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October 14, 2001 | HAL FOSTER, Hal Foster is Townsend Martin professor of art and archeology at Princeton University, and is the author of 'Design and Crime,' forthcoming from Verso next year. A slightly different version of his essay first appeared in the London Review of Books (
For many people, Frank Gehry is not only our master architect but our master artist as well. Projects and prizes, books and exhibitions flow toward him (including a retrospective at the Guggenheim Bilbao, opening Oct. 29), and he is often called, without a blush of embarrassment, a genius. Why all the hoopla? Is this designer of metallic museums and curvy concert halls, luxury houses and flashy corporate headquarters truly Our Greatest Living Artist?
March 28, 2006 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
Imagine wearing a $1-million rendition of Walt Disney Hall on your lapel? That was Frank Gehry's first thought about designing jewelry several years ago, when he proposed a brooch, covered in diamonds, to raise money for the building project. Tiffany & Co. said no to that idea, but the idea of a future collaboration didn't end there.
July 17, 2005 | Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
Eat, drink and view an eclipse of the sun on a 10-day astronomy and gastronomy tour of Spain that begins Sept. 25. "What draws people to this trip is its mix of Spanish history and prehistoric cave art, food, wines and an amazing astronomical event on Oct. 3 -- an annular eclipse of the sun," said Aram Kaprielian, president of TravelQuest International. During an annular eclipse, the moon almost completely hides the sun, leaving only a bright ring of sunlight.
April 30, 2000 | Barbara Thornburg
Modernist architect Raquel Vert laughs when she recalls the 10 years during which she and her husband, Chaim, lived in their 1950s Encino ranch house before deciding to remodel. "I was working around the clock, seven days a week, in Frank Gehry's office and didn't have time for anything," she says, "much like the proverbial shoemaker's child with no shoes." She even resisted making decorative changes. "I wanted to do it right or not do anything at all."
January 1, 2003 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
Following Monday's announcement that the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation will withdraw plans for a major new Manhattan development due to the rocky state of the U.S. economy, the development's architect, Frank Gehry, says he's not writing off the project just yet.
The year 2001 will not be remembered for a dazzling trend or a seductive must-have product. But if the design revolution slowed along with the economy, someone did manage to reinvent the trophy. To be sure, there's a need. This year alone, three prestigious awards programs identified 13 leading talents working in fields as diverse as performing arts and digital typography. Their names are familiar chiefly within their professions, but their high-performance design is omnipresent.
July 31, 2005 | Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
EXPERIENCE Patagonia by land and by sea on an 11-night Smithsonian expedition. The tour, which begins Nov. 3, will be led by Kirt Kempter, an expert in plate tectonics and volcanism who has led study tours throughout South America. Participants fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas, both in Chile, where they embark on the 129-passenger Mare Australis to sail the Straits of Magellan to Ushuaia, Argentina.
June 3, 2004 | Steven Barrie-Anthony, Times Staff Writer
The vision arrived, as visions usually do, late at night. Anke Mazzei unrolled her frog-green sleeping bag. Lying on the floor of the gutted silver Airstream parked in St. Louis, she saw its reflection on the roof. A mundane observation to most, perhaps, but not to the seven young car designers seeking a muse along Route 66. Inspired, they spent the next two weeks contemplating sunsets reflected against the trailers' aluminum siding.
June 7, 2006 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
The last time the American Institute of Architects descended on Los Angeles for its annual convention, downtown was desperate, Walt Disney Concert Hall was a moribund civic embarrassment, "design" was something schoolkids did rather than a middle-class fetish on sale at Target, and even the most ambitious architects tended to go about business never imagining that reaching the top of their field could transform them into star-magnitude international celebrities.
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