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The man in the Glass House : Philip Johnson, architect of the modern century / Mark Lamster.

Author/creator Lamster, Mark, 1969- author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst edition.
Publication Info New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Copyright Notice ©2018
Descriptionxvii, 508 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Subject(s)
Portion of title Philip Johnson, architect of the modern century
Contents The Master's Joy -- From Saul to Paul -- A Man of Style -- Show Time -- The Maestro -- The Gold Dust Twins -- An American Führer -- Pops -- A New New Beginning -- An Apostate at Worship -- Crutches -- Cocktails on the Terrace -- Third City -- Towers and Power -- The Head of the Circle -- Things Fall Apart -- The Irresistible Allure of the Fantastic.
Abstract "When Philip Johnson died in 2005 at the age of 98, he was still one of the most recognizable-and influential-figures on the American cultural landscape. The first recipient of the Pritzker Prize and MoMA's founding architectural curator, Johnson made his mark as one of America's leading architects with his famous Glass House in New Caanan, CT, and his controversial AT & T Building in NYC, among many others in nearly every city in the country-but his most natural role was as a consummate power broker and shaper of public opinion. Johnson introduced European modernism-the sleek, glass-and-steel architecture that now dominates our cities-to America, and mentored generations of architects, designers, and artists to follow. He defined the era of "starchitecture" with its flamboyant buildings and celebrity designers who esteemed aesthetics and style above all other concerns. But Johnson was also a man of deep paradoxes: he was a Nazi sympathizer, a designer of synagogues, an enfant terrible into his old age, a populist, and a snob. His clients ranged from the Rockefellers to televangelists to Donald Trump. Award-winning architectural critic and biographer Mark Lamster's THE MAN IN THE GLASS HOUSE lifts the veil on Johnson's controversial and endlessly contradictory life to tell the story of a charming yet deeply flawed man. A rollercoaster tale of the perils of wealth, privilege, and ambition, this book probes the dynamics of American culture that made him so powerful, and tells the story of the built environment in modern America."-- Publisher's website.
Abstract The first recipient of the Pritzker Prize and MoMA's founding architectural curator, Philip Johnson made his mark as one of America's leading architects with his famous Glass House in New Caanan, CT, and his controversial AT&T Building in NYC. As a shaper of public opinion and mentor to generations of architects, designers, and artists, he defined the era. But Johnson was also a man of deep paradoxes: a Nazi sympathizer, a designer of synagogues, a populist, and a snob. Lamster lifts the veil on Johnson's controversial and contradictory life, and tells the story of the built environment in modern America. -- adapted from publisher info
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formBiographies.
Genre/formBiographies.
Genre/formBiography.
ISBN9780316126434 (hardcover)
ISBN0316126438 (hardcover)
Stock numberLittle Brown & Co, 53 State st 9th Fl, Boston, MA, USA, 02109, (617)2270730 SAN 200-2205

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