Outraged tales of tenure denied or students led astray are all seen as the work of Po-mos
and other "sexual liberals.
For all the dialogic chaos, it's an easy text to thematize, to reduce to some glib scrawl lifted from some po-mo
Rummler was evidently given terrifying amounts of freedom in concocting his windowless urban landscapes, which combine the functionalist confidence of late modernism (banks of plastic molded seating shining under fluorescent tubing) with some misguided forays into po-mo
extravagance: decorative brickwork contrasting with bold stripes of black-and-white tiling, or a newspaper kiosk masquerading as a miniature country cottage.
The AA never went for Po-Mo
and magically overlaid the theorists (who could be brought over for the day from Paris and then sent back) with a remarkable set of drawing people.
Reaching maturity at a time when po-mo
architecture was already outdated, and living in London, a city littered with gaudy examples of the house style of Thatcherism, Bronstein--a natural antiquarian and an innate contrarian--became fascinated with these newly historical edifices.
We couldn't resist a finer grained partisanship and, just as the old convenience of international communism broke down to reveal festering religious and ethnic paranoias, new architecture broke down into Po-Mo
, High-Tech, Rat, De-Con, Neo-Mod and .
This exhibition also underlined Bengtsson's forays into appropriation, bootlegging tacky but popular sentiments (10 Years, 1971), and exercising po-mo
tools for cultural critique ahead of schedule (The Picture-Wall, 1977).
Looking back, readers can have fun spotting the rising stars--Foster's implausible conjuring with glazing and neoprene gaskets at the Sainsbury Centre (1978), Michael Hopkins doing a golf club pub in Milton Keynes (1982), Terry Farrell turning his hand to a suitably Po-Mo
'Pizza di Putney' (1984).
Yet he shares, without irony, the period's genuine love for the magnificence of eighteenth-century architectural drawings, which, crossed with po-mo
fantasies, he executes with lavish skill.
Architectural materials, High-tech, Po-Mo
, Eco, are all taxis for hire, regardless of national boundaries.