Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson

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  • Author: Franz Schulze
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226740587
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 472

In this critically acclaimed biography, Franz Schulze probes the private and professional life of one of the most famous architects and architectural critics of the twentieth century. The only child of a wealthy Midwestern family, Philip Johnson was a millionaire by the time he graduated from Harvard, and in 1932 he helped stage the historic International Style exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. A patron of the arts and a political activists who flirted with the politics of Hitler, Huey Long, and Father Coughlin, he went on to create controversial and historical structures such as the Glass House, the Roofless Church, the AT & T Building, the Crystal Cathedral, and many more. Johnson's personal charms paired with his manipulative ploys—like his "borrowing" of designs—shine through in this biography. Drawing on Johnson's correspondence, personal photographs, and speeches, and on interviews with his friends and contemporaries, Schulze fills the biography with fascinating information on the architect's family, travels, friends and lovers, and his many buildings and spaces themselves. Franz Schulze is a professor of art at Lake Forest College. He is the author of Fantastic Images: Chicago Art since 1945, One Hundred Years of Chicago Architecture, and Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography.


Philip Johnson and the Museum of Modern Art

Philip Johnson and the Museum of Modern Art

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  • Author: Philip Johnson
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
  • ISBN: 9780870701177
  • Category : Architects
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 167

This volume focuses on the architect Philip Johnson's long association with The Museum of Modern Art, with essays examining his roles as patron, as curator, and as the institution's unofficial architect from the late 1940s to the early 1970s.


Philip Johnson & Texas

Philip Johnson & Texas

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  • Author: Frank D. Welch
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • ISBN: 9780292791343
  • Category : Architecture
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 298

"In this book, Frank Welch draws on interviews with Johnson, his professional colleagues, and the patrons who commissioned his buildings to discover why Johnson has done his best work in the Lone Star State. He opens with an overview of Johnson's formative years as an architect, leading up to his pivotal meeting with Dominique and John de Menil, who chose him to build their house in Houston in the late 1940s. Welch fully chronicles Johnson's long association with the de Menils and other wealthy Texans and the many commissions this produced, including the University of St. Thomas and Pennzoil Place in Houston, the Kennedy Memorial, Thanks-Giving Square, and the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, the Amon Carter Museum and the Water Garden in Fort Worth, and the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, as well as the numerous skyscrapers Johnson designed for Houston developer Gerald Hines, and several private residences."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Philip Johnson and His Mischief

Philip Johnson and His Mischief

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  • Author: Christian Bjone
  • Publisher: Images Publishing
  • ISBN: 1864705248
  • Category : Architecture
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 96

In the world of modern art, the idea of appropriation, or the conscious manipulation of the recognised world of another artist, has long been accepted as a legitimate strategy in criticism of the tradition of art authorship, challenging the context of viewing contemporary work and the manipulation of omnipresent media images. The world of art itself is fair game to be pillaged or mined in the production of new art, but there is almost no recognised equivalent aesthetic in architecture. Philip Johnson consistently dealt with the concept of appropriation and used it as a design strategy from the very beginning of his illustrious career. A singular taste-maker, Philip Johnson influenced art, architecture and design during the second half of the 20th century. Philip Johnson and His Mischief: Appropriation in Art and Architecture looks at the concept of appropriation and how Johnson’s style was influenced first by his mentor, Mies van der Rohe, and then by post-modern ideas and artists. This title serves to review Johnson’s body of work and show that, far from being a weakness, his use of appropriation was a major part of his innovative success.


Philip Johnson - Recent Works

Philip Johnson - Recent Works

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  • Author: Jeffrey Kipnis
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Son Limited
  • ISBN:
  • Category : Architecture
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 127

The work of an old master of modern architecture.


Philip Johnson's Method of Architecture as Seen in the Glass House (1949) and the AT&T Building (1978)

Philip Johnson's Method of Architecture as Seen in the Glass House (1949) and the AT&T Building (1978)

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  • Author: Samantha L. Becker
  • Publisher:
  • ISBN:
  • Category :
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 158


Phil. Johnson's Life on the Plains ...

Phil. Johnson's Life on the Plains ...

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  • Author: Phil Johnson
  • Publisher:
  • ISBN:
  • Category : Frontier and pioneer life
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 358


Philip Johnson/John Burgee

Philip Johnson/John Burgee

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  • Author: Johnson/Burgee Architects (Firma)
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
  • ISBN:
  • Category : Architecture
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 191

The past decade has witnessed the realization of Philip Johnson and John Burgee's most innovative buildings in their eighteen-year professional collaboration. No single architectural team has had a stronger impact on the shape of the American skyline. Their impressive output makes an updated volume on their work timely and welcome, both to the architectural community and to the interested public. The twenty-five projects featured in this volume include high-rise office buildings and urban complexes, colleges and cultural centers, commercial and religious monuments. A distinctive and highly varied repertory emerges: the Romanesque ensemble of the New Cleveland PlayHouse; the neoclassical AT&T building in NewYork City; a mansard-roofed skyscraper in San Francisco (adorned with classical statues); the Dutch-gabled Republic Bank Center in Houston; Boston's "village of skyscrapers," International Place at Fort Hill; and that major twentieth century space in Garden Grove, California- the steel and glass Crystal Cathedral. The volume also features buildings currently in production and under construction, such as the triple-tiered, oval-shaped office building on Fifty-third Street and Third Avenue in New York, a very creative manipulation of the New York City zoning laws and the new home of John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson.The illustrated main text is supplemented by a chronological index providing in capsule form a history of their major built projects -- from dust jacket.


The Dissolution of Place

The Dissolution of Place

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  • Author: Shelton Waldrep
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 131703547X
  • Category : Architecture
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 244

Postmodern architecture - with its return to ornamentality, historical quotation, and low-culture kitsch - has long been seen as a critical and popular anodyne to the worst aspects of modernist architecture: glass boxes built in urban locales as so many interchangeable, generic anti-architectural cubes and slabs. This book extends this debate beyond the modernist/postmodernist rivalry to situate postmodernism as an already superseded concept that has been upended by deconstructionist and virtual architecture as well as the continued turn toward the use of theming in much new public and corporate space. It investigates architecture on the margins of postmodernism -- those places where both architecture and postmodernism begin to break down and to reveal new forms and new relationships. The book examines in detail not only a wide range of architectural phenomena such as theme parks, casinos, specific modernist and postmodernist buildings, but also interrogates architecture in relation to identity, specifically Native American and gay male identities, as they are reflected in new notions of the built environment. In dealing specifically with the intersection between postmodern architecture and virtual and filmic definitions of space, as well as with theming, and gender and racial identities, this book provides provides ground-breaking insights not only into postmodern architecture, but into spatial thinking in general.


Machine Art, 1934

Machine Art, 1934

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  • Author: Jennifer Jane Marshall
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226507173
  • Category : Art
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 240

In 1934, New York’s Museum of Modern Art staged a major exhibition of ball bearings, airplane propellers, pots and pans, cocktail tumblers, petri dishes, protractors, and other machine parts and products. The exhibition, titled Machine Art, explored these ordinary objects as works of modern art, teaching museumgoers about the nature of beauty and value in the era of mass production. Telling the story of this extraordinarily popular but controversial show, Jennifer Jane Marshall examines its history and the relationship between the museum’s director, Alfred H. Barr Jr., and its curator, Philip Johnson, who oversaw it. She situates the show within the tumultuous climate of the interwar period and the Great Depression, considering how these unadorned objects served as a response to timely debates over photography, abstract art, the end of the American gold standard, and John Dewey’s insight that how a person experiences things depends on the context in which they are encountered. An engaging investigation of interwar American modernism, Machine Art, 1934 reveals how even simple things can serve as a defense against uncertainty.