Given that the Frank Gehry exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) made its way from the Centre Pompidou, where it opened in 2014, one might have been tempted to see this as a homecoming. Certainly the drive from the I-10 freeway through the neighborhood called Little Ethiopia seemed a fitting gateway. The incongruity of small houses, modest-size apartment buildings, and unpretentious shops occupying space between large fitness centers and strip malls prepared one for the marvelous cacophony of form we have come to expect from the office of Gehry Partners, an architecture firm based in Los Angeles for several decades. Indeed, this ability to create unexpected form inspired one of the clearest (yet least expected) messages expressed in the exhibition: that Gehry's architecture responds to local context. Another message of the show, perhaps even louder, seemed contradictory to the first, eschewing even the sentimentality of a...
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Book Review| June 01 2016
Review: Frank Gehry
Paris8 October 2014–26 January 2015
Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
Los Angeles13 September 2015–31 March 2016
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2016) 75 (2): 243–244.
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Jeremy White; Review: Frank Gehry. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 June 2016; 75 (2): 243–244. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2016.75.2.243
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