Monday, July 25, 2011

The Other Modern at the "Other Dominican"

Stuart at the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny has a great architectural-historical post on one of my favorite churches in New York, St. Catherine of Siena, an intriguing 1930 exercise in a sort of streamlined Liturgical Movement-meets-the-Arts and Crafts Style by Wilfrid E. Anthony. Usually overshadowed by its big sister, St. Vincent Ferrer, it is a wonderful exercise in true noble simplicty, stripping the Gothic down to its most radical elements while retaining a sense of authenticity and reality. It is, as far as both of us can tell, sui generis both in Anthony's personal oevre and in America as a whole, and shows what can be achieved by simple, well-proportioned forms offset by elegant painted detail-work. Have a look round.

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