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Philip Johnson & Texas

Author: Frank D Welch
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Celebrated, controversial, and recipient of his profession's highest honors, "Philip Johnson is unarguably the most influential and best-known American architect working at the close of this century", in the opinion of Frank Welch. For six decades he has been a leading advocate and practitioner of European-inspired modernist architecture, patron of the Museum of Modern Art, and habitue of elite East Coast artistic,
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Welch, Frank D., 1927-
Philip Johnson & Texas.
Austin : University of Texas Press, c2000
(OCoLC)606463598
Named Person: Philip Johnson; Philip Johnson
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frank D Welch
ISBN: 0292791348 9780292791343
OCLC Number: 42692183
Description: xviii, 298 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Other Titles: Philip Johnson and Texas
Responsibility: Frank D. Welch ; photographs by Paul Hester ; foreword by Philip Johnson ; drawings by Brian Fitzsimmons and Landry Ray.
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schema:description"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."@en
schema:description"This history of Johnson's work in Texas reveals how the architect's bold, outspoken personality attracted Texas clients and how their referrals in turn shaped his career. It also demonstrates how Johnson's advocacy of architecture-as-art has affected the social and cultural climate of Texas cities. Perhaps most of all, it records Johnson's ongoing love affair with the state that has made him its favorite "out-of-town" architect. As he recently quipped during a slow time in his New York office, "I should have moved there; it's the only place I have any work!""@en
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