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Philip Johnson: Life and Workby Franz Schulze
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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 and T Building, the Crystal Cathedral, and many more. Johnson's personal charms paired with his manipulative ploysand#8212;like his "borrowing" of designsand#8212;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.
Franz Schulze delves deeply into Johnson's life - from his childhood in the Midwest to his years at Harvard, from his coming to terms with his homosexuality to his flirtation with the politics of Hitler, Huey Long, and Father Coughlin - to paint an unprecedented portrait of this extraordinary man. A patron of the arts, Johnson helped stage the historic International Style exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 1932. A critic, a teacher, a "borrower" of ideas, and a living history of modern and postmodern architecture, Johnson has created many controversial and historical buildings, including the Glass House, the Roofless Church, the A T & T Building and the Crystal Cathedral.
"Philip Johnson is the greatest architectural presence of our time, and ... he's produced a fair number of good buildings in his 50 years of practice. They're just not all as interesting as his life". — Paul Goldberger, New York Times Book Review
Includes bibliographical references (p. -450) and index.
About the Author
Franz Schulze is the Betty Jane Schultz Hollender Professor of Art, Emeritus, at Lake Forest College.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsProloguePart One: Origins and Directions, 1652-1934From Nieuw Amsterdam to Overlook RoadHomer and LouiseThe Irreplaceable HeirHarvard: Collision of Mind and HeartAlfred BarrThe Pilgrimage RoadsMoma, Russell, and the New StyleMiesThe American InvasionThe 1932 Show: The Revolution Goes UptownThe Rise and Fall of ArtPart Two: The Inglorious Detour, 1934-1946Zarathustra and the KingfishNew London and the Radio PriestTomorrow the WorldBack to HarvardThe Penitential PrivatePart Three: Rebirth and Renewal, 1946-1953Barr Again, Moma Again, Mies AgainDomesticityOpus In VitroThe Early Fifties: Work, People, WorldviewPart Four: The Break with Modernism, 1953-1967"It Is All Socrates's Fault"Yet Again Mies: Easy to Shoot At, Hard to Bring DownHistorophilia and MonumentalityWandering MinstrelThe Sixties: Laurels and Ass's EarsNew CanaanUrbanism and Its DiscontentsOutpaced and Restored by the YoungPart Five: Superstardom, 1967-Burgee of ChicagoRaised Up at AT&T, Brought Low at MomaThe PoMo RevelPeterPhilip and David at HomeDeconBurgee: Discarded by the DiscardedThe Summing Up: Berlin, 1993Work in ProgressNotesSelected BibliographyIndexPermissions AcknowledgmentsPhotograph Credits
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