We have placed selected Soleri original drawings for sale in the Arcosanti Gallery.
All these original drawings on display have been previously chosen as part of an installation in the upcoming exhibition,

“PAOLO SOLERI: Think. Draw. Build. SUSTAIN”

at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum this coming winter (scheduled from February 18 to April 8, 2013).

This unique offer coincides with the 93rd birthday(June 21st) of Paolo Soleri, recently retired from the Cosanti Foundation, devoting his time to writing.

In order for prospective buyers to take possession of any of these rare items, original drawings which are available nowhere else, they will need to:

[1] agree that the purchased pieces will be loaned to us for duration of the exhibition,

[2] pay an initial deposit, 40% of the purchase price, and

[3] take delivery of the purchased item after the exhibition closes, upon our receiving the balance of the payment.

The prices for the art work range from $2,500 to $40,000. Please inquire for more details at Soleri Archives:  archives [at] arcosanti [dot] org, or 928.632.6240.

The Northern Arizona University Art Museum plans to produce an exhibit catalogue that may feature these drawings.

Any of these drawings that remain unsold after the exhibition will still be available for sale, likely at higher prices.

[photos: Sue & text: Tomiaki Tamura, Jeff Stein]





This particular drawing is part of Soleri’s Mesa City series and was displayed in several exhibitions, most notably in 1998 during “AT THE END OF THE CENTURY: One Hundred Years Of Architecture”.

[1958-64]Original drawing by Paolo Soleri
[Ink, Acrylic, and Crayon on Paper]
mounted in a light wood frame, off-white matte,
frame size 58.75 inches wide x 17.75 inches high x 2 inches deep.

This early work by Soleri traveled four continents as part of a major exhibition summarizing the architectural accomplishment throughout the world in the last century.

The profound architectural exhibition began its international tour March 12. 1998 in Tokyo, Japan. Addressing architectural feats and ultimately transformations, “AT THE END OF THE CENTURY: One Hundred Years Of Architecture” recognized renowned architects and landmarks that represent the advancement within the twentieth century.

The exhibition considered the numerous aspects of architectural evolution in seven essays, in addition to the numerous color illustrations. Easily understandable, whether scholar or learner, a student could see the progression of architecture and urbanism through a global perspective.

The exhibition analyzed both how architecture has affected society, as well as what has been influential in the process of design. Some elements examined relating to the way architecture shapes civilization, consisted of urban growth, modernization and the desire for individuality. In opposition, economic, political and geographic factors were assessed. This exhibition considered the evolution of architecture and urbanism in the twentieth century, as both a conscious and unconscious movement.

The exhibition was organized by Richard Koshalek and Elizabeth A.T. Smith for The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

The exhibition toured to:
The Museum for Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan,
Colegio de San Ifdefonso, Mexico City, Mexico,
Ludwig Museum / Joseph Haubrich Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany,
Fundacao Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil,
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles,
Sikinin R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Paolo Soleri wrote about his Mesa City designs:

Mesa City’s interest lies in
(1) fragmented attempts to introduce corposity into the urban morphology, a premonition of the arcological concept;
(2) a preoccupation with the ecological aspects of every phenomenon on this planet, including the human phenomenon;
(3) the unequivocally stated conviction that the city is ultimately the most relevant aesthetic phenomenon on this earth and, consequently, that the characteristic genesis of the city is an act of creation, through the paths of discovery and invention.

Project Mesa City is the outline of a regional development in the west of the American continent or any other similar region. The land is internationalized under world government authority. Thus the sheltering of man is based on his worth, not on his clan. By dedicating a parcel of its land for this purpose, any developing country would see a radical transformation of its social, economic, and cultural life.

[photo: David DeGomez & text: ‘At the End of the Century: One Hundred Years of Architecture’ exhibition management, Paolo Soleri, Tomiaki Tamura]


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