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David Adjaye finds his place in the art world

David Adjaye, Principal Architect of Adjaye Associates, is at the apex of the art world’s admiration for architecture. From overseeing grand plans for landmark museums to creating homes for his artist friends, Adjaye is the go-to architect for art’s big names right now, evidenced by top New York gallerist Marian Goodman’s decision to have him design her London space, which opened in October. Adjaye’s work is currently the subject of an exhibition itself, at Haus der Kunst in Munich, titled “Form, Heft, Material.” As his first major survey show, it explores the artist collaborations that have contributed to his avant-garde sensibility alongside his broader oeuvre. This isn’t the architect’s

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first solo exhibition; “David Adjaye: Making Public Buildings” was shown at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 2006. In 2002, he ventured into the artistic realm by collaborating with Chris Ofili on “The Upper Room,” an installation Tate Britain later acquired. A set he designed to exhibit photographic murals by Richard Avedon at the Gagosian Gallery became well known in 2012 when Gagosian posted billboards featuring the images around New York City. More recent installations include the Gwangju Pavilion, South Korea, and The Source, at Tate Liverpool, in collaboration with Doug Aitken. Adjaye Associates’ gallery commissions range from remodeling their interiors to

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