Congrats on your documentaries. Architecture is in need of champions. We could live where every structure was an artwork! It would be so great for humanity!
Michael Newberry, Painter, Idyllwild
I adore your films, they are an authoritative approach that you found mixing architecture, culture, history and your work!
Maria Luiza Aboim, Director, Brazil
You have become a great critic and communicator.
Laura Feinsilver, Art Critic, Argentina
On Dear Bernie
You present many good ideas for improving the design of cities. Nicely done!
This “People +Architecture in San Diego “ s fantastic. Robert Wellington Quigley’s design for the public library, the conference happening with all the people dancing and hugging, and the stunning visual ode presented by Kahn for the Salk Institute — each one punctuated by the most suitable music. I so admire all so the way you capture the street scene surrounding the library, giving the context and period of its setting.
It is such perfection, thrilling! Rick, I hope you are entering your works in all appropriate competitions and film festivals. You are, and have long been, a master oppressed your craft of filmmaking, with your goal to show cities and their architecture/art/lifestyle/people. BRAVO !
Karol Soucek King, Design Journalist
I loved the mini-doc! The dogs sequence is hilarious, and the choice of music spot-on!
Sandro del Rosario, Filmmaker and Animator
Fun! Thanks for sharing. Nice use of drone. I also like the fast motion effect around 2nd minute.
Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Visual Artist and Filmmaker
Congratulations on the release of your doc. Your film is visually spectacular, creative and provocative; I can’t wait to see her work.
Mikki Dickoff, director, writer, producer of social justice films
Shirin Neshat did not arrive in Buenos Aires, I was lucky to see her work at the biennials of Venice and Sao Paolo, and in New York. Her work is fabulous, unforgettable. Congratulations for your work in spreading it. Beautiful video.
Laura Feinsilver, art critic
After I saw this short film, together with the memory of my visit to her exhibition at the Guggenheim a few years ago I understood why western art’s world embraces this Iranian artist. She answers exactly to what the public expects from an Iranian artist: aesthetics, being in touch with tradition and social folklore and literature. The central characters of her work, mostly women, are beautiful.
David Sharir, artist
This is a beautiful film and a lively tribute to a wonderful artist, congratulations!
Terri Braunstein, artist
You are right by stating that “Architecture could play a pivotal role,” and not “Architects could…” If I may quote FLLW “The American Institute of Architects should be conceived as the American Institute of Architecture…” i.e. promoting an “architecture of the logos rather than a logo architecture, as a Professor of Architecture at my alma matter used to say…and that was long ago!
Thanks so much for sending us your wonderful creation and congratulations on the success of the documentary! We know that each work of art reflects the heart and soul of the artist. Sharing your work is an example of what makes Bernie’s campaign so unique — hundreds of thousands of individuals coming together to create something new that reflects each and every one of them — a Political Revolution! We appreciate your generosity and will send this on to appropriate campaign staff — and we thank you very much for your continued support!
In solidarity, Nicholas, Team Bernie
Excellent work. Thank you for sharing.
Efrain Saragovia Architect, Hollywood, FL
I loved the mini-doc! The dogs’ sequence is hilarious, and the choice of music spot-on!
Sandro del Rosario, Filmmaker and Animator
Fun! Thanks for sharing. Nice use of a drone. I also like the fast motion effect around the 2nd minute.
Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Visual Artist and Filmmaker
It took me some time to tell you about the Venice Art Walk and the exhibition about Jasper Johns, a milestone in art. Whenever I saw a show about his work in New York, I thought he was genial.
Vanguard today does not exist. It’s gone. Everybody is into performances, with most subjects quite worn out, particularly the ones in which “destruction” is the watchword. It is fashionable to axing and smashing as a symbol against the art establishment but, who is the establishment? Curators, collectors, museums, galleries, the art market. It seems that the anti-establishment love to be published in newspapers, to contract curators, to accept from the government pay for a show at the Venice Biennale created on site, to have critics talk about them, in short, long etcetera.
This is just a touch of what’s going on here. There are also valuable things, but in general, the matter that counts is quantity, to create events in which you’ll have to go to thirty different places. There is a great void.
I can’t deny that in this system somebody is pulling strings and elevates an artist to the category of “GENIAL! from one night to the next day. Quoting a sentence of Jean Baudrillard, “Art has now become no more than the metalanguage of banality.”
Well, Ricky, you have become a great critic and communicator. I love it and also seeing Ruth that accompanies you all the time and contributes, without doubt, her sagacity in all what you do.
I am sending you my website link in case you don’t have it, which includes my notes in the newspaper and the audios in which I participate. www.laurafeinsilber.com
Laura Feinsilver, Art Critic
Thanks for your inspired and inspiring art walk doc – EXCELLENT, I have screened Natasha’s (Maidoff) films.
Gerry Fialka, Director
I watched your Black Power Art film and really loved it. Great archival footage and beautifully edited and directed. I look forward to seeing all your work.
Micki Dickoff, Director
Man, thank you. I’m actually taking a date to see the Broad “Soul of a Nation” exhibit. I’ve been seeing the advertisements in Santa Monica. I looked at your Vimeo project and was like….deep. As a black man, it has a great impact on me. So really…thank you!
Kris Leroy, Firstcom Music
On OLLI-CSULB / Skiball 2019 Classes
Fabulous, impressive, eye-opening. Sustainable farming is the future and motivates me to create my own garden. An experienced architectural couple – want to learn more.
Great Class. Rick’s videos are wonderful. Both educating and inspiring. I attended your How to Look at Architecture class at OLLI during the Spring Session 2019. I enjoyed it very much.
Catherine Paez, Sr Business Systems Analyst
Fascinating documentaries with interesting ideas.
A wonderful presentation of an important art form. I particularly enjoyed the city portrait he presented and wished to attend his classes before my visits to those cities. His cinematography was an important adjunct to his lectures.
I really enjoy Rick’s classes. He is a great filmmaker. His selection of music was also excellent.
Very interesting and enjoyable. The films, which he made, are great.
Very good. I loved the broad appeal of the videos and Rick lectures. Thoroughly enjoyed myself each class session.
It was excellent. Rick’s lectures and videos were a great method to share his wealth of information. I could sit and listen to him all day.
This is my second class with Rick an I have seen great improvement of materials, subjects, and videos. I find Rick’s classes very interesting.
Great Class !!! You can teach us so much!
On Marcello Guido: Architecture in Motion
Thank you, Rick. Beautiful. Really fascinating. Thank you!!!
Great doc. You are becoming great both in content and technically. Competence and creativity, a fantastic mix. Congratulations! I only knew of Marcello Guido’s name as a “deconstructivist,” ex-student of Zevi. Thanks to your film, his underestimated work is exposed. I value his linguistic research, even if it is somehow away from my sensibility, yet I can appreciate the quality ant patient rigor.
Architect Viviana Campajola
Marcello Guido’s architecture sweeps me off my feet – That you would have discovered him from us in the US is quite extraordinary.
Fantastic! Some of his work reminds me of Zvi Hecker. The world moves ahead in all fields. Each person has a style that carries within the signs of the times. Deconstructivism carries within it asymmetry, that was an important component of modernism.
Architect AA, Israel.
It makes me emotional and breathless. His design language will take time to get absorbed. It is obviously the work of an artist. Great documentary. Spikey, colorful and angular.
The film is beautiful and generates curiosity about the architecture of Marcello Guido. The architecture I don’t like. It generates feeling s of insecurity and lack of understanding of the surrounding environment. It is inhuman.
Thank you for your good documentary and your effort to present the projects of Marcello Guido. However, I think, your documentary is better than his work.I suggest that Marcello should learn a little bit from Louis Kahn’s “what a thing wants to be” and not so much of “what the architect wants the thing to be”.
Architect Helmut Schulitz
Firstly – I compliment you and Ruth for your videos on art and architecture – I have watched several – they are all extremely thoughtful and beautifully made.
But — I am critical about the work of Marcello Guido. I think it’s great in modern parts of cities, or as an installation in a piazza, or as an interior intervention. However, when it’s a new built structure in or near those amazingly beautiful ancient cities and towns in Calabria, I find it invasive and disrespectful of the history. When Coop Himmelb(l)au did that rooftop structure in Vienna in the 80s, it was so sensitively designed – so perfect. I don’t see a similar elegance or sensitivity in Guido’s work when it is juxtaposed with historic structures.
I liked the film very much, but I am not an admirer of Marcello Guido’s architecture. It reminds me of contemporary music, which is stentorian.
Architect/Developer Efraim Saragovia
On As We Saw It – Coda: Israel Vignettes
I absolutely loved seeing your images/videos of Israel. It struck me how similar a lot of things visually are to other cities. It really did give me an understanding of the terrain.
I really did enjoy the clips of the museum that had an overlay of airplanes flying in the background. The movement of the airplanes really did help accentuate the movement of the camera and the shape of the walls of the museum. Also… I really loved the music. Your choice of music was fun, adventurous and at times nostalgic.
What a beautiful video of Israel and of your love affair with Ruth. The cinematography was so lush and colorful, and it was so wonderful to see a little of Gabby’s life and meet her sweet animals. I loved seeing the architecture and the markets and the gorgeous beaches. I particularly loved your reenactment of meeting Ruth and taking the bus to Nazareth.
Camryn Manheim, Actor
Dear Rick and Ruth — I feel I have just been in Israel — from the 1940s ’til the present — adored your re-enactment of your first meeting [such a blessing to us all] — and deeply moved by the memorials [admired your superimposed graphics !] as well as the gentleman’s remembrance of the happenings to his family and yours in the 1940s [appreciated the subtitle translation!] and you got in an abundance of Ruth sightings! — Cannot resist sending this link to some others.
On As We Saw It – Part 7: Emotional Rome
I was really moved do watch the film Emotional Rome.
Luca Zevi, Architect
I am impressed by your wonderful documentation. It took a long time to review all your impressive photos. How could you take photos like the panoramic view of the Pantheon in Rome? This is a stunning picture.
Helmut Schulitz, Architect
On As We Saw It – Parts 1 and 2: Parisians Paris; Paris Builds.
These videos are truly wonderful!!!
Marvelous!!! Thank you for making me travel in such a way!!! Without doubt the architects’ acute eye and passion for art.
Laura Feinsilber, Art Critic, Buenos Aires
All your videos are treasures — so it is an over-the-top comment to say “As We Saw It-Part 2: Paris Builds” is the Greatest! Yet that is what I am feeling – so powerful — and the way you have shown what was there in the past — and then these new ideas in the making and in their completion — Extraordinary visual experience — unfurled with equally breathtaking music. Congratulations —
Carol Susek King
Congratulations Rick on another great review!!’
Ricky what beautiful work! And I’m not praising the architecture but your skills as a filmmaker!
I am very impressed not only by the exciting buildings shown but particularly by the way the film communicates the architecture.
Bravo for Part Two. A totally different experience than Part One. At first, I was worried there was too much camera movement, but it made sense when I saw the old Pathé films of Les Halles. Don’t know if that was your plan, but it worked. I think you’re on to something with these architecture films. Looking forward to the next installment. As always the music was spot on.
So extremely moving are the expressions of the need to keep up the fight for and protection of Israel – and so fine the accomplishments of the architects and communities throughout Israel. And seeing part of the 20th-century history of Israelis’ on-going injustices faced and challenges overcome is a very strong statement of the much needed constant reminder. And Ruth and Rick, your own history including your wedding in 1966 [ which Rick’s voice-over describes as the most important decision in your lives] is a blessing. How fortunate the world is that you made that decision!
In both films, the timing and juxtaposition of the sequences and the extremely thoughtful/creative pairing of the music with the visual images provide just the right speed and feeling by which to allow the meaning of life’s tragedies and accomplishments to reach one’s inner core before moving on to the next. Your sensitivity governing every moment of these two films is right on target and the result is that each film is essential, elegant and pure poetry.
With love and admiration, Carol Soucek King
Great work! I’ll pass it on.
On Radio Day
Excellent! Seamless narrative. I liked the endless stream of images. Difficult to assemble. Much work.
Robert Payne , Director
Great interview/video on Radio Day — super images, very educational.
Gershon Weltman, Vice President, Perceptronics Solutions, Inc.
Golly, Rick — It took me more than a month before I watched this — but right now on this Saturday I did — and it is marvelous — cannot take one’s eyes off the film clips and architecture — with the music this is totally captivating !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you !!!!
Carol Soucek King, Pasadena
Very, very interesting. But you raise a question that remains unanswered and perhaps unanswerable. How can architecture build homes for the masses – the billions. In other words: cheap, green, robust, and FAST (as well as aesthetic). Ironically workplaces (offices, factories, clinics etc.) are an easier challenge as every project can be unique and still answer the needs of thousands. But homes for the millions and you end up with block apts. or affectations that are difficult to maintain and keep in good repair. Question – could an ingenious computer algorithm help to take a basic design and create endless varieties of apartments in the same building while the external of the building is not deadly boring?
Tsvi Bisk, Strategic Futurist
Answer: The answer to the last sentence is yes. At the Technion School of Architecture’s Immersive Visualization Lab , headed by Dafna Fisher-Gvirtzman, they are working on it. My personal view to the future of housing question is what I call “the IKEA” method. Architects should create structures within which the dwellers may assemble their chosen components, including exterior ones. The result would be unpredictable. Of course, one should start with full scale experimentation.
The collage of images accompanying the radio interview is fascinating! Rick, you use your knowledge on architecture and design as a a point of departure on thinking about the future of humanity on our Earth, which is getting smaller every day that goes by…
David Sharir, painter, Tel Aviv
Alexis J. Estevez, Director, Producer, Editor
I was very impressed by you video ! It is first of all inspirational and very well-presented beside that informational and interesting (you can’t stop looking !)
Dan Klinger, IT Manager, Faculty of Architecture, Technion Faculty, Technion, Visualization Laboratory.
Bravissimo to make architecture vibrate. I like everything said in this interview and I feel in tune with your approach when I design. I miss the architectural debates that we had in Rome. Now I know that when I want I can go to watch one of your videos and reconnect.
Monique Sarah Levi, Architect, Israel
An emotional congratulation for the intelligent Transformation of your interview. The result is a formidable video. Is one of the best I have seen.
Miguel Kerner, Architect, Bologna, Italy
Fantastic! I will forward it to other people.
Elran Levi, Attorney, Israel
On Architecture Photography at the Long Beach Veteran Affairs’ Community Living Center
Dear Rick, I want to thank you and Ruth for coming to visit us last Wednesday. The group really enjoyed your presentation. Several of them are trying out the panoramic shots that you presented.
Kathreen Huss, Veterans Digital Photography Therapy Group