Posted by Manuel Oliveros on October 15, 2002 at 10:18:03:
In Reply to: Philip Johnson posted by Scratchy on October 14, 2002 at 23:17:02:
Well, maybe Phillip Johnson has not been very original, nor has he been first range between the main architects of the XX century; this however makes not him nor his work entirely despicable. It is also very clear he has been very influential in the developments of some specifical trends in architecture and its study (say International Style, Postmodernism and contributing to Gehry be where he is). This, compounded with more than proven erudition and love for architecture (as to be a second vocation, cultivating it in his garden, and saying he "would kill to get the commission" for a big work -on Philip who knows if a joke) is no mean feat for any man, whichever his standing.
So willingly or not, we better should reserve some place to Johnson in our architectural heart, not many of us will be able to love it as much as he did, with so continued dedication and to such achievement. This won't forfeit our ability to love more other more creative and emotive architects in their works (that maybe not always in their lives) closer to our human souls.
Other than that, you can think of him what once said of Bolton the singer "An authentical demon, sent by Satan to lower taste in music" ... but a joke will never make null the deeds of one dedicated man. If he has been driven by some need to build up his ego, this a fault of a giant lot of those in Earth, so much that some intellectual whose name I am sorry now I don't remember said that the history of humankind is one of humans attempting to overcome their complex of inferiority.
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