The architect Philip Johnson died at the age of 98. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
One of the most influential architects of the 20th century; helped create the skylines of major cities across the U.S. Founder of the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Architecture and Design in 1930. He received the 1978 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal and the 1979 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, a descendant of the earliest planners of the town of New Amsterdam, including Jacques Cortelyou and Peter Stuyvesant. He was called “the best-known openly gay architect in America” and was with his partner, David Whitney, for 45 years.
Architecture is the art of how to waste space.
How does an artist know when the line that he just painted is good or not good? That’s the catch. De Kooning was the greatest of my contemporaries in art, and he knew when he’d done a good line. When he didn’t, he threw it away. I wish I’d thrown away some of mine.
The first complete sentence out of my mouth was probably that line about consistency being the hobgoblin of small minds.
I like the thought that what we are to do on this earth is embellish it for its greater beauty, so that oncoming generations can look back to the shapes we leave here and get the same thrill that I get in looking back at theirs – at the Parthenon, at Chartres Cathedral.
Anybody can build a building, putting some doors into it, but how many times have you been in a building that moves you to tears the way Beethoven’s ‘Eighth’ does?