The Philip Johnson Glass House. Photo: Eirik Johnson

Modern Views is an exhibition and auction 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. Works donated by 100 architects, artists and designers will be on exhibit online beginning September 7, 2010 and will eventually be sold at Sotheby’s on October 6, 2010.

Among the leading artists and architects who have created works are Maarten Baas, Constantin Boym, Zaha Hadid, Fritz Haeg, Sheila Hicks, Dirk Lohan, Gary Hilderbrand, Tashiko Mori, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, James Rosenquist, David Salle, Paula Scher, Frank Stella, Al Taylor, James Welling, Richard Woods and many more.

Here are a few examples of some of the art pieces:

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Paula Scher, Modernism USA, 2010, Silk screen, 34 1/2” x 23 1/2”, image courtesy of the designer

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Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Gravity Is a Force to Be Reckoned With, (Untitled Repose), 2010, Giclée print on paper, 12” x 30”, Edition 1/10, image courtesy of the artist

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Gilles Saucier, Found Object/Objet Trouvé, Helsinki, 2003, (printed 2010), Archival pigmented ink on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, 46 3/4” x 35”, image courtesy of the architect

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Al Taylor, Sideffects of Danish Doorway, 1996, Pencil and conté crayon on paper, 16 1/4” x 12 3/4”, image courtesy of Debbie Taylor, © The Estate of Al Taylor

Spearheaded by the Glass House leadership, as the National Trust’s Center for Modernism, the venture hopes to raise $1M to preserve our country’s most inspirational modernist icons. We hope that they do!

If you’d like to help, you can bid at the auction or purchase a copy of the new book called Modern Views available at Assouline. The book is a collection of the art pieces created in the auction. Proceeds of this book also benefit the restoration and renovation of the two properties.