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June 30, 2014

Philip Johnson's Glass House Transformed

By Julian Sancton | Art

Philip Johnson's Glass House Transformed
©Richard Barnes

Using fog as her medium, 81-year-old Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya transfigures spaces without touching them. For her installation Veil (on view now through November 30), she has found her most symbolic setting yet: Philip Johnson’s Glass House. Nakaya is shrouding the New Canaan, Connecticut, landmark, which celebrates its 65th anniversary, in a dense mist once an hour, thanks to 600 nozzles hidden in the grass. She complements the transparent walls with their exact architectural opposite: opaque air. From the inside, invisible divisions take form. From the outside, the house seems to disappear in a cloud. The effect becomes all the more mysterious as the fog dissipates and the house emerges as if out of a fairy tale. At 199 Elm St.; theglasshouse.org.

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