Joe Queenan on the Frank Gehry Glut | Moving Targets – WSJ.com

An Iowa-based philanthropist and architecture aficionado has offered a $300 million reward to any city anywhere in the world that dares to hire someone other than Frank Gehry to design its gleaming new art museum.

\”Don\’t get me wrong, I like iconoclastic, swoopy structures that look like bashed-in sardine cans as much as the next guy,\” says the philanthropist, who wishes to remain nameless for fear of enraging close friends in the art world. \”I like Czech dance halls that look like a 747 plowed right into the façade as much as anybody. I bow to no man in my admiration for an architect who can design an art museum that looks like a intergalactic recycling center. I just thought it would be nice to give the second-most-famous architect in the world a shot at a payday. Whoever he is. I know I\’ve got his name here somewhere.\”

The philanthropist\’s gambit underscores how amazingly popular Mr. Gehry\’s playful, irreverent architecture has become in recent years, and how hard it is to find anyone helming a major municipal building project who would dare to hire someone else to execute a commission. The latest is a 76-story structure in lower Manhattan, the largest swoopy apartment building in the world.

via Joe Queenan on the Frank Gehry Glut | Moving Targets – WSJ.com.

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  1. There is a sharp edge to this humorous article in that the hostility and intolerance of architectural profession, including critics and academics, is only slightly exaggerated.  Here in the UK architectural journals at least pay lip service to a diverse spectrum of design.  However every published traditional project is automatically characterized as “pastiche”, and excoriated with comments such as “fails to submit to the discipline of innovation” and other clichés. Such bullying defensiveness is a sure sign of the insecurity of modernists who may begin to wonder how long “the emperor has no clothes” aesthetic can be put over the general public.    John Martin Winchester,United Kingdom

    >________________________________ > From: Civism and Cities >To: jsmartn@yahoo.com >Sent: Saturday, February 1, 2014 11:23 PM >Subject: [New post] Joe Queenan on the Frank Gehry Glut | Moving Targets – WSJ.com > > > > WordPress.com >civismandcities posted: “An Iowa-based philanthropist and architecture aficionado has offered a $300 million reward to any city anywhere in the world that dares to hire someone other than Frank Gehry to design its gleaming new art museum. \”Don\’t get me wrong, I like iconocla” >

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