FRANK GEHRY, Untitled (Paris II) (detail), 2012, ColorCore over steel frame and wooden base, 60 x 54 3/4 x 30 3/4 inches (15.2 x 139.1 x 78.1 cm). Photo by Josh White/JWPictures.com
The designs of Frank Gehry, one of the most innovative architects working today, grace numerous metropolitan skylines around the world. Known for his deconstructivist approach and creative use of materials, his buildings incorporate a wealth of textures that lend a sense of movement to his dynamic structures. Early in his career, Gehry created both sculpture and furniture, which similarly reflected his concern with inventive forms made from unexpected materials. The Easy Edges and Experimental Edges series of chairs and tables were made of industrial corrugated cardboard (1969–73 and 1979–82), while a later Knoll furniture series was made from pliable bentwood (1989–92). Gehry was also commissioned by the Formica Corporation to use a translucent plastic laminate, ColorCore, in a series of lamps consisting of radiant snake and fish forms (1983–86). The fish has been a recurring motif in Gehry’s work, recognizable in the undulating, curvilinear forms of his architecture as well as various sculpture projects, including his Fish Sculpture at Vila Olímpica in Barcelona (1989–92) and his Standing Glass Fish for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (1986).
Frank Gehry (b. 1929, Toronto) lives and works in Los Angeles. He holds degrees in architecture from the University of Southern California (1954) and in urban planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (1956–57). Gehry’s career in architecture has spanned five decades and three continents. His drawings, models, designs, and sculpture have been exhibited in major museums throughout the world, and among his celebrated buildings are the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York organized a solo exhibition of his work in 2001, which traveled to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Gehry is the recipient of awards in the fields of both art and architecture, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1989); the Wolf Foundation Prize in Arts (1992); the Praemium Imperiale in Architecture, awarded by the Japan Art Association (1992); the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (1994); the National Medal of Arts (1998); the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects (1999); the Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (2000); and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Americans for the Arts (2000). Gehry was the subject of the 2005 Sydney Pollack documentary Sketches of Frank Gehry.