Spent yesterday on bike appreciating Palm Springs modernist architecture, including the Kaufmann House (pictured above in a famous photo by Julius Shulman), a Richard Neutra building commissioned by the same Pittsburgh department store magnate who built Fallingwater. A little bit of additional research on the landmark after I got home uncovered the following anecdote about one-time owner Barry Manilow and his questionable modifications:It is not known what changes were made by the Klein’s, but of the Manilow years, Beth Harris relates an amusing story. Filmmaker John Waters visited Manilow at the house during his ownership. Manilow had decorated the two guest bedrooms for favored guests; one was actress/comedienne Susanne Somers — the other was a male friend. Somers’ suite was tricked out with wallpaper, drapes, linens, and bed clothes done in a famous Laura Ashley lavender floral print. The other guest room was decorated with faux-marble wall coverings and stage-set Roman columns. The interiors of the main house were also extensively wall-papered. Years later, upon a return visit to Palm Springs, Waters toured the Harris’ extensive restoration, remarking to Beth with an arch grin: “My dear, you’ve just ruined the place!”
Assyrian Relief with Winged Genius, dates to between 883 and 859 BC (Neo-Assyrian), made of alabaster.
Courtesy & currently located at the Walters Art Museum, USA:
This relief decorated the interior wall of the northwest palace of King Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud, which is situated in present-day Iraq. With his right hand, the genius (or benevolent spirit) uses a cone-shaped object to sprinkle from his bucket some magic potion upon either a sacred tree or the king depicted on the adjacent relief. The genius wears the horned crown of a deity and the elegant jewelry and fringed cloak of contemporary courtiers.