Frank Gehry, Bear with Us, 2014, 316L stainless steel, 45 1/2 × 84 3/4 × 43 3/4 inches (115.6 × 215.3 × 111.1 cm), ed. of 4. Photo by Josh White
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 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). The first Fish Lamps were shown in “Frank Gehry: Unique Lamps” in 1984 at the former Robertson Boulevard location of Gagosian Los Angeles.
Frank Gehry was born in 1929 in Toronto, Canada. He received his B.A. in 1954 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and his M.A. in 1956 from Harvard University, Massachusetts. Gehry’s drawings, models, designs, and sculptures have been exhibited in major museums throughout the world. Recent solo exhibitions include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2001); “Frank Gehry, Architect: Designs for Museums,” Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis (2003, traveled to Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.); “Frank O. Gehry since 1997,” Vitra Design Museum, Germany (2010); “Voyage of Creation,” Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris (2014); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2014); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California (2015); “Architect Frank Gehry: I Have an Idea,” 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo (2015); and “Building in Paris,” Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, Italy (2016). Among Gehry’s most celebrated buildings are the Vitra International Manufacturing Facility and Design Museum, Germany (1989); Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (1997); Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (2003); University of Technology Sydney Business School, Australia (2015); and Facebook HQ, California (2015).
Gehry has received several awards and honors including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1989); Wolf Foundation Prize in Arts (1992); Praemium Imperiale in Architecture, Japan Art Association (1992); Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (1994); Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design (1995); US National Medal of Arts (1998); Gold Medal, American Institute of Architects (1999); Gold Medal, Royal Institute of British Architects (2000); Lifetime Achievement Award, Americans for the Arts (2000); Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology (2007); and US Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016).
Gehry currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.