, and the failure of this utopian ideal.

Gallery label, April 2008