Modern Views: A Project to Benefit the Farnsworth House and Glass House

One hundred of the world’s greatest architects, artists and designers have contributed their work, a selection of which were sold at auction on September 16, 2010 in Chicago, with the main collection being sold at Sotheby’s on October 6, 2010 in New York.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that 100 works donated to the Modern Views project to benefit the Mies van der Rohe’s 1951 Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois and Philip Johnson’s 1949 Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut will be sold at Sotheby’s.


The Modern Views project leadership invited a global slate of participants to create and donate a drawing, sculpture, painting or other artwork, accompanied by a short statement that captures how these two iconic buildings inspire their work.


Among the works to be auctioned are examples of leading artists and architects of the 20th century as well as emerging and leading contemporary artists of the 21st century including: David Adjaye, Asymptote, Tadao Ando,  Maarten Baas, Constantin Boym, Vija Celmins, Zaha Hadid, Fritz Haeg, Claes Oldenburg +Coosje van Bruggen, Sheila Hicks, Dirk Lohan, Gary Hilderbrand, Ronald A. Krueck, Richard Meier, Tashiko Mori, Robert Morris, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Ken Price, Ed Ruscha, James Rosenquist, David Salle, Paula Scher, Frank Stella, Al Taylor, James Welling, Richard Woods. All works have been available in an online exhibition since September 7, 2010 at


Select works were exhibited in Chicago on September 16 featuring a live auction of highlighted pieces. All work will be on exhibition in New York with a ticketed event October 6, culminating in a live and silent auction of all pieces. A new film, Points on a Line, by artist Sarah Morris and inspired by both the Farnsworth House and the Glass House premiered at Chicago and will premier in New York.


Spearheaded by the Glass House leadership, as the National Trust’s Center for Modernism, the Modern Views project represents a yearlong initiative to raise funds specifically earmarked for the preservation and restoration of the Brick House at the Philip Johnson Glass House and for the restoration, maintenance and operations of the Farnsworth House. The venture is set to raise $1 million to preserve the United States’s most inspirational Modernist icons.


The publisher Assouline has compiled all these works into a book entitled Modern Views which will be released in October, and features essays by Paul Goldberger and an interview with Phyllis Lambert, one of the leaders involved with this project.


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